Tag Archive 'illy'

Upscale coffee selections brewing at more hotels

Posted by TheShot on 05 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee

According to an article in today’s USA Today, hotels are still slowly catching up on the rest of society when it comes to serving better quality coffee: Upscale coffee selections brewing at more hotels – USATODAY.com. As the article opens, “Good coffee is the next big thing at hotels.” Business travelers, accustomed to better coffee […]

Illy in D.C.: A Coffee Chain’s Stand-Up Effort on M St.

Posted by TheShot on 23 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends

According to today’s Washington Post, Illy launched their first U.S. café last week: A Coffee Chain’s Stand-Up Effort on M St. – washingtonpost.com. Rather than taking the form of the Espressamente chain across Europe, Illy opted instead for a stand-up-service-only café inside a Washington, D.C. Marriott. Their quick-witted name for the place?: Caffe. Tweet

David Lebovitz: Making Perfect Espresso at Illy

Posted by TheShot on 21 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Quality Issues, Robusta

David Lebovitz is a fairly well-known pastry chef and foodie who launched his career through a long tour of duty at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Lately he’s taken on a great interest in making the kind of espresso he can get in Italy — but not in the U.S. as easily. Following his pursuit of […]

Coffee fans toast what they roast

Posted by TheShot on 21 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Today’s The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) posted an article on home coffee roasting: Coffee fans toast what they roast | TheNewsTribune.com | Tacoma, WA. What I particularly liked was that they use the term I do for fresh roasted coffee: fresh baked bread. Too often, restaurants, cafés, stores, and, well, coffee drinkers treat roasted coffee […]

Italian coffee company illy looks to expand with luxury

Posted by TheShot on 25 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Today’s International Herald Tribune published an article on Illy’s growth strategy of luxury cafés: Italian coffee company illy looks to expand with luxury – Business – International Herald Tribune. (Ignore the article’s initial, erroneous paragraph for a moment: Francesco Illy clearly did not “invent the espresso.”) Illy’s café chain is called Espressamente. We reviewed a […]

Trip Report: Illy Espressamente – Lisbon

Posted by TheShot on 13 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Back in July we reported on Illy‘s strategy for opening licensed Illy Espressamente cafés across Europe. During my travels in Portugal last month, I had the pleasure of encountering my first one in the unlikeliest of places. In the perimeter wall of the recently remodelled Praça de Touros do Campo Pequeno bullfighting arena, this fully […]

I Have Returned…

Posted by TheShot on 26 Oct 2006 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Foreign Brew

This is as good as a General Douglas MacArthur impersionation as you’ll ever get from me. After three weeks of touring most of central and northern Portugal, I’ve finally returned to the Bay Area. The good news? I have many stories and photos to convey on the status and quality of espresso in Portugal as […]

Head barista: Andrea Illy of Illycaffè

Posted by TheShot on 28 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Roasting

From the print edition of The Economist, an article on Andrea Illy of Illycaffè: Face value | Head barista | Economist.com. Andrea Illy is the head of Trieste-based Illycaffè. And despite the standards gap between Italian espresso and the chain that made the most riches exporting their own version of it, Mr. Illy has only […]

New York City: Espresso’s New Wave Hits Town

Posted by TheShot on 13 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

New York City — that backwater of quality espresso that has long proven, if I may paraphrase Frank Sinatra, “If you can make decent espresso there, you can make it anywhere” — has reportedly been hit by a “wave” (here we go again) of better coffee. Or so says today’s New York Times: Espresso’s New […]

Illycaffè introduces Espressamente cafés around the world

Posted by TheShot on 28 Jul 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

In the August 7 issue of BusinessWeek, there’s an article titled “Basta With The Venti Frappuccinos.” According to this article, Andrea Illy, the head of Illycaffè, is out to show the Starbucks of this world how espresso should be done. They have started rolling out hundreds of licensed cafés under the brand name Espressamente. Espressawhat?, […]

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