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Trip Report: Caffé Vita (Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA)

Posted by TheShot on 23 May 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Machine, Roasting

We continue our series on Seattle cafés with a visit to another another of the three V’s in town: this time it’s Caffé Vita in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district. This combination café and roaster is one of the bigger entities in this coffee-rich neighborhood. It has the bold Caffé Vita neon signage out front — […]

Trip Report: Victrola Coffee and Art (Seattle, WA)

Posted by TheShot on 20 May 2010 | Filed under: Add Milk, Café Society, Foreign Brew

We continue our series on Seattle coffee culture with a visit to a Victrola Coffee — one of the three “V’s” Seattleites refer to when seeking decent espresso. This location is the original Victrola, though the name here emphasizes their artistic roots and continued interests. It’s an older establishment that exudes some 1950s classicism — […]

Trip Report: Frog Hollow Farm (under new management)

Posted by TheShot on 17 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, CoffeeRatings.com, Local Brew, Quality Issues

Frog Hollow Farm reserves a rather anonymous place in the retail coffee history of San Francisco, but it was a watershed for the coffee quality in this city. As much as we roll our eyes at the hackneyed and abused third wave term, by many definitions (theirs, and definitely not ours) this was SF’s first […]

Trip Report: Sightglass Redux (Version 0.8), or Has the Slayer Made Any Difference?

Posted by TheShot on 10 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Roasting

We published our first trip report for Sightglass last July: Sightglass Coffee, Version 0.3. Back then, Sightglass was a tiny espresso-serving kiosk at the front of a vast, 4,000-sq-ft space with a 14-kg Probat roasting operation planned to start in the Fall of 2009. We revisited Sightglass this week to see how much things have […]

Trip Report: Mercury Cafe

Posted by TheShot on 05 Feb 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Quality Issues

This corner café looks more at home in Tucson than SF: it’s akin to adobe construction. To think this was the former home of the Octavia Lounge piano bar/cabaret. Past a heavy wooden door and faux totem pole on entry, it has beat up, reddish wooden floors, white stone walls, beat up tables that look […]

Trip Report: Matching Half Cafe

Posted by TheShot on 07 Jan 2010 | Filed under: Local Brew, Machine

The former One World Cafe needed a serious upgrade, and this is it. Gone are the beat-up furniture and odd house plants that made this space look like a medical marijuana co-op in aging neglect. The place now looks more like a sushi bar, with clean, angular lines, dark and solid colors, nicer wood floors, […]

Trip Report: A’Roma Roasters (Santa Rosa, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 17 Nov 2009 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Roasting

This casual, local café caters to the locals in a big way: to both patrons and employees. It’s located in a large, long building alongside the town railroad tracks at the dead-end of a street. Out front there is limited sidewalk seating — and an abused Snoopy sculpture, customary for Santa Rosa (aka Charles “Schutlzberg”). […]

Trip Report: Horatius

Posted by TheShot on 30 Oct 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee

Opening in early 2009, this is an unusual space in that most people cannot make it out: “Is it a café? Is it an event space? Is it a restaurant? Is it a wine bar?” Well, it’s all of the above inside an old, long, barn-like structure across from the diploma factory California Culinary Academy […]

Trip Report: Lulu’s at the Octagon (Santa Cruz, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 15 Oct 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Local Brew, Machine

This unusual café is situated in the 19th century Octagon — the last surviving remnant of the historic Cooper House complex, which was destroyed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Looking at the aging masonry of the outside façade, you can see a little as to why the rest didn’t make it. Manthri Srinath, owner […]

Trip Report: Coffee Cat (Scotts Valley, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 03 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Holy crap. This is one of those rare finds where a small town and a strip mall can produce some outstanding coffee and espresso that competes with the best. Although we were aware of Coffee Cat’s elevated reputation among the Scotts Valley locals when passing through, at first we were guilty of dismissing it relative […]

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