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I was over at Artis Coffee Roasters (twitter) in Berkeley a few weeks ago and discovered a company that I’d never heard of. For those of you who have never heard of Artis, I encourage you to look them up and go visit for yourself. I thought it was a neat concept because of the live-roast coffee that they do: right in front of you. It was my third time visiting. The first time, I went to get a demo of their super-cool, futuristic machines and the second time I went just to get a nice flat white and to do some writing – I was in the area already anyway.

While I was thinking about what to order, I stood right by the Aeropress section of the store and happened to see disk coffee filter made by Able Brewing (twitter). My dear friend had gotten me an Aeropress last year and I’ve since then fallen in love with it – it brews a mean cup. The Aeropress, combined with Perfect Coffee, and the disk filter from Able Brewing is unstoppable. It’s easy to clean, works like a charm, and is reusable. I invested $15 for something I can use over and over again. From the looks of it, Able Brewing is doing some great work and coming up with excellent products.

thistle change you and it has

I discovered Thistle earlier in January 2014 when I was wandering the downtown area and stumbled on their popup over at Hops & Hominy. I eventually fell in love with their unique drink combinations and my favorite ended up being AmberApple, Grapefruit, and Burdock. It’s perfectly balanced and I went back several times to try out the other offerings. A few days ago, I got an email telling me about their delivery services and that they had…FOOD. WHAT? That got me pretty excited and the folks over at Thistle were kind enough to deliver even though I was two blocks outside the zone. The food? DELICIOUS. So far, my favorite has been the zucchini pad thai. Their customer service is what every company, big or small, should aspire to be. So go take a look – you don’t even have to thank me for steering you in the right direction. Order here.

Oh and be careful with the ginger shot. It’s intense.

I got to try something else! SUSHI. Vegan awesomeness. 6/24/14

sushi from thistle

sushi from thistle

samovar tea lounge sensibiliteas

I’m a huge coffee drinker, although I drink tea as if it were water at home. My sister likes to drink jasmine tea and sometimes I have a huge box of lipton sitting in the pantry, but most of the time, it’s coffee for Vince. I know little to nothing about tea, especially specialty teas, and so when I stumbled on the new Samovar Tea Lounge on Valencia, I decided to stop in and inquire. I didn’t know I was going to be having such a wonderful experience. Although this is meant to be a quick gallery of pictures, I have a few things to say about the spot.

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a film about coffee drink of ages

A Film About CoffeeOn June 3rd, I found myself amongst a vast sea of assorted button-ups, coffee cups, and mustaches. I never thought that the smell of popcorn and the smell of coffee would work together, but for some reason, it left me with a supreme hunger for both of them at the same time.

I had the pleasure of settling down on the balcony of the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco to watch A Film About Coffee. I had caught wind of the trailer about three or four months ago and immediately knew I wanted to watch this film, regardless of format. I signed up for their newsletter, which you should also do here, and right when they announced a screening in San Francisco about a month ago, I jumped online and bought a pair of tickets. The first trailer I watched had reeled me in with it’s intense imagery of a beverage I love so much. On a slow day, I drink about two cups, so it really has become a ritual – that’s why I looked forward to it and had relatively high expectations for it. As a plus, the film features a lot of my beloved San Francisco roasters. I’m glad I made it to the showing, because it not only met my expectations, but exceeded them across the board, leaving me with a greater appreciation and understanding of coffee.

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another coffee infographic coffee rocks

Global CoffeeHere’s an infographic by Coffee for Less that’ll get your brain juices flowing. I found this startling because I always thought the United States was a big coffee consumer, but, as it turns out, we rank pretty low on that front. Just take a look at Finland! That’s quite startling. Another thing that surprised me was that the average monthly spending on coffee for San Jose is $34, beating out San Francisco at $30.

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happy moose juice gallery

I finally got around to editing the rest of my pictures and found a few that stuck out to me. Love the logo, message, and of course, the delicious juice. It’s gonna be hot the next few days, so I suggest you make your way out there and get some before it’s all gone! Here’s Happy Moose Juice part two.