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July 19, 2007

Livin' on a lawsuit

As if the ubiquity of his music in DC bars wasn't enough reason to be annoyed with Bon Jovi, his lawsuit against coffee energy drink maker Mijovi surely seals the deal.

July 16, 2007

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July 15, 2007

The LA Times discovers kopi luwak

My friend Toby writes to ask if I've tried kopi luwak, the novelty coffee made from cherries digested by civet cats. The coffee was recently featured in the LA Times, resulting in the usual wave of interest.

I haven't tried it, mainly because there's a lot of fraudulent beans sold as kopi luwak and because I don't even know if the real stuff is sold freshly roasted. That and the fact that I don't have $600 lying around in my coffee budget. Even so, I would drink it if I had the chance.

I'm more interested in the Jacu bird coffee, which I've learned via James Hoffman is being sold green at Sweet Maria's. You've got to love a coffee whose grade is "avian selected." I'm not sure if they have it in stock right now, but if I can get my hands on some I'd love to try it out on my friend Courtney's roaster. Assuming she'll let me back in her house after last year's "incident," that is.

Update 12/16: Mags in San Francisco offers a fitting limerick.

[Cross-posted on Eternal Recurrence.]

July 9, 2007

Big Bear Opens in Bloomingdale

Last weekend I went to check out the DC coffee shop, Bloomingdale's Big Bear Cafe (no relation to the mysterious Berlin bear!). Furthering Counter Culture Coffee's domination of the Atlantic seaboard, the Bear serves up the popular roaster's coffee and 'spro. Not that I'm complaining -- DC still has need for many more good cafes, and CCC offers the best combination of quality, service, and training of anyone in the area.

Big Bear is a bit of a trek from Arlington, requiring a Metro line switch and a ten minute walk from the station to get there. There aren't many other businesses around, but the owners of the shop have organized a Sunday farmers market to build the community. Though small, the combination of fresh raspberries, live music, and good coffee makes it a worthwhile trip.

The shop has only been open a month and is still getting its legs. They were clearly a little stressed by the long line last weekend, but my cappuccino still came out nice and creamy and reasonably quickly. This will be a place to watch and a welcome addition to the DC coffee scene.

Pros: Good coffee, cool atmosphere, nice people, farmers market on Sundays.

Cons: Not much else around it yet, can be hard to get to, seems like it could be really hot in the DC summer if the breeze isn't blowing.

Location: 1700 1st St. NW.

More on Big Bear:
DC North
The Big Bear blog

[Cross-posted at Eternal Recurrence.]


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