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Brooklyn Roasting Company

Brooklyn Roasting Company in Osaka, Japan is in such a perfect spot I feel like it was built around people casually drinking coffee on a bench by the river. If you don't come to stare at a laptop, I would highly recommend the outdoor section because the view is so...

The Pancake Epidemic

If you miss the smooth flavors of Stumptown coffee, the Pancake Epidemic in Apgujung is where to get your fix. If that isn't enough to get you on the Subway, imagine it's 2014, step into my shoes and watch this video. At the time, pancake options in Seoul were almost...

Manufact Coffee Roasters

It's rare to be shocked when entering a cafe. From the outside Manufact looks like a model of a house placed on a concrete pillar, not entirely out of place among the photo studios and high-end restaurants in Apgujeong, but certainly not your typical ground-level cafe. As we walked up...

Namusairo Whole Beans Sample Set

Namusairo has been one of my favorite pour-overs ever since I tried their beans and when I heard they had packaged small bags of their offerings for the season I had to try more. Generally-speaking the coffee from Namusairo is pretty light. You won't find a all-city or a dark...

Zombie Coffee

I've never seen a line at Zombie Coffee and that's a beautiful rarity for any coffee shop in Seoul's Hongdae neighborhood. When I last visited, there were a few people toward the back typing away at their computers and a couple sitting at the bar who obviously knew the barista....

Klatch Coffee Roasters Seoul

Apgujung Rodeo is Seoul's answer to Rodeo Drive with lots of luxury foreign goods for about double the price. Like any other of the more expensive or western parts of Seoul, there is also a lot of good coffee. I've wanted to go to Klatch Coffee Roasters ever since our...

Takeout Drawing

There has always been a strong connection between art and cafes- the cafe that is also a gallery space, but Takeout Drawing Cafe in Noksapyeong takes it a step further by making their drinks into art. There are two locations of Takeout Drawing Cafe in the same area: one close...

Heart Coffee kenya miiri

Much like Portland's Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Heart has extended themselves beyond the Pacific Northwest. Heart's whole beans are sought after by small coffee shops looking to bring a selection roasted around the country and Stumptown, though excellent, has gotten too big for a shop that wants something new. Not to...

Coava Coffee Roasters

Whether is was luck or excellent planning, Coava's Brew bar building is nearly perfect. They share a large garage  space in Portland's furniture district with bamboo flooring specialists Bamboo Revolution. The relationship between the two feels natural, with bamboo coffee thermoses, a beautiful bamboo counter and an all-wood bathroom that...

Caffe Vita Wallingford Seattle Washington
Caffe Vita

Cafe Vita has been around for 20 years! And though they have moved from Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood to locations in New York, Los Angeles and Portland, Caffe Vita hasn't lost any of its greatness. They still have excellent direct trade relationships with their coffee farmers and Seattle institutions alike,...

Cuvee Coffee Austin Texas Sign outside cafe
Cuvée

Their neon sign outside the shop helps Cuvée blend in to the neighborhood's old style, but like much of Austin it's interior is saturated in modernity. The colors used in Cuvée are dark: mostly slate and a darker royal blue, which elegantly conveys both sides of Cuvée's identity as a...

Herkimer Coffee

Herkimer's neighborhood has come a long way since I went to the UW. Most students wouldn't go much past a cracked out jack in the box and then there wasn't much reason to, but in the past five years University Ave has really cleaned up. For students its a bit...

Document Coffee Bar's Sign in Koreatown
DOC.U.MENT Coffee Bar

If it hadn't been for their large billboard on Wilshire Blvd I believe I would have missed Coffee Bar Doc.U.Ment completely. This is the type of coffee shop I want to discover: tucked away in plain sight down a side street so it feels like your secret. Now I should...