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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 […]

Trip Report: Sightglass Coffee, Version 0.3

Posted by TheShot on 02 Jul 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Machine, Roasting

Thanks to a reader tip (which are always welcome and encouraged, btw), we were alerted to the opening this week of Sightglass Coffee in one of the danker parts of SOMA. Note that by “opening” we mean “unlocked” — and not much more than that. If this sounds a lot like the “modest” opening of […]

Trip Report: Farm:Table

Posted by TheShot on 15 May 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Roasting

Opening just a week ago — in the space previously occupied by the Illy shop, Caffé Il Latte — this tiny café is the first in San Francisco to use beans from Santa Cruz-based Verve Coffee Roasters. The tiny space relies on mirrored walls to add depth, and there is a little bit of a […]

Trip Report: Stable Café

Posted by TheShot on 12 May 2009 | Filed under: Local Brew

This small, cubic space is quite literally a large horse stable. There’s a single metal sidewalk table in front, limited bench and table seating inside on the right, and a stairway leading above the service counter to a few tables above. But it’s an open air space that’s very barn-like, with exposed studs on unfinished […]

Trip Report: Blue Bottle Coffee Co. in the Ferry Building Marketplace (yes, #3 & #4)

Posted by TheShot on 04 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Machine, Roasting

Opening this past Thursday (April 2, 2009) after a long wait for Blue Bottle to expand the production of their roasting operations, this café technically marks the third and fourth Blue Bottle stations in operation at the Ferry Building Marketplace on a busy weekend. But this is the first with more permanent (i.e., no cart) […]

Trip Report: Il Piccolo Caffé (Burlingame, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 02 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew

Since we visited a few notable Peninsula cafés at the beginning of the year, some locals mentioned this neighborhood café. Il Piccolo Caffé has been in operation since 1990, and it has survived in the suburbs despite a Starbucks moving across the street in 2004. It adds a bit of local character as an Italian-themed […]

Trip Report: Pirate Cat Radio Cafe & Studio

Posted by TheShot on 27 Mar 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Local Brew

This is the kind of place that makes you proud to live in San Francisco. We knew we were in for a treat when we walked in, saw the black-and-red paint all over the space, saw the radio studio with its skull-and-crossbones banner that looks out over the café, and heard the DJ airing Motörhead […]

Trip Report: Epicenter Cafe

Posted by TheShot on 23 Feb 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Roasting

Opening up in the latter half of 2008, this café may serve salads, soups, wine, and even light dinner plates, but don’t let that fool you: this is a serious coffee destination. Which is not surprising, given that Andy Newbom of Barefoot Coffee Roasters personally tipped us off to check this place out. Just a […]

Trip Report: Plantation Coffee Roastery (San Carlos, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 18 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Roasting

Recently we’ve been spending a bit more time on the Peninsula, so we’ve been on the hunt for notable espresso shots just due south of San Francisco. We’ve followed up on a few places that locals admire and put them to the test. The results have been… well… you’ll see. Some consider this among the […]

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