Tag Archive 'coffee_pairing'

America will never make good restaurant coffee

Posted by TheShot on 03 Apr 2011 | Filed under: Barista, Café Society, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

We’ve been lamenting the sorry state of restaurant coffee in these pages since 2005. But let it be known that, as of this moment forward, we have officially given up on the possibility of ever being reliably served good coffee in American restaurants. Sure, there have been a few successes and battles won along the […]

An unlikely pair: Cheese paired with coffee is a buzz for your taste buds

Posted by TheShot on 27 Jan 2011 | Filed under: Consumer Trends

As Americans have ravaged through anything edible from the surface of the planet like a biblical plague of locusts, you can’t argue that we have become rather fat and bored. So as consumers, we have resorted to behaviors suggestive of infants who sit in their own mess sticking various things in their mouths until something […]

How we wish coffee was treated more like wine

Posted by TheShot on 18 Oct 2010 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

Today’s The Age (Melbourne, Australia) published a less-than-convinced article on the experimental fad of pairing coffees with a meal: Claire’s roast: Coffee matching leaves bitter taste. And Melbourne is a town that famously knows its coffee. For me, the lingering question had been whether the concept of matching food to coffee would work…and based on […]

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 […]

Specialty Coffee Association Expo Runs Off-Track

Posted by TheShot on 01 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Barista, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

The Annual SCAA Exposition is upon us. This month — in addition to the usual gadget marketing, major sponsorship from suspect brands, and the U.S Barista Championship — the event organizers have added a new Culinary Track: SPECIALTY COFFEE ASSOCIATION ADDS CULINARY TRACK | Articles | Beverages. To quote the SCAA press release [pdf, 27kb]: […]

Never trust a product that makes an environmental or social justice claim

Posted by TheShot on 25 Sep 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade

In the mixed feelings department, the Washington Business Journal recently reported on Counter Culture Coffee‘s newest regional training center in D.C.: Counter Culture Coffee opens training center in Adams Morgan – Washington Business Journal:. As with Counter Culture’s other training centers, it is designed to educate industry wonks and general consumers alike on coffee flavors […]

No coupling too unusual for pairing food and drink

Posted by TheShot on 21 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

Today the Courier News published an article on the evolving art and science of pairing food and drink: The Courier News :: Courier News :: No coupling too unusual for pairing food and drink. Pairing wine was just the beginning — now there are people pairing chocolate, coffee, etc., to their meals. Which is all […]

Coffee is just like wine, except different

Posted by TheShot on 27 Oct 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Restaurant Coffee

Coffee’s ever-popular wine analogy works well in the economics case. There are some people who appreciate what goes into a $100 bottle of wine, and there are others who prefer beer and don’t see how that bottle adds up to the price of a few good cases of their favorite brew. On a social level, […]