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Trip Report: Gran Caffè Cimmino (Chiaia District, Napoli, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 26 Jan 2014 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Robusta

Returning our series of café reviews to Napoli proper, it’s not easy to top the local reputation of a place like Gran Caffè Cimmino. This is a true grand café, and multiple sources in Italy regard it as one of the best places in Napoli for espresso — if not the best place. The Gambero […]

Trip Report: Gran Caffè Neapolis (Napoli, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 26 Oct 2013 | Filed under: Add Milk, Barista, Café Society, Foreign Brew

Opening in November 2010, this café feels like it has been here for far longer. (Contrast with nearby Scaturchio, dal 1905.) The interior space is a modern, stark white with spot lighting and lounge-like space surrounded by bottles of Champagne on the walls. Outside there’s ample seating under large parasols in the enjoyable Piazza San […]

SF Coffee’s “Battle of the Bands”

Posted by TheShot on 29 Mar 2011 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew

Growing up as a teenager, I always hated those “Battle of the Bands” contests. Because — despite my odd musical tastes, from the Dream Syndicate to Mötorhead, at a time when most teens wanted the inoffensive sounds of Huey Lewis & the News — I quickly learned that these contests were never about talent. They […]

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 […]

Expansionist Consumer Reports again raids the ghetto coffee market

Posted by TheShot on 02 Feb 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

In the headlines today, Consumer Reports continues to explore the merits of ghetto coffee: Lack of excellent coffee blends: Consumer Reports | Reuters. Whereas before they chimed in on the McDonald’s vs. Starbucks debate — something we’ve always likened to a beauty contest between Courtney Love and Joan Rivers — this time their “expert” taste […]

Disparaging the Third Wave, Part 2: Single-Origins, Medium Roasts, and Cuppings

Posted by TheShot on 20 Mar 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Roasting

For the second of our three-part installment on How future coffee “Waves” will come to disparage the so-called Third, we examine some of coffee’s biggest qualitative fads going today: Single-origin coffees Medium roasts The heavy-handed use of cuppings We’ll examine a little of why we must get past these fads for accessible quality coffee to […]

Trip Report Redux: Four Barrel Coffee (now roasting their own)

Posted by TheShot on 25 Feb 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Roasting

While revisiting Dynamo Donuts earlier this month, we quickly noted the bags of Four Barrel Coffee in the back. Like the Four Barrel Coffee mothership, Dynamo had been using Stumptown Hairbender to date — with rumors that they would switch over to Four Barrel once they got their roasting operations going. Four Barrel commenced their […]

Slow Food Nation ’08: Who wants coffee?

Posted by TheShot on 01 Sep 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Quality Issues

It is Labor Day weekend in San Francisco. And the only thing keeping us from inaugurating Itching Man, our long-proposed rival event to Burning Man, was Slow Food Nation ’08. For a little background, we mentioned this event in a post last week. Given how it had been billed, we had hopes there would be […]

Trip Report: Philz Coffee @ China Basin

Posted by TheShot on 11 Feb 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Philz Coffee presents CoffeeRatings.com with something of a dilemma. Things were a little more straightforward when Philz offered espresso — the basic yardstick for all the ratings on this site. And the 18th St. Philz (since closed) rated among the worst 10% espresso purveyors in the entire city. It practically takes effort to be that […]

Espresso done right is intense — a full-bodied, stop-time moment to savor

Posted by TheShot on 11 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Machine, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Robusta

Tomorrow’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution nails it with this article headline: Espresso done right is intense — a full-bodied, stop-time moment to savor | ajc.com. Somewhat surprisingly, what follows the headline isn’t half bad either. The author, John Kessler, goes on to note how rare a decent espresso is in this country — and in fancy restaurants […]

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