Tag Archive 'grinders'

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 […]

The 2010 Grinder Smackdown: Coffee Gets Combative

Posted by TheShot on 03 Sep 2010 | Filed under: Machine, Quality Issues

Because public coffee knowledge is in such a state of transition these days, reading mass media articles about coffee can be a little like being in a parent support group. Sometimes you’re new to a subject area, and you might find commiseration among other people going through the same new learning experiences. At other times […]

High-quality espresso from low-end machines?

Posted by TheShot on 12 Jan 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Machine

The Boston Globe published an article today (OK, technically tomorrow) about making great espresso with cheap home equipment: High-quality espresso from low-end machines – The Boston Globe. The author experimented by buying cheaper, used home espresso machines, and he claims to have achieved decent results. The key to his results were a good grind, good […]

Home Espresso: Delving Deeper Into Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 02 Apr 2007 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Home Brew, Quality Issues

Last month I mentioned an article on David Lebovitz’s site regarding his recent training at Illy‘s Università del caffè in Trieste, Italy. David is a professionally trained pastry chef and writer, and recently he’s taken up a bit of an obsession with quality home espresso production. (Sound familiar?) Today his site features an article and […]

Consumer Delusion: ConsumerReports.org’s buyer’s guide to espresso makers

Posted by TheShot on 20 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Machine

Consumer Reports published a home buyer’s guide to espresso makers this month: ConsumerReports.org – Buyer’s guide to espresso makers 3/07. As with a lot of things in Consumer Reports, they often lack sufficient knowledge or background to offer educated opinions beyond winging it with what’s on the surface. (Well, beyond that and Consumers Union‘s usual […]

Home Equipment: Getting Serious About Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 03 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Machine, Roasting

Today’s Edmonton Journal published a primer on the more sophisticated home espresso setup: Getting Serious About Coffee. In other words, what do you do when your $100 home Krups machine isn’t cutting it — because the espresso it produces belongs in the same landfill where your machine will deservedly rot its final days? There’s an […]

CoffeeGeek – Editor’s Choice Awards 2006 – Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 20 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

A couple days ago, CoffeeGeek.com announced their 2006 Editors’ Choice awards for espresso: CoffeeGeek – Editor’s Choice Awards 2006 – Espresso. Award categories include espresso machines in different price ranges, coffee grinders, bean blends, and espresso-making accessories. If you still need holiday gifts for that special coffee mutant in your life, get your credit card […]

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, […]

A cuppa perfection

Posted by TheShot on 24 Jul 2006 | Filed under: Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Roasting

Canadian Business magazine recently reposted a 2001 article on the deep and seemingly bottomless pit of home espresso perfectionism (something I can identify with all too well): A cuppa perfection | After Hours | Gotta Have It | Canadian Business Online. The article is even more accurate today than it was when first published. It […]

The story of Victoria Arduino #55

Posted by TheShot on 29 May 2006 | Filed under: Machine

An article in yesterday’s ThePilot of the North Carolina Sandhills tells the story of how a Victoria Arduino espresso machine made its way from Torino, Italy to Incredible Edibles of Pinehurst, NC — placing the coffee shop on the noteworthy American espresso map: Dolce Vita Right Here at Home – The Pilot Newspaper – Local […]

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