Tag Archive 'cafe_society'

Lisbon Cafés per the Wall Street Journal

Posted by TheShot on 13 Jan 2011 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Roasting, Robusta

Tomorrow’s Wall Street Journal features an article on the Lisbon espresso, the bica: The Best Cafes in Lisbon – WSJ.com. It touches on Lisboeta coffee culture — e.g., drinking many shots each day at the local pasteleria (a sort of pastry shop/bar); a dependence on slower roasts, good quality coffee from Brazil, but also a […]

Trip Report: Moby Dick II (Lajes do Pico, Açores, Portugal)

Posted by TheShot on 19 Dec 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

As 2010 heads towards a close, we reflect on some of the more interesting coffee bars we’ve stumbled across for the first time in the past year. Cape Town’s Origin Coffee Roasting is clearly a new global favorite. Closer to home, the opening of Ma’velous promises a new evolutionary direction for the coffee bar. But […]

The Five Types of Morning Coffee Crazies (And How to %#$@ with Them)

Posted by TheShot on 19 Mar 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends

Today’s post comes directly from the Friday Comic Relief Department. Because we enjoy sarcastic humor, and are frequently guilty of it ourselves, we bring you: The Five Types of Morning Coffee Crazies (And How to %#$@ with Them) | Points in Case. (Title edited for vulgarity.) A rather comic rant on some of the obsessive-compulsive […]

Coffee Worth Traveling For

Posted by TheShot on 31 Dec 2009 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

This past year, The Atlantic magazine has been no stranger to the subject of coffee. They finish out the year on the topic of coffee tourists: Coffee Worth Traveling For – The Atlantic Food Channel. We’ve always used the phrase coffee tourist in a much more derogatory context — e.g., “kopi luwak is a gag […]

Trip Report: Caffè Cento

Posted by TheShot on 22 Oct 2009 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew, Machine

Not to be confused with Cento, which is decidedly at the opposite end of the amenity scale, this is a classically pretty café at the rear entrance of the elegant Fairmont Hotel. It caters primarily to hotel tourists — many of whom come from around the globe and get a little homesick for something other […]

Importing the exported Eastern European café

Posted by TheShot on 06 May 2009 | Filed under: Add Milk, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

An Op-Ed piece in Monday’s Washington Post noted the curious phenomenon of local culture that is exported, reinterpreted abroad, and then imported back again. The article’s topic was the wildly received recent openings of Starbucks cafés in cities such as Warsaw and Prague — with the backdrop of their centuries-old coffeehouse culture traditions: Anne Applebaum […]

The art of the caffè sospeso and caffè liscio

Posted by TheShot on 19 Feb 2009 | Filed under: Café Society, Starbucks

If you blog about coffee long enough, you see the same introductory articles about coffee over and over and over (did we mention over?) again. The Internet continually drones with a strange-yet-familiar mantra, where each week you find dozens of newspaper articles, magazine articles, commerce sites, and blog posts that feel compelled to regurgitate the […]

Across France, Cafe Owners Are Suffering

Posted by TheShot on 24 Nov 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

Yesterday’s New York Times published an article on the accelerating demise of the neighborhood French café: Across France, Cafe Owners Are Suffering – NYTimes.com. This time last year, we scoffed at the suggestion that France’s then-impending smoking ban would trigger the collapse of French café society. But sure enough, that collapse appears to be in […]

Don’t Be Such a Double-tall, Four-pump Vanilla Caramel Macchiato

Posted by TheShot on 17 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Add Milk, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

Sometimes this blogging business can get far too serious. Especially when most blogs are about procrastination, wasting time, and utterly pointless exercises — such as answering the important existential question, “What kind of coffee drink best represents me?” Well today’s post is for you. “I am one of 112 million bloggers: hear me roar.” First […]

Will the smoking ban in France mean the end of café society?

Posted by TheShot on 18 Dec 2007 | Filed under: Café Society

As with every anti-smoking measure, the Chicken Littles come out in force to announce the untimely death of a lifestyle or era. This time it is France’s turn: Will the smoking ban in France mean the end of café society? – International Herald Tribune. What has inevitably happened in every case is that the Chicken […]

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