Coffee Levels Coming Down

Last week I posted on my current issues with coffee in the post Hello Darkness My Old Friend. …my relationship with coffee right now is troubled. Coffee is now making me feel both good and awful at the same time. Not only has this affected my energy level, but my food reward experiment. I’ll drink […]

Hello Darkness My Old Friend

I should be in Seattle this weekend attending the SCAA, which is the biggest coffee event of the year. It is like Comic-Con for coffee. Last year I attended three days and had a ridiculous amount of espresso. Some of the best roasters from around the country and beyond were pulling shots. I got to […]

My Guide to San Francisco Espresso (2015)

I know I said I can’t stand doing coffee shop reviews, but I dislike leaving a project unfinished even more. On July 1st, I began a quest to explore as much of the San Francisco Bay Area coffee scene as possible. Even though I don’t want to litter the internet with yet another “best of” list, I […]

My Favorite Seattle Coffee Places (2014)

This weekend Seattle is hosting the SCAA (Speciality Coffee Association of America). This is the big coffee event for the industry. People from all over the world will be visiting Seattle. In addition to the big expo, I expect our visitors will be checking out the local coffee scene. Below is my current list of […]

Homer Simpson Invented Bulletproof Coffee in 1998!

I’ve been watching The Simpsons since they debuted, but recently I learned that there were some episodes from season 9 that I somehow missed. So I acquired the DVD from that season and began watching. That is when I discovered something interesting from the 23rd episode of that season titled “King of the Hill”. It […]

Finally Had Luwak Coffee

Well I can cross Luwak coffee off my food and beverage bucket list. A friend of mine returned from Bali with a sample of Bali Luwak coffee. When it comes to interesting foods, I have little fear. I’ll try just about anything: testicles, uterus, bugs – bring it on! Yet when it comes to coffee, […]

The Best of Seattle Coffee 2013

In 2012, I did something unique to Best of lists. I listed my biases, preferences and quantified my results. Check out the post 192 Espressos if you want to see how to do a Best of list properly. For 2013, I decided to put away the spreadsheet and not rank any espresso. It was liberating. […]

Defending Bulletproof Coffee (kinda)

I never planned to write a post defending Bulletproof Coffee, but it seems a few people misread my original post Better Than Bulletproof Coffee. In that post, I said: I am a coffee snob that primarily drinks espresso. Although I never tried Upgraded Coffee, I know from my 15 years experience as a home coffee roaster […]

Hunting Headaches – 2 Years Later

Two years ago I began tracking headache data. Fresh off of other health victories such as getting lean, curing my rosacea and ending back pain, I was confident that with enough data and experimentation I could eliminate or greatly reduce my night headaches. I never thought this experiment would go on for two years. The good news […]

192 Espressos – More Data From Seattle Coffee 2012

Last year I consumed 192 espressos in Seattle area coffee shops. I detailed who was pulling the best shots in the post 192 Espressos – The Best of Seattle Coffee 2012. In that post, I described my biases and the metrics I used to calculate my rankings. I thought I was finished with this project, but I […]

192 Espressos – The Best of Seattle Coffee 2012

I really dislike the Top Coffee Shop lists. They are cheap content usually written by people with minimal coffee knowledge. Hello Seattle Weekly! Rarely do I see a list where the author declares the metrics used to get their rankings or their own personal biases. At the start of 2012, I decided I would try […]

Low Caffeine Weight Gain

Beginning in late September I scaled down my caffeine intake. Then in October, I went the entire month without coffee and 21 days without any caffeine. This month I have been on a very low caffeine intake, averaging just 1 cup of coffee a day. I covered that experiment in the article A Month Without […]

Hunting Headaches – A Favorable Trend

In the last installment of Hunting Headaches, I reported that I finally appeared to be making some progress on solving my night headaches. By wearing a mouth guard, I was able to reduce my headache intensity by 45%. For those new to the site, I use spreadsheets to track health metrics. This allows me to […]

Coffee Detox Article Up on INeedCoffee

I just released A Month Without Coffee on INeedCoffee. That way it can reach more coffee drinkers, specifically those that might be abusing caffeine. My next experiment will be seeing if I can handle rum, as it is a non-grain based distilled alcohol. I know nothing about rum. If anyone has a mid-priced rum suggestion, […]

Did It! A Month Without Coffee!

I completed my most challenging health experiment to date. I went the entire month of October 2012 without coffee. No decaf either or any food that used coffee for flavoring, such as ice cream. For 21 days of that month, I went 100% caffeine free. My prior record was 100 hours set back in 1997. […]

Medicating Mood With Caffeine

I’m still on my caffeine free plus coffee free experiment. This is Day 21 without coffee and Day 15 without caffeine. My goal was to go 15 days without caffeine. I’ll hit that milestone in a few hours, but I’m planning on extending this test. I’m still experiencing symptoms, which tells me that my body […]

Better Than Bulletproof Coffee

I’ve received several requests to comment on Bulletproof Coffee. The reason I am being asked is not only have I been an active blogger on nutrition for a few years, but I’m also a coffee enthusiast. I run the site and have been home roasting coffee since 1998. I live in Seattle and have taken […]

Coffee and Gluten: Say It Isn’t So

Today I read a very sad sentence. From the Perfect Health Diet post Around the Web; PaleoFX Edition: Warning: Dr Clark says that coffee is bad for people with gluten sensitivity, due to cross-reactive antibodies. Say it isn’t so. This is the video of Dr. Clark explaining how people with gluten issues, like myself, could […]

The Best and Worst in Seattle Espresso: 2011 Edition

This year I drank a lot of espresso. The Coffee Club of Seattle visited 113 different coffee places in 2011. Some of the places we visited multiple times. And that doesn’t count the places I went just by myself. The 5 Best Espressos of the Year Victrola Coffee (February 5) –Sumatra Lintong-Triple Picked SO Espresso. […]

Slicing the Coffee Data

Ever since I started collecting data to track my headaches, I have not seen a connection between coffee intake and headaches. Seven months of data and no relationship. Until now. I think I see a pattern and it isn’t what I expected. The table above shows that low coffee intake actually results in a slightly […]

My First Week Back on Coffee

In the post What I Learned During My Coffee Detox, I covered the results that I experienced by gradually lowering and eventually taking a full 2 weeks off from coffee. As informative as that test was, I have learned more about how my body reacts to coffee since I resumed espresso drinking just a week […]

What I Learned During My Coffee Detox

The last time I did a serious coffee detox was in 1997. I was long overdue. I got down to a single espresso by August 22nd. In the end, I went 14 days without coffee. During this time, I did still drank tea. I returned to coffee on Saturday. Here is what I learned during […]

Coffee Detox Update

Well, I have done the unthinkable. Today is Day 7 with no coffee. Yes I am drinking decaf and yes I understand that it does have trace amounts of caffeine in it. I’m shocked at the number of people who have brought that to my attention. Cut me a little slack, I may know something about […]


I haven’t posted much this week, because I’m feeling really sluggish. I’ve dropped my daily coffee intake to a single espresso (double ristretto). That might not seem extreme to some, but I live in Seattle and INeedCoffee! Today is Day 5 of just 1 espresso. Below is a chart of my coffee intake going back […]

Long Days, Poor Sleep and Too Much Caffeine

I have about 15 half-written blog posts in the queue right now. I’m not happy with any of them. The sun is rising at 5:10 AM in Seattle and not setting until after 9 PM. I have blackout drapes, but the light is still sneaking into my room and waking me up. During the winter […]

Ending My Disloyalty Card Quest

I redeemed my 4th and last Seattle Disloyalty Card today. What is the Seattle Disloyalty Card? From my May 23, 2010 post: Seattle now has something called a Disloyalty Card, which is idea to promote the independent coffee shop. The idea started in London and the way it works is you visit the ten coffee […]

Returning to the Vivace Dolce Blend

A year ago we learned that Espresso Vivace changed their legendary espresso blend. They removed the robusta component. From the post Espresso Vivace Dolce Now Without Robusta: Last week I learned that Espresso Vivace has removed the robusta component of their Dolce espresso blend. This may not mean much to you, but to me this […]

3 Brewers Seattle Coffee Fans Need To Try

Not only does Seattle have some of the best roasters, cafes and baristas in the world, we also some of the best equipment. Seattle is the home to three unique coffee brewing systems that most of the country does not have. If you live in Seattle or came here on a coffee vacation, here are […]

My 3 Favorites – Disloyalty Card Round #2

Today I completed my second Disloyalty Card. In Round #1, my 3 favorites were Urban Coffee Lounge, Makeda and Tougo. Here are my 3 favorites from Round #2. Trabant Coffee – I think the Epic Espresso Blend is back to its former glory. Urban Coffee Lounge – I love this place. They pulled another amazing […]

Caffe Vita PBS = Public Brewing School

Recently I had a chance to head back to school. Coffee school. Every month Caffe Vita puts together a free class at their Pike Street location where the student is taught how to brew coffee using a variety of coffee brewers. The brewing methods taught are: French Press Pour Over Chemex Vac-Pot Siphon (a different […]

Coffee Ice Cream Options in Seattle

Ice cream is good, coffee ice cream is better and coffee ice cream made using local roasted coffee is best. Here in Seattle we have at least four options for treats that combine locally roasted coffee with ice cream. Old School Custard and Caffe Vita Old School Custard makes vanilla, chocolate and one other flavor […]

Starbucks Shrugged and Zoka Fights Back

Starbucks threw in the towel and announced that they will start offering free WiFi starting July 1st. From Starbucks: Free Wi-fi at 6,700 U.S. sites by Ashley M. Heher: Starbucks Corp. will begin offering unlimited free Wi-Fi at all of its company-operated U.S. locations next month, part of an ongoing effort to bring more customers […]

An Overview of the Seattle Tea Scene

I am an unapologetic fan of quality tea. Tea is very much like coffee in that there is wide difference in taste between the common stuff and the high quality. I highly encourage my fellow coffee drinkers to embrace and learn about our sister beverage tea. The same tasting skills we use at coffee cuppings […]

I Graduated From Starbucks Coffee College

Last month I got invited to Starbucks headquarters to attend a two day Coffee College. You know I couldn’t pass up this opportunity. I posted my full report in the article Starbucks Coffee College over on INeedCoffee. Now I am not exactly known for being a Starbucks fan, but I am also not a hater. […]

Seattle’s Disloyalty Card

Seattle now has something called a Disloyalty Card, which is idea to promote the independent coffee shop. The idea started in London and the way it works is you visit the ten coffee shops on the card. At each place, order and drink and receive a stamp. When the card is completed (10 stamps), you […]

Road Trip to Velton’s Coffee

Monday I got a chance to head up with Jason Simon of Caffeinated Consersations to Everett, Washington to visit Velton’s Coffee Roasting Company. Besides enjoying good espresso and good conversation, we discussed setting up a future Meetup and coffee roasting demo for the Coffee Club of Seattle. If you are in the Seattle area and […]

Macchiato Etching at Dubsea Coffee

Dubsea Coffee is one of the newest coffee houses in Seattle. It is the White Center area and serves coffee roasted by Stumptown. Today the Coffee Club of Seattle received some outstanding macchiato etching. Dubsea Coffee is at 9910 8th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106. Sources: Photo Gallery – Dubsea Coffee visit for December 17, […]

Reaching Out to the 3 Types of Seattle Coffee Drinkers

I consider myself to be the self appointed Coffee Ambassador for Seattle. Having lived in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, South Florida and Southern California, I realize how much better the coffee is in Seattle than the rest of the country. Because of this, I am excited to share my love for Seattle coffee. During the past […]

Espresso Vivace Dolce Now Without Robusta

Last week I learned that Espresso Vivace has removed the robusta component of their Dolce espresso blend. This may not mean much to you, but to me this is like changing the Coke formula. You don’t mess with perfection. From the article Coffeehouse customers steamed about higher prices: David Schomer, co-owner of Espresso Vivace, is […]

My Last Comment on Coffee House Pricing

The Seattle Times ran a second story on coffee house pricing today that used quotes from this blog. The story is titled Coffeehouse customers steamed about higher prices. The point that seems to be lost from all the feedback I’ve received is that I’m not in the industry and don’t understand why prices are going […]

Zoka Updates Website With Accurate Packaging Size

It appeared that Zoka Coffee no longer lists their coffee size as “per bag“. It now states “12 oz“. This is a nice conclusion to the post I Call Coffee Shenanigans – The 12 Ounce Pound. I love the Espresso Paladino blend, but 12 ounces is not a pound. Hiding that fact or stating it […]

Coffee, Commodities and Pricing Shenanigans

After yesterday’s link from the Seattle Times, I got an interesting comment from Luke about coffee and commodities. The majority, if not all, of these roasters do not purchase coffee from the commodity market. Many of the roasters (notably Stumptown and Intelligentsia) on this list pay the highest (far beyond commodity prices) on average for […]

Jet City Espresso – An Early Mentor

I lived in the Tampa Bay area from 1994-1998. It was during that time that I first became an espresso drinker. I give a lot of credit to Jet City Espresso, which resided in South Tampa. They are long gone, but I will always remember and be grateful for the many outstanding espresso drinks I […]

Fighting Back Against Coffee Inflation

Unemployment is rising. People are saving more and spending less. Restaurants that were once packed are now empty. The one exception, at least here in Seattle, are coffee shops. Coffee seems to be the one thing consumers will not cut back on during tough times. In the past year several new coffee shops have opened […]

Home Latte Art – The Feather

This post was moved from Coffee Hero. I am not a barista and because almost never consume anything but straight espresso, my latte art skills are weak. Today I got some half and half and did my first attempt in months. I wanted a rosetta, I got a feather. Not awful. 😉 Stats: Espresso: Home […]

Hyperventilating After Every Starbucks Press Release

Is anyone else tired of how the coffee blogosphere hyperventilates after every Starbucks press release? Coffee sites that claim to dislike Starbucks are all too eager to spread everything Howard Schultz says. Because I’ve run INeedCoffee since 1999, I get asked about different things Starbucks does frequently. My answer is I really don’t care. To […]

Coffee on TV: Futurama – Three Hundred Big Boys

When it comes to the TV show Futurama, I must confess to being late to the party. Even though the series ran from 1999-2003, I just started watching it this year. Thanks to Netflix, I was able to watch every episode back to back. One episode I want to highlight in a new series called […]

Affogato = Espresso Over Gelato

Seattle’s Muse Coffee just started serving Affogato this week. What is an affogato? Affogato is Italian for Drowned. Two shots of hot espresso are poured (drowned) over a few ounces of vanilla or chocolate gelato. Here is mine from earlier today. Sources: Muse Coffee – Queen Anne coffee shop. Affogato – Wikipedia page.

Bad Behavior at a Seattle Coffee House

It wasn’t just any Sunday. It was Easter Sunday. The Coffee Club of Seattle was at a coffee house in the Ballard area of Seattle. I turned to my left and saw some members whispering, giggling and then looking over toward the front door. I turned to look and saw nothing. The same pattern played […]

Is Starbucks Fooling Seattle Tourists?

Besides seeing the Space Needle, one of the stops most tourists make when visiting Seattle is visiting Pike Place Market. Every coffee drinker knows this where the first Starbucks opened back in 1971. I visit the Pike Place Market frequently and I began noticing an issue in recent months. In July of 2008, Starbucks announced […]

Seattle Times Coffee Blog Finds Coffee Hero

Yesterday I was interviewed for the Seattle Time Coffee City Blog. The article was about the Coffee Club of Seattle and me. From Coffee Club of Seattle meets in the coffee club that is Seattle by Melissa Allison: In some ways, Seattle itself is a great big coffee club. But if you want to get […]

Seattle Coffee Works – Downtown Seattle

When making the Seattle Whole Bean Espresso Prices list, I learned that Seattle Coffee Works was offering a full pound for $12.95 + a free drink. I had to take advantage of that offer, so last Friday I walked downtown to pick up some beans. Seattle Coffee Works is at 111 Pike Street. For a […]

Forming a Local Coffee Club

When I lived in San Diego, I was interviewed about home coffee roasting from the local weekly newspaper. After the interview the reporter asked if I was a member of the local home coffee roasting group. I didn’t know one existed, so I got the information and then spent many Saturday mornings over the next […]

Seattle Whole Bean Espresso Prices – May 2009

Seattle has many of the best coffee roasters in the world and so I’m able to pick up great espresso blends from several places. Instead of being loyal to a single roaster, I’m always alternating the espresso blends I bring back home. Last year during the commodity price run up, a few roasters raised their […]

WaterTown Coffee – Capitol Hill, Seattle

Even though it appears we have different taste in coffee, yesterday I was inspired by Coffee Nomad to leave the house with my camera on a coffee adventure. There was a place in the Capitol Hill region near Seattle University called WaterTown Coffee I had been wanting to try. It was a nice 3.5 mile […]

Improving Your Tea Game

Every so often, I get a shocked response from my fellow coffee fans when I tell them I have also become a tea fan. They will mumble something about not liking tea. I always respond the same. If someone told you they didn’t like coffee, your mind would immediately think that they just had never […]

Coffee Roasting Tour of Seattle’s Caffe Vita

In February 2008, I got a chance to take a tour of the coffee roasting operations for Caffe Vita. Here are some photos from that tour. The link to the full Flickr gallery is below. Sources: Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Tour – Flickr Photo Gallery by INeedCoffee / CoffeeHero Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Co – […]

The Coffee Protein Mystery

This post was moved from Coffee Hero. In the post Black Coffee and Espresso – Not Calorie Free, I discovered there are trace amounts of protein in brewed coffee, but not in espresso. According to CalorieKing: 0.0 grams protein for Espresso (1 oz) 0.3 grams protein for Coffee Brewed (6 oz) The first part of […]

Seattle Coffee Works

Only in Seattle could a business this cool exist. There are so many quality roasters in Seattle it would be near impossible to run around town trying them all if one were on a short vacation. Ale houses can serve beer from several microbreweries at one location. Why not try it with coffee? Seattle Coffee […]

Ranking the National Coffee House Chains

A recent comment from “t” asked the question: Which coffee of all the major national chains has the best coffee? Before I answer let me state that I am an espresso drinker. The only coffee I’ll ever order from of a coffee house must come from a Clover machine. Since I am a fan of […]

Civil Unrest Means it is Time to Order Coffee

Seems our pals in Kenya have decided to start shooting up the place. One writer stated: …you see a Kenya that is about to remind us of 1994 Rwanda. The road blocks manned by men with rungus and pangas, the anger in their eyes, the wanton killing without remorse, the seeking of one’s identity before […]

Insane Amount of Coffee Sunday in Seattle

Woke up Sunday at 5:50 AM. Forgetting it was really 4:50 AM due to the end of Daylight Savings, I proceeded directly to my espresso machine. Last week I started a 3 week coffee cupping program at Victrola that takes place Sunday mornings. Since I had an extra hour to kill, I had my 2nd […]

It’s a Boy!

Meet the newest member of the family, Rocky. He came into this world Saturday evening at a weight of 23 pounds. And he has already started chewing. The little guy is able to grind coffee perfectly for espresso shots. Here is Rocky standing next to his big sister Silvia. Their older brother Barista and I […]

Best Cup of Coffee Ever

Last evening I was invited to the grand opening of the second Trabant location in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. In a previous post I mention that Trabant is one of my favorites. The primary reason I left my house and ventured to the new location was the speculation that they would be serving Panama Esmeralda. This […]

The Espresso Stout

In early 2001, Ryan Jacobs wrote the article Homebrewing: Espresso Stout for INeedCoffee. At the time there were many home brewing recipes that used coffee as an ingredient. However, most placed no attention to the type or quality of the beans used. Some of the recipes even advised using instant coffee. Just because you are […]