Tag Archive 'coffee_roasters'

Trip Report Redux: Four Barrel Coffee (now roasting their own)

Posted by TheShot on 25 Feb 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Roasting

While revisiting Dynamo Donuts earlier this month, we quickly noted the bags of Four Barrel Coffee in the back. Like the Four Barrel Coffee mothership, Dynamo had been using Stumptown Hairbender to date — with rumors that they would switch over to Four Barrel once they got their roasting operations going. Four Barrel commenced their […]

Trip Report: Epicenter Cafe

Posted by TheShot on 23 Feb 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Roasting

Opening up in the latter half of 2008, this café may serve salads, soups, wine, and even light dinner plates, but don’t let that fool you: this is a serious coffee destination. Which is not surprising, given that Andy Newbom of Barefoot Coffee Roasters personally tipped us off to check this place out. Just a […]

Trip Report: Peaberry’s Coffee & Tea (Oakland, CA)

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

For the last of our brief survey of some of the more notable cafés in Oakland’s Rockridge, this tiny storefront has long been the lone outlet showcasing the roasting that goes on some four miles away at Peaberry’s Coffee & Tea in Emeryville. The café and retail shop shares space with a Market Hall Bakery […]

Trip Report: Peninsula Coffee Roaster & Deli (San Mateo, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 02 Feb 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Roasting

The Peninsula offers little in the way of great espresso. This is supposedly one of the better examples, but it’s not something we would be proud of. If someone was visiting us in San Mateo and wanted a good espresso, we’d still send them all the way to Palo Alto first. The Peninsula Coffee Roaster […]

Trip Report: Connoisseur Coffee Company (Redwood City, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 28 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Roasting

Locals on the Peninsula generally have good things to say about this place, and with good reason. This is primarily a roaster with a retail café operation hidden inside among its “warehouse” floorspace — perhaps a glimpse of what Peet’s Coffee & Tea was like just as they made the transition from a bean-and-leaf pure-play […]

Trip Report: Plantation Coffee Roastery (San Carlos, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 18 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Roasting

Recently we’ve been spending a bit more time on the Peninsula, so we’ve been on the hunt for notable espresso shots just due south of San Francisco. We’ve followed up on a few places that locals admire and put them to the test. The results have been… well… you’ll see. Some consider this among the […]

Coffee Review: Thomas E. Cara Fine Espresso Napoletano

Posted by TheShot on 23 Dec 2008 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, Local Brew, Roasting

If you love espresso, live in San Francisco, and don’t know who Thomas E. Cara is, well, shame on you. Although Caffè Trieste may be a historical West Coast espresso landmark, Thomas E. Cara goes back a decade further. Espresso first enchanted Thomas Cara while he was stationed in Italy during WWII. So much so […]

Di Ruocco family crafts coffee with care

Posted by TheShot on 09 Oct 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Roasting

Today’s San Jose Mercury News ran a nice, local puff news piece today on the Di Ruocco family, of Mr. Espresso fame: Di Ruocco family crafts coffee with care – San Jose Mercury News. The fluffy article documents some of the background behind Carlo Di Ruocco, who founded Mr. Espresso over 30 years ago because […]

Trip Report: Caffè Roma, SOMA

Posted by TheShot on 26 Sep 2008 | Filed under: Local Brew, Roasting

Many of the new espresso joints in town have fortunately helped raise SF’s quality bar. But these new places also seem to monopolize all the love. It’s no wonder that crackpots spouting theories of some Third Wave are often taken seriously rather than laughed at, because this obsession with the new and devaluation of everything […]

Trip Report: Verve Coffee Roasters (Santa Cruz, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 15 Sep 2008 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Roasting

We first encountered Verve at Slow Food Nation ’08 (SFN), where they contributed beans, baristas, and other support for the event. Originally, they had planned to open this café and roastery in Berkeley. However, one of the owners moved to Santa Cruz and the rest was history. The “joke” from some of the Verve baristas […]

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