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Trip Report: Bar Al San Domingo (Ravello, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 25 Nov 2013 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

This bar/café on the main Piazza Vescovado is something of a local Ravello institution. Founded as a family business in 1929, it is now operated in the hands of three Schiavo brothers who are part of the successive generation. With its name inspired by a Neapolitan coffee roaster of the time, the writer Gore Vidal […]

Trip Report: The Summit SF

Posted by TheShot on 16 Mar 2011 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew

Taking up the space that was formerly Daniel Creamery and its cheese production, the Summit has tall ceilings in a wide open space converted for café and art space use. The main seating area is littered with rectangular tables and chairs with plenty of wall outlets and laptop zombies — making you feel like you […]

Trip Report: Ma’velous

Posted by TheShot on 11 Nov 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Machine

The name is “Ma’velous”. We’re not sure if this is a New Yorker thing — like when Monday Night Football legend, Al Michaels, tries to pronounce the ‘h’ in the word “huge.” But the owner, Phillip Ma, is a self-fashioned coffee geek with apparently enough money for high-end coffeemaking toys but no real prior training […]

Espresso in Seattle

Posted by TheShot on 27 May 2010 | Filed under: Barista, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting, Starbucks

We wrap up our brief series on Seattle’s espresso and coffee culture with a few observations. First, it had been way, way too long since our last visit. Twelve years in fact. Which is all the more ridiculous given the kind of coffee tourists we’ve become. It was 15 years ago that I attended graduate […]

Trip Report: Zoka Coffee Roasters & Tea (Kirkland, WA)

Posted by TheShot on 19 May 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Machine, Roasting

Now that we’ve been told Seattle espresso is passé — with self-proclaimed Third Wave aficionados holding their nose at the (former) Queen City’s “Oh So Last Wave” reputation — we recently visited a variety of Seattle espresso bars. This is the first post of a coming series on Seattle cafés. We hope this series will […]

Does “Fair Trade” imply everything else is “Unfair Trade”?

Posted by TheShot on 29 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Quality Issues

One of coffee’s big stories of the past year has been the seemingly sudden discovery and public awareness of Fair Trade coffee. Twenty years after the founding of Equal Exchange, Fair Trade coffee awareness reached critical mass this year in the U.S., the U.K., and many other nations around the world. This awareness began with […]

CoffeeRatings.com Reaches 500

Posted by TheShot on 05 Oct 2006 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Local Brew

Every once in a while it becomes necessary to celebrate an arbitrary milestone. And we have one today: for the first time, CoffeeRatings.com reached 500 active espresso ratings for San Francisco. What’s so arbitrary about it? For one, the 500 milestone was actually passed many months ago. While CoffeeRatings.com‘s focus has been San Francisco proper, […]

Tea Time – Or: Where Are All My Coffee Varieties?

Posted by TheShot on 08 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Restaurant Coffee

The Staten Island Advance (Staten Island has news?!) published an article today that heralds the arrival of tea as America’s new hot beverage of choice over coffee: Tea time. For all the Oolong Frappucino and Chai Latte lovers out there, hey — more power to you. These are good times with more options. But before […]

The caffeine hit – listen to your body to find your coffee limits

Posted by TheShot on 04 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Roasting

I’ve built up a pretty good tolerance for caffeine over the years. This after the (shocking?) truth that I once gave up coffee, and virtually all forms of caffeine, for a couple of years after a personal “purification” experiment following sinus surgery in 2000. It only took a return trip to Rome for me to […]

Consumed by coffee: DOMA Coffee Roasting Company

Posted by TheShot on 05 May 2006 | Filed under: Roasting

Today’s Spokane Journal of Business featured a lengthy article on Terry Patano, co-owner of the Coeur d’Alene, ID café and the esteemed word-of-mouth roaster, DOMA Coffee Roasting Company: Consumed by coffee – Spokane Journal of Business. Not only is Terry a detail-oriented roaster who is heavy into preparation, but he’s an everyday reader of TheShot […]

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