Cafe Hounding

We are cafe hounds. We search for the best coffee the world can offer. This involves trying newly opened coffee houses or visiting the famous ones around the globe. Below are our reviews of some of the places we recently visited. Note that we are not rating the cafes. Yelp and other similar websites have done a fantastic job on that. We recognize that each cafe is unique and designed to serve particular customers. What is considered necessary for a coffee house for one person (say, free wifi) might be something others consider unattractive (say, people with laptop occupying seats for hours in a crowded cafe). What we try to do here is to give information about the place, and let you decide if it would fit your preference and purpose of visit.

Contact us if you want us to review any specific places. We will add them to our wish-list, and try to visit them when the opportunity arises.

— The Hounds

North America


Kaladi Brothers Coffee – Anchorage, AK
K Bay Caffe – Homer, AK


Blue Bottle – San Francisco, CA (Mint Plaza)
Four Barrel – San Francisco, CA
Ritual Coffee – San Francisco, CA
Sightglass Coffee Bar & Roastery, San Francisco, CA
Local 123, Berkeley, CA
Caffe del Doge – Palo Alto, CA

Intelligentsia Coffee – Los Angeles, CA (Venice)
Intelligentsia Coffee, Los Angeles, CA (Sunset Junction)
Urth Caffe – West Hollywood, CA
Funnel Mill, Santa Monica, CA
The Conservatory for Coffee, Tea and Cocoa – Culver City, CA

Koffi – Palm Springs, CA

Caffe Calabria, San Diego, CA
Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, San Diego, CA
Lion Coffee – San Diego, CA

DC Area

Peregrine Espresso – Washington, DC
Chinatown Coffee Co. – Washington, DC
Northside Social – Arlington, VA
Caffe / Illy Espresso – Washington, DC
Azi’s Cafe – Washington, DC
Tynan Coffee & Tea (Columbia Heights) – Washington, DC
Qualia Coffee – Washington, DC
Tryst Coffeehouse – Bar – Lounge – Washington, DC


Intelligentsia Coffee, Chicago, IL (Broadway)
Intelligentsia Coffee, Chicago, IL (Millennium Park)


Crema Cafe – Cambridge, MA
Simon’s Coffee Shop – Cambridge, MA


The London Tea Room, St. Louis, MO

New York

Mud Coffee – New York, NY
Cafe Grumpy – New York, NY
Ozzie’s Coffee Bar – Old Forge, NY


Caffe Art Java, Montreal



Cafe Don Pedro – Bogota, DC
Cafe de la Peña – Bogota, DC
Cafe Merlin – Bogota, DC
Cafe Samba – Bogota, DC
Cafe Bonsai & Juan Valdez – Santa Marta/Taganga (Magdalena Department)


United Kingdom

Monmouth Coffee Company – London, UK
The Espresso Bar at the British Library – London, UK
The Bean Espresso Bar – Nottingham, UK


Juan Valdez – Madrid, ES