Tag Archive 'french_coffee'

Trip Report: Mazarine Coffee (Financial District)

Posted by TheShot on 28 Aug 2015 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Local Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

As an ambitious new coffeeshop in SF’s Financial District, they immediately joined the $3 club — i.e., representing the basic price of admission for a single shot (or double shot) of espresso. While other notable SF openings have failed to live up to these lofty new expectations, this one manages to justify much of its […]

The fanaticism and history of South Indian Filter Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 23 Sep 2013 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Home Brew, Machine

Last Friday, the Economic Times posted an interesting article concerning the history, fanatics and obsessives with South Indian filter coffee: How can filter coffee be so different, yet good? – Economic Times. The Economic Times is a business paper from the Times of India — and the world’s most widely read English-language business newspaper after […]

Trip Report: Paris Baguette (Palo Alto, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 10 Oct 2011 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Quality Issues

Ever eat a hamburger at a 1950s-themed American diner? In Hong Kong? Maybe their waffles didn’t taste like fish sauce, but it’s not uncommon to discover something lost in translation. (E.g., “Why does my hamburger bun taste like rice vinegar?”) On the spectrum of authenticity, this is the culinary equivalent to finding luxury handbags in […]

Across France, Cafe Owners Are Suffering

Posted by TheShot on 24 Nov 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

Yesterday’s New York Times published an article on the accelerating demise of the neighborhood French café: Across France, Cafe Owners Are Suffering – NYTimes.com. This time last year, we scoffed at the suggestion that France’s then-impending smoking ban would trigger the collapse of French café society. But sure enough, that collapse appears to be in […]

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 […]

New Grounds in Coffee: The French Onion Roast

Posted by TheShot on 27 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Just to prove my point about how the French get away with coffee atrocities while profiting from an undeserved reputation for being such café sophisticates, things seem to have taken a turn for the worse in the new Sarkozy era: Artsick > Other > New Grounds in Coffee: The French Onion Roast. In an unholy […]

How to order coffee in Spain

Posted by TheShot on 01 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Pim, of local Chez Pim fame, and I go waaay back. In fact, my very first blog post here cited her contrarian-but-oh-so-correct view that berets, croissants, and François Truffaut be damned — French coffee is crap. OK, she has no clue who I am and likely prefers it that way. But what I do like […]

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 […]

It’s more than just coffee — it’s a bowl for the soul

Posted by TheShot on 22 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Starbucks

InsideBayArea.com published an article today by a self-employed writer (and cooking class instructor) who named some of her favorite coffeehouses around the country: Inside Bay Area – It’s more than just coffee — it’s a bowl for the soul. Yes, she unimaginatively resorted to the ever-popular, ever-tedious caffeine riff (calling coffeehouses “caffeine dens”). But she […]

Coffee culture: a global phenomenon?

Posted by TheShot on 27 Oct 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

Maktoob Business, the business arm of a popular Arab portal, published an article this week revealing some international consumer attitudes towards coffee and cafés: Coffee culture: a global phenomenon? by Synovate | Maktoob Business. Interviewing 5,806 respondents in the US, UK, France, Brazil, Hong Kong, Singapore, Serbia, Morocco, and Australia, some of the survey’s findings […]

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