Coffee & Tea

Portland, OR / 11.24.2015

Coava Coffee Roasters

Coava Coffee Roasters is a hipster’s dream. The space looks like a large workshop, with high ceilings and wood and steel everything. Plus their coffee is pretty good. I only say “pretty” because at one point while making a pourover coffee, the barista actually stopped mid-pour to help another customer.... Continue

Portland, OR / 11.01.2015

Dutch Bros.

I suspect everybody who works at Dutch Bros. is high. And to be completely clear, I mean on drugs. Like they did drugs either during or right before they went to work. The employees were all laughing hysterically the entire time we were there. Which is odd, because typically when... Continue

Portland, OR / 10.12.2015


It was a million degrees in Portland so we decided to jump into Barista for some much needed AC. A cabbie also said this was her favorite coffee shop so I decided to compare it to Stumptown Coffee Roasters. Verdict: all coffee tastes the same. Okay, not really, but all... Continue

Portland, OR / 10.09.2015

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Portland is arguably the most popular independent coffee roaster in the nation. And it’s one of those rare places that manages to be incredibly huge and successful, yet still command the respect and cult following that tiny local shops do. Though that’ll probably all change with... Continue

Newport Coast, CA / 04.16.2015

Afternoon Tea at The Resort at Pelican Hill

I don’t care what anybody says, afternoon tea is awesome. When else can you drink unhealthy amounts of tea while downing little finger foods and sandwiches with the crust cut off? Tuesday, that’s when. Because that’s what I do every Tuesday in my living room. By myself. But this time... Continue

Los Angeles, CA / 04.06.2015

Verve Coffee Roasters

Verve Coffee Roasters is a trendy coffee shop located in downtown Los Angeles. Parking is horrible, but that can be said about everywhere in Los Angeles. What can’t be said about everywhere in Los Angeles is that they’ve got a magnificent space. And that’s where Verve stands out. It has... Continue

Santa Ana, CA / 03.10.2015

Portola Coffee Lab

Portola Coffee Lab, my choice for best coffee shop in Orange County as well as Roast Magazine’s 2015 Micro Roaster of the Year, has expanded to two new locations: one at the sort-of-still-under-construction Union Market at The District in Irvine, and the other at the newly opened 4th Street Market... Continue

Seattle, WA / 01.02.2014

Rachel’s Ginger Beer

I hadn’t really planned on coming to Rachel’s Ginger Beer, but it was right next door to Pike’s Place Chowder and I love ginger beer. I don’t know who Rachel is, but she’s got some serious balls devoting an entire shop to just ginger beer. I tried the original and... Continue

Seattle, WA / 11.25.2013

Seattle Coffee Works

After stuffing my face with assorted foods and snacks around Pike Place Market in Seattle, I was in desperate need of some coffee and found myself at Seattle Coffee Works. The place was crazy popular on Yelp so I decided to give it a try. While the coffee itself was... Continue

Costa Mesa, CA / 05.30.2013

The Queen’s Bakery

NOTE: I’m still playing catch up on posts. This one’s from a place I went to like seven months ago. For all I know they’re not even in business anymore. Like all very straight, very masculine men, I love afternoon tea. There aren’t a lot of places that do it... Continue