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Humans of coffee: Grindstone Runaways

Who is Grindstone Runaways? We are a traveling couple – Lyndsay Zinn & David Gonçalves, who sold it all back home in South Africa (just over a year ago) to explore the world in search of amazing coffee and incredible cafes. No matter where we are in the world, we aim to find the best, as well as experience all the local coffee in that country. We love nothing more than sitting at a cafe, meeting new people and sipping away on new coffee flavours and unique variations. We freelance as designers / web developers to keep this dream alive, and are currently working on some photography to start capturing all the the amazing creations and local coffees we experience. What is your favourite childhood memory? Lyndz: There are so many – which I guess is a good thing, right? But, if I really have to choose one it would be getting to travel with my family every few years to experience the happiest place on earth – Walt Disney World in Florida, USA. We …

Humans of coffee: Aga Bukowska

Who is Aga Bukowska? A girl who wants to squeeze the most out of life. Who loves talking with passionate people, drinking coffee and taking pictures. Who thinks that there is no other way of doing things than doing them at 100%. Professionally, I am Expansion Supervisor at Coffeedesk, which is the leading coffee & coffee accessories distributor in Central/Eastern Europe. I am responsible for finding new spots, negotiating deals, operational synergy and marketing activities of our coffee shops. After 7 years of working in advertising agencies, I said to myself that I love everything about coffee community and I want to be a part of it full-time. As I’m the kind of person who can’t half-commit, here I am. What is your favorite childhood memory? As a child I used to spend all of my holidays at my grandparents farm. I remember waking up at 5 to a cup of cocoa my grandfather just made with freshly squeezed milk. Then going to a fair at the nearest city to sell wheat and oat from …

This is a good story and we are only on the first page

Today a team from TriBeCa Coffee Company will head to Kilimanjaro to both build a dairy for a woman farmer who produces amazing organic coffee on the slopes of Kilimanjaro and, in celebration of woman in coffee, will also be climbing Kilimanjaro and brewing Kilimanjaro coffee on the summit. They’ll not only be continually updating their social media feed, but will also have a live tracker that people can follow to see exactly where they are! Starting on the 12th of March to the 24th of March. Of the world’s estimated 1 billion poor, 70% are women. Women own less than 1% of the world’s titled land. The World Bank estimates that more than 500 million people throughout the world are dependent on coffee for their livelihoods, and of that number, 25 million are coffee farmers. Unfortunately, coffee farmers typically live and work in substandard conditions, which are compounded by the fact that they receive only a small percentage of the actual price for which the coffee is sold to the consumer. Women, who represent …

A Guide to Specialty Coffee in Tokyo and Kyoto

Most people don’t associate Japan with high quality coffee. Traditional coffee houses generally serve a filter variety of coffee, and Japan’s ubiquitous vending machines carry canned coffee, hot and cold. However, the specialty coffee scene is growing in popularity and quality. Starbucks and big chains still dominate streetscapes, but hidden down quiet lanes you’ll find the following cafes slinging quality espresso. Off the beaten tourist track, the search for the best brew is a great way to discover different neighbourhoods (and importantly stay caffeinated while at it). That’s the point of travel, right? TOKYO Fuglen 1 Chome-16-11 Tomigaya, 渋谷区 Tokyo 151-0063, Japan This cafe and bar is the sister outpost of Fuglen Oslo, and you can tell. If you’re wandering around Yoyogi Park and surrounds in Tokyo, and have a hankering for a smooth cappuccino inside what feels like the coziest Scandinavian cabin, then Fuglen is your place. Who doesn’t love coffee with a vintage modernist aesthetic? It’s open well after dark (till 2am Friday and Saturday) for late night cravings. Onibus Nakameguro Japan, 〒153-0051 …

How I spent 48 hours in Amsterdam: Scandinavian Embassy

My only regret about my visit to Scandinavian Embassy is that I took an Uber. Hidden away in Sarphatipark in De Pijp, it took my driver ages to get there. But like all of life’s great adventures, it was worth the trip. The shop is run by the owner / operator duo of Rikard Andersson and Nicolas Castagno. Rikard is a chef. Nicolas is a champion coffee maker. My expectations were high. Every blog post I read recommended the freshly baked cinnamon rolls. So I ordered poached eggs with salmon on toast. I washed it down with a perfectly prepared flat white. And then I had a freshly baked cinnamon roll. I recommend it.

Humans of coffee: Adam Goldberg

Who is Adam Goldberg? I’m the editor in chief of Drift, a new coffee magazine you probably haven’t heard of. I’m from and currently live in New York with my girlfriend and Drift’s creative director, Daniela. My sister Elyssa, Drift’s Executive editor, also lives in the same building, so it’s a blast working together on a project we’re passionate about: Drift, a magazine about cities — their culture, architecture, and people — as seen through the lens of coffee. I love to travel and learn new languages. That’s been the inspiration for Drift’s city-by-city focus. In my spare time I box and write home automation software for my apartment.. right now my coffee brews automatically when I wake up, lights dim when I watch TV, and turn off when I fall sleep. Although admittedly, sometimes lights still turn on in the middle of the night. What is your best childhood memory? When I was 13, I lived in Sichuan, China for a summer. My best friend from elementary school was from Chengdu and invited me back …

The 5 best flat whites in Buenos Aires (Palermo edition)

Buenos Aires was a late bloomer when it comes to specialty coffee shops. Like in every big city, coffee plays a big role in the porteños’ day to day life. There are coffee shops everywhere, and they range from very traditional cafés to the new wave of more alternative and cozy coffee spots. The flat white was recently introduced into the local coffee market by some very specific places, most of them new, opened in the last couple years. I honestly spend most of my afternoons looking for new places to try, and everytime I find one, I always get a flat white. I have a theory that if a place makes a nice flat white, then it’s good. If you’re a fan of the legendary flat white, like me, then you must go to these five places if you visit this culturally fascinating South American city. Ninina Bakery Perhaps the place that feels the most like New York City in the neighborhood of Palermo Soho. Actually, many of this new cafés find their home …

How I spent 48 hours in Amsterdam: Lot Sixty One

When I arrived at Lot Sixty One both the outside benches were occupied. By locals. Always a good sign. Two of them had dogs. An even better sign. I walked inside and perched myself at the bar. The heat outside inspired an iced coffee. Which tasted like friendship. It had me at hello. Which is how Claye introduced himself. He told me about the shop, the coffee and himself. I liked all three. And you will too.  

How I spent 48 hours in Amsterdam: Sweet Cup

It’s the driftwood, the succulents and the adorable basset hound that make you feel like you’re in Lisa Rooimans and Paul van Duuren’s living room. And that’s exactly what they were going for. A warm inviting space where customers would receive personal attention. It’s not often you find a speciality coffee shop (and microroastery) that promotes pourovers over espresso-based drinks. Sweet Cup is that shop. And after I tasted my V60, which Lisa recommended I let cool before my first sip, I understood why. If you’re in a rush, head buried in your phone, you’ll easily miss Sweet Cup’s discreet but beautiful storefront on Lange Leidsedwarsstraat. And you’ll completely miss one of the best coffee experiences in Amsterdam. There’s a lesson in that.    

Here’s where to find the best coffee in Johannesburg: Father Coffee

There’s a Charles Bukowski quote that goes “We don’t even ask (for) happiness. Just a little less pain.” And that’s really all I ever ask for. I mean, if you had to ask me what I look for in a good restaurant, it’s only this: room temperature butter. Everything else will follow if there’s room temperature butter. That’s why I like Father Coffee. The attention to detail. In their roasting. In their coffee. And in their spaces. One of the co-founders, Nicholas, said it best in a Humans of Coffee interview I did with him: First and foremost we’re a coffee roastery and espresso bar. We’re hoping to improve the state of the coffee industry in South Africa by helping grow an informed and excited consumer. We put a huge amount of effort and consideration into everything we do, from sourcing, to roasting, to brewing and to our communications with our customers. Father Coffee is also an incredible place to hang out, whether you’re in Braamfontein or Rosebank. If I had to choose between the two shops, …