Tag Archive 'blue_bottle'

But it didn’t start in the Mission District…

Posted by TheShot on 06 Oct 2010 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Quality Issues

A viral video is going around these days on “The Coffee Wars of San Francisco”. It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek with its Ken-Burns-documentary-style humor — though that largely reminds us of how much Ken Burns can lull us to sleep like a bottle of brandy. While the mockumentary oscillates between the mildly funny and the painfully […]

SF NIMBYs target coffee, too

Posted by TheShot on 04 Oct 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew

San Francisco has elevated NIMBY (“not in my back yard”) to an art form. We can be such petty, whiny bitches in this city when it comes to the realities of business and commerce. It’s a complete wonder that anybody is allowed to make a living at all in this town — let alone that […]

Trip Report: Blue Bottle Coffee Co. (Jack London Square, Oakland, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 01 Sep 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Opening in Oct. 2009, James Freeman finally established a spacious company headquarters home for his ever-growing Bay Area coffee empire here in Jack London Square. They host a surprisingly small café for retail coffee service. There’s several tall stools and tables for outdoor seating along Webster St., and indoors there is barely a four-person window […]

Food and coffee…for realz

Posted by TheShot on 30 Aug 2010 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Roasting

Last week we wrote about how coffee, like food, has become a primary form of consumer entertainment. We also mentioned recent experiences at newer coffee bars that have felt, well, “manipulative and artificial.” This concern over what seems real might sound trivial, but it’s at the foundation of a great deal of consumer behavior and […]

Where Are My Coffee Varieties 2: Washed or Natural?

Posted by TheShot on 21 Aug 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee

Four years ago we posted about our disappointment over high-end restaurants that offered plenty of options for tea but only one for coffee. It’s as if these celebrated houses of distinguished taste decided that coffee had all the nuance and variety of unleaded gasoline — and it showed in the product they served. And when […]

Trip Report: Espresso Lab Microroasters (Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa)

Posted by TheShot on 26 Jul 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Roasting

In the transitioning Cape Town neighborhood of Woodstock, which out-Missions the Mission, this espresso bar and roaster perhaps looks like no other you’ve seen before. Located inside the newly-art-conscious Old Biscuit Mill, this small space is a pristine, stark black-&-white-themed coffee lab that exudes meticulous organization. The Old Biscuit Mill is known in town for […]

Blue Bottle, Four Barrel Rank in Food & Wine Magazine’s 2010 Go List

Posted by TheShot on 04 May 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

We honestly don’t like repeating ourselves, but we will anyway. No, this has nothing to do with the Cafe Grumpy $12 cup of coffee scuttlebutt going around — where New Yorkers once again find something in their backyard and therefore presume they must have invented it. (Curiously, this came up one month after CNN reported […]

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 […]

The Great Coffee Rush of 2010

Posted by TheShot on 08 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

The New York Times today published a piece on the Bay Area roaster land grab going on out East: West Coast Coffee Roasters Are Lengthening Their Reach – NYTimes.com. Ritual Coffee Roasters, Barefoot Coffee Roasters, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Four Barrel Coffee are each mentioned — lugging their roasting equipment over the Rocky Mountains and […]

tablehopper’s SF espresso musings

Posted by TheShot on 06 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Quality Issues

Last night we attended a quasi-annual Portuguese wine tasting event sponsored by ViniPortugal. We’ve attended this event a few times prior (last at the Palace Hotel in 2008), and this was by far the worst: completely cramped quarters atop the 32nd floor of the Westin St. Francis, vendors who ran out of wine and bailed […]

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