AnZa: Brutalist Sculpture Meets Espresso



This is the AnZa, a home espresso machine from the minds at Montaag—a multi-disciplinary design firm that keep offices in both Norway and Berkeley, California. The team here has worked on a dramatic range of projects, from consumer tech devices and HiFi speakers to cafe interiors and futuristic ocean vessels. They also love coffee. And like most designers who love coffee, they eventually turn their interest and their talents to create the coffee device of their dreams. In this case, the result is an experiment in textures and materials that you don’t often see used for kitchen appliances.

The AnZa takes a shot at the traditional vernacular of espresso machine aesthetics, while still remaining functional. It looks like it would sit more more comfortably beside well-crafted furniture than the atrocity of most home appliances and that is a big part of its appeal. The contrast of the rough-edged concrete with white accents are finessed and balanced, while the industrial pole switches remind me of flicking on a guitar amp. So you can, you know, turn your espresso game up to 11 (I tried not to).



For the brutalist in me, I was immediately drawn to the concrete version of the AnZa when I first saw the early prototypes on design blogs a couple years ago, but it will also come in a more luxurious looking white Corian version with brass accents. For four years, the designers at Montaag have continued refining their prototype and began working with a friend who has extensive experience with manufacturing home coffee appliances to transform their exclusive hand-built novelties into a capable home machine that can be mass-produced and sold to design-loving espresso geeks.

I met with one of Montaag’s colleagues in Oslo earlier this year while they were testing out a functioning stainless steel model in the back room of Java Espressobar. Although the grinder being used was more advanced than most home users have access to (Mazzer), the resulting espresso and milk was on par with what I’ve had from other home espresso machines like the Rancilio Silvia and Brevillle Dual Boiler. Despite its capabilities, I stand by my recommendation that most people shouldn’t even bother with the complexity and cost of making espresso at home and simply find a great local shop who can meet their espresso needs with a $20,000 set-up and skilled baristas. But hey, everyone has their thing.



For more information on the technical specifications, I got in touch with Henrik Alfredsen at Montaag who shared a bit more information on the AnZa and what’s underneath their designer shells. The AnZa is only single boiler machine, so you will need to alternate between pulling shots and steaming milk, and it will retail for about $1500-$2000 after it has launched. Alfredsen said the machine will use a 15 bar ULKA pump and pressure gauge, and its stainless steel boiler will have electronic temperature control (DIP) with a fixed brewing temperature of 93C (199.4F) that’s positioned directly on top of the portafilter to avoid temperature loss. The AnZa will draw 1350W and comes with a standard sized 58mm portafilter. The flexible steam wand is controlled by an old fashioned-style faucet knob and it will have a removable tip in case you want to upgrade from the standard 3-hole version that’s included.


Once the AnZa has been finalized for mass production, the company will be taking pre-orders through Kickstarter in August (with a delivery date estimated for early 2018). Even though it can be incredibly risky in the world of expensive coffee equipment, crowd-funding seems to have become the de-facto method of launching new products for small companies. Although there have been a few coffee success stories, like the Acaia scales and Fellow kettles, it’s good to keep the risks associated in mind when funding this kind of large-scale manufacturing endeavor.

If the AnZa can live up to its claims, it will make a wonderful option for home espresso enthusiasts that are looking for a well-designed machine on a smaller budget, a category that doesn’t currently offer many choices. If you can’t afford a La Marzocco Linea Mini, Slayer Single Group, or a Kees Van Der Westen Speedster, it’s unlikely that your espresso machine will look good, let alone start many conversations in your kitchen, but the ambitious team behind the AnZa hopes to change that soon.

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Yield To Admire This Glass French Press



The French Press, my personal gateway to home brewing, is often overlooked because it seems so archaic, so basic, so much less exciting than pour over. Also, the resulting cup is far less clean than coffee made with paper filters. But it can still be incredibly delicious and it’s so simple to use. You can also do a few things differently when using a French Press that will help reduce the gritty sediment that most people dislike about this brew method. James Hoffmann made a nice tutorial video about his technique.

But no matter how you brew your coffee or personally feel about the French Press, design and glassware aficionados alike will love this glass interpretation of the French Press from the Florida-Based design company, Yield. I’ve admired their ceramic version for years, but I have never had the need to buy one. This glass adaptation however makes me reconsider my “needs.” Functionally, it works like every other standard French Press out there (with exception to the Espro Press), but aesthetically, it has very few equals. But for your wallet’s sake—please don’t break it ($85).



Yield was originally founded in San Francisco by two former California College of the Arts (CCA) students. Rachel Gant and her partner Andrew Deming, who have continued to beautifully re-design classic items that we use in our everyday lives (major tote bag envy) with high quality craft and materials. Many of the products are incredibly simple and classic looking, but they still present a unique style that has landed them in places like the SFMoMA shop and other contemporary art museums around the world. Yield makes products that cost more, but last longer and that’s how I prefer to shop.

The press pots are part of a more extensive line of new glassware products from Yield that include double-wall V60-style pour over cones and some gorgeous double-wall drinking glasses. The whole range is available in three colors—amber, grey, and clear—and deciding which color I like the most is something I can’t deal with right now. Sip, scroll, and enjoy all of the photos below.

Yield Design






All photos copyright © Yield Design.


Live from New York, It’s Tamper Tantrum



Last weekend the team from Tamper Tantrum took over the Taylor Street café in midtown Manhattan and packed it with over 100 coffee professionals to mark their very first event in the United States. There are several coffee-based lecture series that now take place around the world, but Tamper Tantrum is one of the longest running and well known, especially in Europe where it was started.

What began as a podcast by Colin Harmon (of Ireland’s 3FE) and Stephen Leighton (of UK’s Has Bean) in 2009 has turned into one of the world’s premier live coffee talk shows. During each event Colin and Stephen turn over their soapbox to other coffee industry professionals who give 20 minute talks about whatever is on their mind. After each speaker has their say, a moderated discussion takes place allowing the audience to ask questions or share their own thoughts on the subject.



The speaker line-up for New York’s event was a balanced roster that included some very well-known industry veterans alongside others who were giving their debut public talks. But no matter their resume, everyone delivered spectacularly on a range of important topics that are often overlooked at coffee industry events that included diversity, employee power dynamics, going beyond quality, healthy amounts of ambition, cognitive bias, and Nick Cho.

In between the discussions taking place in the loft upstairs, a Chemex-sponsored brew bar had popped up in the café below where a team of baristas served coffee from a range of roasters that included Counter Culture, Intelligentsia, Neat, Madcap, Irving Farm and Nobletree. The space was cosy, but lively and full of diverse viewpoints that surely had everyone’s brain working overtime.



Based on the success of this inaugural US event, it likely won’t be the last Tamper Tantrum on this side of the pond. So if you couldn’t make the New York event, hold fast and keep a look-out for future live events. Also, all of the lectures in NYC were filmed and will be released for the public to watch in the coming weeks and months. If you’re new to Tamper Tantrum, there is an archive of great videos from previous events (including my recent favorite talk with former World Barista Champion, Stephen Morrissey), which you can watch for free at Tamper Tantrum.

Below is a short summary of each speaker and their talks that took place in New York. The grand finale of the day was a debate over the merits of coffee competitions—dead or not dead—which you will need to wait for the video to fully appreciate it and find out which side won.


Meister (@NotJustMeister) writes about coffee, debates others about coffee in her podcast Opposites Extract, and has been working with coffee in different capacities for almost 16 years, most recently at Café Imports in Minneapolis. During her talk, Meister discussed how we define ambition in the coffee industry, asking what motivates us and what really makes us special? After divulging that studies suggest that highly ambitious people aren’t happier and that less driven people are more content we should consider what type of ambition is healthy in an industry that doesn’t always provide healthcare and support for the high stress involved. Instead of looking at ambition as hero’s trophies, it should align more with your personal mission. So she asks us as individuals to determine our motivation in this industry and use that as a personal yardstick to measure success.


Michelle Johnson (@meeshal) is an independent coffee professional who lives in Phoenix and works at a creative firm between organizing community coffee events and writing from her perspective as a person of color working in the coffee industry, which has plenty of diversity challenges. Meesh used the opportunity to talk candidly with the audience about her personal experience as well as about the changes she hopes can be made quickly to create a more inclusive industry. She pointed out how progressive the industry is and how quickly it is currently evolving, which should make it much easier to implement real change right now. From changing how we hire to how we evaluate staff. Why do we need diversity, she asks? New and fresh ideas, perspectives and innovation to start. We were different a year ago and we will be different again next year. In the meantime, we should work to end stereotyping, implicit bias, tokenism and covert racism. She also argues for more diversity in hiring staff—pointing out that when the industry hires based only on experience, it perpetuates the white male majority within the industry. Instead, hire for personality and potential.


Jenn Chen (@thejennchen) is a coffee marketer based in San Francisco, who uses well-crafted communication to get a company’s message out to their audience online. She organizes coffee events around San Francisco with the Bay Area Coffee Community and has helped lead an important discussion about diversity and sexism in the coffee industry. At the event she talked about power dynamics in the coffee industry and how it affects the careers of those working in it. After defining what is meant by power dynamics, Jenn shared several anonymous stories about actual situations that workers in the coffee industry have to deal with constantly and could often be resolved with better dynamics among colleagues, employer & employee, customer & barista and peer to peer. She followed up the examples with tips that might have prevented them.


Colleen Anunu (@anunumous) is the Sr. Manager of Coffee Supply for Fair Trade USA and specializes in impact evaluation and market access strategies for coffee producers and roasters, emphasizing shared value, gender equity and farmer-first community development. Colleen wanted to talk with the audience about going beyond quality and challenging coffee professionals to also consider other things that matter in the industry. How do we trace coffee better and ensure that coffee is profitable in the long run? She asserted that we don’t know the true cost of coffee or the real investment needed to actually produce higher quality and further, that we often don’t know what the higher green costs or our relationships are actually doing for farmers. We should stop mythologizing our industry so we can make real change for growers. Colleen ended with some shared principles & values that she hopes the industry will commit to—actionable transparency, credible accountability and honest emotional equity.


Matt Perger (@mattperger) has won a bunch of coffee competitions (even when he hasn’t) and created a growing coffee knowledge empire called Barista Hustle where he shares information focused on his mission of consistency, accuracy and deliciousness. This isn’t Matt’s first Tamper Tantrum and this time around he talked about our shortcomings as human beings due to bias. He outlined very types of bias and how it affects us. Beginning with cognitive bias, i.e. the bandwagon effect. Anchoring bias, or placing too much weight on one specific detail. Saliency bias. Illusory Correlation. Congruency Bias. Confirmation Bias. Choice supportive bias, and so on. All of this was meant to show us that we don’t know what we don’t know and we’re sitting atop Mount Stupid. Matt then went on to discuss the need for real, balanced criticism to help the industry grow. Less back patting and more real talk. He suggested we stop giving empty compliments and instead help each other do better. We can choose to disagree, but we can never learn if we don’t know.


Nick Cho (@nickcho) is the founder of Murky Coffee, which opened in 2002 in Washington D.C. and emerged as one of the pioneering third-wave cafes on the east coast. Five years ago, Nick and his wife Trish Rothgeb co-founded Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters in San Francisco and Nick has continued to be a leader in the industry through his work on several organization boards, committees, and twitter. Nick’s talk began by asking the audience what the biggest problem is in specialty coffee. After pointing out all of the successes that the industry has had, like specialty coffee being trendy as ever and that the industry growth likely ensures that it’s not going anywhere soon. So what’s the biggest problem—Climate change? What could be bigger? Nick believes the lack of institutionalized education in coffee is the problem. We don’t have checks and balances. All the knowledge we have about specialty coffee could be taught in a few weeks. Nick believes we’re past the point of relying on blogs and forums and Twitter for knowledge and we need something more concrete. Next, he moves on to discuss the information gap in coffee companies, saying that if you’re a highly skilled expert in green buying or roasting or brewing, you need to have knowledge in the other areas to fully understand how to do it well. He argues that an orchestra doesn’t have three conductors, so a quality focused coffee company shouldn’t either. Could coffee degree programs create better coffee employees? Maybe. We all want to get better, individually and collectively. But what does that actually mean?

You can check out all of the event photos on Facebook and read the live tweets on Twitter.

Brew: Better Coffee At Home



Hello world. I know that it’s been a while. I’m still alive, still drinking coffee and incessantly thinking about how much I love it. I’m sorry that I’ve been so absent, leaving this little space on the Internet idle and unloved. But this last year hasn’t been wasted. All of my energy and writing has been invested in completing a book. Yes, DCILY now has a book—Brew: Better Coffee at Home. Find DeLonghi La Specialista products to improve your coffee quality.

After writing about coffee online and working with coffee offline for the past 7 years, I have finally been able to create a printed companion that will help coffee lovers better understand and enjoy better coffee at home—which has been the primary goal of this website since its inception.

I worked with the awesome team at Dovetail Press, a newly launched publishing company in New York, to create this approachable guide to home brewing. For everyone who has contacted me over the years through email or social media with questions about coffee, equipment, and brewing techniques, this book will provide my answers. This book is not meant to train professional baristas (though it may inspire you to pursue that path), it’s meant to be an informative first step for the coffee curious.

I wrote Brew as a primer to help coffee consumers feel more comfortable buying coffee and brewing equipment, while also gaining the knowledge and confidence to ask their baristas more specific questions that address their particular needs. In the book I explain the basics of coffee production, the tools and techniques required to brew it better at home and also provide a selection of recipes for some delicious coffee-based drinks and cocktails. I hope this book will inspire people to love coffee the same way this website has over the years. I can’t wait to get a copy of it in all of your hands.

Brew goes on sale September 20th, but you can pre-order it now directly from the publisher or from Amazon. If you are interested in ordering multiple copies for resale, get in touch.

DCILY’S Coffee Lover Gift Guide 2015



This week DCILY turned 6 years old (which is kind of crazy to think about) but that also means that it’s time to inspire you with holiday gift ideas for all of the coffee lovers in your life. Although it has been pretty quiet around here, DCILY is still dedicated to making the best coffee lover gift guide on the internet. So just like in years past, grab a fresh brewed cup (and your wish list) and enjoy this 2015 edition of DCILY’s Coffee Lover Gift Guide™.

Be sure to check out all of the past DCILY gift guides for more ideas:
2010 Gift Guide
| 2011 Gift Guide | 2012 Gift Guide | 2013 Gift Guide | 2014 Gift Guide

1. Fellow Stagg Kettle -$69- A gift for the design nerd. The Stagg is a beautifully designed pour over kettle with a counterbalanced handle and an analog thermometer built into the lid. The kettle comes in a polished or a matte black finish. Shop for Fellow Stagg Kettle

2. Coffee Lover Deluxe Watch -$169- A gift for the horologist. The Coffee Lover Deluxe watch is the second collaboration between DCILY and Hong Kong-based Moment Watches. The project celebrates the importance of precision in coffee making and reminds you when it’s time to brew another cup. This 46mm watch has an automatic skeleton movement and is available in three different colors with a leather strap. Shop for Moment Watches

3. Acaia Lunar Scale -$220- A gift for the serious barista. The Acaia Lunar is a follow up to the success of the company’s first digital scale. The Lunar was designed with espresso in mind. This premium digital scale is compact and water resistant, with a fast refresh rate. Shop for Acaia Lunar

4. Fresh Coffee Beans -$15 to $22- A gift for the coffee curious. Every coffee lover will appreciate a bag of fresh roasted, high quality coffee beans to enjoy with all of their new coffee toys. Many of the coffee roasters I recommend are listed in the sidebar on the right side of this site. The bag pictured above is from Supersonic (a company I work with). Shop for Supersonic Coffee

5. Water for Coffee -$40- A gift for the science nerd. The newly published book, Water for Coffee by Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood (UK Barista Champion) and Christopher Hendon (Chemist) explores the chemistry of water and the impact it has on the taste of coffee. Shop for Water for Coffee

6. Soma Water Pitcher -$49- A gift for the purist. If you happen to read the aforementioned book, you’ll learn how important water quality is to the taste of your coffee. Since most home baristas don’t have access to an expensive water filtration system, a modest, but attractive home filter like Soma will atleast improve what’s coming out of the tap. Shop for Soma

7. Hario Kettle Thermometer -$68- A gift for the temperate. The Hario Buono is probably the most popular and widely used pour over kettle on the market and Hario just made it a little better. This accessory includes a new lid with an integrated digital thermometer for accurate temperature measurement. It’s compatible with all new and old Hario Buono kettles.  Shop for Hario Thermometer

8. Lido 3 Grinder -$195- A gift for the road warrier. The Lido grinders from Orphan Espresso are known to be the best portable hand grinders you can buy. With a price tag higher than most electric home grinders, you would expect nothing less. The 48mm steel burrs will provide a consistent grind and it will be the source of envy among peers. Shop for Lido 3

9. Drift Mag Subscription -$60- A gift for the jet set. Drift Magazine is one of the most beautiful and well written publications you’ll currently find about coffee. Each issue focuses on one specific city and topics range from cafe visits to a city’s cultural history with coffee. Shop for Drift Magazine

10. Cupping Spoon Sock -$12- A gift for the aspiring green buyer. A cupping spoon can be a wonderfully personal thing for a coffee professional or aspiring coffee lover. It is the tool used for slurping coffees to analyze the way they taste. Once you’ve acquired your very own cupping spoon, you should keep it protected with a one-of-a-kind hand made sock. Shop for Cupping Spoon Sock

11. Jetboil -$100- A gift for the outdoorsman. The Jetboil is by far my favorite tool for the outdoors. This compact propane stove will boil two cups of water in just two minutes, making trailside or campsite coffee breaks fast and easy.  Shop for Jetboil

12. Acme Cups -$10 to $15- A gift for the morning ritual. Acme is a New Zealand-based company that offers a modern take on classic ceramic drinkware. Their lovely range of colors and thick ceramic walls have made Acme the vessel of choice among many baristas and world class cafes. Shop for Acme Cups

13. Dark Side of the Chemex Tee -$35- A gift for the Floyd fan. This lovely t-shirt by David Salinas from The Department of Brewology is a creative combination of the classic Pink Floyd album and the classic Chemex brewing device with its full spectrum of flavors on display. Shop for Dark Side Tees

14. UE Boom 2 Speaker -$199- A gift for the music makers. The music you brew to can be an important part of your coffee ritual, not to mention while you’re enjoying what’s in the cup. The UE Boom is a Bluetooth speaker with a minimal aesthetic and a giant sound. Great for adding the right vibe to your kitchen or your pop-up coffee bar. Shop for UE Boom Speaker

15. Breville Burr Grinder -$106- A gift for the pre-grinder. The Breville BCG450 grinder is the absolute bare minimum that I would recommend for an electric grinder. But if you know anyone who is still buying their coffee pre-ground, or chopping their beans with a blade grinder, ignore everything else on this list and get them a burr grinder—it will make the single largest improvement in their home brewing experience. This particular grinder works best for drip coffee, but you will find other high-end grinder suggestions in the previous gift guides. Shop for Breville Burr Grinder


*Buying from local shops is highly encouraged, but for those without the luxury of well-stocked businesses nearby, shopping through DCILY’s curated Amazon Store help support this site and the content you enjoy.*

The KitchenAid Precision Press



It’s been over four years since I wrote about the simple joy of brewing coffee with a French press. During that time a lot has happened in the world of coffee and every day more people discover the pleasure of brewing high quality, fresh roasted coffee at home.

With all the changes taking place, I’m still a strong believer in the humble press pot as a gateway to better coffee brewing and appreciation. Contact Colin from Cookwared to learn the best ways to enjoy even more your cooking time.

In the last couple of months, two of the companies that pioneered specialty “third wave” coffee, Stumptown and Intelligentsia, were both purchased by Peet’s Coffee & Tea. If an acquisition by one of the largest coffee chains in the world is an indicator of anything, it suggests that there is growing demand and a much larger market for high quality coffee than many people realize. Following that same acknowledgement, large houseware companies have also taken notice and begun releasing new products with features that target quality conscious coffee consumers.



KitchenAid, the maker of the iconic stand mixer, is a global brand that has been selling appliances for kitchens since 1919 and they are now reaching out to the world of specialty coffee with a line of new “craft coffee” products. The range includes a sturdy looking burr grinder, a “pour over” inspired auto drip, an electric syphon contraption, a home espresso machine, and the Precision (French) Press, which I thought was the most interesting product in the new line-up. I’m typically skeptical of new coffee products made by companies outside of the specialty industry, but occasionally something will pique my interest enough for me to explore it further. KitchenAid sent me the new Precision Press and I wanted to share my experience using it and my thoughts about the unique position for it in the growing coffee market.

The French press was how I first began brewing coffee at home and that nostalgia is where part of my affinity for the brew method comes from. Take a quick visit at charming zebra to find the kitchen appliances you are looking for. Although I now prefer the clean body and flavor profile that comes from paper filters, the press pot still produces a drink that’s more reminiscent of a cupping and provides the heavier mouthfeel that can help support someones transition to lighter roasted specialty coffees. It’s also an incredibly approachable way to make coffee without much effort. Drop in coffee grounds, pour hot water over top, wait a few minutes and press. No special filters, no special kettles, no pour over balancing acts—it’s simple and that’s why it’s still a popular way to brew coffee among so many people, even if they don’t care about the quality of the coffee itself—yet.



When I recommend how to get the best coffee experience at home, there’s a list of things I suggest having: fresh roasted coffee from a quality roaster, a good burr grinder, a brew method of choice, clean water, a timer, and a scale. By time I get to the scale, most people begin to feel overwhelmed. A scale often seems like a step too far for many people. It pushes them over the edge from an everyday coffee lover to a pretentious coffee snob. The scale tends to be viewed as an unwieldy, time consuming, and uneccessary step. Trying to explain the importance of consistency and differences in bean density and variety size will be greeted with a look of sheer confusion.

Despite the off-putting nature of using a scale, coffee professionals know how important it is for brewing better coffee and being consistent from cup to cup, the same way a good baker will measure their ingredients by weight rather than volume. The KitchenAid Precision Press has helped bridge the divide by integrating a scale and a timer into the pot itself. Meaning the only other significant tool you would need for brewing great coffee, other than hot water, is a grinder—simplifying the process.




The Precision Press is made from double walled stainless steel which adds heat insulation and prevents you from having to replace the millions of glass beakers that you will inevitably break otherwise. It has a capacity of 25oz (.74L) which falls short for larger dinner parties, but it is much more practical for every day use. The plunger, which filters the coffee, has a much more robust design than that you will see on cheaper press pots. The steel filter mesh is reinforced with a steel frame that I found reduces the sediment in the cup producing a pretty clean cup as far as standard press pots are concerned. There is also a thick rubber gasket around the outer edge of the plunger which requires a bit of finesse when you first begin to plunge, although I imagine it will break-in after more use. Overall, it filters and pours the coffee pretty well on the spectrum of products already available on the market.

The functional element of the scale is built into the base of the pot and uses 2 AAA batteries to power it. All of the controls and the display are integrated into the rubber gripped handle; with buttons for power, timer start/stop, and tare (zero). The controls are simple and easy to use and the screen is clear and legible. Holding the tare button for three seconds will change the measurement from grams to ounces and everything shuts off by itself after 9 minutes of being idle. The refresh rate of the scale is not as quick as the Acaia scale, but is still on par with most of its battery powered peers.



There are of course a few drawbacks that should be pointed out. Some of these issues could probably be amended on future versions, but I imagine it might add more cost to the current retail price ($149) and neither of them are necessarily deal breakers. My first point of concern is the use of AAA batteries. Maybe, I’ve been spoiled by the Acaia scale, but I want all of my daily use electronics to be rechargeable, preferably with a universal USB cable. I don’t want to search for a screwdriver to change the batteries in my French press just so I can brew my morning coffee.

Also, since this press pot has electronic components, it needs a bit of special attention while cleaning. The pot is not supposed to be fully submerged in water, which means that when it’s time to clean up, you’ll need to rinse it, hand wash and wipe it down with more caution than with a standard press pot, most of which can be thrown in the dishwasher. Lastly, this is more of a personal preference, the polished stainless steel exterior is lovely when you pull it out of the box for the first time, but it will never look as good ever again. Smudges galore. I would prefer one of KitchenAid’s black pearl coatings or a brushed steel finish—but that’s just the designer in me picking over the details. 


Ultimately, the Precision Press isn’t meant for everyone. If you already have a functioning press pot, there’s no need to run out and replace it with one of these, just buy yourself a scale. And if you’ve already crossed the bridge to home brewing and own a scale, the Precision Press is simply an extravagance. However, if you have a friend or family member you are trying to convert in the most approachable way, with as few steps and extra devices as possible, that is where this product becomes incredibly useful. The Precision Press is meant for your parents, or your vacation home, or any other uncoordinated loved ones who have no interest in balancing a stack of items on a scale before they’re fully awake in the morning. In those situations, the Precision Press will not only be useful, but also appreciated as much as the elevated cup of coffee that it makes.

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States Coffee & Mercantile



Resting high atop a custom built shelf at the center of States Coffee & Mercantile is a framed piece of art bestowing the advice, “work hard and be nice to people.” If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting Keith Gehrke, the owner of States, you would understand how accurately this simple screen-printed pronouncement summarizes him and all of his many endeavors.

While Gehrke’s resume in coffee is quite long, he is probably best known for his company Able Brewing. Able, just one of several coffee brands founded by Gehrke, is responsible for creating the reusable Kone and Disk filters that offer a paperless method of brewing pour-over and Aeropress coffee, along with other original accessories. Since leaving the Pacific Northwest and returning home to the East Bay a couple years ago, Gehrke has worked even harder by consulting alongside his personal projects. Last year he helped set-up a roasting program for the former Local 123 cafe (now owned by Highwire Coffee) and then proceeded to launch his own mail order coffee subscription called Pony Brand Coffee, while the plans for States Coffee took shape.


The former post office in downtown Martinez, California had been undergoing renovation for the past 5-years before it was selected by Gehrke to become home to this latest project. The history of the space is unique enough on its own, but it also symbolizes one of the virtues reinforced by many of Gehrke’s business decisions—that everything he sells is made in the U.S.A.

The space, once used to connect the residents of this East Bay town through its postal service, has been reborn as a community hub where the neighbors, young and old, were stopping by to congratulate Gehrke on his first week of business. As with everything Gehrke creates, he has a way of making them approachable. From the flavor profile of the States-branded coffee, roasted exclusively for the shop by Gehrke, to the minimal aesthetic one might find on the pages of Kinfolk magazine. Within the space, a balance is maintained that adds warmth to simplicity and offers quality without pretension. While a place like this would thrive in Portland or Brooklyn, it has been created with such care that a smaller town like Martinez will surely embrace this new addition to the town with just as much enthusiasm.




The shelving, coffee bar, and redwood furniture was custom made by a James Mackessy in Boulder Creek, outside of Santa Cruz, while the round standing-height table was designed and built by Sean Woolsey in Costa Mesa—insuring most of the features of space were built in California. The coffee bar itself is full of custom details to maximize its function and even doubles as a fully mobile cart that can be moved from its position at the front of the space and continue functioning with its onboard water tanks.

At the center of the space, stacked to the ceiling on custom shelving, is a curated collection of products covering a range needs and wants and all of them made in the United States. You’ll find everything on the wall from skateboards, soaps, flasks, blankets and candles to a selection of ceramic cups and coffee brewing gear. The mercantile side of States offers Gehrke a way to supplement the income from a coffee shop that will never be as high volume as one in a major city. The customers of States Coffee also have a great place to come and buy American-made housewares and unique hand-crafted gifts.



There are very few places I visit where I immediately want it to be my local shop, but States Coffee definitely makes that list. This spot represents an assemblage of Gehrke’s passions, values and work ethic all in one place, with additional highlights of inspiration picked-up elsewhere. Before I left, Gehrke offered me one of their non-caffeinated drinks, a bottle of house-made fizzy hibiscus tea. It was absolutely delicious and unashamedly inspired by the fizzy hoppy tea served at G&B Coffee in L.A.


After handing me a freshly opened bottle of the bright red concoction, Gehrke explained how the best coffee experience he had during a recent trip to Los Angeles. was that glass of tea and it had lingered on his mind ever since. He wanted to create something similar, along with his other house-made syrups, that would offer a non-caffeinated alternative showcasing the same attention to flavor and quality as the coffee. The whole store is a showcase of quality with an atmosphere of classic American hospitality. Not only has Gehrke succeeded in the work he set out to do, but he was incredibly nice along the way.

States Coffee & Mercantile
609 Ward St
Martinez, CA 94553



A Guide To The Best of Gothenburg



Nearly four years ago I packed up my clothing and coffee gear and moved from a sleepy town on the midcoast of Maine to the second city of Sweden—Gothenburg. It’s one of those Swedish cities that most people have never heard of and it can be difficult to persuade people to visit when it’s so close to the more tempting capital cities like Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo. But Gothenburg has its own merits. It is the home of Volvo and world re-known bands like The Knife, Little Dragon, In Flames and Ace of Base. It has nearly a dozen soccer teams (ok, just three) and it’s an all-around charming place.

During the first three and a half years I lived in this riverside city of half a million, it became my adopted home. The longest I have spent in one place during the last decade has been in Gothenburg and despite my continuous travels and current sojourn in Stockholm, I often look forward to my eventual return.

Beginning this weekend, thousands of coffee professionals will descend upon the west coast of Sweden from all over the world for Europe’s largest specialty coffee event. Alongside this annual tradeshow for the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe, five world coffee championships will also take place—the World Brewers Cup, World Cup Tasters, World Coffee Roasting, World Latte Art and World Coffee in Good Spirits. The small but ambitious coffee scene in Gothenburg has been anticipating this summer for a long time and we’re really excited to welcome you all to Sweden.


Below I’ve compiled a list of places where you will find some of the best coffee, beer, cocktails and food in Gothenburg. Most of the city is incredibly walkable, but you can buy a 3-day unlimited ticket for the busses, ferries and trams for 170sek ($20) or you can buy a 3-day pass to the city’s bike share program for 25sek ($3), which is an awesome and cheap way to enjoy the city when the weather is nice.

I recommend using Google’s offline maps so you can find your way around when you aren’t connected to the grid. If you are in need of internet, you’ll find free wifi at the numerous Espresso House locations, along with their own approachable line of coffee roasted by Solberg & Hansen. I hope you enjoy your visit and all of the wonderful things that Gothenburg has to offer. Vi ses snart!

Note: everything mentioned in this article can be found on the map at the bottom.



Da Matteo

Da Matteo, and its founder Matts Johansson, are the reason specialty coffee exists in Gothenburg and has been one of the driving forces for coffee events around Sweden and abroad. Just this week the coffee roaster and baker were named Sweden’s Best Cafe by White Guide (a Swedish version of Zagat) and they won the Nordic Roaster competition last year. They also have baristas competing in both the World Cup Tasters and World Latte Art Championships next week. There are four locations to visit—two of them share a sunny courtyard and the others are just a short walk away.

Address: Magasinsgatan 17A  /  Vallgatan 5  /  Sodra Larmgatan 14  /  Sprängkullsgatan 10A



Kale’i Kaffebar

Kale’i Kaffebar is a hidden gem in the heart of downtown Gothenburg tucked away in the back of a quiet courtyard where you’ll also find a nice champagne bar, juice bar and record store. Not long after owner Elin Conradsson met Per Nordby in Oslo, who was roasting for Kaffa at the time, they both returned to Gothenburg. Per opened his own roasting company sharing his name and not long after Kale’i opened and became a lovely showcase for Per’s coffee. You’ll find Elin behind the bar nearly every day where she simultaneously brews coffee and prepares fresh baked breads and other tasty treats.

Address: Kyrkogatan 13


Viktors Kaffe

Viktors Kaffe is located just around the corner from Götaplatsen, a large public square where you’ll find the Gothenburg Museum of Art, City Theater, City Concert Hall and the Public Library. It’s located on a quiet side street that provides an oasis from the busy Avenyn shopping street nearby. Viktors represents the hip side of coffee in the city, with fresh local art on the walls, good jams, and a mix of vintage designer furniture to compliment a variety of coffee from the Stockholm roaster Johan & Nyström.

Address: Geijersgatan 7


Café Biscotti

You won’t find pour overs and over-the-top coffee geekery at this stylish neighborhood cafe, but you will find delicious lunches and award winning pastries alongside batch brews and espresso drinks made with Helsingborg’s Koppi Coffee. There’s also a nice patio overlooking a pedestrian street, offering a glimpse of the everyday lives of Swedes in Majorna, one of Gothenburg’s more eclectic neighborhoods.

Address: Allmänna vägen 34




TheKitchen was formerly a lovely little café called Con Amor, run by two best friends. When the previous owners decided to move on to something new, a former Da Matteo barista, Setareh Shoghi, and her sister took over. They changed the name and freshened up the inside, but the spirit is much the same. TheKitchen now serve drinks made with the award-winning Drop Coffee from Stockholm and have a nice selection of cakes, pastries and sandwiches—including vegan and gluten free options. They are recognized for the best dinnerware collection, they found the best set style for their “TheKitchen” cafe.

Address: Skanstorget 1



Kafé Alkemisten

Alkemisten is one of the newest additions to Gothenburg and one of the first to open on the north side of the river earlier this year. The shop is run by a brother and sister who brew coffees roasted by a friend of theirs in Lund. The cafe sits on the corner of a new building in Kvillebäcken, an eco-development on the island of Hisingen that has been (and still is) a construction zone since I moved to Gothenburg. It’s a nice spot for the residents of Hisingen to gather, enjoy single origin coffees and healthy organic foods.

Address: Gustaf Dalénsgatan 14


Llama Lloyd

Llama Lloyd is a quaint little shop that opened around the same time as Kafé Alkemisten and is located just a few blocks away on Hisingen. The space contains little more than a small bar with a Marco batch brewer and the owner, Robin Olsson, making pour overs of Per Nordby coffee. Robin also uses the shop’s walls to host local art and keeps a set of bike tools on hand for anyone who might need to have their bicycle tuned up while they sip their coffee. The experience inside is quite intimate, but there are also several tables out front if you’d like more space and fresh air.

Address: Väderkvarnsgatan 17A



In Gothenburg you’ll find a range of food, from kiosks to Michelin Stars. With a recent change in the local laws, food trucks have also become quite popular, with new ones popping up each month. Below I’ve listed a range of the best places to eat and categorized them by cost levels. Almost every where you go will accept debit cards, even the food trucks, so there is little need to carry cash. A note on tipping: it’s not really necessary but it’s appreciated—8% to 12%.  Although at the nicer restaurants, I often tip more because of the service.

TomToms – Best burrito you’ll find in Scandinavia
Jonsborgs Kiosk – Quality kiosk food with a focus on vegetarian and vegan options
En Deli Haga – Healthy salads and vegetarian fare
Korv United – Bangers & mash with veggie options
Strömmingsluckan – Traditional Swedish fried herring & potato mash

Market Komex Eatery – Korean, Mexican fusion. Sounds weird, tastes awesome
Hagabion – Vegetarian dining that meat eaters will also enjoy
Lagerhuset – Trendy bistro with rotating menu
The Barn – Burgers and a good selection of bourbon
Moon Thai – Crazy decorations and Thai staples
Puta Madre – Mexican inspired menu with a long list of tequila
Mr. P – Bistro representing a variety of flavors
Restaurant 2112 – Burgers and beer, opened by members of the band “In Flames”
Dubbel Dubbel – Yummy dim sum
Familjen – West Sweden style food with local and seasonal ingredients


Bhoga – Modern Scandinavian, 1 Michelin star
Koka – Relaxed modern gastronomy, 1 Michelin star
SK Mat & Människor – A taste of Swedish heritage and a nice wine bar
Dorsia – Fine dining done well with a great selection of gin
Hoze – Unique, intimate Japanese dining experience



Gothenburg has a lot of bars even though the price of alcohol will likely shock everyone living outside of Scandinavia. This is partly done to prevent Scandinavians from drinking themselves to death during the long dark winters and partly because everything is more expensive here. Contact alcohol delivery london in case you prefer drinking at home or you have an special event.

If you’re really into wine, your best bet will be booking a table at one of the restaurants listed above in the high-end ($$$) category, for a nice selection of natural & biodynamic wines, you should also check out Bar Centro.

The Rover – Rotating taps featuring many Scandinavian craft brewers, good food as well
Brewers Beer Bar – Nice beers, modern atmosphere, great pizza
NoBa – Nordic-chic with a nice outdoor patio and a solid list of beers
Ölrepubliken – Many of the same beers as The Rover with a more pub-like feel
Jerntorgetsbryghus – Large, two level bar with good beer selection, nice for big groups
Brew Dog – Part of a growing chain of beer bars run by the famous Scottish brewery


Hush-Hush – The closest thing to a speakeasy with a creative list of drinks
Puta Madre – Classy period decor, nice drinks, lots of tequila
Dorsia – Check out the hidden garden, lots of gin and champagne
Drinks 20 – Nice outdoor seating with good summer drinks
Liebling – Outdoor seating in a bustling part of town



If you are not into alcohol or a recovering addict at Legacy Healing you would love shopping. Swedes love to shop and you will find no shortage of places to indulge yourself. You will find all the staple Swedish brands like H&M, Nudie and Cheap Monday, along with many others you may not have heard of yet. There are also an endless number of vintage and thrift stores sprinkled throughout the shopping districts. So bring an empty duffel bag, because you will be tempted.

Our Legacy
– Menswear known for simple cuts with unique fabrics
Acne – World re-known fashion house with quirky and experimental design
Whyred – Fashion brand known for tailored cuts with creative patterns
Nudie Jeans – Sweden’s version of Levis, all organic denim made in Italy
Grandpa – Mixed boutique with trendy housewares and fashion
Shelta – Streetwear, sneakers and skateboards

Home & More:
Norrgavel – Scandinavian interior design & housewares
Artilleriet – Eclectic shop filled with a diverse range of housewares & oddities
The Kitchen – A new outpost from Artilleriet, basically all of Kinfolk in a store
Designtorget – Scandinavian designer-made gifts and souvenirs
Kvart Interiör – Well curated selection of Nordic housewares & design
Myrorna – A three story thrift shop with furniture, housewares & clothing

Related Events: A list of events taking place next week that you won’t want to miss.

14 June, Sunday at 3pm – Per Nordby is hosting a showing of “A Film About Coffee” (more info)
15 June, Monday at 7pm – Koppi’s “Meet the Producer” in Helsingborg (more info)

16 June, Tuesday at 6pm – Johan & Nyström block party with Black Eagles & beer (more info)
17 June, Wednesday at 4pm – Try a great selection of local coffee, beer and food (more info)
18 June, Thursday at 9pm – Official Barista After Party at The Brewhouse on Åvägen 24




With one week until Hanukkah begins and two weeks before Santa arrives, there’s still time to get the perfect gift for the coffee lover in your life. From the coffee curious to the barista champ-in-training, there’s something on this list for everyone. Just like in years past, the DCILY gift guide is a selection of the most desirable products I’ve come across that any coffee lover would be stoked to have. Grab a fresh cup and your credit card and enjoy the 2014 edition of DCILY’s Coffee Lover Gift Guide™.

1. The World Atlas of Coffee -$35- A gift for the mind. James Hoffmann is a former World Barista Champion, co-founder of Square Mile Coffee Roasters in London, prolific internet writer and now author of this comprehensive hardback about coffee. If a class about coffee were taught in school, this would be its course book. The chapters range from farming to brewing to origin profiles—with a little bit of Hoffmann’s own heart and soul sprinkled throughout. Shop for The World Atlas of Coffee

2. Gino Glass Dripper -$24- A gift for the minimalist. The Gino Glass Dripper and its matching server are a beautifully minimal pour over set that utilizes the flat-bottom paper filters made by Kalita. The double-wall borosilicate glass pour over device was made by NotNeutral, who are most well known for their unique Lino line of coffee cups. The flat bottom style dripper is more forgiving than a V60 or Chemex and works great for those just learning about pour over coffee. Shop for Gino Dripper

3. Mayven Pins -$8- A gift for the flamboyant. Add more flair to your bespoke, leather detailed apron with these coffee-themed enamel pins from The Maven. Represent your favorite coffee icons on your lapel while working behind bar or out on the town. There are four different styles to choose from, or collect them all—Chemex, kettle, V60, and an AeroPress. Made in the USA. Shop for Mayven Pins

4. Master & Dynamic MH30 -$350- A gift for the music lover. Very few things pair as well with a great cup of coffee than the perfect music to fit the mood. Whether it’s in the morning while others are sleeping, on your urban commute, or sitting at your desk in the office; a pair of great headphones will transport you and your coffee to the place you’d rather be. Master & Dynamic are designing really well made headphones with a sound quality to match the quality you desire from your coffee. Metal and leather construction paired with crisp, balanced sound. Shop for MH30 Headphones

5. Pergtamp -$170- A gift for the professional. Matt Perger has won the World Brewer’s Cup, World Coffee & Good Spirits Championship and placed both 2nd and 3rd in the World Barista Championship. He knows a thing or two about making great coffee and he is constantly asking questions and looking for solutions to the problems he encounters as a barista. Perger’s high-profile use of the EK43 grinder has made some think about espresso in a new way, leading to the development of his own tamper that’s meant to maximize the use of an EK43 grinder and VST baskets for espresso. It’s meant to improve efficiency, consistency and extraction. Shop for PergTamp

6. Tanner Goods Coasters -$25- A gift for the homestead. The perfect coffee table should have some protection from your perfect cup of coffee. A well furnished house can remain well-kept with a little bit of care. Using effective accessories like these stamped leather coasters will keep your Noguchi coffee table spotless. Tanner Goods is a Portland, Oregon based company specializing in beautiful leather goods for the outdoors and the home. Made in the USA. Shop for Tanner Goods Coasters

7. Acaia Pearl Scale -$129- A gift for the well measured. The digital scale is one of the most important tools you can use to brew consistently delicious coffee. The power of the scale will help you to repeat your brewing successes and properly measure coffee beans that have varying densities. The Acaia scale began as a Kickstarter project and has continued to be refined since the first model was released. Apart from being the nicest looking scale you can buy, it has an incredible sensitivity and fast refresh. The scale also links to an app on mobile devices for mapping your brews. Shop for Acaia Scale

8. ThemoPop -$29- A gift for the meticulous. Brewing coffee can be as simple as pouring hot water over grounds or as complex as using precise water temperatures, honed kettle pouring techniques and specific extraction ratios. The rabbit hole goes as deep as you would like to follow it. For those beginning to care more about the specifics, the ThermoPop is a fantastic and affordable thermometer. I’ve found myself using this more than its expensive older sibling, the ThermaPen. There is a large backlit display that rotates, easy toggling between C°/F°, and a probe that’s thin enough to fit in the holes of a Hario Buono kettle. Read times are about 6 seconds. Shop for ThermoPop

9. Wilfa Svart Precision -$250 to $330- A gift for the parents. Maybe not just your parents, since you’ll enjoy it every time you visit. This auto-drip coffee maker from the Norwegian company Wilfa is the sharpest looking machine you will find. Apart from its unique design, it also maintains incredibly consistent water temperature, which is a key detail that most home coffee makers lack. The Precision offers a lot of clever features and brews consistently tasty coffee. Shop for Wilfa Precision

10. KeepCup Brew -$24 to $34- A gift for the ecological urbanite. The KeepCup has always been a convenient way to avoid using paper cups on-the-go. In the past, they were made from plastic, but have recently launched a new glass version. The KeepCup Brew comes with a colored silicone band or a limited edition natural cork band. It shouldn’t be thought of as a thermos, but simply a reusable take-away cup. They also work great for brewing with an AeroPress. Shop for KeepCup Brew

11. MistoBox Subscription -$114 to $180- A gift for the coffee-curious. Coffee beans are a key ingredient to your home brew, but choosing which coffee beans to buy while you’re still finding your way around the vast world of coffee can be equally daunting and exciting. A subscription from MistoBox will allow you to explore a variety of coffee from new roasters shipped to you each month—including coffee from specialty roasters, both big and small around the US.  Shop for Mistobox

12. La Marzocco Gs/3 -$6900 to $8275- A gift for the aspirational. Whether your loved one plans to open their own shop, cater events, or compete in a barista competition, the GS3 is for the most dedicated espresso enthusiasts. La Marzocco is known for some of the best professional grade espresso equipment and their GS3 is small enough to fit on your kitchen counter. Design your own at the newly launched La Marzocco Home website or let the professionals at Clive Coffee take care of the details. Comes in manual paddle or auto volumetric models. Shop for La Marzocco GS/3

13. Maak Lab Coffee Soap -$9- A gift for the dirty. This all natural olive oil-based soap is the perfect companion for washing up before and after brewing your morning coffee. It’s hand poured, just like your favorite cup of coffee and scented with botanicals, essential oils and ground coffee. Just the thought makes me want to get dirty. Made in the USA. Shop for Maak Lab Coffee Soap

14. TRVR Waxed Apron -$95- A gift for the well dressed. A well dressed barista needs to protect his and her threads. No need to worry when you’re wrapped up in this beautifully crafted apron handmade in South Korea by TRVR. The leather pockets can hold your tasting notes and tips along with a loop for your pen. Made for getting dirty, easy to wipe clean. Shop for TRVR Apron

For more gift inspiration, browse past DCILY gift guides:
2010 Gift Guide
| 2011 Gift Guide | 2012 Gift Guide | 2013 Gift Guide

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The Second Dark Times Coffee Conference



Next Saturday in the capital of Lithuania, a unique inspiration-driven coffee conference called “Dark Times” will take place for its second year in a row. The event, organized by Emanuelis Ryklys, founder of the Lithuanian micro-roaster Crooked Nose & Coffee Stories will take place all day at the Vartai gallery in downtown Vilnius on October 25th.

Dark Times is not meant to be a coffee industry or insider-only experience, but one that is approachable by anyone who enjoys coffee and the culture that surrounds it. The list of speakers range from those working directly with coffee, to those who have an outside perspective, but still love it all the same. There will be five presentations by Lithuanian speakers, along with three international speakers, including myself.

Ryklys, who use to work in the world of advertising and design before starting Crooked Nose, understands the inherent value of coffee rituals and the stories we share with each other over a cup. Each bag of coffee he sells comes with its companion story and the design for both Dark Times and Crooked Nose combine a bit of the mysterious curiosity found in Lithuanian folklore. The conference celebrates the theme of stories by inviting a diverse collection of speakers who can provide a variety of perspectives with their own unique coffee experiences.

The list of speakers include:

Domas Ivonis and Ieva Malijauskaitė – Founders of Vilnius-based Taste Map Coffee Roasters, both Domas and Ieva have been successful in the Lithuanian Barista and Latte Art competitions and will be sharing a presentation on a variety of coffee tastes and their subtle aromas.

Eglė Mačerauskė – Editor-in-Chief and photographer of the Lithuanian food magazine “Virtuvė”. Eglė will share her love of coffee and the stories from her flavor-filled journeys.

Ralf Berlit – Co-Owner of the café “No Fire, No Glory” in Berlin and Barista Camp instigator, Ralf will share stories from his experience with the coffee culture in Berlin.

Wouter Strietman – The Dutch creator of the Strietman ES3 espresso machine will talk about his machine that brings together design, craftsmanship and coffee.

Andrius Bagdzevičius – Brewer at the experimental Lithuanian beer brewery “Raudonų Plytų Alaus Dirbtuvės,” Andrius will talk about his process of developing a new beer infused with coffee and discovering the nuances in the taste.

Brian W. Jones – A designer, writer and founder of “Dear Coffee, I Love You,” a specialty coffee website that shares coffee experiences from all over the world. Brian, who was born in the US and now lives in Sweden, will discuss the visual side of coffee, specifically packaging design.

Minoru Ooya – Founder of a roastery and two cafés in Kyoto. Mr. Ooya is a coffee roaster and master with nearly 30 years of experience and will share stories of coffee culure in Japan.

Kristupas Sabolius – A philosopher and writer, whose script for “The Gambler” was awarded Film of the Year in Lithuania this year. Kristupas will talk about coffee as a source of creative inspiration.

Find out more about Dark Times on their website and Facebook. If you will be in Vilnius or interested in visiting a great city this weekend, you can buy tickets for the event at Bilietų Pasaulis