Scouting trips have strong evidence that holiday caffeine finds from tea leaves to Chemex makers to Kleen Kanteen travel mugs, and beyond, are in full effect. There’s innovative stuff like espresso salt going for $13.19 a pound at Rainbow
, and coffee ice cream remains a must try relief snack whether you’re at Bi-Rite Creamery
(Ritual Roasters) or Humphry Slocombe
(Blue Bottle). Here's the best of the bunch for the caffeine fiend in your lives.
Froth away: For those looking to spend to get a legit matcha experience going as described last week
, scoops and whisks made out of bamboo are integral to the process. Oakland-based author and food poet Annelies Zijderveld
kindly shared her favorite spots:
“Whole Foods in Potrero Hill sells matcha whisks and whisk stands, which if you're serious about matcha are not that expensive must-haves. The bamboo whisk is almost mushroom-shaped and is curled at the ends to help incorporate the finely ground tea that is matcha into a smooth cup of tea. You can also find matcha whisks at local stores, Dandelion, also in Potrero, and at Kamei, in the Richmond. DAVIDsTea and Teavana carry several kinds of matcha, as well as whisks.”