Tag Archive 'brasilia'

Trip Report: Café Aquarius (Emeryville, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 05 Mar 2009 | Filed under: Barista, Café Society, Foreign Brew

When exploring the East Bay for espresso, it’s strangely easy to overlook Emeryville. The first city from San Francisco as you cross the Bay Bridge, home to America’s largest specialty coffee seaport, Emeryville boasts numerous coffee businesses, from distributors to roasters. But oddly Emeryville doesn’t boast many retail coffee shops that aren’t part of some […]

Trip Report: Espresso in Coimbra, Porto, and Braga

Posted by TheShot on 10 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

In my last post on espresso in Portugal, I reviewed a handful of notable cafés in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. For this installment, I review notable cafés in other parts of Portugal. Namely, futher north … where I generally found the espresso to be even better than that in Lisbon. Name Address City Espresso [info] Cafe […]

Espresso in Portugal

Posted by TheShot on 03 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Starbucks

Despite Portugal’s prominent historical role in the development of the coffee trade (for example, they introduced coffee production to Brazil), and the degree with which coffee is “interwoven throughout Portugal’s social, literary and economic history”, I’ve found surprisingly little written about the espresso in this small-but-influential coffee nation. Last month I took advantage of some […]

Trip Report: On The Go Espresso

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

Can CoffeeRatings.com really stomach a business that institutionalizes the “values” of to go espresso in a paper cup? While it’s far from our favorite, it does go down in a pinch. This mobile espresso cart service at Mission & Spear Streets sometimes runs another location at the diagonally opposite end of the city block (around […]

Trip Report: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf @ Fillmore

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

This outlet of the L.A.-based chain is located on a busy Fillmore St. corner, lined with popular sidewalk café tables and parasols. Inside there are a dozen more tables and a lot of finished, wood grain surfaces — giving it the look of a cheaply remodeled kitchen. There’s even this raised platform in the back […]