Tag Archive 'americas_best_coffee'

Common Cues for Recognizing Good and Bad Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 27 Jul 2009 | Filed under: Add Milk, Barista, Beans, Café Society, CoffeeRatings.com, Quality Issues

For a few years now, we had an idea for a post that sat in our unpublished queue: how can you tell a good espresso shop from a bad one? (At least before sampling it.) Given the thousands of good, bad, and mediocre espresso shots we’ve reviewed over the years, we have definitely noticed some […]

Trip Report: L.A. Café

Posted by TheShot on 16 May 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Local Brew, Quality Issues

Recently we have been thinking about all the great, Top-20-caliber SF coffee bars that have opened up in recent years. So much so that the news of a great new espresso bar opening in town is thankfully becoming a little monotonous. With all the great coffee now available, we thought we could all use a […]

Trip Report: Café Murano

Posted by TheShot on 08 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Local Brew

This café is something of a neighborhood favorite for its quirky atmosphere and ridiculously cheap (though not that great) coffee. Inside there’s found art everywhere — plus painted café tables, a couple of seats from movie theaters (with cup-holders), juicers on display, wine for $9 a bottle, and a few outdoor sidewalk café tables under […]

Trip Report: Sugarlump Coffee Lounge

Posted by TheShot on 05 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

Opening in Nov. 2006, this space is aptly named “Coffee Lounge”. It has dark brown walls, spot lighting, large gallery art, lounge-like music, and it attracts more of an upscale, edgy crowd for the neighborhood. A mix of unique seating options spread throughout the long space. They serve some croissants and bakery items, but it’s […]

Trip Report: Café de la Presse

Posted by TheShot on 09 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

I hate writing about espresso bars in regression when there’s every reason for us to expect progression. There’s a rising tide of coffee quality that should theoretically lift all boats: McDonald’s is offering premium roast from Gaviña, 7-Eleven is offering single origin Kenya AA and Hawaiian Kona … and late last year Café de la […]