Tag Archive 'faema'

Trip Report: Pâtisserie Philippe

Posted by TheShot on 31 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Local Brew

This French bakery and café resides across the street of a parking garage in a roadside “strip mall” of sorts. It’s in a very odd part of the city that consists of modern-yet-plain software company office buildings clustered together. Imagine if SF opened a theme park based on downtown San Jose, and you get the […]

Trip Report: Coffee Bar

Posted by TheShot on 09 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Quality Issues

Previously, we had written about Coffee Bar when it was still under construction. It has since opened on the longest night of the year, December 21 — with limited initial fanfare, as the partners first wanted to iron out some of the kinks that naturally come with opening a new space. And it is a […]

Trip Report: Strumia (Sommariva del Bosco, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 13 Dec 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Our Espresso in Torino and Piemonte series now heads for the remote Piemontese town of Sommariva del Bosco — a rural town of less than 6,000 residents, considered to be the gateway to the Roero region. But despite its remote location and small town stature, the gelateria/bar/confectioner Strumia has helped put this location on the […]

Trip Report: Bar Lo Stregatto (Asti, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 08 Dec 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Our Espresso in Torino and Piemonte series returns to Asti, Italy for a café known more for its food than the espresso it serves per se. However, its espresso is good enough to have earned it a respectable 2 chicchi rating from Gambero Rosso (in addition to its 2 tazzine rating). This is a popular […]

Trip Report: Caffè Al Bicerin (Torino, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 01 Dec 2007 | Filed under: Add Milk, Café Society, Foreign Brew

Our Espresso in Torino and Piemonte series next takes us to quite a historical café — and the closest thing to a tourist trap in Torino this side of the Holy Shroud. Caffè Al Bicerin was founded in 1763 as an apothecary shop and later remodeled as a café. But over the centuries it has […]

Trip Report: Bernie’s

Posted by TheShot on 27 Oct 2007 | Filed under: Local Brew, Roasting

Bernadette Melvin is a former employee of SF’s Spinelli’s, which was bought out by Seattle-based Tully’s Coffee in 1998 (Spinelli’s, in addition to generally good coffee, always had the best baked goods of any coffee chain in SF). When Tully’s pulled out of this physical location in 2007, she moved in and opened with — […]

Trip Report: Bar Tartine

Posted by TheShot on 05 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Machine, Restaurant Coffee

This restaurant sister to the Tartine Bakery & Café opened in 2005. It has been through one relocation and a few head chefs since then. Yet the food is very good at this long space with an open kitchen and scattered lighting. Bar Tartine inherited the classic two-group Faema E61 machine from the bakery since […]

Trip Report: Cafe Madeleine @ New Montgomery St.

Posted by TheShot on 08 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Local Brew

It was a year ago that we posted a review of Cafe Madeleine on O’Farrell St., near Union Square. And since we’re overdue for a Trip Report, and since I’ve been terribly lax (inept?) about taking photos at some of my more recent café visits, it’s time to dust off some “old” photos for a […]

Trip Report: Caffè Nero – Heathrow, London

Posted by TheShot on 16 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Back in August we reported on Caffè Nero’s expansion plans beyond the U.K. to the rest of Europe. For my recent travels to Portugal, I passed through London Heathrow Airport and had the chance to finally review a Caffè Nero for myself. (OK, you always have to wonder about airport espresso, but I’ll get to […]

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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