Tag Archive 'coffee_roasters'

Blue Bottle, Four Barrel Rank in Food & Wine Magazine’s 2010 Go List

Posted by TheShot on 04 May 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

We honestly don’t like repeating ourselves, but we will anyway. No, this has nothing to do with the Cafe Grumpy $12 cup of coffee scuttlebutt going around — where New Yorkers once again find something in their backyard and therefore presume they must have invented it. (Curiously, this came up one month after CNN reported […]

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 […]

The Great Coffee Rush of 2010

Posted by TheShot on 08 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

The New York Times today published a piece on the Bay Area roaster land grab going on out East: West Coast Coffee Roasters Are Lengthening Their Reach – NYTimes.com. Ritual Coffee Roasters, Barefoot Coffee Roasters, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Four Barrel Coffee are each mentioned — lugging their roasting equipment over the Rocky Mountains and […]

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 […]

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