Hey.  I’m Scott.  If you haven’t noticed yet, I really like coffee.

I worked professionally in a shop in Houston for two years before life took me in another direction but I make a point to stay involved in the industry as much as I can.  The majority of my vacation time is spent going to awesome (and not-so-awesome)  cities and drinking lots of coffee.  Some of it is good, some of it is bad.

I’ve gotten tired of not knowing what you’re going to get when you go to a coffee shop.  5 stars on Yelp doesn’t necessarily mean they know what they’re doing.  Take Sip Coffee in Crown Point, IN (Review coming soon); it has a 4.6 on Google reviews and is one of the worst coffee shops I’ve ever been to.  In the age of internet reviews, anyone with the wifi password can rate a shop but that doesn’t mean their rating is worth much.

I started this blog in order to try to fix that.  I’m working on the ambitious goal of cataloging every shop I’ve been to and writing a somewhat consistent style of review.  As Roger Ebert said when it comes to movie reviews:

I cringe when people say, “How could you give that movie four stars?” I reply, “What in my review did you disagree with?” Invariably, they’re stuck for an answer. One thing I try to do is provide an accurate account of what you will see, and how I feel about it. I cannot speak for you. Any worthwhile review is subjective. If we completely disagree, my words might nevertheless be useful or provocative. If you disagree with what I write, be my guest. If you disagree with how many stars I gave it, you can mail your opinion to where the sun don’t shine.

Reviews are subjective by nature and my experience comes from a single frame in a coffee shops existence.  At the end of the day, my personal experience in a coffee shop may be degrees greater or worse than average. Because of that, I tend to be lenient in my reviews and give lower weight to things that may change on a day to day or even interaction to interaction basis (i.e.Staff ratings).  That being said there are definitely certain things that are indicative of a bad shop and I want the average traveling coffee nerd to be aware of them before they walk in the door.

So take my reviews with a grain of salt.  I stand by them, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you will.