Tag Archive 'caffe_umbria'

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: Stumptown Coffee Roasters (Seattle, WA)

Posted by TheShot on 24 May 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Machine, Roasting

This Stumptown outlet opened in 2007. It arguably first represented the Portland chain’s global ambitions. At the time, there was much consternation among Seattlites about an interloper in their heart of their Capitol Hill coffee culture (not to mention the Northwest rivalry that ensued). Stumptown even opened up roasting operations in town. But things haven’t […]

Trip Report: Caffè Umbria (Seattle, WA)

Posted by TheShot on 21 May 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Roasting

Surely we jest about Seattle’s coffee culture being as dated as reruns of Frasier. Coffee journalists and jargonists alike often suffer from a tragic affliction that confuses experience for irrelevance. Infatuation with the over-hyped and under-substantiated pursuit of the next big thing has created a bit of hyperopia: a far-sightedness that makes one blind to […]

Trip Report: 54 Mint

Posted by TheShot on 21 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee

In the Mint Plaza, right across the Blue Bottle Cafe mothership, this café provides some pretty good outdoor dining options — albeit without much shade on sunny days. There’s also a but of limited indoor seating upstairs and a homier cellar below. Alberto Avalle, a founder of New York’s Il Buco, partnered with others to […]

Trip Report: Caffè Amici Espresso @ Montgomery St.

Posted by TheShot on 04 May 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This is the sister café to the one on 15th Street in Potrero Hill by the same name. It just barely opened this week on the former site of a shut down Torrefazione Italia. It’s so new, the cash register wasn’t working when I visited, and the staff were making receipts with pencil and paper. […]

Trip Report: Cafe Algiers

Posted by TheShot on 29 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This small Middle Eastern café near the TransBay Terminal (technically in the Bechtel Building) is easy to overlook. But that’s where I hope Web sites like this one come in. In addition to their espresso bar, they have a full-service deli … and they also offer one of the few decent falafel sandwiches in the […]

Trip Report: Tassili Caffé

Posted by TheShot on 24 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

Errantly called ‘Tasili Coffee’ in most phone books and directories, this is a business lunch spot tucked away in the Hills Plaza brick office park, within a courtyard in the shadow of the Bay Bridge featuring a statue of the old Hills Bros. Coffee trademark: the turbaned Arab drinking coffee. Yes, this location was once […]