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Trip Report: Specialty’s Café & Bakery on Pine St.

Posted by TheShot on 21 Jul 2011 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Quality Issues

The story of coffee at Specialty’s Café & Bakery reflects the story of San Francisco’s consumer tastes for retail coffee. In the beginning, there was Faema + Prebica — and it was weak A decade ago, Specialty’s ran a small chain of bakery/cafés with coffee service areas. Some locations, like this one on Pine St., […]

Vancouver’s Caffè Artigiano tackles expansion conundrum

Posted by TheShot on 03 Feb 2010 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Today’s The Globe and Mail (Toronto) featured an article on the coming growing pains for Vancouver’s Caffè Artigiano: Coffee chain tackles expansion conundrum – The Globe and Mail. For those unfamiliar, Caffè Artigiano still represents the best espresso shot we’ve ever had — produced by the hands of barista savant, Sammy Piccolo. Pulled in 2003, […]

The Future of Coffee (…is a lot like its past)

Posted by TheShot on 13 Jan 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

Recently I was approached by a writer exploring ideas for an article to be published by Wired in the UK. (This wouldn’t be the first time.) The subject line of his e-mail? “The Future of Coffee.” His goal was to put together a piece about the “vanguard of the coffee industry,” featuring “new and disruptive […]

Vancouver’s new cafe wins best coffee in region

Posted by TheShot on 05 Oct 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Roasting

From yesterday’s Vancouver Sun, the praise is rolling in for Vancouver’s 49th Parallel Roasters, a new coffee destination established by Vince and Mike Piccolo (the former of Caffè Artigiano fame): Vancouver’s new cafe wins best coffee in region. Just don’t ask what Krups is doing as self-appointed tastemakers of good espresso via the annual Krups […]

Vancouver: Pay up and smell the coffee

Posted by TheShot on 14 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Roasting

Today’s Globe and Mail (Canada) reported on the arrival of the $15-a-cup (CAN$) Hacienda la Esmeralda Especial at Vancouver’s Caffè Artigiano: globeandmail.com: Pay up and smell the coffee. [alternative link: The Tyee — Coffee Hits $15 at the Pump.] Kopi luwak pretenders, take notice. The Panamanian coffee won the 2007 Roasters Guild Cupping competition at […]

Movie Review: ‘Black Gold’

Posted by TheShot on 11 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Starbucks

No, I’m not slated as the latest guest movie reviewer for TV’s Ebert & Roeper. (Though I would love to be backstage to witness Robert Roeper tell his guests, “My show. Got that? It’s my show now!”) But last night, KQED aired a coffee-crisis-themed documentary for PBS’s “Indepedent Lens,” titled Black Gold: Independent Lens . […]

The Clover Story: Holy Platinum Percolators! Stumptown’s $11,000 coffee makers

Posted by TheShot on 24 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Machine

This week Willamette Week (Portland, OR) reported on a new coffee maker — one that has been getting a ton of buzz in coffee aficionado circles — now in use at Portland’s Stumptown: Willamette Week Online | Post: ‘Holy Platinum Percolators! Stumptown’s $11,000 coffee makers’. Made by Clover of Seattle, the uniqueness of its design […]

Home Machines: Espresso yourself

Posted by TheShot on 12 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Home Brew, Machine

Yesterday’s Toronto Star featured a few interviews on what it takes to make a great espresso — including the opinions of Stuart Ross, an award-winning barista and co-owner of Bulldog Coffee in Toronto, and Coulter Jones, the 2006 Canadian barista champion from Vancouver’s Caffe Artigiano. However, only Mark Prince, of coffeegeek.com, was able to answer […]

Vancouver: Locals have much to learn about espresso

Posted by TheShot on 21 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Barista, Quality Issues

Knowing the difference between a good and bad espresso can be a curse to many a former barista. Or so says a former barista in today’s Georgia Straight, a popular Vancouver free weekly: Straight.com Vancouver | Best Eating | Locals have much to learn about espresso. The author writes that, “The espresso, as it is […]

The WBC: Canada’s quest for coffee supremacy

Posted by TheShot on 25 May 2006 | Filed under: Barista

Today the WestEnder of Vancouver, Canada posted an article on one of my favorite baristas in the world, Sammy Piccolo: Canada’s quest for coffee supremacy. Sammy has made some of the best espresso I’ve ever had in North America … if not the world. Back in 2000, along with his brothers Vince and Michael, he […]

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