Tag Archive 'french_coffee'

Trip Report: Brioche Bakery

Posted by TheShot on 01 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

The Pearlina tea shop shut down and was replaced by this French bakery/café. At its heart is a great artisan baker who makes extraordinary pastries and breads (and is a true artisan: no cookie cutter stuff here). This is the baker’s only retail outlet, as the French team behind it have supplied some 40 local […]

The Expansion of Coffee Bars is Expected to Change the way French People Traditionally Drink their Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 14 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

Those crazy French love their coffee, even if it isn’t very good coffee. A market research press release on Business Wire today announced a study of French coffee consumer habits: The Expansion of Coffee Bars is Expected to Change the way French People Traditionally Drink their Coffee. The short of it is that more French […]

Trip Report: The Butler & The Chef

Posted by TheShot on 18 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

A popular, often crowded, slow, and somewhat under-tabled and under-staffed Parisian-styled café that strongly emphasizes French details. (It changed owners in March 2004.) A somewhat confused system for getting a table when they are busy — you’re not sure whether to grab a table yourself, to ask to be seated, etc. Black & white photographs […]

Trip Report: Café de la Presse

Posted by TheShot on 09 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

I hate writing about espresso bars in regression when there’s every reason for us to expect progression. There’s a rising tide of coffee quality that should theoretically lift all boats: McDonald’s is offering premium roast from Gaviña, 7-Eleven is offering single origin Kenya AA and Hawaiian Kona … and late last year Café de la […]

Trip Report: Tartine Bakery & Café

Posted by TheShot on 28 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This is a rather non-descript French bakery/café. But don’t let that fool you. It has won numerous “best bakery” awards in the area and is immensely popular. (And yes, even Martha Stewart paid a visit here just a week ago.) It is also notorious for its Soviet-style bread lines, which run long out the door […]

How the French Ruined Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 27 Nov 2005 | Filed under: Café Society, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Roasting, Robusta

Vive Le Burnt Tires! When people think of France, and Paris in particular, they most often think of grand boulevards, beautiful architecture, beautiful people, high French cuisine, and the sidewalk café lifestyle. What they often don’t associate with it is black, bitter coffee made from some of the world’s crudest coffee beans, roasted in the […]

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