Tag Archive 'coffee_choices'

Police bust Italian espresso gang

Posted by TheShot on 11 May 2011 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew

Here in SF, we’re sometimes way too busy holding our noses because a coffee shop doesn’t use Blue Bottle or Fair Trade certified coffee. (In our personal case, sometimes it’s just too few places that use Barefoot.) To put things a little in perspective, here’s a story today from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Police bust […]

What a difference four months makes: Cape Town, South Africa redux

Posted by TheShot on 11 Dec 2010 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

Call it coffee’s version of Hubble’s Law: the rate at which a local coffee scene evolves is inversely proportional to its maturity. What?!? Let us explain. Seattle and San Francisco are examples of well-established coffee cultures, and the rate of evolution and improvement we see in the coffee there tends to nudge along at a […]

Trip Report: Ma’velous

Posted by TheShot on 11 Nov 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Machine

The name is “Ma’velous”. We’re not sure if this is a New Yorker thing — like when Monday Night Football legend, Al Michaels, tries to pronounce the ‘h’ in the word “huge.” But the owner, Phillip Ma, is a self-fashioned coffee geek with apparently enough money for high-end coffeemaking toys but no real prior training […]

Where Are My Coffee Varieties 2: Washed or Natural?

Posted by TheShot on 21 Aug 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee

Four years ago we posted about our disappointment over high-end restaurants that offered plenty of options for tea but only one for coffee. It’s as if these celebrated houses of distinguished taste decided that coffee had all the nuance and variety of unleaded gasoline — and it showed in the product they served. And when […]

Restaurant Coffee and the Intercontinental Divide?

Posted by TheShot on 26 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Restaurant Coffee

Foodie rag gone online, Saveur.com, recently published a series of coffee-themed articles in conjunction with the SCAA. One of the articles lamented American restaurants’ continued one-dimensional treatment of coffee: Nothing ‘Regular’ About It – Saveur.com. “‘Regular’ coffee?! The appetizer alone rated five adjectives,” writes reporter Jim Munson. We’ve expressed this very same lament here a […]

Trip Report: Jackson Place Cafe

Posted by TheShot on 06 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Quality Issues

This café isn’t easy to stumble upon, even if its signature is a rather large Art Nouveau café sign in lights. You have to enter the One Jackson Place center to reach this café, adorned with a miniature zinc bar and zinc-plating decorating its small kiosk. Located in a quiet courtyard surrounded by multiple stories […]

Trip Report: Bar Bambino

Posted by TheShot on 01 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew

Right off BART’s Plasticuffs Station (Mission & 16th Sts.), across of Cafe Los Olvidados, this has never been an attractive part of the city — though mostly because of who might accost you on the sidewalk. (I’ve long called it Plasticuffs Station because of the frequency of finding perps face down on the plaza in […]

Espresso like no Other and perhaps a little like Wine

Posted by TheShot on 08 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Beans

Last year I asked the question, “Where are all my coffee varieties?”. Today a press release from a Florida roaster picked up where I left off: Espresso like no Other and perhaps a little like Wine. The broken English is pretty amusing for a press release — even if they make an obligatory wine comparison […]

Trip Report: Piccino Cafe

Posted by TheShot on 17 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Local Brew

This newer café/pizza place lies in the little-known neighborhood of Dogpatch, just off the new SF Muni T line. It’s a small space with a couple of indoor tables and a few out front on the corner sidewalk. Just inside the door on the left is a small espresso bar: home to a two-group La […]

Tea Time – Or: Where Are All My Coffee Varieties?

Posted by TheShot on 08 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Restaurant Coffee

The Staten Island Advance (Staten Island has news?!) published an article today that heralds the arrival of tea as America’s new hot beverage of choice over coffee: Tea time. For all the Oolong Frappucino and Chai Latte lovers out there, hey — more power to you. These are good times with more options. But before […]

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