Martin Diedrich

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    This Week In Food: Japanese Video Game Food, Doritos Invented At Disneyland? & Sex In Exchange for McNuggets

    Mmm...brains...​As always, each week we bring you tales of the weird, wacky and delicious (see above). Here's your handy guide to the awesomeness we brought you this week!

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Martin Diedrich Did It First: Starbucks Introduces "Blonde Roast"

    ​Ask a coffee connoisseur why they don't like Starbucks coffee and it's a fair bet they'll tell you that it tastes burnt, that it's over-roasted, that it's the world's most expensive and least efficient charcoal filter for water.

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Six Ways to Stop Being a Douchebag at Starbucks

    ​You probably don't know it, but every time you go to a Starbucks, 14 people behind you in line are shooting daggers at you and trying to kill you by modulating their alpha waves . . . and yes, it's your fault. You're the inconsiderate, self-absorbed douchebag, and you infest every coffee shop in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Ten Great OC Coffeeshops

    ​We're sometimes accused of being too North County-centric around here. We can't help it; even leaving aside the snark about Laguna Engabachada, the fact is the population's up here in the 714, and choice in restaurants tends to follow the population.Coffee, however, is a different story. There's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Dueling Dishes: Battle High-End Espresso

    ​Martin Diedrich. The father of the coffee revolution in Orange County, owner of the first coffee shop to make an unapologetic, small, truly Italian cappuccino, as well as the first to introduce la naranja to the idea that coffee needn't be roasted to dust in order to taste like something.Jeff Dug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Dueling Dishes: Battle Cappuccino

    Dave LiebermanKean Coffee's Italian cappuccino​As hard as it may be to believe, I am not a die-hard coffee snob. I do not care to memorize the names of coffee estates as though they were domaines in Bordeaux, I don't trust any place that gives me a palate cleanser before my espresso, and I'm not y ... More >>

  • Food

    February 17, 2011

    Da Luau Is Da Kine

    [Hole In the Wall] The Irvine eatery excels at Hawaiian island rarities

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Five OC Restaurants and Trends that Should be at the New John Wayne Airport Terminal

    Flickr user b r e n t​There's a bit of a controversy brewing over two proposals vying to get the food concession contract at John Wayne Airport as it prepares to open its latest terminal next year. One, HMS Host International, has the current contract and proposes to change up the offerings to ref ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Self-Caffeination As It Was Meant To Be Done

    Our coffee culture, sadly, tends to run toward Starbucks and drive-through at It's A Grind. Largely missing from la naranja is the local, artisanal small-batch roaster whose singular focus on the product raises the coffee bar. Sure, we have Martin Diedrich, and the lines out the door at his two coff ... More >>

  • Food

    December 31, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Fun With Rotating Teasers

    We in the Biz call those little photos and story captions at the top of the OC Weekly home page "rotating teasers" because Flash technology allows promotions for several stories on our site to occupy the same space by fading in and out. It's all thanks to a patented process called "magic." Anyw ... More >>

  • Food

    June 11, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Martin Diedrich on Surviving Starbucks And Thriving With Kéan

    When I visited Kéan Coffee's new Tustin location last Sunday, it had only been open six days and already the lines were out the door. While that may have been due in part to staff still getting up to speed, it was definitely pulling in the punters. For good reason, it seems.The drinks menu is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    Kéan For A New Coffee House In Tustin: Updated

    We always like to hear that a new independent, non-chain coffee house is going to open--especially when it's an award-winning, community-minded, eco-friendly one.So the unveiling of a second location of award-winning Kéan Coffee is good news indeed. Does that make it a chain? I think not, although ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2008

    Kean Coffee Takes Over Starbucks

    Score one for the little guy! Fellow blogger and foodie Brekkie Fan sent me a note that the Starbucks at Newport Ave. and Main St. in Tustin is going to become the second outpost of Kean Coffee. Kean -- as all caffeine junkies already know -- is Martin Diedrich's indie coffee house; The one he ... More >>

  • Features

    September 20, 2007

    Mmm . . . Vittles

    Hardtack, biscuits & gravy, salt pork, beef jerky, burritos, falafel, & banh mi—you know, cowboy  food

  • Features

    October 19, 2006

    Coffee. Talk.

    No. 9: Kean Coffee keeps it real in this mixed-up, crazy corporate world

  • News

    October 12, 2006

    'Back to Square One'

    Martin Diedrich celebrates the death of his familys coffee chain

  • News

    December 26, 2002

    Chasing the Light

    Aloysious Dougherty and the art of travel

  • Food

    May 23, 2002

    Iron Barista

    Competitors test their beans

  • Features

    October 28, 1999
  • Food

    August 19, 1999

    Gypsy Den World?

    Wed still eat there

  • News

    June 17, 1999

    The Starbucks Solution

    Mike Sheldrake figured he was dead when Starbucks opened two stores near his indie coffeehouse. Now his business is up 40 percent.