Tag Archive 'espresso_machines'

High-quality espresso from low-end machines?

Posted by TheShot on 12 Jan 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Machine

The Boston Globe published an article today (OK, technically tomorrow) about making great espresso with cheap home equipment: High-quality espresso from low-end machines – The Boston Globe. The author experimented by buying cheaper, used home espresso machines, and he claims to have achieved decent results. The key to his results were a good grind, good […]

Trip Report: Matching Half Cafe

Posted by TheShot on 07 Jan 2010 | Filed under: Local Brew, Machine

The former One World Cafe needed a serious upgrade, and this is it. Gone are the beat-up furniture and odd house plants that made this space look like a medical marijuana co-op in aging neglect. The place now looks more like a sushi bar, with clean, angular lines, dark and solid colors, nicer wood floors, […]

Coffee Glamour: Italians Do It Better – though maybe not at the supply chain

Posted by TheShot on 23 Jul 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Machine

The Atlantic continues their recent spate of coffee coverage with a random nostalgia piece today on Italian espresso from food writer and Joy of Coffee author, Corby Kummer: Coffee Glamour: Italians Do It Better – The Atlantic Food Channel. Among other things, the article mentions the infamous Sant’Eustachio il caffè and how they, too, are […]

Trip Report: Sightglass Coffee, Version 0.3

Posted by TheShot on 02 Jul 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Machine, Roasting

Thanks to a reader tip (which are always welcome and encouraged, btw), we were alerted to the opening this week of Sightglass Coffee in one of the danker parts of SOMA. Note that by “opening” we mean “unlocked” — and not much more than that. If this sounds a lot like the “modest” opening of […]

Barista judge calls for clarification of espresso techno-babble

Posted by TheShot on 05 May 2009 | Filed under: Machine, Quality Issues

Last week we came across an interesting article in an unusual place: Barista judge calls for clarification of espresso techno-babble – 30 April 2009 – CatererSearch. A World Barista Championship judge has expressed concern over espresso machine manufacturers’ escalating war of technology — or at least the validity of their claims. David Cooper, of Cooper’s […]

Trip Report: Blue Bottle Cafe’s Bosco/Single Origin Sidamo

Posted by TheShot on 27 Sep 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Machine

It’s not often that a lone double shot of espresso warrants a post here. But last month (hey — we got lazy) we had a rather rare espresso experience. We alluded to this espresso shot in a previous post, and it was among the best we’ve had in the Bay Area. (And we’re including the […]

Home latte art: Coffee drinkers show their latte love with artistic creations

Posted by TheShot on 19 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Add Milk, Home Brew

Today the Daily Herald (Chicago suburbs) republished a Wall Street Journal story (no subscription required!) covering the growing consumer interest in home latte art: Daily Herald | Coffee drinkers show their latte love with artistic creations. The article notably takes a San Francisco bias in its choices for interviewees. However, it properly cites the founder […]

Vallejo Times Herald on Moschetti Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 25 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee, Roasting

Today’s Vallejo Times Herald published a profile piece on Vallejo-based Moschetti Espresso: Grounds for success – Vallejo Times Herald. Owner Fabrice Moschetti moved here from Nice, France some 20 years ago. These roots show in some of the machine lines his company distributes to Bay Area restaurants, including Monaco-based Conti and Essika. Tweet

Home espresso education: Short, strong grounding in espresso

Posted by TheShot on 21 May 2008 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Yesterday’s The Age (Melbourne, Australia) published an article on the growing business of home espresso education: Short, strong grounding in espresso – Epicure – Entertainment – theage.com.au. The author noted how cafés, roasters, and other retail locations are creating “coffee classrooms” for instructing consumers on how to “create the perfect coffee at home”. The reason […]

The La Marzocco GS/3 comes home: Espresso-machine price leaves some steaming

Posted by TheShot on 25 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Home Brew, Machine

Today’s Seattle Times reported on how the exchange rate wreaked havoc on the American waiting list for the La Marzocco GS/3 — their first machine designed with home use in mind: Retail Report | Espresso-machine price leaves some steaming | Seattle Times Newspaper. For two years, La Marzocco promised a hefty $4,500 price tag for […]

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