Tag Archive 'coffee_roasting'

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 […]

South Africa: The pleasure of drinking pure coffee

Posted by TheShot on 11 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Even in places like South Africa, where instant coffee and chicory have been the public standard for generations, more consumers are seeking the enjoyment of “pure” coffee: iafrica.com | highlife | dining in | healthy eating The pleasure of drinking pure coffee. As in many “developing” coffee consumer nations, South Africa is still rife with […]

More To Coffee Than Just Beans

Posted by TheShot on 25 Jul 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Quality Issues, Roasting

WCAV TV in Charlottesville, VA published four video segments on the basics of coffee roasting: WCAV | More To Coffee Than Just Beans. These clips were taken from today’s Good Morning Charlottesville morning show. Like many local TV news morning shows, the cast of characters generally proves these shows are local TV’s answer to radio’s […]

History of Coffee: Part IV – Commercialisation of Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 27 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Roasting, Robusta

That famous portal for coffee connoisseurs, DailyIndia.com (?!?), keeps the hits on coming. This time it’s the latest installment on the history of coffee: History of Coffee: Part IV – Commercialisation of Coffee. The so-called ‘Dark Ages’ of coffee lasted from the mid-19th Century to the late 20th Century. In that time, roasted coffee went […]

Trip Report: House of Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 27 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew, Roasting

This place literally put the Outer Sunset on the map for CoffeeRatings.com. This neighborhood is hardly known for good coffee, and it is often neglected as a rural, unsophisticated neighbor to the high cuisine and glamor of parts east. But what the Sunset District has going for it is a bit of breathing room and […]

Coffee fans buzzing about solar-powered roaster

Posted by TheShot on 20 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Roasting

Yesterday the USA Today published a story about two brothers from Medford, OR who built a business upon solar-powered coffee roasting: USATODAY.com – Coffee fans buzzing about solar-powered roaster. As if the organic, Fair Trade angle wasn’t enough … cafés may soon have to outdo each other’s environmental correctness with how their bean roasts are […]

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