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Another expert look at the espresso in Napoli, Italy

Posted by TheShot on 03 Mar 2014 | Filed under: Barista, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Maybe it’s just me, but Napoli has come up a lot since I posted our survey of the espresso there two weeks ago. Over the weekend I attended the comedic play Napoli! at SF’s American Conservatory Theater. I can’t remember a play where coffee played such a central role in every scene. Then last night, […]

Eight random people rank SF coffees in a blind taste test

Posted by TheShot on 20 Jun 2013 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Roasting, Starbucks

In 1980, just before the 49ers were any good, SF staple Folgers Coffee started a TV commercial blitz that quickly became a running joke in comedy circles. It began with a TV spot where diners at SF’s then-esteemed Blue Fox restaurant (located at 659 Merchant St.) were duped by replacing the Blue Fox’s “fine coffee” […]

Trip Report Redux: Flying Goat Coffee @ 324 Center St. (Healdsburg, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 02 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting, Starbucks

It’s been a rather sad week for coffee news. An embarrassment, really — with headlines dominated by the ridiculous. There’s Racheal Ray’s TV commercial promoting both Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee and her Death-to-Israel Hamas credentials (though who hasn’t wanted to go jihad on her?). There are vocal members of Christian groups that we now need […]

There’s a war brewing, but taste is still the loser on America’s coffee front

Posted by TheShot on 26 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Leave it to the Australians to best capture the state of Big Coffee in America, as reported today on Melbourne’s The Age: There’s a war brewing, but taste is still the loser on America’s coffee front. The article points out America’s escalating obsession with quality coffee, but (IMO, correctly) notes how poor the baseline coffee […]

The Coffee Divide – Or: At What Price Coffee?

Posted by TheShot on 27 Oct 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends

There are few things that illustrate the great divide between the old, traditional way of looking at coffee and something of a more recent way than reactions to the price of coffee. (Neither way of which is more or less correct than the other, mind you.) On the one hand, we have the new psychology […]

Coffee’s Gold Rush: Starbucks to double store numbers, says chairman

Posted by TheShot on 21 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Starbucks

If you already thought two Starbucks on every corner was overkill, and if you thought their breakneck expansion diluted their quality like a packet of Kool-Aid dumped in a county reservoir, you ain’t seen nothing yet. At least according to Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, who recently said, “[T]he saturation opportunity in the US is not […]

Big Fight Brews For Average Joe

Posted by TheShot on 07 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Starbucks

Giving Starbucks the Starbucks treatment? Unthinkable. Today’s Washington Post published an article on how Dunkin’ Donuts plans for coffee imperialism are now colliding with those of Starbucks: Big Fight Brews For Average Joe. With new Dunkin’ Donuts outlets opening next door to Starbucks, the Coffee Wars are getting more interesting all the time. Fight! Fight! […]

Taste test: The little joes take on Starbucks

Posted by TheShot on 27 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Starbucks

Somehow the editors of today’s USA TODAY let this article slip by without a pie chart: USATODAY.com – Taste test: The little joes take on Starbucks. Somebody is getting a pink slip. But in this article, USA TODAY food and wine critic Jerry Shriver takes a very CoffeeRatings.com-like approach to reviewing the “premium” drip coffee […]

Make a great cup of joe with the latest makers

Posted by TheShot on 07 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Home Brew, Machine

Since everything I learned about coffee I learned by watching NBC’s Today show, I had to share an article that came across my desk today highlighting some of their top picks for home coffee and espresso machines: Make a great cup of joe with the latest makers – Today: Food – MSNBC.com. The article was […]

McDonald’s to tap into coffee trend by adding richer cup of joe

Posted by TheShot on 01 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Restaurant Coffee

McDonald’s is apparently feeling the heat from consumers’ changing tastes in coffee. According to yesterday’s Chicago Tribune, McDonald’s is planning to switch their customers to a new “premium roast” instead of the dreck they’ve been sloshing for the past 30 years: New McDonald’s brew (or as The Arizona Republic put it today: McDonald’s to tap […]

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