Tag Archive 'four_barrel'

Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea joins Stumptown in the ownership-for-growth club

Posted by TheShot on 08 Sep 2011 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Roasting

Today’s New York Times reported on another chapter in this year’s ownership-change-for-funding-for-growth saga of quality independent coffee chains: Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea Asks a Friend to Help It Grow – NYTimes.com. This past May, the subject was Stumptown Coffee Roasters — generating quite a bit of angst among many loyalists who cried “sell-out!” This time […]

Trip Report: Grand Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 07 Mar 2011 | Filed under: Local Brew

Locals rave about this coffee cubbyhole, which opened in July 2010, and you can see why. This colorful stretch of Mission St., in the heart of the Mission, has a dearth of decent coffee shops. At least ones that don’t serve ashy, overextracted dreck. This tiny shop offers four metal stools at a short counter […]

The War on Blends

Posted by TheShot on 23 Jan 2011 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

Last week brought us yet another coffee article about wine analogies and making the “perfect” (groan) cup: The Art of the Perfect Cup of Coffee | CulturePOP | Ingredients for an Artful Life. What was different about this one is it consisted of an interview with reigning WBC champ Michael Phillips of Chicago’s Intelligentsia. In […]

Trip Report: Réveille Coffee Co.

Posted by TheShot on 15 Dec 2010 | Filed under: Add Milk, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew

There was a time when people bored with food found that it was a lot more fun when you put it on a stick. Or freeze-dried and packed it in plastic tubes as “astronaut food”. Today’s equivalent is the glorified roach coach, where bored (and sometimes broke) foodies tell us that everything tastes better when […]

What a difference four months makes: Cape Town, South Africa redux

Posted by TheShot on 11 Dec 2010 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

Call it coffee’s version of Hubble’s Law: the rate at which a local coffee scene evolves is inversely proportional to its maturity. What?!? Let us explain. Seattle and San Francisco are examples of well-established coffee cultures, and the rate of evolution and improvement we see in the coffee there tends to nudge along at a […]

But it didn’t start in the Mission District…

Posted by TheShot on 06 Oct 2010 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Quality Issues

A viral video is going around these days on “The Coffee Wars of San Francisco”. It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek with its Ken-Burns-documentary-style humor — though that largely reminds us of how much Ken Burns can lull us to sleep like a bottle of brandy. While the mockumentary oscillates between the mildly funny and the painfully […]

Coffeehouses unplugging Internet access to reconnect with customers

Posted by TheShot on 08 Aug 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends

Ding dong, the Wi-Fi’s dead. At least that’s the message from some coffeehouse customers in an L.A. Times article today: Coffeehouses unplugging Internet access to reconnect with customers – latimes.com. It’s been a year since The Wall Street Journal first thought they invented Wi-Fi backlash. Although the L.A. Times cites the very same Four Barrel […]

Trip Report: Sohberts

Posted by TheShot on 07 May 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew, Roasting

This industrial art space café opened in late 2009 and is easy to miss — despite its size and being across the street from AT&T Park. There are a few French café tables among the front patio and also inside, but inside it is primarily a large art space with white walls and a number […]

Blue Bottle, Four Barrel Rank in Food & Wine Magazine’s 2010 Go List

Posted by TheShot on 04 May 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

We honestly don’t like repeating ourselves, but we will anyway. No, this has nothing to do with the Cafe Grumpy $12 cup of coffee scuttlebutt going around — where New Yorkers once again find something in their backyard and therefore presume they must have invented it. (Curiously, this came up one month after CNN reported […]

Trip Report: Sightglass Redux (Version 0.8), or Has the Slayer Made Any Difference?

Posted by TheShot on 10 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Roasting

We published our first trip report for Sightglass last July: Sightglass Coffee, Version 0.3. Back then, Sightglass was a tiny espresso-serving kiosk at the front of a vast, 4,000-sq-ft space with a 14-kg Probat roasting operation planned to start in the Fall of 2009. We revisited Sightglass this week to see how much things have […]

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