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Tucson, AZ: Best place for Coffee – Or: EspressoMap.com: Perhaps none of the above

Posted by TheShot on 15 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Starbucks

How do you know it’s time to move if you want a decent espresso? Why, when your local paper (here the Arizona Daily Star) overwhelmingly tells you Starbucks is the best thing going in town: Best place for Coffee | www.azstarnet.com ®. Why is it that so many presumed “respectable” media sources often aspire to […]

Take a caffeinated tour of Tulsa

Posted by TheShot on 29 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

It’s been a while since we posted a mindless mini coffee review for some low rotation corner of the country. So today we bring you a brief coffee tour of Tulsa, OK from the local university rag: The Collegian Online: Take a caffeinated tour of Tulsa. It’s a short list, alright. But the one notable […]

A Eurocentric quest for espresso in Toronto

Posted by TheShot on 15 Jun 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

A guest column in yesterday’s Toronto Star concerned a European friend of the writer who feared travelling to North America for the dreadful coffee. She even packed her own espresso machine out of desperation: TheStar.com – A Eurocentric quest for espresso. The writer was on a mission to convince her European friend that cosmopolitan Toronto […]

Edinburgh, Scotland: Filtering out the best and worst

Posted by TheShot on 12 May 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

You think espresso ratings are just for American coffee snobs? Think again. Today’s The Edinburgh Evening News of Scotland published an article today rating some of their local options for espresso: Scotsman.com Living – Filtering out the best and worst. The article’s author, Sarah Howden, escorted a Scots Italian arts impresario, Richard Demarco, around town […]

A shot at perfection – Espresso in Boston and New York

Posted by TheShot on 19 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Home Brew, Machine

Today’s Boston Globe featured a few good articles on the few espresso purveyors in Greater Boston and New York City who are out to set the standard properly: A shot at perfection – The Boston Globe. The U.S. East Coast has been in the Espresso Dark Ages for far too long. As quoted in the […]

Taste test: The little joes take on Starbucks

Posted by TheShot on 27 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Starbucks

Somehow the editors of today’s USA TODAY let this article slip by without a pie chart: USATODAY.com – Taste test: The little joes take on Starbucks. Somebody is getting a pink slip. But in this article, USA TODAY food and wine critic Jerry Shriver takes a very CoffeeRatings.com-like approach to reviewing the “premium” drip coffee […]

Speed coffee — and its kings of Tel Aviv

Posted by TheShot on 19 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

Looking for espresso along Ibn Gvirol Street in Tel Aviv? The online version of the Haaretz English Edition reviewed eight branches of large coffee chains (including The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf) — with a bizarre emphasis on how quickly they can shuffle you out the door with a paper cup (blech!) of gourmet coffee […]

New York Coffee Scene

Posted by TheShot on 12 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Today’s New York Daily News claims “New York is, and always has been, a coffee town.” In the few times I’ve scouted much of Manhattan and Brooklyn in search of good coffee over the past few years, my conclusion is that “New York is, and always has been, a bad coffee town.” Award-winners from New […]

CoffeeRatings.com in this month’s San Francisco magazine

Posted by TheShot on 25 Feb 2006 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Local Brew

A shout out to CoffeeRatings.com in the March 2006 issue of San Francisco magazine (page 40): THE HOT SPOTS – One-shot wonders – San Francisco magazine. (Update: someone thankfully posted a graphical version of the print story as well.) Friends in the area have asked me since this article was published, “Did you really walk […]

An Obsessive’s Guide to Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 15 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Home Brew, Local Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

It took a moment for me to dig up an online version, but here it is. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the March 2006 issue of Food & Wine Magazine has a special report on coffee: An Obsessive’s Guide to Coffee | Food & Wine. The editors apparently “spent 410 man-hours tasting 157 coffees […]

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