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Trip Report: Caffe Ladro (Downtown Seattle, Pine St.)

Posted by TheShot on 24 Nov 2014 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Roasting, Starbucks

Just when you thought I was ready to fawn over every old school coffeehouse in Seattle, here’s something to keep me honest. Caffe Ladro has been around in Seattle since 1994, and this downtown spot has been one of their now 14 locations for at least what seems like a decade. It resides in a […]

KQED Forum gives some radio love to Bay Area coffee

Posted by TheShot on 10 Jan 2012 | Filed under: Add Milk, Barista, Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew, Home Brew, Local Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

Yesterday morning, KQED radio aired an hour-long Forum segment featuring a small round-table of SF coffee “luminaries”: SF’s Coffee Innovators: Forum | KQED Public Media for Northern CA. The panel included James Freeman, of Blue Bottle Coffee, Eileen Hassi, of Ritual Coffee Roasters, and an unusually quiet Jeremy Tooker, of Four Barrel Coffee. Much like […]

Finding the best is getting a whole lot worse

Posted by TheShot on 03 Nov 2011 | Filed under: Beans, CoffeeRatings.com, Consumer Trends, Machine, Quality Issues

In the eight years since we started CoffeeRatings.com, we’ve been patiently waiting for something better. After all, we built CoffeeRatings.com out of frustration over a lack of useful quality information about area coffeehouses in a semi-structured, objective-criteria-driven format. So you’d think we’d be encouraged by the acute rise in venture-capital-funded code monkeys who promise to […]

Trip Report: Espresso Lab Microroasters (Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa)

Posted by TheShot on 26 Jul 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Roasting

In the transitioning Cape Town neighborhood of Woodstock, which out-Missions the Mission, this espresso bar and roaster perhaps looks like no other you’ve seen before. Located inside the newly-art-conscious Old Biscuit Mill, this small space is a pristine, stark black-&-white-themed coffee lab that exudes meticulous organization. The Old Biscuit Mill is known in town for […]

tablehopper’s SF espresso musings

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

Last night we attended a quasi-annual Portuguese wine tasting event sponsored by ViniPortugal. We’ve attended this event a few times prior (last at the Palace Hotel in 2008), and this was by far the worst: completely cramped quarters atop the 32nd floor of the Westin St. Francis, vendors who ran out of wine and bailed […]

Trip Report: Boxed Foods Company

Posted by TheShot on 13 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew

Now that Blue Bottle Coffee Co. has expanded their roasting operations, we can expect to be super-saturated with its coming ubiquity. While that’s an overall good thing — such as now being able to snag some fresh Blue Bottle beans at the hyper-local Avedano’s Meats in Bernal Heights — it does contribute to that espresso […]

Fool’s Cappuccino Redux?: Blue Bottle’s SG-120

Posted by TheShot on 10 Jun 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

A couple months ago, we kicked up a bit of dust when we dressed down the Gibraltar, an espresso beverage created by accident when Blue Bottle Coffee Co. was opening their first SF café in 2005. We called it the fool’s cappuccino — essentially the same beverage, but poured in a cheap restaurant supply glass […]

The Gibraltar: Fool’s Cappuccino

Posted by TheShot on 06 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Add Milk, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

We had originally posted this as an addendum to our recent review of the new, more permanent installment of the Blue Bottle Coffee Co. in the Ferry Building Marketplace. However, the strange phenomenon of the Gibraltar deserves its very own post. Originating here in San Francisco, the Gibraltar has since spread to Los Angeles (Intelligentsia […]

Trip Report: Blue Bottle Coffee Co. in the Ferry Building Marketplace (yes, #3 & #4)

Posted by TheShot on 04 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Machine, Roasting

Opening this past Thursday (April 2, 2009) after a long wait for Blue Bottle to expand the production of their roasting operations, this café technically marks the third and fourth Blue Bottle stations in operation at the Ferry Building Marketplace on a busy weekend. But this is the first with more permanent (i.e., no cart) […]

Trip Report: Café Abir

Posted by TheShot on 11 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Local Brew, Roasting

What a difference four years makes. One scalability challenge with an effort as large as CoffeeRatings.com is the attempt to cover the sheer number of places serving espresso in San Francisco while maintaining a common yardstick of consistency (to produce useful comparative reviews). But another challenge is keeping up with the changes; cafés open and […]

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