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Judging Java: KFC

Judging Java: KFC

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Coffee Columnist October 20, 2021

2 Globes I have had a lot of fast food coffee in my life, and something about them is so consistently mediocre. When I say consistently mediocre, I mean that they are a specific type of consistently...

A cappuccino from La Prima in the Strip District

Judging Java: La Prima Espresso Company

La Prima is the first coffee establishment to receive a 5 Globe ranking from our resident Coffee Columnist
Written By Jake Dabkowski, Coffee Columnist October 13, 2021

5 Globes This week, I was in the Strip District and thought to myself, “I could really go for a traditional cappuccino.” I did not expect that the cappuccino I would end up ordering would be the...

Judging Java: Phoenix, Arizona

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Coffee Columnist October 6, 2021

Last weekend, I had the distinct pleasure of traveling to Phoenix, Arizona, with my girlfriend, Maggie, to see the band AJJ perform live on my 21st birthday. If you’re unfamiliar with the band AJJ, they’re...

Judging Java: An Ode To Coffee

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Coffee Columnist September 29, 2021

Happy National Coffee Day everyone! This week I’d like to take a minute and, rather than talk about a specific place that may or may not have good coffee, focus on something a little more broad. Today...

Judging Java: An open letter to Jerry Seinfeld

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Coffee Columnist September 22, 2021
This week’s column was supposed to be a triumphant return to form where I was planning on getting back to that actual reason that this column exists: reviewing coffee in Pittsburgh on my journey to find the perfect cup of coffee. All of that came tumbling down last night because of Jerry Seinfeld.

Judging Java: New Jersey

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Coffee Columnist September 15, 2021
Over the weekend, I had the chance to go to New Jersey (AKA the Garden State) for a music festival. While I was in New Jersey, I had the opportunity to try some coffee.

Judging Java: Caffeine and mindfulness

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Coffee Columnist September 8, 2021

Last week, I wrote about Iced Vanilla Lattes, and one drink that I talked about was the Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew from Starbucks. What I found out about the Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew...

Judging Java: The Return

Written By Jake Dabkowski, Editor-Elect September 1, 2021
Jake Dabkowski is in the search for the best cup of coffee, a journey which he chronicles in his weekly column "Judging Java."
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