March 7, 2013 |
Luxurious as it may be to sip a great cup of coffee at a coffeehouse, sometimes there's nothing better than a fresh pot brewing away first thing in the morning when you've barely got your eyes open. For some, that first cup o' joe is nothing more than a jolt to get us up and running; for others, it's still a sacred art, even if we practice it in our bathrobes. If coffee is more your passion than vice, you probably take great care about where you buy your beans. But have you considered how you store them?
February 21, 2013 |
Handsome Coffee Roasters turns 1 on Monday, Feb. 25, and the downtown cafe is celebrating by offering free coffee to customers who stop by from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free coffee is just part of the onslaught of birthday freebies and discounts this week -- there's still time to get $5 bowls of ramen at Daikokuya in Little Tokyo through Friday, and Varnish bar downtown will be pouring free drinks on Sunday. (See the link below.) 582 Mateo St., Los Angeles, (213) 621-4194, www.handsomecoffee.com.
February 15, 2013 |
There are just a handful of tickets left for Food Forward's Foodsteader Tour , which kicks off in the spring. Angelenos not yet familiar with Food Forward should know that it's a volunteer-powered organization that goes around the city and the surrounding Los Angeles area to harvest excess fruits and vegetables from private homes and public spaces, and then distributes donations to local food pantries. Whether you want to sign up for individual sessions or the whole series, this year's Foodsteader Tour features four seasonal, hands-on workshops.
February 14, 2013 |
The sixth Cafecito Organico opened today in Burbank, and the latest cafe from the local roaster -- which until fairly recently was roasting coffee in a converted garage in East Los Angeles -- is located in what was formerly a Starbucks . Angel Orozco started the company in 2004, working out of Mama's Hot Tamales Café in MacArthur Park, a nonprofit business incubator collaborating with street vendors. Guatemala-born Orozco built relationships with producers and at first focused on the supply side of the business, then started roasting and selling his coffee at farmers markets, and opened the first retail location of Cafecito on Hoover Avenue a couple of years ago, focusing on single-origin Central American coffees.
February 11, 2013 |
You might have noticed the Neapolitan puppet, Pulcinella, painted on the wall at the corner of Silver Lake and Sunset boulevards next to Rudy's Barbershop. It's the mascot for Seattle-based Caffé Vita Coffee Roasting Co., which opened its first Los Angeles cafe in Silver Lake today. Give it up for yet more caffeine along the Eastside stretch of Sunset, including Intellgentsia at Sunset Junction and the months-old Taza in Echo Park (you might miss the latter if you're driving along Sunset and blink after Happy Tom's Burgers)
February 9, 2013 |
Beer made with roasted malts is going to remind you of other roasted flavors such as coffee. Some brewers actually throw in some coffee to punch up that quality, but the combination doesn't necessarily work. Here's a case in which it really does, and I don't think the reason is some beer equivalent of terroir (the brewery is in Kona, Hawaii, and uses local Kona coffee). The brewers just had a larger effect in mind than extra roastiness. Like any porter, it pours very dark brown with a high tan head.
February 1, 2013 |
Cult notebook Moleskine's Passion series includes a notebook for every burgeoning gastronome's obsession. That would be dedicated notebooks for beer, chocolate and coffee. And now wine. Keep your notes all in one place so you don't forget how much you liked that Musar Jeune from Chateau Musar in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley or that bar of Green & Black's organic chocolate. The Passions Wine Journal , billed as “your ideal wine cellar on paper,” has six sections to fill in: Sparkling, White, Rose, Red, Fortified/Sweet, Spirits.
January 13, 2013 |
Flight attendants, required to work long hours with little rest and to battle unruly passengers with oversize carry-on bags, must now deal with another midair hazard: exploding coffee filters. The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a safety alert to all airlines warning that packages of coffee grounds enclosed in filters have burst while coffee was being brewed in commercial planes. The FAA has recorded about a dozen coffee explosions in the last 10 years, causing first- and second-degree burns to flight attendants and passengers.
January 12, 2013 |
Following a week of uncertainty, a federal bankruptcy judge in Seattle confirmed that actor Patrick Dempsey beat out bidders such as Starbucks to win control of Tully's Coffee. The stud known as McDreamy emerged triumphant after a court hearing Friday in which Judge Karen Overstreet decided that the “Grey's Anatomy” actor could take over bankrupt Tully's for $9.15 million. “I'm thrilled that we prevailed,” Dempsey said in a statement. “From Day One, we have been focused on saving jobs, keeping Tully's independent and infusing new life and enthusiasm into the company.” Dempsey's company Global Baristas - which pitched its interest in Tully's as a way to save the company's 500 jobs - had gone up in an auction earlier this month against six other suitors, many with larger offers.
January 10, 2013 |
Patrick Dempsey may enjoy the return Thursday of the "Grey's Anatomy" TV series, but the would-be owner of the Tully's Coffee chain will be in a more somber mood Friday as a U.S. bankruptcy judge decides whether the actor's bid for the Seattle firm wins out. Last week, Dempsey, nicknamed McDreamy by his adoring fans, triumphantly announced that the company had chosen his $9.15-million bid. Dempsey's group, Global Baristas, said it would keep Tully's...