Tag Archive 'coffee_cups'

On Coffee and Design — and a Cup Review: notNeutral’s LINO and MENO

Posted by TheShot on 09 Aug 2014 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends

Today This Thing We Call Coffee (substitute “third wave” or “craft coffee” or whatever nonsense marketingspeak one prefers here) seems to have discovered a new toy. It’s called design. Although around since the first coffee retailer opened in Damascus in 1530, lately design has become a rather acutely faddish obsession that has permeated café design, […]

Trip Report: Black Horse at Uptown (San Luis Obispo, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 24 Nov 2009 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

This has long been considered something of a San Luis Obispo County establishment. In the early 1990s, a couple friends of the owner, Randy Coates, operated the original Uptown Espresso in Seattle. Mr. Coates later paid $1 for the rights to slap that name on his own SLO café. He has since renamed his chain […]

Lose the froth: Turin’s best cafes

Posted by TheShot on 14 Nov 2009 | Filed under: Add Milk, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

We’re rather shameless about our love for the espresso and cafés in Torino, Italy. So we could not pass on today’s travel article in The Guardian (UK): Lose the froth: Turin’s best cafes | Travel | The Guardian. So why do we love the espresso and cafés in Torino so much? To start with: grand […]

Fool’s Cappuccino Redux?: Blue Bottle’s SG-120

Posted by TheShot on 10 Jun 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

A couple months ago, we kicked up a bit of dust when we dressed down the Gibraltar, an espresso beverage created by accident when Blue Bottle Coffee Co. was opening their first SF café in 2005. We called it the fool’s cappuccino — essentially the same beverage, but poured in a cheap restaurant supply glass […]

Whistling Dixie (Cups) for $1.65: Is that all there is?

Posted by TheShot on 01 Apr 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Quality Issues

One of the worst kept secrets on this site is our disdain for paper cups — and the places that insist upon them. Sure, some of our beef is with living in a disposable culture. But if you’re going to offer us some of the freshest coffee beans around, have it carefully roasted to perfection, […]

Coffee Cups: Study Shows Touch Does Affect Flavor

Posted by TheShot on 17 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Quality Issues

We’ve long lamented over being served good coffee in ridiculous paper cups. But not everyone is coffee obsessive enough to review most of the espresso shots available in the city — and particularly the expectedly nasty ones. But today the Journal of Consumer Research published results from a study that asked, “Does coffee in a […]

A cup of coffee to go — and hold the cup

Posted by TheShot on 10 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Café Society

From today’s Edmonton Journal, a café co-owner, Antonio Bilotta, has said “enough is enough” to the environmental waste of paper cups for take-out coffee beverages: A cup of coffee to go — and hold the cup. Quoting the article and Mr. Bilotta: “If your product is so good, then force the customers.” Bilotta wants to […]

Art of making espresso lies in following the rules

Posted by TheShot on 29 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Quality Issues

It’s old news. We’ve repeated this story many times, and every news agency seems to run it when the editorial board gets desperate, but it bears repeating. Today Reuters published an article from Torino (the world’s espresso café motherland, in my book) on the rules for making a proper espresso: Art of making espresso lies […]

History Of Espresso Coffee Cups

Posted by TheShot on 13 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Café Society

The online magazine American Chronicle featured an article yesterday that covered the recent rise of the designer espresso cup: American Chronicle: History Of Espresso Coffee Cups. (Though calling it a “history” is a bit of a misstatement.) In 1992, Illycaffè decided that art and design should be better woven into the espresso-sipping experience, and the […]

The coffee, not the cup that holds it, is what matters

Posted by TheShot on 14 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Quality Issues

A local, homespun, philosophical yarn in today’s Gulf Breeze News (Gulf Breeze, FL … why do all the crackpots seem to come from Florida?) noted how our approach to life can failingly be like concentrating on the cup and not the coffee within it: The coffee, not the cup that holds it, is what matters. […]

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