Tag Archive 'coffee_culture'

How they take their coffee around the world

Posted by TheShot on 09 Dec 2011 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

We’d apologize for the lack of postings this past month, but that’s partly the result of good editing. The trouble is that we typically board up our windows and hide from most coffee blogs this time of year, as most become inundated by insipid annual round-ups of coffee gift ideas to help cash in on […]

Not Invented Here: San Francisco coffee that clearly isn’t from San Francisco

Posted by TheShot on 29 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Good coffee cultures are exported. Starbucks grew by churning out a mutant strain of Italian coffee culture by the thousands. Fifteen years ago, we saw cafés in Prague that boasted “Seattle style lattes.” And while New York City is beating its chest lately over its recent coffee prowess — emulating one of its most famous […]

Bialetti announces an Italian exodus

Posted by TheShot on 08 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Home Brew, Machine

In today’s, er, tomorrow’s news from London’s The Independent, classic Italian stove-top/moka pot coffee manufacturer, Bialetti, announced that they are closing shop in Italy and moving their operations to Eastern Europe: Rivals too hot for Italy’s classic coffee pot – Europe, World – The Independent. In Italy — where the Bialetti has enjoyed decades of […]

Drip Bar, a Mobile Blue Bottle Café, coming to Los Angeles

Posted by TheShot on 31 Mar 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Home Brew, Machine

The coffee culture export trade is in high swing, whether it is Stumptown Roasters opening in Amsterdam or Blue Bottle Coffee following Intelligentsia‘s footsteps and invading L.A.: Drip Bar, a Mobile Blue Bottle Café | NBC Los Angeles. Yes, that last article cites the tiresome caffeine-riff cliché abused by many an unimaginative coffee writer — […]

Trip Report: Caffeinated Comics Company

Posted by TheShot on 27 Feb 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew

Coffee is as universal a beverage as you can find in this country, and yet countless special interest groups seem to identify with coffee as it were their own exclusive thing. This identification may have a lot to do with a modern culture that values hype and hyperactivity — and associates that most with caffeine […]

Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, and Vietnam: Coffee culture in Asia

Posted by TheShot on 05 Nov 2009 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

Publications frequently run out of ideas, which is why the Wall Street Journal seems to be jacked on coffee articles of late. (But don’t worry — we have no plans to tell you what investments to have in your portfolio.) Just two days after making the ridiculous assertion that Illy is taking on Starbucks, the […]

Zurich: Coffee exhibition stirs seductive passions

Posted by TheShot on 15 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Café Society

Should you find yourself in Zurich, Switzerland in the coming year, the Johann Jacobs Museum is hosting an exhibit devoted to coffee’s cultural history titled “Coffee: a tale of irresistible temptation“: swissinfo – Coffee exhibition stirs seductive passions. The article offers a little cultural trivia about coffee (e.g., did you know people once tipped the […]

Melbourne: Australia’s capital of coffee culture?

Posted by TheShot on 02 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew

While we’re on the subject of international coffee, today’s The Hindu (India… and I guess quite obviously so) published an article documenting Melbourne, Australia’s claim to be at the heart of that nation’s coffee culture: The Hindu : Magazine / Columns : Coffee anyone?. Melbourne has a pretty strong case. They have a rich coffee […]