Tag Archive 'coffee_roasters'

The Return of the Coffee Middlemen

Posted by TheShot on 02 Mar 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Roasting

Just when you think the profession of the coffee “middleman” was on its way out in this era of the Internet, in come a number of entrepreneurs trying to reintroduce them. What we’re talking about are consumer retailers that intermediate the sale of roasted coffee — with examples that include Citizen Bean, GoCoffeeGo (see Man […]

NYT Magazine’s Nifty 50 | James Freeman, Coffee Maker

Posted by TheShot on 20 Jan 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Roasting

Today the New York Times Magazine blog posted a mini bio-piece on James Freeman of Blue Bottle Coffee fame: The Nifty 50 | James Freeman, Coffee Maker – T Magazine Blog – NYTimes.com. The story behind their “Nifty 50″ (did they hire a former 1960’s editor from Tiger Beat for that?) is to highlight “America’s […]

Random Choices 2: The Coffee Roasters

Posted by TheShot on 19 Dec 2009 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

MSN City Guides recently joined the ever-popular year-end parade of Internet-friendly Top 10 lists: America’s Best Coffee – 1 – MSN City Guides. As if to show Bon Appétit that they, too, can list their favorites without the bother of any supporting criteria, MSN’s editors also took an early holiday and let two additional nominees […]

Melbourne, Australia qualifies for a top coffee book, so where’s SF’s?

Posted by TheShot on 11 Dec 2009 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

We’ve posted before about Melbourne’s claim as the coffee capital of Australia. In addition to the Melbourne Coffee Review Web site we noted back in 2007 (in operation since 2004), there is now a printed guide to Melbourne’s top 100 coffee shops with the title Melbourne Coffee Review: Crema of the crop – Epicure – […]

Trip Report: Joebella Coffee Roasters (Templeton, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 26 Nov 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Roasting

In a Trader Joe’s mini strip mall off Highway 101, this café only seems to attract the attention of the locals — despite the heavy wine-tasting traffic along Vineyard Drive. If you haven’t been to this burgeoning California wine-growing region, you’ll be in for a shock at how much the industry here has developed out […]

Trip Report: A’Roma Roasters (Santa Rosa, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 17 Nov 2009 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Roasting

This casual, local café caters to the locals in a big way: to both patrons and employees. It’s located in a large, long building alongside the town railroad tracks at the dead-end of a street. Out front there is limited sidewalk seating — and an abused Snoopy sculpture, customary for Santa Rosa (aka Charles “Schutlzberg”). […]

Equator Estate Coffees wins Roast Magazine’s 2010 American Roaster of the Year Award

Posted by TheShot on 22 Oct 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee, Roasting

San Rafael-based Equator Estate Coffees has long been a major enigma for us. They have heavy distribution among high-end restaurants in town — and quite a few on the low-end. But despite the occasional accolades among tastemaker chefs, we just didn’t “get it.” Over the years, we sampled the espresso at well over 30 different […]

Long Island Press: “Everything You Know About Coffee Is Wrong”

Posted by TheShot on 14 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

In case you haven’t come across this article from the Long Island Press yesterday: Everything You Know About Coffee Is Wrong | Long Island Press. Wow — local journalism is still producing thoughtful, lengthy pieces that might actually tell the average reader something they didn’t already know? Sure enough, it’s a rather well-written and thoughtful […]

Trip Report: Coffee Cat (Scotts Valley, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 03 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Holy crap. This is one of those rare finds where a small town and a strip mall can produce some outstanding coffee and espresso that competes with the best. Although we were aware of Coffee Cat’s elevated reputation among the Scotts Valley locals when passing through, at first we were guilty of dismissing it relative […]

Common Cues for Recognizing Good and Bad Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 27 Jul 2009 | Filed under: Add Milk, Barista, Beans, Café Society, CoffeeRatings.com, Quality Issues

For a few years now, we had an idea for a post that sat in our unpublished queue: how can you tell a good espresso shop from a bad one? (At least before sampling it.) Given the thousands of good, bad, and mediocre espresso shots we’ve reviewed over the years, we have definitely noticed some […]

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