Tag Archive 'coffee_roasting'

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 […]

The (New) Economics of Home Coffee Roasting

Posted by TheShot on 05 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Roasting

Just a few years ago, for a variety of reasons, we were avid and regular home coffee roasters. Today we still occasionally roast our own coffee at home, but we find far fewer reasons to do so — and we find ourselves doing it much less often. The reasons for this change are partly personal. […]

Condé Nast’s Coffee Drinking Guide

Posted by TheShot on 24 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Roasting, Robusta

Today Condé Nast posted an general consumer article on what to look for in good coffee: Coffee Drinking Guide – Portfolio.com. However, it reads more as a quick guide to following what’s “trendy” today — rather than as a guide to seeking good quality coffee experiences. (Not to mention that the article’s title, “Eat Sheet: […]

Coffee lovers spill the beans on their favorite small-batch roasters

Posted by TheShot on 11 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Roasting

Due to a number of reader comments, today’s SF Chronicle published a brief follow-up to a lengthy piece they published last month: Coffee lovers spill the beans on their favorite small-batch roasters. The article mentions SF’s De La Paz Coffee and the East Bay’s Catahoula Coffee Company & Roastery. Once again the emphasis is on […]

ROAST WITH THE MOST / A new generation of Bay Area coffee roasters pushes the perfect cup to the next level

Posted by TheShot on 14 May 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee, Roasting

Today the SF Chronicle posted an impressively long article on the state of quality coffee roasting in the Bay Area: ROAST WITH THE MOST / A new generation of Bay Area coffee roasters pushes the perfect cup to the next level. It’s a remarkable piece, given its breadth. It lightly touches on everything from the […]

Does Panama Esmeralda stack up to the hype?

Posted by TheShot on 10 Sep 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Roasting

Walking in to a Peet’s Coffee & Tea last week, I noticed they are once again offering their supply of Panama Esmeralda Geisha as a roast-dated “Reserve” coffee. We wrote about this coffee varietal last month (and also in 2006). It has consistently sold at record auction prices, and it has won numerous awards for […]

Trip Report: Sugar Café

Posted by TheShot on 09 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Local Brew, Roasting

Talk about an unusual opening in the West Union Square area in the past year. This café is the daytime sister to The Cellar next door/downstairs (they even share employees) and it turns to a bar/lounge at night. Across from the Academy of Art University, it doesn’t seem like much from the outside. But inside […]

Confessions Of A Starbucks Barista

Posted by TheShot on 22 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Today’s Consumerist cited a “myth-busting and money-saving” Starbucks buyers guide from a veteran Starbucks barista named Jesse: Insiders: Confessions Of A Starbucks Barista – Consumerist. His advice? Save money by avoiding the Frappuccino® and some of the ridiculously large “Venti” espresso drinks. He also cites a number of SCAA beverage standards. But he immediately imperils […]

David Lebovitz: Making Perfect Espresso at Illy

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

David Lebovitz is a fairly well-known pastry chef and foodie who launched his career through a long tour of duty at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Lately he’s taken on a great interest in making the kind of espresso he can get in Italy — but not in the U.S. as easily. Following his pursuit of […]

Coffee fans toast what they roast

Posted by TheShot on 21 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Today’s The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) posted an article on home coffee roasting: Coffee fans toast what they roast | TheNewsTribune.com | Tacoma, WA. What I particularly liked was that they use the term I do for fresh roasted coffee: fresh baked bread. Too often, restaurants, cafés, stores, and, well, coffee drinkers treat roasted coffee […]

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