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TAP Coffee, London, England

Fortunately for Londoners, they have a few great coffee shops in their city. (This is a rarity on a continent where most coffee is instant.) My personal favorite is called Tapped and Packed Coffee, which is at 193 Wardour St in Soho. This coffee shop is professional and it shows. In addition to having friendly baristas, they have a hip, vintage interior that is as inviting as it is cool. That aside, these people know what they are doing when it comes to roasting beans. Their coffee is excellent!  I tried a pour over brew with beans that they roasted in shop from El Salvador, and it was excellent! 

A must see in London! http://www.tapcoffee.co.uk/

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I first heard about Heart Roasters from a one of the first coffee shops written up on this blog that is based out of Montreal, so when I went to visit Portland, I knew it’d be high up on my list of places to visit there. They are famous for their Scandinavian Style light roasts (and outrageously priced bags of coffee). They are located on East Burnside in Portland and opened in 2009. In a short four years, they have gained international fame in the coffee world for their amazing coffee and espresso. 

Visiting their shop itself is super cool… when you walk in it is clear that this place is even too cool to exist in Brooklyn, which is why it is in Portland. They have a very hip and versatile space. Their roasting machine is on the floor, and there is a moveable bar and tables next to the counter. They have a huge map of where their coffee comes from, which sits just above their record player and collection of music. 

I was concerned that this would be a facade for mediocre coffee, but it isn’t. They brew an amazing cup which proves that the old adage is true… you get what you pay for. It’s well worth what they charge for beans and coffee. If you find yourself in PDX, stop by their shop on 2211 E Burnside or buy beans online… http://www.heartroasters.com/  (Their website also has an amazing blog.) Additionally, they have one of the best instagram accounts I’ve seen. @heartroasters

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Lone Pine Coffee Roasters is a small microroastery that you’d miss if you didn’t know it was there. It is located on a small alley in Bend, Oregon. If you find yourself in Bend, I would highly recommend stopping by, as they serve up an amazing up of coffee in a very cool warehouse space. I went in 2010 and had an unforgettable cappuccino. 
For those of you who don’t find yourselves in Central Oregon, they sell their coffee at some Whole Foods locations and can be bought directly from them on their website: http://www.lonepinecoffeeroasters.com/index.html
Lone Pine has iconic brown bags with a single pine tree as their logo. Order up a bag of beans and follow them on twitter @LonePineCoffee

Lone Pine Coffee Roasters is a small microroastery that you’d miss if you didn’t know it was there. It is located on a small alley in Bend, Oregon. If you find yourself in Bend, I would highly recommend stopping by, as they serve up an amazing up of coffee in a very cool warehouse space. I went in 2010 and had an unforgettable cappuccino. 

For those of you who don’t find yourselves in Central Oregon, they sell their coffee at some Whole Foods locations and can be bought directly from them on their website: http://www.lonepinecoffeeroasters.com/index.html

Lone Pine has iconic brown bags with a single pine tree as their logo. Order up a bag of beans and follow them on twitter @LonePineCoffee

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Why I have a new favorite coffee shop…

On a trip to Portland in April, I stumbled upon this coffee shop and it might have been the best run in I’ve had in a while. Water Avenue has direct relationships with growers in Central America and other parts of the world. In addition to a great product, this roaster operates a cool coffee shop in Portland on 1028 SE Water Ave. The space is open and inviting. Additionally, everyone who works there is nice. 

For more information and to order coffee, check out this website… http://www.wateravenuecoffee.com/

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Stumptown Coffee just opened its doors at its new location on West 8th Street in Greenwich Village. It is well decorated and huge! They were super friendly and gave me a free coffee for telling them that they were awesome. 

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Coffee Lovers Rejoice! New York is finally getting somewhat serious about brewing the perfect cup. As the quality of Blue Bottle Coffee continues to decline, its nice to see two large, yet respected, roasters open up shops in NYC. 

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Vino, Cerveza y Café.

 

Estoy en una clase de Español, y para practicar un poco, mi profesora me sugirió que escriba un artículo para mi blog en español. Creo que esto es una buen idea y, por eso, les sugiero un vino, una cerveza y un café que encontré durante mis viajes en América Latina. 

 

Café: Cuando viajé a Panamá, encontré una finca en la que producían un café increíble..  El propietario de la finca es un hombre muy gracioso y sensible. Él construyó todo su equipo con partes de un coche viejo. La finca es muy pequeña y todos allí tienen un buena relación con el pueblo de Boquete y los trabajadores. La finca se llama “Finca La Milagrosa” y el producto se llama “Café Don Alfredo”. Su  mejor producto es el café de las plantas de “Geisha”. Hay mucha demanda de este  producto en Japón, porque las frutitas de café de estas plantas están llenas de sabor. Haz Click acá para aprender más: http://www.panacoffee.com/index.html

 

Cerveza: Todo el mundo sabe que Argentina produce vinos increíbles… pero cerveza? Si! La cerveza argentina más popular, Quilmes, es horrible. Pero, hay muchísimas fábricas de cerveza allí  que son muy pequeñas y buenas.   Una de mis favoritas es Antares. Ellos tienen sedes de cervecerías en Buenos Aires y otras ciudades en Argentina. Además, en hipermercados como “Disco” se vende su producto en botella. Mi favorita es su Porter que es negro y tiene un sabor de chocolate y caramelo. Puede encontrar más información acá: http://www.cervezaantares.com/index.php

 

Vino: Es tan difícil elegir mi vino favorito en todo el mundo hispanohablante. Países como Argentina, Chile y España producen algunos de los vinos mas increíbles en todo el mundo. Uno de mis vinos favoritos de Mendoza se llama Rutini. Esos vinos son de “Bodega La Rural”, una de las bodegas más grandes en Argentina. Rutini es un productor de vinos que sabe como mezclar diferentes tipos de uvas para crear un sabor y un aroma diferente y especial. Pueden beber las botellas jóvenes, pero es mejor esperar tres o cuatro años. Si podés encontrar una botella de los años entre 2007 y 2009, creo que esos van a ser las mejores. Mira a su sitio de web para más información: http://www.bodegalarural.com.ar/#

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Dogfish Head Namaste 
I was pleasantly surprised by this ‘fish head! While I am not normally a fan of the more popular white beers (i.e.: Hoegaarden), this one was pleasantly surprising! This beer has strong flavors of organes, lemongrass and coriander, which gives it a fruity and spicy finish. 
Learn More Here: http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/occassional-rarities/namaste.htm

Dogfish Head Namaste 

I was pleasantly surprised by this ‘fish head! While I am not normally a fan of the more popular white beers (i.e.: Hoegaarden), this one was pleasantly surprising! This beer has strong flavors of organes, lemongrass and coriander, which gives it a fruity and spicy finish. 

Learn More Here: http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/occassional-rarities/namaste.htm

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Dogfish Head 75 Min IPA
For ten or eleven bucks, this is one of the best beers that money can buy. It is a mix of their more popular 60 and 90 minute IPAs with a hint of maple syrup. This velvety, smooth IPA is sweet and surprisingly paired well with empanadas and guacamole! 
For More: http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/occasional-rarities/75-minute-ipa.htm
While this is a limited production brew, I was able to find this on sale at Good Beer in NYC. (E 9th St bt. 1st Ave and Ave A) 

Dogfish Head 75 Min IPA

For ten or eleven bucks, this is one of the best beers that money can buy. It is a mix of their more popular 60 and 90 minute IPAs with a hint of maple syrup. This velvety, smooth IPA is sweet and surprisingly paired well with empanadas and guacamole! 

For More: http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/occasional-rarities/75-minute-ipa.htm

While this is a limited production brew, I was able to find this on sale at Good Beer in NYC. (E 9th St bt. 1st Ave and Ave A)