Tag Archive 'coffee_sizes'

When is coffee a beverage or not a beverage?

Posted by TheShot on 19 Feb 2011 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Two articles in the news yesterday highlighted a bit of our thinking about a major divide in coffee formats: espresso and filter coffee. The Puget Sound Business Journal interviewed the sometimes-controversial Illy man, Giorgio Milos: Illy’s master barista challenges us to take a fresh look at Starbucks, Tully’s | Puget Sound Business Journal. The other […]

Trip Report: Citizen Cake

Posted by TheShot on 18 Jan 2011 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee, Starbucks

Let’s hear it for counter-programming. Starbucks made good on last year’s Plenta threat this week, announcing a new beverage size that targets the gluttony market, called the Trenta. As in Godzilla vs. the Trenta. Taking advantage of a news lull, Starbucks’ press onslaught has the media lapping it up. So naturally, we’re going to talk […]

Starbucks Finally Introduces the Bucket O’ Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 01 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Starbucks

The danger of April Fool’s jokes is that sometimes you don’t know when they’re actually joking. Take Starbucks‘ announcement today of their new 128-oz Plenta beverage size: Starbucks Listens to Customer Request for More Sizes | Starbucks Coffee Company. Either Starbucks has developed a seriously acerbic, cynical streak about their customers — or they are […]

Brits are being sold guff about coffee

Posted by TheShot on 30 Mar 2010 | Filed under: Add Milk, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

Today’s bit of European coffee controversy actually has nothing to do with the undropped espresso machine name from French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who recently demanded a decent espresso machine of his choice while visiting Columbia University: French President Nicolas Sarkozy demands special espresson machine during Columbia University visit – NYPOST.com. (Meanwhile, the French press made […]

Lose the froth: Turin’s best cafes

Posted by TheShot on 14 Nov 2009 | Filed under: Add Milk, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

We’re rather shameless about our love for the espresso and cafés in Torino, Italy. So we could not pass on today’s travel article in The Guardian (UK): Lose the froth: Turin’s best cafes | Travel | The Guardian. So why do we love the espresso and cafés in Torino so much? To start with: grand […]

Long, short, ristretto: What is the local norm for espresso sizes in San Francisco?

Posted by TheShot on 12 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Local Brew, Quality Issues

When it comes to the size of the espresso pour in the Bay Area, what is the norm? We’ve been biased, like many others, to believe that it’s the long espresso: a watered-down brew topping off at 2 oz. or more. A reader recently posted a comment suggesting an alternative: that a ristretto was the […]

The Gibraltar: Fool’s Cappuccino

Posted by TheShot on 06 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Add Milk, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

We had originally posted this as an addendum to our recent review of the new, more permanent installment of the Blue Bottle Coffee Co. in the Ferry Building Marketplace. However, the strange phenomenon of the Gibraltar deserves its very own post. Originating here in San Francisco, the Gibraltar has since spread to Los Angeles (Intelligentsia […]

Intelligentsia’s Bonfire of the Venti’s

Posted by TheShot on 09 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues

Today’s Chicago Tribune reported on Intelligentia‘s plans to phase out the 20-ounce, venti-sized coffee beverage: Small. Medium. Gone. — chicagotribune.com. “Drinking our coffee is not like drinking jug wine,” the article quotes Intelligentsia founder and CEO, Doug Zell. Mr. Zell also goes on to compare the venti experience to “a watered-down, Big Gulpish version.” We’ve […]

I Hate New York (coffee): Brew ha ha in city that falls short on espresso

Posted by TheShot on 11 Sep 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

Today’s The Sydney Morning Herald ponders how Australia’s Italian immigrants could bring a culture of appreciation for some of the best espresso in the world, and yet New York City — no stranger to Italian immigrants — is such a puzzling espresso wasteland: Brew ha ha in city that falls short on espresso – Opinion […]

Where’s the coffee?

Posted by TheShot on 19 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Add Milk, Consumer Trends

Back in the 1980s, Wendy’s fast food restaurants sponsored a highly successful advertising campaign featuring a diminutive elderly Jewish woman (Clara Peller, she quickly became a cultural icon from these spots). When presented with the hamburgers of Wendy’s competitors, she famously asked, “Where’s the beef?!” These days, it seems like we need a similar campaign […]

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