Tag Archive 'caffeine'

Spray-on coffee: for the person too busy to drink it

Posted by TheShot on 20 Aug 2013 | Filed under: Consumer Trends

We’re in the midst of a massive energy crisis. No, we don’t mean a revisit to the 1973 days of gasoline rationing and the introduction of daylight savings time. But it seems that everywhere you turn, someone is telling us about how we’re so chronically short of energy … how we’re so tired all the […]

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 […]

New York discovers decaf that doesn’t suck

Posted by TheShot on 10 Mar 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

On the continuing theme of New Yorkers being years behind on their coffee trends, yesterday the New York Times published an article on the improving quality of decaffeinated coffees: New Breed of Brewers of No Buzz – NYTimes.com. It is a slightly updated and expanded version of an L.A. Times piece we wrote about in […]

Caffeine dominates the coffee conversation this past week

Posted by TheShot on 12 Jul 2009 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

This past week, most of the coffee discussion around the Internet involved the subject of caffeine. Talk about caffeine seems to bring out the worst in people. Too many act as if coffee and caffeine are synonymous and interchangeable — whether it’s scientific research on the effects of caffeine or some lame riff on coffee […]

Bad Science » Drink coffee, see dead people.

Posted by TheShot on 16 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Coffee Health

We’ve been harping on the ethically and intellectually bankrupt medical infotainment industry for years now. Publicity stunts masked as science are bad enough (see: Tuesday’s example). But bad science transformed into a publicity stunt is far more irresponsible. A textbook example came to us all this week in the form of a flawed study linking […]

Second annual unscientific PR stunt rates SF #3 in coffee consumption

Posted by TheShot on 13 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

Why we entertain the unscientific musings of a discount health care company is beyond us. It’s probably because we’d rather report on it before much of the local press undoubtedly picks this bubblegum lifestyle piece up and makes it out to be something remotely substantial: Caffeine Survey Reveals Most, Least Caffeinated Cities. A year ago […]

The Rise of Medical Infotainment: Sorting Out Coffee’s Contradictions

Posted by TheShot on 07 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

Two days ago, the New York Times ran another pop piece of medical journalism about coffee. However, this time they disguised it as a critique of medical journalism: Personal Health – Sorting Out Coffee’s Contradictions – NYTimes.com. Now we’ve managed to survive a six-month moratorium on pointless medical research articles about coffee — which is […]

No longer content with mimicking McDonald’s, Starbucks now following 7-Eleven’s lead

Posted by TheShot on 13 May 2008 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Restaurant Coffee, Starbucks

Starbucks Coffee has spent the last decade squandering away whatever market leadership they had in the world of quality coffee, and it’s no secret that they are now trying to regain some of these losses. But to do so in recent months, Starbucks has bizarrely looked to McDonald’s for inspiration: introducing $1 “daily coffee”, free […]

San Francisco magazine feature on local coffee: A new buzz

Posted by TheShot on 07 May 2008 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Quality Issues

As we hinted in a previous post, San Francisco magazine just published Josh Sens’ story on the more recent evolution of San Francisco’s local coffee scene in its most recent issue: A new buzz | San Francisco online. (There’s even an article featuring CoffeeRatings.com on the back page: The coffee bard | San Francisco online.) […]

When clueless medical journalists attack

Posted by TheShot on 02 Feb 2008 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

We should all feel thankful that, once in a rare while, the confusing morass of pop medical journalism is broken by the occasional intelligent voice of informed reason. Last month, the media had a feeding frenzy over a lone medical study linking caffeine to increased risk of miscarriage: Pregnancy Problems Tied to Caffeine. Today’s New […]

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