Tag Archive 'coffee_blending'

Why I’m Just Not Feeling the ChefSteps Coffee Love

Posted by TheShot on 07 Feb 2015 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Robusta

If you are a coffee lover, you’re probably already well aware of the online coffee courses offered by Seattle’s ChefSteps. That is, unless you’ve been holed up in Guantanamo or you avoid most social media like the time-sucking plague that it is (though I do, and yet I couldn’t avoid the subject). This week coffee […]

Trip Report: Illy Caffè (Union St., Cow Hollow)

Posted by TheShot on 31 Dec 2014 | Filed under: Add Milk, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Home Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

illy caffè North America has operated Espressamente cafés here as in Europe, but this example is modeled more after a truer café rather than coffee bar per se. As such, Illy has designated it with a different name (“illy caffè”). However, that hasn’t stopped many confused locals who still insist on calling it “Espressamente.” (I […]

CoffeeCon San Francisco 2014

Posted by TheShot on 30 Jul 2014 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Home Brew, Local Brew, Machine, Roasting

You may not have noticed it through most of the usual “coffee media” channels, but this past Saturday San Francisco hosted CoffeeCon‘s first-ever road tour. You might recall our coverage last year of CoffeeCon 2013, held at its Warrenville, IL mothership. In its fourth year, CoffeeCon has been enough of a success at addressing unmet […]

Trip Report: La Colombe (West Loop, Chicago, IL)

Posted by TheShot on 09 May 2013 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Machine, Roasting, Starbucks

La Colombe continues to play an interesting role in the modern evolution of consumer coffee tastes. Starting in 1985 in Seattle, co-founders Todd Carmichael and Jean Philippe (JP) Iberti joined forces and decided to set up their idea for a great American roaster in Philadelphia. Which was no small risk, given that Philadelphia isn’t the […]

The War on Blends

Posted by TheShot on 23 Jan 2011 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

Last week brought us yet another coffee article about wine analogies and making the “perfect” (groan) cup: The Art of the Perfect Cup of Coffee | CulturePOP | Ingredients for an Artful Life. What was different about this one is it consisted of an interview with reigning WBC champ Michael Phillips of Chicago’s Intelligentsia. In […]

How we wish coffee was treated more like wine

Posted by TheShot on 18 Oct 2010 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

Today’s The Age (Melbourne, Australia) published a less-than-convinced article on the experimental fad of pairing coffees with a meal: Claire’s roast: Coffee matching leaves bitter taste. And Melbourne is a town that famously knows its coffee. For me, the lingering question had been whether the concept of matching food to coffee would work…and based on […]

Trip Report: Espresso Lab Microroasters (Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa)

Posted by TheShot on 26 Jul 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Roasting

In the transitioning Cape Town neighborhood of Woodstock, which out-Missions the Mission, this espresso bar and roaster perhaps looks like no other you’ve seen before. Located inside the newly-art-conscious Old Biscuit Mill, this small space is a pristine, stark black-&-white-themed coffee lab that exudes meticulous organization. The Old Biscuit Mill is known in town for […]

Australia deconstructs good coffee; Seattle calls anybody who likes coffee “a barista”

Posted by TheShot on 19 Jul 2010 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

In the news today, researchers in Australia have decided to take a deconstructionist’s approach towards creating the ideal coffee: Australia Looks To Produce The Ultimate Cup Of Coffee | Gov Monitor. The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) performed experiments to determine how picking coffee cherries at different stages in their maturity might affect […]

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: McDonald’s Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 07 Sep 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Starbucks

For the better part of a year, a running gag from the casual coffee lovers who know me is to ask, “So have you tried McDonald’s espresso yet? How does it rate?” Mostly they ask as a curious, sick joke — knowing that I subject myself to the worst kinds of coffee punishment. But now […]

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