Tag Archive 'espresso_machines'

Consumer Delusion: ConsumerReports.org’s buyer’s guide to espresso makers

Posted by TheShot on 20 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Machine

Consumer Reports published a home buyer’s guide to espresso makers this month: ConsumerReports.org – Buyer’s guide to espresso makers 3/07. As with a lot of things in Consumer Reports, they often lack sufficient knowledge or background to offer educated opinions beyond winging it with what’s on the surface. (Well, beyond that and Consumers Union‘s usual […]

Upscale Coffee Makers Drive Segment But Overall It’s Flat

Posted by TheShot on 19 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Home Brew, Machine

Coffee pods are a fad that is on life support at the value end (i.e., for machines under $100). However, home sales of high-end coffee pod makers are up significantly: MediaPost Publications – Upscale Coffee Makers Drive Segment But Overall It’s Flat – 03/19/2007. As I discovered in Lisbon’s fashionable Chiado district last year, an […]

The Clover Story: Holy Platinum Percolators! Stumptown’s $11,000 coffee makers

Posted by TheShot on 24 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Machine

This week Willamette Week (Portland, OR) reported on a new coffee maker — one that has been getting a ton of buzz in coffee aficionado circles — now in use at Portland’s Stumptown: Willamette Week Online | Post: ‘Holy Platinum Percolators! Stumptown’s $11,000 coffee makers’. Made by Clover of Seattle, the uniqueness of its design […]

Options to make the perfect cup of coffee

Posted by TheShot on 24 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

Something has to distract the media and bloggers from their self-indulgent, T&A love-affair with this week’s story about stripper baristas in the Seattle/Tacoma area. Today’s The Record (Stockton, CA) made a valiant effort: Recordnet.com: Options to make the perfect cup of coffee. The article is a primer on the different coffee brewing methods and what […]

Espresso done right is intense — a full-bodied, stop-time moment to savor

Posted by TheShot on 11 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Machine, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Robusta

Tomorrow’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution nails it with this article headline: Espresso done right is intense — a full-bodied, stop-time moment to savor | ajc.com. Somewhat surprisingly, what follows the headline isn’t half bad either. The author, John Kessler, goes on to note how rare a decent espresso is in this country — and in fancy restaurants […]

Home Equipment: Getting Serious About Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 03 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Machine, Roasting

Today’s Edmonton Journal published a primer on the more sophisticated home espresso setup: Getting Serious About Coffee. In other words, what do you do when your $100 home Krups machine isn’t cutting it — because the espresso it produces belongs in the same landfill where your machine will deservedly rot its final days? There’s an […]

CoffeeGeek – Editor’s Choice Awards 2006 – Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 20 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

A couple days ago, CoffeeGeek.com announced their 2006 Editors’ Choice awards for espresso: CoffeeGeek – Editor’s Choice Awards 2006 – Espresso. Award categories include espresso machines in different price ranges, coffee grinders, bean blends, and espresso-making accessories. If you still need holiday gifts for that special coffee mutant in your life, get your credit card […]

Trip Report: Caffé Trieste, North Beach

Posted by TheShot on 22 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

Yes, this is the San Francisco legend — a meeting place for writers of the 1950s Beat movement; where Francis Ford Coppola wrote the script for The Godfather; where espresso was first introduced to the West Coast in 1956. This café is rather old-school Italian to the core — one of the fewer and fewer […]

Home Machines: Espresso yourself

Posted by TheShot on 12 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Home Brew, Machine

Yesterday’s Toronto Star featured a few interviews on what it takes to make a great espresso — including the opinions of Stuart Ross, an award-winning barista and co-owner of Bulldog Coffee in Toronto, and Coulter Jones, the 2006 Canadian barista champion from Vancouver’s Caffe Artigiano. However, only Mark Prince, of coffeegeek.com, was able to answer […]

Vendors swap tricks of the trade, peddle their wares at Coffee Fest

Posted by TheShot on 31 Oct 2006 | Filed under: Barista, Consumer Trends, Machine

Sunday’s Seattle Times posted an article on the 15th annual Coffee Fest held there over the weekend: The Seattle Times: Local News: Vendors swap tricks of the trade, peddle their wares at Coffee Fest. Coffee Fest is an industry trade show, closed to the public, where the latest business wares and fads tend to come […]

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