Tag Archive 'clover_brewer'

Condé Nast’s Coffee Drinking Guide

Posted by TheShot on 24 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Roasting, Robusta

Today Condé Nast posted an general consumer article on what to look for in good coffee: Coffee Drinking Guide – Portfolio.com. However, it reads more as a quick guide to following what’s “trendy” today — rather than as a guide to seeking good quality coffee experiences. (Not to mention that the article’s title, “Eat Sheet: […]

ROAST WITH THE MOST / A new generation of Bay Area coffee roasters pushes the perfect cup to the next level

Posted by TheShot on 14 May 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee, Roasting

Today the SF Chronicle posted an impressively long article on the state of quality coffee roasting in the Bay Area: ROAST WITH THE MOST / A new generation of Bay Area coffee roasters pushes the perfect cup to the next level. It’s a remarkable piece, given its breadth. It lightly touches on everything from the […]

Hawaii (Big Island) Coffee & Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 26 Apr 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

Before we start reviewing the espresso in India, it’s about time we wrap things up on our recent coffee excursion to Hawaii’s Big Island. Hawaii is the only coffee-growing state of the Union (as they say: sorry, Puerto Rico is a territory), which makes it a uniquely American place to both sample the local espresso […]

Downtown Los Angeles coffeehouses

Posted by TheShot on 05 Apr 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

The return of baseball also marks the return of a popular form of that “North vs. South” rivalry — with San Franciscans channeling their hate for L.A. through the sport, and L.A. being, well, mostly oblivious. Last weekend, we witnessed that rivalry expressed through espresso — with San Francisco’s Chris Baca edging out the formidable […]

2008 Western Regional Barista Competition

Posted by TheShot on 30 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Barista, Local Brew, Quality Issues

With Spring upon us, that means it’s time for the 2008 Western Regional Barista Competition (WRBC): ‘Attention to every detail’ at Berkeley barista contest – San Jose Mercury News. Starting this past Friday and ending today (check out their photo album), the 2008 WRBC performs a time-honored ritual to select a barista champ representing our […]

Starbucks buys Clover, grinds beans, and dumbs down their espresso machines even further

Posted by TheShot on 19 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Machine, Starbucks

We really hate doing Starbucks posts if we don’t have to. After all, Starbucks hasn’t been relevant to quality espresso in over a decade. But if you’ve been following some of the Clover brewer posts here, you may be surprised to learn that Starbucks liked them enough to buy the company: Aroma comeback: Starbucks to […]

How the Clover is just one more among many ways to think about coffee

Posted by TheShot on 05 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Machine

A bit slow out of the gate (by a year), Slate magazine filed this article on the Clover brewer, naturally focusing on the device’s expense in the article’s title (“Could a Coffee Maker Be Worth $11,000?”): How the Clover could change the way we think about coffee. – By Paul Adams – Slate Magazine. It’s […]

In defense of better coffee, Or: What I did on my 15 minutes of fame

Posted by TheShot on 04 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, CoffeeRatings.com, Local Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Dealing with the media can often feel like waiting for a Muni bus. Just when it’s been so long that you forgot that they exist, suddenly three pull up in a row over the span of a few minutes. This time the media frenzy surrounded the recent openings of Blue Bottle Cafe and Coffee Bar […]

Rating Flat Whites in Brisbane, Australia

Posted by TheShot on 15 Feb 2008 | Filed under: Add Milk, Foreign Brew

Brisbane, Australia’s Courier-Mail ran an article today reviewing espresso drinks at various cafés in Brisbane’s James Street Markets: Fertile ground for battle of baristas | The Courier-Mail. They rated the flat whites at five cafés on a 10-point scale. For those unfamiliar with the flat white, it isn’t just Oceania’s lingo for a (caffè) “latte” […]

Starbucks Tests $2.50 Premium Clover Coffee to Boost Sales

Posted by TheShot on 14 Feb 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Machine, Quality Issues, Starbucks

“Mystery” solved. As one of our readers commented on a previous post, Starbucks recently purchased two $11,000 Clover brewers for who knows what unholy purposes. However, today Bloomberg reported that Starbucks is testing them in at least one of their Seattle retail stores: Bloomberg.com: Exclusive – Starbucks Tests $2.50 Premium Coffee to Boost Sales. Between […]

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