I love traveling around the world attending and speaking at various conferences. They provide the opportunity to engage with the diverse and enthusiastic communities.  To share knowledge and ideas and our common interests. Traveling to conferences also provides me the chance to explore another passion, coffee.

Some may call me a coffee snob. From the science of the various brewing methods to the subtle flavor differences, I love it all. Each cup of coffee tells a story, each barista adds a custom twist and every cafe provides a peek into the local culture.  When not working on the slides for my  Drupalcon session (How to Foster Team Success) I have been busy researching Baltimore coffee shops. I've narrowed down my list to the top three(3) that I want to visit while Attending Drupalcon Baltimore. 

My Three Baltimore Coffee Shops

3 Bean Coffee

http://3beancoffee.com/
209 Key Highway  Baltimore, MD, 21230. (6:30am - 6:30pm)

3 Bean Coffee stood out to me as a coffee shop to visit for a few reasons. Located in a building dating from the 1800's the cafe overlooks the Inner Harbor. They source their coffee beans from Counter Culture Coffee.  A well known North Carolina roaster that handles their coffee “from plant to pot” in a sustainable way. The Baristas at 3 Bean Coffee are Counter Culture Certified. This means that they have passed judged exams in coffee and milk science. I am looking forward to trying either their lavender latte or their honey graham latte. I may also have to add a slice of quiche from the local Dangerously Delicious Pies.

Argosy Cafe

http://www.argosycafe.com 
7 North Calvert Street Baltimore, MD 21202 (8:30am - 11pm)

One word, Aeropress. One of my favorite methods of making coffee and Argosy Cafe does it.  The water temperature, the time taken, even the orientation of the Aeropress all have effects on the result. Argosy Cafe does its best to source as local as possible and also roasts their own coffee beans.  I am curious to see how the baristas use the Aeropress and what the resulting cup tastes like. 

The Bun Shop

http://www.thebunshopmd.com
22 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21202 (7:00am - 3:00am)

To be honest I am intrigued by The Bun Shop more for the food than for the coffee. Known for their sweet and savory buns that match cuisines from around the world, each days offerings are a bit different. My hope is to be able to try the guava and cheese bun, a flaky pastry filled with lots of fruit. I am undecided if I will order a Vietnamese Iced Coffee or reminisce about Drupalcon New Orleans with a New Orleans Cold Brew.
 

Conclusion

I will enjoy taking advantage of the early mornings before each conference day begins to explore these local coffee shops. They should provide me an opportunity to experience the local culture. A chance discover a new method for brewing that perfect cup of joe. A moment to sit, relax and reflect before each day begins.  

Next time you find yourself in a new city for a conference take some time to explore the city with a passion of your own. If you are attending Drupalcon Baltimore then feel free to reach out and we can grab a cup of coffee.