Tag Archive 'graffeo'

Trip Report: Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store Café

Posted by TheShot on 08 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Local Brew

This classic, lively North Beach dive café serves espresso, sandwiches, alcohol, and simple hot plate dinners. It’s a very social place where the customers and staff engage in random conversation. They cover their dark walls (since made bright by new lighting fixtures) with photos of friends, family, and the occasional local celebrity visit. There’s also […]

Trip Report: Victoria Pastry Co.

Posted by TheShot on 18 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Local Brew

This bakery has been in operation since 1914. While today it is Italian in name, like much of modern North Beach it has a distinctive Latino flair in how it is run today (even if its immediate location is more Chinatown than North Beach). There’s limited outdoor seating along Vallejo St., a wide array of […]

Graffeo Coffee featured in National Geographic’s book “The 10 Best of Everything”

Posted by TheShot on 21 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Roasting

In a joint press release oddly issued today — about 15 months after the fact — SF’s own Graffeo coffee was featured in National Geographic‘s 2006 book, The 10 Best of Everything: ClickPress | Graffeo Coffee featured in National Geographic’s book “The 10 Best of Everything”. Also noted in the press release, Graffeo’s coffee is […]

Trip Report: Myth Cafe

Posted by TheShot on 15 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Local Brew

While much of the world was gearing up for a free Starbucks coffee giveaway, I got in a little practice yesterday and found espresso just as sketchy — but without the lines. (With California’s minimum wage at over six bucks an hour, it takes only 20 minutes of waiting to make “free” coffee not so […]

Trip Report: Mara’s Italian Pastry

Posted by TheShot on 25 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew

This old school, Calabrian-themed Italian pastry shop once had a touch for good espresso under its longtime ownership. They owner had been using Graffeo beans religiously since 1985. However, by 2006 they switched to Lavazza beans and began making inferior espresso (though the two aren’t exactly cause-and-effect). I’ve been unable to confirm with certainty, but […]

Know Your Coffee Reviewers

Posted by TheShot on 21 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

A friend and CoffeeRatings.com reader, Jeremy Nisen, occasionally writes for SFist — which many rightfully recognize as San Francisco’s best local blog. (Jeremy interviewed me for it earlier this year.) Yesterday he pointed me to his most recent article on the site: SFist: Um, Yeah, But What Kind of Grinder Did They Use?. In it, […]

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 […]