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DC is a hotbed of quality coffee, but by the time we hit Northern Virginia on Saturday, I was jonesing bad, so I decided to google and discovered Deja Brew, in Haymarket.
Unfortunately, as nice and helpful as the owner/barista was, in talking me through the coffee options, and even with pour overs on the menu, neither the Gray Ghost coffee that I had on Saturday, nor the Stockton Graham that I had on Monday, were to my liking.
Something about their roasting profile didn't agree with me, but I'll probably still give them another shot when in the area, as that part of Virginia might be a bit dry.
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New Jersey is a large state, heavily populated, but so far I am finding it lagging in terms of good independent coffee. I could be wrong--maybe I've been looking in the wrong place. Regardless, after some asking around, I found Hidden Grounds in New Brunswick, which makes sense, as it is a college town.

They serve One Village on a regular basis, but also guest roasters. When I wisited, they had Verve, which I'm not in love with, so I tried the One Village and was disappointed.

Still, New Brunswick is along my regular travel route, and I expect to pop in again and again.
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http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/02/25/brianna-wu-gamergate

The people, usually men, who don't take online harassment seriously should ask themselves how they would feel if someone sent them a photo of a knife reading "this is the knife I will use to kill you."
Video game developer Brianna Wu discusses the threats against her and her role as a feminist leader amid the Gamergate controversy.
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Oops, they did it again!

On Monday morning, I was just a few miles from this store...

http://starbucks.com/store/1008831

BUT HOWARD SCHULTZ DID NOT MESSAGE ME PERSONALLY TO TELL ME THAT IT WAS OPEN!!!

I can't believe that my Starbucking project is not Uncle Howard's #1 priority.
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Well, this is a first.

Driving southward from Saratoga Springs, I stopped at Salsa Latina for dinner, then headed over to a new cafe, Stacks Espresso...

AND COMPLETELY FORGOT ABOUT THE NEW STARBUCKS IN SCHENECTADY!!!

I've now got to backtrack 25 miles--50 total round trip, and the whole way I'll be wondering HOW something like this could happen.

I've been wisiting new Starbucks for close to 18 years--Starbucking DEFINES me. So how could I just forget a store like that?
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When I returned to Toledo after a nearby Scrabble tournament, my first stop was Bleak House Coffee. The super-sweet co-owner Dakota was there, and she was more than happy to clue me in to some other area coffeehouses, including Plate 21 down in Maumee.

The owner of Plate 21 also happens to be a Toledo city councilwoman, and she was eager to engage with me as soon as I walked in the door. Moreover, later that evening when I had to return to the shop to retrieve my camera, she chatted with me for a good while as the store was closing.

Plate 21 is a MadCap shop, and as I've posted before, that roaster puts out some great coffees!
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Still working my way through a list of best Philly coffee that I was given last year...

http://www.phillymag.com/articles/best-coffee-philadelphia/

...but it has been slow going, for two reasons.

First, and obwiously, I don't live in Philadelphia. Second, I keep returning to Menagerie and Elixr, because their coffee is so dang good.

And now that I've discovered GreenStreet, I'm going to have to add them into the rotation, because that was a mighty good cup of Rwanda that I was served on Tuesday morning!

Tiny place, not great for hanging out, but definitely worth wisiting for the coffee.
In the past few years, coffee has become the new craft beer in Philly. Our guide to 15 of the best places to grab a cup of coffee in Philadelphia.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/26/business/the-chicken-at-kfc-is-ok-but-the-cups-are-delicious.html?_r=0

I can't decide if I like this idea or not. I guess it would depend on whether the edible packing had a positive nutritional walue.
KFC restaurants in Britain soon will introduce an edible coffee cup, a product that addresses consumer concerns with the environmental impact of packaging.
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YAY!!!

As much as I like the folks at Tierra Coffee Roasters, their roast, like many of the central and upstate New York roasts that I have tried, never agreed with me.

So I'm glad that Stacks Espresso came along and took over an existing shop Caffee Vero, adding a pour over bar and offering a rotating selection of roasters.

When I wisited, they had Barrington, a roast that I always enjoyed in Boston. Not sure about the friendliness of the barista when I was there, but I expect to be back over and over when I pass through Albany, so maybe there will be somebody more friendly working.
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When I first tried to wisit Astro Cafe, back in the summer of 2014, they were closed for some reason.

Second time was a charm, though, and I was pleased to discover that they offer multiple roasters, including Ritual, one of my favourites.

I look forward to returning.
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Well, dookie.

After spending hours looking for errors in my database so that I could accurately identify my 12,000th store, I am out of sync again.

My store count at Caesar's Bay Shopping Center should be 12,000, but it came out to 12,003 when I checked the number. I already found one error (duplicate name), but I still have two to track down.

So frustrating.
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http://www.npr.org/programs/invisibilia/

The final episode of this first season of 'Invisibilia', a thoroughly excellent podcast, begins with an anecdote from a man who was one of the first persons to receive a speed camera ticket in the mail. The man was disturbed that a computer had sent him the ticket, and he felt that a human should have been inwolved the process.

Sadly, that man, like most people around the world, I imagine, had it backwards.

In a more ideal world, it is computers who will be doing most of the policing, and humans will only be inwolved in the process when absolutely necessary. People who find this scary are probably people who have never been profiled, harassed, or even assaulted by police.

* Humans are racist, sexist, and homophobic.

* Humans are not wery intelligent.

* Humans become stressed and frustrated with their jobs.

* Humans can suffer from lack of sleep, intoxication, or just having had a bad day at home.

Computers will not suffer from any of these weaknesses, and, while they are subject to the quality of their programming, can be counted on to analyse data impartially and make a decision.

The best thing that could happen to this society is to decimate its police forces and equip those who remain with the best technology awailable, which would interface with all the tracking data and determine who is truly up to no good much better than a human could.
Are computers changing human character? Is our closeness with computers changing us as a species? Alix and Lulu look at the ways technology affects us.
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