Tag Archive 'espresso_sameness'

Disparaging the Third Wave, Part 2: Single-Origins, Medium Roasts, and Cuppings

Posted by TheShot on 20 Mar 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Roasting

For the second of our three-part installment on How future coffee “Waves” will come to disparage the so-called Third, we examine some of coffee’s biggest qualitative fads going today: Single-origin coffees Medium roasts The heavy-handed use of cuppings We’ll examine a little of why we must get past these fads for accessible quality coffee to […]

Trip Report: Epicenter Cafe

Posted by TheShot on 23 Feb 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Roasting

Opening up in the latter half of 2008, this café may serve salads, soups, wine, and even light dinner plates, but don’t let that fool you: this is a serious coffee destination. Which is not surprising, given that Andy Newbom of Barefoot Coffee Roasters personally tipped us off to check this place out. Just a […]

Aussie cappuccino king says coffee art not all froth

Posted by TheShot on 16 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Add Milk

Jack Hanna of Canberra, Australia is the reigning world champion of latte art — at least according to the recent World Latte Art Championships held in Belgium this past May: Aussie cappuccino king says coffee art not all froth | Lifestyle | Living | Reuters. Australia has won the title two years running. (No surprise, […]

Trip Report: Piccino Cafe

Posted by TheShot on 17 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Local Brew

This newer café/pizza place lies in the little-known neighborhood of Dogpatch, just off the new SF Muni T line. It’s a small space with a couple of indoor tables and a few out front on the corner sidewalk. Just inside the door on the left is a small espresso bar: home to a two-group La […]

Personal History: My Two-Year Journey Into the Caffeine Desert

Posted by TheShot on 06 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Coffee Health, CoffeeRatings.com, Consumer Trends, Home Brew

John Walker, a freelance gaming journalist in the UK, wrote in his blog today about his experiences giving up coffee — on doctor’s orders to relieve anxiety symptoms: bothererblog » Diary Of A Coffee Addict. I commented in his blog about my own experiences of giving up all caffeine for a couple of years back […]

Espresso in Portugal

Posted by TheShot on 03 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Starbucks

Despite Portugal’s prominent historical role in the development of the coffee trade (for example, they introduced coffee production to Brazil), and the degree with which coffee is “interwoven throughout Portugal’s social, literary and economic history”, I’ve found surprisingly little written about the espresso in this small-but-influential coffee nation. Last month I took advantage of some […]

Willamette Week Online: Iron Baristas

Posted by TheShot on 27 Oct 2006 | Filed under: Barista, Foreign Brew

Last week’s Willamette Week (Portland, OR) published an article announcing the Northwest Regional Barista Competition that took place this past weekend: Willamette Week Online | Culture | CULTURE FEATURE | Iron Baristas | Wednesday October 18th, 2006. The event was won by Billy Wilson of the Albina Press in north Portland. The writer, Karla Starr, […]

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