Tag Archive 'cafe_reviews'

Downtown Los Angeles coffeehouses

Posted by TheShot on 05 Apr 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

The return of baseball also marks the return of a popular form of that “North vs. South” rivalry — with San Franciscans channeling their hate for L.A. through the sport, and L.A. being, well, mostly oblivious. Last weekend, we witnessed that rivalry expressed through espresso — with San Francisco’s Chris Baca edging out the formidable […]

In defense of better coffee, Or: What I did on my 15 minutes of fame

Posted by TheShot on 04 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, CoffeeRatings.com, Local Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Dealing with the media can often feel like waiting for a Muni bus. Just when it’s been so long that you forgot that they exist, suddenly three pull up in a row over the span of a few minutes. This time the media frenzy surrounded the recent openings of Blue Bottle Cafe and Coffee Bar […]

Rating Flat Whites in Brisbane, Australia

Posted by TheShot on 15 Feb 2008 | Filed under: Add Milk, Foreign Brew

Brisbane, Australia’s Courier-Mail ran an article today reviewing espresso drinks at various cafés in Brisbane’s James Street Markets: Fertile ground for battle of baristas | The Courier-Mail. They rated the flat whites at five cafés on a 10-point scale. For those unfamiliar with the flat white, it isn’t just Oceania’s lingo for a (caffè) “latte” […]

It’s 2008. Why are we still reviewing coffee houses as if they were gas stations?

Posted by TheShot on 28 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, CoffeeRatings.com, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

Every time we think about how far we’ve come with the mass cultural awareness and appreciation of specialty coffee in this country, we’re slapped in the face with reminders of how far we still have to go. One perfect example of this is the sorry, antiquated state of the coffee house review — whether in […]

Which? Magazine survey: UK coffee chains

Posted by TheShot on 24 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

Today Which? Magazine (U.K.) published a comparative review of three major coffee chains in Britain: Starbucks, Caffé Nero, and Costa Coffee: Coffee shops | Overview. Their survey examined coffee prices, beverage quality, and how much their drinks are calorie bombs. For their taste test, they sent in an “undercover expert” — Whittard coffee buyer and […]

The Best Coffeehouses according to … Forbes?!?

Posted by TheShot on 16 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

Yesterday ForbesTraveler.com, part of the imperialist publishing expansion of Forbes magazine, posted an article of their votes for the “10 Hottest Coffeehouses” in the country: Best Coffeehouses | ForbesTraveler.com. To hear it in their words: “We polled industry experts and coffee connoisseurs nationwide to find out where the best espresso artisans are serving up their […]

Lynchburg, VA: Whole lotta latte

Posted by TheShot on 16 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Add Milk, Foreign Brew

The News & Advance of Lynchburg, VA recently published a brief review of the area’s independent coffeehouses. Like many smaller towns in America that have come to similar conclusions about themselves, “In the past two years, Lynchburg has become a mini-mecca for coffee.” But unlike many articles of its kind, the author doesn’t dote over […]

Reviewing Chicago take-out coffee: Know your Joe

Posted by TheShot on 08 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

On the heel’s of Chicago’s informal crowning as America’s caffeine capital, today’s Chicago Tribune published an article that provided a light, unscientific, comparative review of 32 different take-out coffee offerings in the Chicago area: Know your Joe — chicagotribune.com. Instead of the single espresso, the yardstick used at CoffeeRatings.com, the Tribune based their evaluations on […]

Why a five-star restaurant serves one-star food, Or: Why I don’t use Yelp

Posted by TheShot on 13 Jun 2007 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Local Brew

Today a Salon magazine blog touched on the flaws of the many online review sites: Why a five-star restaurant serves one-star food – Machinist: Tech Blog, Tech News, Technology Articles – Salon. The writer opens with an anecdote about Yelp — a review site that, in my experience, has long epitomized these flaws (see my […]

It’s more than just coffee — it’s a bowl for the soul

Posted by TheShot on 22 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Starbucks

InsideBayArea.com published an article today by a self-employed writer (and cooking class instructor) who named some of her favorite coffeehouses around the country: Inside Bay Area – It’s more than just coffee — it’s a bowl for the soul. Yes, she unimaginatively resorted to the ever-popular, ever-tedious caffeine riff (calling coffeehouses “caffeine dens”). But she […]

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