Fork in the Road is publishing a series of local gift guides this year -- one from each regular contributor. This one comes from our Filtered columnist, Lauren Mowery. For caffeine hounds that range from the budding coffee or tea enthusiast to the pour over aficionado, this year's list of gift idea ... More >>
People of the Gun love the Old West, a place where, they like to imagine, "an armed society is a polite society" (as if Deadwood were a good model for modern life). But when the Starbucks' CEO Howard Shultz requested -- not demanded, mind you, but requested -- that people visiting his coffee shops ... More >>
Bag numbers 19 (left) and 18 (right) were, respectively, Blue Bottle's Guatemala Maya Ixil, roasted in Brooklyn, and Four Barrel's Guatemala Antigua Santa Cruz, roasted in San Francisco. I drink a lot of coffee at home, ground from beans right before being deposited in a French press. I saved the ... More >>
Well, this is awfully depressing. According to the Wall Street Journal, there has been a shortage of pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks. The seasonal drink debuted on September 4, but the craze has already drained supplies across the country. Apparently baristas are hitting the street to search for ... More >>
It was on my 6 a.m. train ride to work that I discovered with delight Sprudge's takedown of my last post, "How Not To Order Espresso." Sprudge, which I'd never heard of but admittedly now enjoy, is a site that focuses on coffee news and miscellany--and, apparently, writes critiques of other publicat ... More >>
Joe brings Guatemala to your press pot. [See More Kaffee Klatsch: Espresso To Stay, Surfboard To Go? | Black Coffee Roasting Company Beans Arrive at Murray's] Walk around San Francisco's South Bay for a while, through Silicon Valley towns like Mountain View and Palo Alto, and you're likely to dis ... More >>
Where do you intend to use that thing? Kips Bay? New York real estate makes for some mighty screwy bedfellows. No sooner had coffee-bar-turned-restaurant Doma been unceremoniously ejected from its West Village digs at the corner of Perry Street and Waverly Place than the brown paper went up in the ... More >>
It's a well-known fact that we New Yorkers love our iced coffee. So we knew you'd appreciate this recipe by Dallis Bros. Coffee's Josip Drazenovich. It's inspired by the popular Japanese-style iced coffee, and made using a hot brew method. You'll need a coffee brewer like a Bonmac, though any brewer ... More >>
Certified organic, with the roasting date inked in by hand. Now that's artisanal! If you're a coffee fanatic, it calls for a little celebration every time a new coffee roaster hits town. In the last couple of years, we've seen the arrival of Stumptown (Portland), Intelligentsia (Chicago), and Blue ... More >>
Great news for Starbucks aficionados -- and there's a lot of you out there. To kick off the summer season, Starbucks is bringing back their Frappuccino Happy Hour. The deal starts today. Customers who frequent the coffee shop from 3-5pm from May 4th to the 13th will get 50% off their Frappuccinos.
Lauren ShockeyStarbucks's Blonde (Ambition)Starbucks is continuing its coffee domination with a new, lighter brew of coffee called Blonde. The Seattle-based coffee company became known for its dark roasts, and this milder roast is both a departure and an opportunity for the brand to further ... More >>
If you find yourself in Cooper Square jonesin' for a cup of joe, but feel too lazy to make the very short walk to Astor Place or down the Bowery, your slothfulness might actually pay off -- great coffee, as it turns out, is even closer than before.
Marguerite McAfeeStarbucks is not only offending Alec Baldwin! It is causing trouble for regular people as well, particularly a woman named Marguerite McAfee, who had an incident this week at the Starbucks on Third Avenue and 23rd Street, her regular spot, where, she says, "The employees have ... More >>
Looks like Starbucks' Frappucinos might be getting some serious competition. The New York Post reports that not even a week after it launched its first New York City outpost, California coffee chain Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (1412 Broadway, 212-575-3854) has its sights set on opening a second b ... More >>
neilconway/flickrHot iced coffees, you say? This week in food blogs... Eater found out how the boys from Mexicue are faring, one year into their business. Grub Street examined the issue of drinking in public, the right way. Serious Eats rounded up nine great egg dishes. And, yes, the truff ... More >>
puuikibeach/Flickr It's time for Tuesday Toasts, our weekly feature highlighting the Fork in the Road team's favorite versions of popular dishes and favorite spots in the city for a given activity. They might not be the best or the coolest or the newest, but instead represent the things and p ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyThink Coffee on the left, MUD Truck on the rightOn a day like today when the temperatures swell to unbearable levels, one mustn't spend much time outside. And if one must venture out into the steamy streets, it better be for an iced beverage. Spending more than five minutes o ... More >>
Served in a tall glass, Love's affogato is on the verge of becoming a milkshake. You won't find affogato in most of today's fancy coffee bars. That's because, no matter how particular they are about the coffee and how they make it, they can't be bothered stocking gelato fine enough to go wit ... More >>
Last week, Stumptown owner Duane Sorenson took pains to explain that his coffee company was not, as had been reported, controlled by a large investment firm. But some beg to differ.
Starbucks sure knows how to caffeinate America, having recently introduced its ginormous 31-ounce Trenta size. Now it's come up with a way to get people even more hooked on their java: a mobile application that lets customers pay via their iPhones or BlackBerrys.
neil conway/flickrBlue Bottle coffee, pastry-less no more.Last month, we dropped by The Great Coffee Debate at the International Culinary Center, where we learned from Blue Bottle founder James Freeman that the Williamsburg coffee house was in the process of building a pastry kitchen in order ... More >>
At kosher, all- dairy Basil, a café and wine bar in Crown Heights, all staff are required to adhere to the Lubavitch dress code, even though most are African-American and Caribbean-American. [Wall Street Journal] The FDA has begun the process to approve the first genetically modified animal ... More >>
aliedwards/flickrQuite the cupping.It's no civet coffee -- you know, that crazy expensive coffee made from beans that have been pooped out of a tropical cat -- but beans grown by Hacienda la Esmeralda make nearly as coveted a cup joe.
CHOWPlus....espresso mudpie Hot on the heels of the Times plaintively crying, "How Much for Artisanal Ice Cream?" comes this handy-dandy CHOW guide to DIY ice cream sandwiches. From the "snickerdoodle" (two sugar cookies plus cinnamon ice cream) to the espresso mud pie shown here, the ... More >>
The Strada has three stations, digital pressure gauges, and a choice of ways to control the pressure as you draw a shot. Baristas, java flaks, and coffee geeks converged on Chelsea Market Wednesday evening for the unveiling of La Marzocco's new state-of-the-art expresso machine, called simpl ... More >>
basheertome/FlickrNow with more vegans.Looks like Starbucks is heeding the clarion call most recently trumpeted by the food scientists at Chipotle: it's introducing vegan frappuccinos.
HistoricBrooklyn.comFormer Gorilla workers welcome in the East Village.The mass walk-out staged by disgruntled Gorilla Coffee workers last Friday was admirably ballsy, but if there's one thing a trained barista knows, it's that he or she probably won't have to look far to find another job. Es ... More >>
Pop-up restaurants are a great way to allow young chefs to experiment with new menus without the risk of bankruptcy. And, unlike underground supper clubs, they're legal. [NY Times] Memorial Sloan-Kettering's executive chef took top prize when kitchen chiefs from top hospitals around the city ... More >>
Jenny MillerThe future home of the Atlas Cafe. A trot up the Lower East Side's Clinton Street this week revealed an unexpected sight: Yet another coffee shop seemed to be on the brink of opening. A man wielding a paintbrush confirmed this; early next week, a second location of Williamsburg's ... More >>
The mellow, mellow Stumptown macchiato. While the name may sound like a retirement village for Civil War amputees, coffee aficionados know that Stumptown of Portland, Oregon, is one of the country's most respected coffee roasters and retailers, credited with revolutionizing the brewing of c ... More >>
Michael Dominic/winetruth.net Simon Sips has lost its Simon. Seven months after opening the espresso and wine bar, which occupies the former Tasting Room space on East 1st Street, Simon Mammon has parted ways with his namesake operation. Mammon tells Fork in the Road that while the cause of his ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesApril 2, 1964, Vol. IX, No. 24City Softens Approach to Poets in CafesA vaguely positive ambiance resulted from last Wednesday's meeting between representatives of the City License Department and a delegation of poets whose readings at Le Metro, 1 ... More >>
It seems like summer might never arrive, but in the hopes that it does, we thought we'd look into the best way to whip up iced coffee at home. Luckily, Kevin Cuddeback, the CEO of Gimme! Coffee, was on hand to advise. "[You can make] delicious iced coffee using standard home appliances," says Cudde ... More >>
Inspired by the Turks, the spinach-and-cheese burek is one of the glories of Albanian cuisine. (click to masticate) A burek is a flaky filo pie shaped like a spare tire. Conventionally, it can be stuffed with cheese, spinach and cheese, or ground meat, with little in the way of spices or herbs. ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesMay 23, 1963, Vol. VIII, No. 31The MacDougal SceneBy J.R. GoddardAt 4 o'clock on a Friday afternoon, half-deserted MacDougal Street moves in an indolent dream of its Village past.Bearded kids, and girls with long, straight hair reaching far down ... More >>
DC restaurateurs have high hopes for the Obama administration and a president that likes to eat out and not stay at home dining on Tex-Mex.[New York Times]Fishermen in Maine are organizing community-supported fishery programs modeled after CSAs to provide fresh fish to consumers and get fair prices ... More >>