Tag Archive 'coffee_freshness'

Intelligentsia Coffee’s CEO talks beans

Posted by TheShot on 05 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Saturday’s Chicago Tribune published a pretty good piece on Intelligentsia CEO, Doug Zell: Intelligentsia Coffee’s CEO talks beans – chicagotribune.com. While Doug gets a little loopy (our opinion) in abusing the ever-popular wine analogy for coffee — e.g., espousing such shoehorned ideas as coffee pairings — he’s been a pioneer and leader in areas such […]

Trip Report: Cafe Capriccio

Posted by TheShot on 09 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew, Quality Issues

A couple weeks back we visited this café with Tim of espressophile fame. Approaching its North Beach location, you wouldn’t think it would be much different from the others nearby — but you’d be wrong. The espresso here is a real standout in the neighborhood, coinciding with the ownership change in late 2008 to Alex […]

Trip Report: Rodger’s Coffee & Tea

Posted by TheShot on 16 Mar 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Machine, Roasting

At CoffeeRatings.com, we believe that what the end consumer experiences is what matters most, regardless of who is behind the results. But often the story about coffee becomes more of a story about people. Rodger’s Coffee & Tea is a good example of this — where knowing a little of the back story helps provide […]

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, […]

7-Eleven Promotes Fresh-Brewed Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 07 Feb 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

This morning we came across an article in Convenience Store Decisions (how often have you heard that in a sentence?). The convenience store chain, 7-Eleven, has launched a new, multi-million-dollar marketing blitz this month, emphasizing the “guaranteed freshness” of their coffee: Convenience Store Decisions – 7-Eleven Promotes Fresh-Brewed Coffee. Before reading this article/press release, we […]

Unclear On The Concept: Specialty coffees become the new wine

Posted by TheShot on 17 Dec 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

In the “unclear on the concept” department, this weekend’s Toronto Star published an article that, in its opening paragraph, mentioned “coffee’s elevated status as the new wine.” However, it then proceeded to discuss coffee-pod-based home espresso machines in the same context: TheStar.com | living | Specialty coffees become the new wine. This is as incongruous […]

Trip Report: È Tutto Qua

Posted by TheShot on 16 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew

Located in the original Bank of America (née Bank of Italy) building on the corner of Broadway and Columbus, this café/bar/restaurant opened just last month as a nicer alternative. It is a refreshing change from many of the North Beach Italian cafés and restaurants: they use particularly high quality ingredients for the neighborhood, and thus […]

Truth about coffee is it really doesn’t stay fresh that long

Posted by TheShot on 21 May 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Quality Issues

Stale coffee is the norm in America, and it has been for decades. Contrary to conventional wisdom, this even includes the likes of Starbucks Coffee. An article in today’s Jacksonville Times-Union attempts to explain the difference: Jacksonville.com: First Coast Community: Nassau County: Story: Truth about coffee is it really doesn’t stay fresh that long The […]

Nespresso controls brand with boutiques

Posted by TheShot on 09 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Home Brew

Contrast with the many home espresso machine design failures, Nestlé’s Nespresso pods and machines have been something of a consumer success story. The Nespresso machines do exhibit good design and an impressive amount of convenience. For a number of home espresso lovers, however, these advantages ultimately pale in comparison to their required use of stale, […]

Consumer Delusion: ConsumerReports.org’s buyer’s guide to espresso makers

Posted by TheShot on 20 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Machine

Consumer Reports published a home buyer’s guide to espresso makers this month: ConsumerReports.org – Buyer’s guide to espresso makers 3/07. As with a lot of things in Consumer Reports, they often lack sufficient knowledge or background to offer educated opinions beyond winging it with what’s on the surface. (Well, beyond that and Consumers Union‘s usual […]

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