Tag Archive 'best_coffee'

Panamanian specialty coffee smashes world price record

Posted by TheShot on 01 Jun 2006 | Filed under: Beans

Canada’s The Globe & Mail reported today that a Panamanian coffee, a little-known Coffea Arabica cultivar called Geisha, received a world record auction price at $50.25 a pound (and this is for unroasted green beans, folks): globeandmail.com : Panamanian specialty coffee smashes world price record. A lot of this year’s Geisha rated at 94.6 pts […]

Trip Report: Tartine Bakery & Café

Posted by TheShot on 28 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This is a rather non-descript French bakery/café. But don’t let that fool you. It has won numerous “best bakery” awards in the area and is immensely popular. (And yes, even Martha Stewart paid a visit here just a week ago.) It is also notorious for its Soviet-style bread lines, which run long out the door […]

Best Boutique Roasters

Posted by TheShot on 20 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Quality Issues, Roasting

In addition to An Obsessive’s Guide to Coffee, Food & Wine Magazine‘s March 2006 issue also put forth a taste test to list their Top 12 boutique roasters: Taste Test | Food & Wine. It’s a tight list, but all are great roasters. Tweet

Trip Report: Frog Hollow Farm

Posted by TheShot on 16 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

A little Frog Hollow Farm espresso history… Frog Hollow Farm first appeared in San Francisco at the opening of the Embarcadero’s revitalized Ferry Building in October of 2003. While their core business is seasonal fruits, they took an aggressive leap forward towards producing some of the most serious espresso in the city at the time. […]

An Obsessive’s Guide to Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 15 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Home Brew, Local Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

It took a moment for me to dig up an online version, but here it is. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the March 2006 issue of Food & Wine Magazine has a special report on coffee: An Obsessive’s Guide to Coffee | Food & Wine. The editors apparently “spent 410 man-hours tasting 157 coffees […]

Top U.S. coffee ‘bars’ include La Colombe, Ritual Coffee Roasters – Slashfood

Posted by TheShot on 14 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

Over this past weekend, Sarah Gilbert posted in the blog Slashfood that Food & Wine Magazine named Ritual Roasters among America’s top coffee bars: Top U.S. coffee ‘bars’ include La Colombe, Ritual Coffee Roasters – Slashfood. Also honored was Philadelphia’s La Colombe Torrefaction and Manhattan’s Ninth Street Espresso. It’s great to see more people in […]

Trip Report: Starbucks Coffee @ 295 California St.

Posted by TheShot on 13 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew, Starbucks

Far too often, I find myself reviewing espresso because it’s necessary for completeness rather than something to which I look forward. Most Starbucks Coffee retail stores (the emphasis, of course, being on “retail”) elicit the same reptilian brain response in me. Not that most Starbucks have bad espresso at all, mind you. They’re often pretty […]

Trip Report: Farley’s Coffeehouse

Posted by TheShot on 12 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

Farley’s Coffeehouse benefits from coffee-obsessed local clientele and a community that’s largely closed off from the rest of the city in Portero Hill. As a result, Farley’s boasts many loyal patrons who helped vote it into third place in CitySearch.com’s 2005 Best San Francisco Coffee. Farley’s is clearly a decent place for a shot of […]

Trip Report: Palio Paninoteca

Posted by TheShot on 12 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This Montgomery St. café is named for a famous Medieval bareback horse race in Italy’s Piemonte region, the parent restaurant around the corner (Palio d’Asti), and, well, Italian sandwiches. (Note: there’s a sister café on the UCSF campus.) They have many café tables in an airy space with large, high windows facing street traffic. This […]

Which Brands Of Coffee Will Serve You Best?

Posted by TheShot on 06 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Starbucks

Do you get what you pay for when it comes to coffee? Philadelphia’s CBS TV affiliate decided to put that question to a test. Setting up shop in a suburban bowling alley, they arranged a sample taste test that compared coffee made with pre-packaged beans from Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Folgers, and a bargain store brand […]

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