Tag Archive 'coffee_brewing'

The CoffeeRatings.com 2014 Holiday Anti-Gift Guide

Posted by TheShot on 04 Dec 2014 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Machine, Quality Issues

This is that insufferable time of year where reading any sort of coffee news Web site or blog means dodging an onslaught of “gift ideas for coffee lovers” advertisements feigning to be articles. These cyclical (and cynical) bits of fake journalism are often accompanied by multi-page image galleries requiring you to click through each item […]

The Future of Coffee (…is a lot like its past)

Posted by TheShot on 13 Jan 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

Recently I was approached by a writer exploring ideas for an article to be published by Wired in the UK. (This wouldn’t be the first time.) The subject line of his e-mail? “The Future of Coffee.” His goal was to put together a piece about the “vanguard of the coffee industry,” featuring “new and disruptive […]

Trip Report: Starbucks’ Clover crafted Small Batch Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 22 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Machine, Starbucks

Introduction Here at CoffeeRatings.com, we prefer to be experimentalists rather than theorists. This means we may have opinions, but we try to back them up with first-hand experience — even if it means consuming coffee, Fear Factor-style, that we would much rather avoid. Last year when Starbucks announced they were purchasing The Coffee Equipment Company, […]

What makes coffee bitter?

Posted by TheShot on 06 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Home Brew, Quality Issues, Robusta

Last week, C. Clairborne Ray of the New York Times answered this question as part of the paper’s Q&A feature: bookofjoe: What makes coffee bitter?. (I’m citing it on another blogger’s post instead of the original NY Times source — in case you are religiously opposed to NYT logins.) As the article states, coffee is […]

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 […]

Toronto Espresso Hunt or: How I Learned To Hate Overextraction

Posted by TheShot on 14 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Barista, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

Yesterday I came across a Toronto area blogger, StDan, who has picked up his own cause for finding some of the best espresso served in his fine city of Toronto: Espresso Hunt: Little Italy. Naturally, even at this early stage, he noted the following (familiar) problem: “most places put too much in it”. Yes, the […]

Italian Coffee 101

Posted by TheShot on 04 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Add Milk, Café Society

Today’s New Straits Times of Malaysia published a good primer on Italian coffee preparation methods: Drink: Kopi Italiano. Tweet