Category: Coffee


Grinder Malfunction

A piece of my Solis Maestro Plus grinder broke today, which means I can only grind very coarse coffee. No espresso at the Carlson household until it gets fixed! Quel horreur! (I’m mostly writing this to test an RSS thing. But still… no espresso!!)


Buzzaire – Metered Dose Caffeine Inhaler

It’s the solution to my deadline difficulties! ThinkGeek :: Buzzaire – Metered Dose Caffeine Inhaler. Buzzaire is, quite simply, a caffeine inhaler. One squeeze, one inhale, and you’ve just rushed 150mg of caffeine into your blood stream. Mints or drinks have to go through your digestive tract first before partying in your blood (or through ...


MapMuse Coffeehouse Maps

I received an email this morning from pointing me to their service that maps independent coffeehouses. Plug in an address or metro area to see where local coffee can be found. I’m not sure where they’re getting their listings, which seem a little sparse and outdated right now (the Torrefazione Italia near my office ...


New Espresso Vivace

After seeing a post by tonx, I headed over to the new Espresso Vivace café located near the REI flagship store here in Seattle. Long marble bars accommodate singles or those who take their espresso European style — buy, consume, and be on your way, There’s also a good mixture of tables for two and ...


How Caffeine Works

Here’s a 1 minute video on how caffeine works: How Caffeine Works – Google Video. Cool!


The Coffeehouse Dictionary

Looking for a good primer on the coffee terms that people are slinging at your neighborhood java joint? Check out The Coffeehouse Dictionary.


Coffee Grinders in NYT

Article about buying coffee grinders appears in the New York Times, with special mention from head honcho Mark Prince: Establishing Some Ground Rules – New York Times. “I’ve had terrible, cheap grinders in the past,” I said. “They all broke and now we buy ground beans.” I heard a sharp intake of breath. “Never ...


Coffeehouse Successes and Failures

My office is located in the heart of Fremont, a funky artistic neighborhood in Seattle, which also happens to have three very good coffeeshops (Caffe Ladro, Fremont Coffee Company, and e.t.g.) and two half-decent ones (Starbucks, Peet’s Coffee & Tea), all within a four-minute walk. After grabbing a nice hot latté (at Ladro; I’m not ...


RIP Torrefazione Italia Fremont

Torrefazione – 3 Originally uploaded by Jeff Carlson. The beautiful Torrefazione Italia cafe near my office closed in September. Corporate owner Starbucks decided to shutter the Italian-themed cafes and concentrate on selling beans wholesale. This is my favorite picture of the ones I took a week or so before it closed. The baristas working there ...


Someone posted a comment on this page of my Flickr photo collection that I should check out So I did. Wow! I’m in coffee-photo-heaven. I’ve sent my photo to them for posting.