Tag Archive 'illy'

New York City: Guggenheim Turns Coffee Into Art

Posted by TheShot on 12 Dec 2008 | Filed under: Barista, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

Today’s New York Times blogged about a new barista-as-art exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum: Guggenheim Turns Coffee Into Art – City Room Blog – NYTimes.com. Part of an art installation named Cinéma Liberté/Bar Lounge (we are told the other half is a movie), baristas behind a wooden bar serve espresso drinks from three Francis Francis […]

Trieste, Italy cafés – A Shot In The Dark

Posted by TheShot on 13 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

This past weekend, the Sunday Herald (Scotland) published an article on Trieste, Italy and some its great cafés: A Shot In The Dark (from Sunday Herald). (Trieste is also home to illycaffè and the namesake for the local legend, Caffé Trieste.) The article touches on Caffè Tommaseo, the historic Caffè San Marco, Caffè Degli Specchi, […]

You can’t get that from here: Caffè Mokabar

Posted by TheShot on 23 Feb 2008 | Filed under: Beans, CoffeeRatings.com, Foreign Brew, Roasting

Occasionally this Web site can be the source of a real life story, and the story of Caffè Mokabar is a good one. For a little background, after a couple weeks of espresso research in Piemonte, Italy last October, we were most duly impressed with Caffè Mokabar among all the coffee roasters we encountered. So […]

Ernesto Illy, Chairman of Coffee Company, Is Dead at 82

Posted by TheShot on 06 Feb 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Roasting

News has been slow to hit the States, but the New York Times finally ran a story this morning on Dr. Ernesto Illy, chairman of Illycaffè and one of the world’s most notable espresso enthusiasts, who died Sunday night at the age of 82: Ernesto Illy, Chairman of Coffee Company, Is Dead at 82 – […]

New Zealand: Burger King burned over coffee advertisement

Posted by TheShot on 21 Dec 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

Power to the espressophiles in New Zealand. A story in today’s news from New Zealand supports our longtime lament that cups really do matter when it comes to coffee quality: Burger King burned over coffee advertisement – New Zealand, world, sport, business & entertainment news on Stuff.co.nz. A New Zealand consumer, B Hay, recently complained […]

Trip Report: Strumia (Sommariva del Bosco, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 13 Dec 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Our Espresso in Torino and Piemonte series now heads for the remote Piemontese town of Sommariva del Bosco — a rural town of less than 6,000 residents, considered to be the gateway to the Roero region. But despite its remote location and small town stature, the gelateria/bar/confectioner Strumia has helped put this location on the […]

Trip Report: Golosi di Salute (Alba, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 29 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Our Espresso in Torino and Piemonte series takes us back to Alba, Italy for Golosi di Salute — a café that’s certainly known more for its edibles than anything you can drink here. But that doesn’t mean the espresso is a slouch. Luca Montersino is famous for making pastries and sweets with natural and local, […]

Reviewing Chicago take-out coffee: Know your Joe

Posted by TheShot on 08 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

On the heel’s of Chicago’s informal crowning as America’s caffeine capital, today’s Chicago Tribune published an article that provided a light, unscientific, comparative review of 32 different take-out coffee offerings in the Chicago area: Know your Joe — chicagotribune.com. Instead of the single espresso, the yardstick used at CoffeeRatings.com, the Tribune based their evaluations on […]

The Pod People — and their less than magnificent brewing machines

Posted by TheShot on 04 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Home Brew, Machine

Today’s New York Times Magazine published an article on the declining design aesthetic of the espresso machine: The Pod People – New York Times. As the author puts it, “Cape Canaveralesque control centers that have replaced those great machines.” And she blames the meteoric popularity of Starbucks, which inspired a great wave of ensuing greed […]

Trip Report: Ben Tivoglio Cafè (Alba, Italy)

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

Time for the next installment in our Espresso in Torino and Piemonte series. On the north end of Alba, you can often catch the potent, sweet smell of chocolate and hazelnuts as the nearby Ferrero factory makes another batch of Nutella. Just past it, and just past the weekend flea markets at the northern edge […]

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