Tag Archive 'intelligentsia'

Trip Report: Ma’velous

Posted by TheShot on 11 Nov 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Machine

The name is “Ma’velous”. We’re not sure if this is a New Yorker thing — like when Monday Night Football legend, Al Michaels, tries to pronounce the ‘h’ in the word “huge.” But the owner, Phillip Ma, is a self-fashioned coffee geek with apparently enough money for high-end coffeemaking toys but no real prior training […]

Ultimate travel coffee setup or cry for help? You decide.

Posted by TheShot on 30 Sep 2010 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

It wasn’t long ago that the word obsession conjured up much more negative connotations in society. Today obsession is practically treated like a virtue — something to aspire to — and it can apply to something as neurotically trivial as the cup of coffee you drink when you are traveling. Case and point with an […]

Intelligentsia Wins National Title, then Throws it Back

Posted by TheShot on 19 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Barista

Is there anything the The Huffington Post won’t publish these days? Fortunately, this includes one of the better summaries of the US Barista Championship, completed yesterday: Todd Burbo: Intelligentsia Wins National Title, then Throws it Back. Congratulations are in order for Mike Phillips of Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea in Chicago, now the winner for two […]

The Great Coffee Rush of 2010

Posted by TheShot on 08 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

The New York Times today published a piece on the Bay Area roaster land grab going on out East: West Coast Coffee Roasters Are Lengthening Their Reach – NYTimes.com. Ritual Coffee Roasters, Barefoot Coffee Roasters, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Four Barrel Coffee are each mentioned — lugging their roasting equipment over the Rocky Mountains and […]

Intelligentsia Coffee’s CEO talks beans

Posted by TheShot on 05 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Saturday’s Chicago Tribune published a pretty good piece on Intelligentsia CEO, Doug Zell: Intelligentsia Coffee’s CEO talks beans – chicagotribune.com. While Doug gets a little loopy (our opinion) in abusing the ever-popular wine analogy for coffee — e.g., espousing such shoehorned ideas as coffee pairings — he’s been a pioneer and leader in areas such […]

Drip Bar, a Mobile Blue Bottle Café, coming to Los Angeles

Posted by TheShot on 31 Mar 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Home Brew, Machine

The coffee culture export trade is in high swing, whether it is Stumptown Roasters opening in Amsterdam or Blue Bottle Coffee following Intelligentsia‘s footsteps and invading L.A.: Drip Bar, a Mobile Blue Bottle Café | NBC Los Angeles. Yes, that last article cites the tiresome caffeine-riff cliché abused by many an unimaginative coffee writer — […]

Vancouver’s Caffè Artigiano tackles expansion conundrum

Posted by TheShot on 03 Feb 2010 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Today’s The Globe and Mail (Toronto) featured an article on the coming growing pains for Vancouver’s Caffè Artigiano: Coffee chain tackles expansion conundrum – The Globe and Mail. For those unfamiliar, Caffè Artigiano still represents the best espresso shot we’ve ever had — produced by the hands of barista savant, Sammy Piccolo. Pulled in 2003, […]

Espresso in San Luis Obispo County

Posted by TheShot on 27 Nov 2009 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

San Luis Obispo County is not known for a whole lot, even among Californians. There’s Hearst Castle, Cal Poly in SLO proper, and the burgeoning Paso Robles wine growing region — or what the locals simply call “Paso”. But as is happening in many lesser-known regions around the country, SLO County’s appreciation for better food […]

Trip Report: L2O Restaurant (Chicago, IL)

Posted by TheShot on 23 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Machine, Restaurant Coffee

Esquire magazine named this place 2008 Restaurant of the Year (among new restaurants). The same Nov. 2008 issue also crowned Dominique Crenn, executive chef at SF’s excellent-but-underappreciated Luce, as 2008’s Chef of the Year. While L2O is a pretty fabulous restaurant, calling it the year’s best is debatable. However, there’s no question this is a […]

Costa Coffee’s taster has tongue insured for £10 million … and the 2009 USBC winner

Posted by TheShot on 09 Mar 2009 | Filed under: Barista, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

Oh, sure, it’s a rather frivolous promotional piece. Today’s Telegraph (UK) gives us a glimpse into how quality coffee is marketed in the UK versus here: Costa Coffee’s taster has tongue insured for £10 million – Telegraph. Whereas American coffee pros seem to go ga-ga at the altar of Q grader certification, the UK opts […]

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