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Trip Report: Deluxe Coffeeworks (Cape Town, South Africa)

Posted by TheShot on 21 Jul 2010 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Roasting

This downtown espresso bar and roaster was co-founded by Carl Wessel and former Origin roaster, Judd Francis. It’s a tiny, tiny spot with room for only three stools at the espresso bar, two stools along the shop window counter, and two inside chairs. Inside there are worn, wooden floors, artsy touches like cacti and odd […]

Trip Report: Stumptown Coffee Roasters (Seattle, WA)

Posted by TheShot on 24 May 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Machine, Roasting

This Stumptown outlet opened in 2007. It arguably first represented the Portland chain’s global ambitions. At the time, there was much consternation among Seattlites about an interloper in their heart of their Capitol Hill coffee culture (not to mention the Northwest rivalry that ensued). Stumptown even opened up roasting operations in town. But things haven’t […]

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 […]

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