Featured Barista: Jordan Taylor

The first time I saw Jordan’s Instagram account I knew I wanted to interview him. As a coffee enthusiast (duh) and occasional poet myself, it was fun to see someone combine the two in creative ways. Jordan is a manager at Glen Edith Coffee in Rochester, NY This interview has been edited and condensed for…

A Response to the U.S. Air Strikes in Syria

There’s been a grief-induced pit of nausea in my gut lately. It started when I heard about the chemical attack on Syrian civilians and grew worse when I heard about the U.S. Air Strike last night. I will never rejoice in the face of death, even if it is the death of a terrorist. I…

The Future of ASipoftheCity

A few weeks ago I had a coffee date with a new blogger friend. She asked what I was passionate about, and I began talking about refugees. After a  five-minute soap box speech she asked, “why aren’t you blogging about that?” It was a question I’d asked myself before, so I smiled and spewed out…

Barista of the Month : Clinton Hodnett

“Cafes have historically been the hotspot for social change. That needs to continue.” Inspired by President Trump’s election, a years long desire to actively engage in social justice and a passion for and ability to provide excellent coffee to the public, Clinton Hodnett is making his statement a reality. Hodnett, the Head Barista and Technician…

Coffee & Conversations| Indie Twenty

  One of my favorite thing to do is meet one-on-one with people over coffee. The Buffalo Bloggers network has introduced me to so many new faces in this city, and while it’s fun to network at monthly events, it’s also overwhelming. I’ve made it somewhat of a personal goal to go on casual coffee dates…

Coffee & Conversations | Peach Parade

Buffalo is full of creative people. Whether in the city or the suburbs, the number of men and women forging their own path and creating lives they love is steadily growing. It only made sense to start talking to them – over coffee, of course – and sharing their stories. Emily Spina, the natural self-care guru…

Coffee Education at Public Espresso

  Specialty coffee is slowly catching on in Buffalo and for the people working in the industry, education is a critical part of expanding the movement. Education in a Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks and Tim Horton’s dominated region isn’t always easy, but it’s the foundation of Public Espresso + Coffee’s weekly classes, called Assembly Nights. I…

Barista of the Month: Ryan Baker

For Ryan Baker, coffee is far more than a business or career; it’s his passion. He began working in a cafe while finishing college and enjoyed it so much he started spending free time inside Joe Bean Coffee and Fuego Coffee Roasters, asking questions and learning what he could. He stepped away for a while to…

Breadhive Bakery & Cafe | Buffalo, NY

My family has affectionately called me “The Carb Queen” since I was a child. If there’s bread around, you’re sure to see me eating it. My relationship with coffee is the same. And while it’s normally coffee that convinces me to make the half-hour drive to Buffalo, this time it was mostly about the bread.  …

Barista of the Month: Sapphire Courchaine

This may only be the second month I’ve interviewed a local barista, but I can say with confidence that it might just be the best feature of the year. Sapphire and I have followed each other on Instagram for months and finally connected when I was in Rochester in December. My first impression of her…

Coffee & Conversations | Remedy House

A few weeks ago I sat down with Andrew Trautman, owner of Buffalo’s only espresso bar and his right-hand man Joe Sauer, to talk coffee, Buffalo, and their future. This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.   I actually only heard about Remedy House a few weeks ago – what’s your origin story?…

Glen Edith Coffee Roasters | Rochester, NY

Coffee’s first wave was all about efficiency and access, its second brought people outside the home to gather inside a dedicated space and it’s third – well, there’s a lot to like about the third, but my favorite part – besides really great coffee, of course – is the emphasis on people.   Whether it’s…