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Traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony Brewed Up by Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Cafe Colucci at SF Chefs

Traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony Brewed Up by Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Cafe Colucci at SF Chefs

| August 7, 2012 | 11 Comments

A traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony was presented for SF Chefs by Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Fetlework Tefferi of Oakland’s Cafe Colucci. The bean roasting demo was followed by a brunch of Ethiopian specialties.

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Maui Coffee Farm Tour

Maui Coffee Farm Tour

| July 11, 2012 | 4 Comments

Experience Maui through its coffee: we tour a small coffee estate, a commercial scale farm, learn about heirloom Maui-grown coffee, roast and bag, and of course, enjoy some fresh-brewed coffee.

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Eating in Portland: A Weekend Away

Eating in Portland: A Weekend Away

| May 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Megan Gordon escapes to Portland for a very quick weekend trip where she discovers Sweet and Salty cookies, strong cocktails, even stronger coffee, and some very spicy chicken wings. This article begins to answer the question, where to eat and drink in Portland right now?

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Azahar Coffee: Farm Fresh from Colombia

Azahar Coffee: Farm Fresh from Colombia

| May 4, 2012 | 7 Comments

Azahar is a coffee company doing something that no one else is–or probably ever has. Their coffee is “Farm Fresh” from Colombia; they roast their beans only two weeks to two months off the farm, versus other companies, whose beans are up to a year old before they are roasted. Azahar’s focus on quality and freshness is combined with a sustainable business practice (economic, social, and environmental) that also happens to be incredibly beneficial to the farmers with whom they work.

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Cruising for Caffeine – The East Bay Edition

Cruising for Caffeine – The East Bay Edition

| May 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

Last spring, my friend Pamela Palma and I organized a big group bicycle ride that visited several of our favorite coffee shops and cafes in San Francisco. For our second annual event, we created an East Bay edition comprised of six stops spread throughout Oakland and Berkeley.

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Well Fed: Greenwood/Phinney Ridge Neighborhood, Seattle

Well Fed: Greenwood/Phinney Ridge Neighborhood, Seattle

| February 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Next time you’re in Seattle, the Greenwood and Phinney Ridge neighborhoods are some of the richest for food, walkability, and charm. Megan Gordon sets out to find the most delicious and inviting spots for morning, noon, and night.

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Quiet Spots for Breakfast in Seattle

Quiet Spots for Breakfast in Seattle

| February 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

Spending more time in Seattle these days, Megan Gordon sets out to discover her favorite quiet breakfast spot. What she finds surprises even her: it’s right in the heart of bustling downtown.

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The Social Study: The Lower Fillmore Gets A Caffeine Upgrade

The Social Study: The Lower Fillmore Gets A Caffeine Upgrade

| February 6, 2012 | 3 Comments

Part café, part wine bar, The Social Study, is the latest addition to the spate of new venues opening up in the Lower Fillmore neighborhood, and will be sure to delight coffee and jazz lovers across the city.

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We’ll Always Have (Tea Time in) Paris

We’ll Always Have (Tea Time in) Paris

| January 20, 2012 | 2 Comments

When in Paris, indulge in afternoon tea. The writer and her daughter discover funky, vintage, classic and elegant tea salons: La Fourmi Ailée, MILK, Musee Jacquemart-André and the king of them all, Thé Mariage Frères.

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Bay Area Favorites at the 2012 Fancy Food Show

Bay Area Favorites at the 2012 Fancy Food Show

| January 19, 2012 | 1 Comment

It’s no secret that we’re spoiled here in the Bay Area due to an abundance of artisanal, locally produced gourmet specialty foods.

So, it’s not a surprise that while attending this year’s massive Fancy Food Show at San Francisco’s Moscone Center many of the favorite products I tasted were produced by Bay Area purveyors.

Here are my top six recommendations.

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2nd Annual Good Food Awards

2nd Annual Good Food Awards

Makers from Northern California sweep the 2nd Annual Good Food Awards. Find out who won!

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KQED’s Forum: SF’s Coffee Innovators

KQED’s Forum: SF’s Coffee Innovators

| January 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Bay Area has been at the forefront of a coffee renaissance in recent years, and local boutique companies like Blue Bottle, Ritual and Four Barrel are now spreading their roasting philosophy — and their coffee beans — across the country. KQED’s Forum talks to some of the entrepreneurs behind the so-called “third-wave” coffee movement.

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A Cafe Community Grows In Oakland: Arbor Cafe Is Open For Business

A Cafe Community Grows In Oakland: Arbor Cafe Is Open For Business

| December 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Temescal’s Telegraph Avenue in Oakland is becoming quite the coffee-lovers’ hot spot. There’s a new cafe on the block, Arbor, which has been open since October.

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Oakland’s Boot and Shoe Service Cafe Shines

Oakland’s Boot and Shoe Service Cafe Shines

| July 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

Eagerly awaiting the opening for months, Megan Gordon scopes out the new Boot and Shoe Service morning cafe on Grand Avenue in Oakland.

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