cafe bear is my curated guide of handpicked coffeeshops. I’ve always enjoyed coffee but only in the past few years have I come to truly appreciate the journey of coffee from seed to cup.  Many hours of my week are spent in coffeeshops whether it’s working on my laptop, catching up with friends or just some alone time. I don’t consider myself a coffee connoisseur, but my heart beats for specialty coffee. For coffee to be considered specialty it must score above 80 points on a 100 point scale. The third wave movement represents a shift within the specialty coffee area where coffee is even more fine tuned into a more artisanal small-batch sphere.  There are many factors that go into all of this, but I won’t get into all of that as I’m still learning as I sip. All in all specialty coffee is pure and meticulously handled throughout the entire process of seed to cup ~ planting, harvesting, processing, drying, milling, exporting, cupping, roasting, grinding, brewing.

The cafe bear guide simply stated is a compilation of my favorite coffeeshops. The kind of cafes that you keep returning to again and again, whether it be for the cozy atmosphere or the lip smacking coffee. These are spots that I believe are dependable and consistent for the most part (I do believe that every barista has a bad day). cafe bear is not about coffee snobbery, it’s more about an appreciation of the crafted world of specialty coffee, roasters, baristas and above all the simple joy of sitting at the corner table in your favorite coffeeshop with an excellent cup of coffee in your hand.

Why a bear? Well because I love bears and they’re cute.