Tag Archive 'blue_bottle'

Trip Report: Cibo (Sausalito, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 04 Jan 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew

This spacious café, oddly decorated with bike frames, lies on the north end of the Sausalito strip. Its name is pronounced “CHEE-bo”, Italian for “food.” (Though we did find an amusing online reference where someone suggested it is pronounced “SHEE-Bow” — which sounds more like M&M-Mars for “decommissioned cat food“.) There are a few outdoor […]

Does the growth in high-quality independent cafés mean the mom-and-pops are making a comeback?

Posted by TheShot on 28 Dec 2009 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Has it really been a couple weeks since our last third wave rant? A few years after we thought this topic was dead and buried, lately newbie third wave coffee articles have been cropping up in local newspapers like teenage vampire profiteers. London, Oakland, and now Vancouver: Indie cafés perfectly poised to quench coffee aficionados’ […]

Random Choices 2: The Coffee Roasters

Posted by TheShot on 19 Dec 2009 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

MSN City Guides recently joined the ever-popular year-end parade of Internet-friendly Top 10 lists: America’s Best Coffee – 1 – MSN City Guides. As if to show Bon Appétit that they, too, can list their favorites without the bother of any supporting criteria, MSN’s editors also took an early holiday and let two additional nominees […]

East Bay Express: Surfing Coffee’s “Third Wave”

Posted by TheShot on 16 Dec 2009 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Today’s East Bay Express published a good, and long-overdue, cover story on some of the quality coffee changes going on in our fair East Bay: Surfing Coffee’s “Third Wave” | Feature | East Bay Express. Its use of the Third Wave crutch is unfortunate, but also par for the course these days. Meanwhile, we will […]

Illy brands itself through independent U.S. cafés

Posted by TheShot on 03 Nov 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew

Today’s Wall Street Journal published an article on Illycaffè‘s quiet expansion in the U.S. coffeehouse market: Illy Uses Backdoor to Take On Starbucks in U.S. – WSJ.com. Anytime someone tries to sell coffee in this country, the knee-jerk media presumption is that they’re going to “Take On Starbucks“™. Illy has always publicly stated that they […]

Equator Estate Coffees wins Roast Magazine’s 2010 American Roaster of the Year Award

Posted by TheShot on 22 Oct 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee, Roasting

San Rafael-based Equator Estate Coffees has long been a major enigma for us. They have heavy distribution among high-end restaurants in town — and quite a few on the low-end. But despite the occasional accolades among tastemaker chefs, we just didn’t “get it.” Over the years, we sampled the espresso at well over 30 different […]

Even GQ magazine can’t figure out if the “Third Wave” is coming or going

Posted by TheShot on 20 Oct 2009 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues

Thanks to Tim of espressophile fame for giving us a heads-up on this article posted yesterday from GQ magazine: The Most Important Drink of Your Day: Restaurants + Bars: GQ. Tim got his heads-up from the guys down at Verve Coffee Roasters, who are among the handful of regional coffee shops highlighted in this best-of […]

Trip Report: Chez Panisse Café (Berkeley, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 20 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee

This upstairs café (though more of a Western restaurant) resides in the rather infamous birthplace of California Cuisine. At least when Alice Waters decided to take her local, farm-fresh cooking operation out of a house and into this formal spot decades ago. Yes, dear Alice may be the mother of most of what’s good about […]

Breaking the Chains: Dispelling the Myth of Consistency at the Big Coffee Chains

Posted by TheShot on 15 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Starbucks

One of the things that the big coffee chains do well is consistency. Or at least that’s the conventional wisdom, lifted straight from the fast food chain playbook. A McDonald’s french fry is pretty much the same everywhere, and the coffee served at a big chain is little different. Or so we’ve all been told. […]

Trip Report: Boxed Foods Company

Posted by TheShot on 13 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew

Now that Blue Bottle Coffee Co. has expanded their roasting operations, we can expect to be super-saturated with its coming ubiquity. While that’s an overall good thing — such as now being able to snag some fresh Blue Bottle beans at the hyper-local Avedano’s Meats in Bernal Heights — it does contribute to that espresso […]

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