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Artifact Coffee



Artifact Coffee in Baltimore

Talleyrand once wrote that, “Suave molecules of Mocha stir up your blood, without causing excess heat; the organ of thought receives from it a feeling of sympathy; work becomes easier and you will sit down without distress to your principal repast which will restore your body and afford you a calm, delicious night.” Well put for a man whose enduring reputation after a couple hundred years is that of an apostate who managed to betray both Napoleon and the Catholic Church in completely separate incidents. Perhaps the moral of the story is that coffee and its ritual really has something for everyone.

Whether we spend our coffee time meditating on the daily tasks ahead of us or as an excuse to sit down and dish with a friend, it does seem that coffee often acts as punctuation—marking a moment allotted for something special or different. It’s a grown-up’s self-imposed time out. That’s why we’re so grateful for the opening of Artifact Coffee, the perfect place to seek such respite and enjoy the perfect cup (engineered by head barista Allie Caran). Artifact features an amazing variety of specialty coffee and non-coffee drinks, and a menu of light eats that of course reflects the sensibility (and expertise) of owner Spike Gjerde (Woodberry Kitchen ring any bells?).  Highly recommended for those seeking a place to sip, think, and sip some more.

Artifact Coffee is located at 1500 Union Ave, Baltimore. Look for the sign with the big “A”. Visit www.artifactcoffee.com for hours and specials.

Baltimore’s Mixologists Recreate Colonial Cocktails


I tend to think of fancy cocktails as a distinctly contemporary phenomenon, but it seems that early Americans got in on the mixology trend way before Woodberry Kitchen started serving up Union Swizzles and Manhampdens. A few centuries ago, people were drinking “punch” — a name thought to have evolved from “panch,” the Indian word for five. (England learned about it from India, and in turn brought the quaff to the colonies.) The five elements in question?  Something sour, something sweet, something strong, something weak, plus some spices for good measure.

If that sounds appealing to you, you’re in luck:  the Homewood Museum hosts its annual Evening of Traditional Beverages next week (Thursday, June 7, to be exact) on the museum’s lawn, and they’re bringing some of the city’s top mixologists in to recreate the flavor of a seventeenth-century cocktail. On hand will be Corey Polyoka (of Woodberry Kitchen), Brendan Dorr (of B&O American Brasserie), Doug Atwel (Rye), and Perez Klebahn (Mr. Rain’s Fun House). All these dudes are founding members of Baltimore’s newest secret society, the Baltimore Bartender’s Guild, “a collection of local Baltimore like-minded bar professionals with one goal: to raise the bar. To bring a new level of classic and contemporary cocktails to the city of Baltimore, while providing guests with the best quality of service.”

If you’re interested in attending, know that tomorrow’s the last day to make advance reservations (info here). Walk up tickets may be available, but that seems unlikely.

GQ Features Spike Gjerde


Baltimore chef Spike Gjerde, of Woodberry Kitchen fame, is the subject of Short Order, a feature on GQ’s website.  In the piece, Gjerde reveals some of his favorite Baltimore hot spots, among them, Belvedere Market, Wit and Wisdom and Hampden coffee shop, Spro.  (Have you ever heard of a “spikiatto”?  You can get one at Spro.) And did you know our celebrated chef (he was just nominated for a James Beard) got his start at French bakery Patisserie Poupon?

See for yourself at The Short Order: Spike Gjerde’s Guide to Baltimore.