Tag Archive 'citysearch'

Trip Report: Trabant Coffee & Chai (Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA)

Posted by TheShot on 22 May 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

Don’t spro me, bro. That ridiculous sentence kept going through our heads when we visited Trabant Coffee & Chai near Pioneer Square. (Their other, mothership location is in the University District.) From afar, Trabant seems like they are trying to do some interesting things. They were voted Best Coffee in Seattle on CitySearch.com in 2005, […]

Coffee’s cutting edge … or just carnival barking?

Posted by TheShot on 18 Oct 2008 | Filed under: Barista, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

This week we came across a curious video published by Voice of America: VOA News – Seattle: Capital of Coffee Houses. If you wonder why something called “Voice of America” produces video, you’ll question that even more after viewing this parody of a 1980′s corporate training video. But the video is essentially a review of […]

The Best of Yelp San Francisco Coffee & Tea or: The Uselessness of Crowds

Posted by TheShot on 21 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, CoffeeRatings.com, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Quality Issues

As we mentioned in our last post a couple days ago, being popular and being good can be two very things. There are few places where this is more apparent than on Web sites that thrive on aggregate public user ratings and reviews. We had intended this article to be about Yelp’s top SF coffee […]

Best of Citysearch San Francisco 2007 – Best San Francisco Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 11 Aug 2007 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Local Brew, Quality Issues

This week, Citysearch.com announced that the votes have been tallied once again for their annual “Best Coffee” poll: Best of Citysearch San Francisco 2007 – Best San Francisco Coffee. And is there anything more effective than the annual readers poll for highlighting all the anomalies and flaws of open user review systems? I know I […]

Why a five-star restaurant serves one-star food, Or: Why I don’t use Yelp

Posted by TheShot on 13 Jun 2007 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Local Brew

Today a Salon magazine blog touched on the flaws of the many online review sites: Why a five-star restaurant serves one-star food – Machinist: Tech Blog, Tech News, Technology Articles – Salon. The writer opens with an anecdote about Yelp — a review site that, in my experience, has long epitomized these flaws (see my […]

Best of Citysearch San Francisco – Best San Francisco Coffee 2006

Posted by TheShot on 10 Feb 2007 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Local Brew, Quality Issues

I’m a little slow this time around, but not long ago Citysearch.com announced their 2006 readers’ poll winners for the best coffee in San Francisco: Best of Citysearch San Francisco – Best San Francisco Coffee. This is something of an annual tradition, as we reviewed Citysearch’s 2005 coffee winners. (When you think of it, naming […]

Trip Report: Tartine Bakery & Café

Posted by TheShot on 28 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This is a rather non-descript French bakery/café. But don’t let that fool you. It has won numerous “best bakery” awards in the area and is immensely popular. (And yes, even Martha Stewart paid a visit here just a week ago.) It is also notorious for its Soviet-style bread lines, which run long out the door […]

Trip Report: Farley’s Coffeehouse

Posted by TheShot on 12 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

Farley’s Coffeehouse benefits from coffee-obsessed local clientele and a community that’s largely closed off from the rest of the city in Portero Hill. As a result, Farley’s boasts many loyal patrons who helped vote it into third place in CitySearch.com’s 2005 Best San Francisco Coffee. Farley’s is clearly a decent place for a shot of […]

Inside Mr. Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 19 Dec 2005 | Filed under: Local Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Roasting

Mr. Who? Chances are that the name “Mr. Espresso” doesn’t exactly hit you over the head as a symbol of the Bay Area’s finest espresso — but it should. They were recently ranked 6th in CitySearch.com’s 2005 Best San Francisco Coffee. At first, this may seem like a pretty good feat. You might even recognize […]

CitySearch.com’s 2005 Best San Francisco Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 05 Dec 2005 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Local Brew

Celebrities are out in full regalia. Tension is in the air. It must be time to review the reviewers as we recap the winners of CitySearch.com’s 2005 Best San Francisco Coffee. Each year, CitySearch.com stages regional popularity contests for establishments in different categories. And each year, they tabulate the online votes from the users of […]