Tag Archive 'james_freeman'

NYT Magazine’s Nifty 50 | James Freeman, Coffee Maker

Posted by TheShot on 20 Jan 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Roasting

Today the New York Times Magazine blog posted a mini bio-piece on James Freeman of Blue Bottle Coffee fame: The Nifty 50 | James Freeman, Coffee Maker – T Magazine Blog – NYTimes.com. The story behind their “Nifty 50″ (did they hire a former 1960′s editor from Tiger Beat for that?) is to highlight “America’s […]

“I love you,” Alice L. Waters to Blue Bottle Cafe — via Google Maps

Posted by TheShot on 18 Jul 2009 | Filed under: Local Brew

If you’ve been to the Blue Bottle Cafe lately, you’ve probably noticed the sizable public sculpture, emblazoned with a beet, on the sidewalk just outside the front door. Is it a new take on 2004′s Hearts in San Francisco public sculpture project — itself inspired by 1999′s Chicago Cows on Parade exhibit? No, it’s much […]

Trip Report: Blue Bottle Cafe’s Bosco/Single Origin Sidamo

Posted by TheShot on 27 Sep 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Machine

It’s not often that a lone double shot of espresso warrants a post here. But last month (hey — we got lazy) we had a rather rare espresso experience. We alluded to this espresso shot in a previous post, and it was among the best we’ve had in the Bay Area. (And we’re including the […]

Specialty Coffee Roasters Brew in New York

Posted by TheShot on 13 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Roasting

Weren’t we just saying that there are only about three or four people with original story ideas? Sure enough, this time it’s the New York Times that recycled the same local roasters story idea that has already been once around the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post in recent months: Specialty Coffee Roasters Brew […]

Trip Report: Cento

Posted by TheShot on 08 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew

This dive with barely a service opening sits at the end of an old brick building — still labelled as “Uncle Vito’s Pizzeria” in signage and its black awning. Opening just last month, “Cento” stands for “100″ in Italian — which looks like about the monthly rent that owner John Quintos must be paying for […]

Trip Report: Jackson Place Cafe

Posted by TheShot on 06 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Quality Issues

This café isn’t easy to stumble upon, even if its signature is a rather large Art Nouveau café sign in lights. You have to enter the One Jackson Place center to reach this café, adorned with a miniature zinc bar and zinc-plating decorating its small kiosk. Located in a quiet courtyard surrounded by multiple stories […]

Trip Report Redux: Flying Goat Coffee @ 324 Center St. (Healdsburg, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 02 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting, Starbucks

It’s been a rather sad week for coffee news. An embarrassment, really — with headlines dominated by the ridiculous. There’s Racheal Ray’s TV commercial promoting both Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee and her Death-to-Israel Hamas credentials (though who hasn’t wanted to go jihad on her?). There are vocal members of Christian groups that we now need […]

How the Clover is just one more among many ways to think about coffee

Posted by TheShot on 05 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Machine

A bit slow out of the gate (by a year), Slate magazine filed this article on the Clover brewer, naturally focusing on the device’s expense in the article’s title (“Could a Coffee Maker Be Worth $11,000?”): How the Clover could change the way we think about coffee. – By Paul Adams – Slate Magazine. It’s […]

In defense of better coffee, Or: What I did on my 15 minutes of fame

Posted by TheShot on 04 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, CoffeeRatings.com, Local Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Dealing with the media can often feel like waiting for a Muni bus. Just when it’s been so long that you forgot that they exist, suddenly three pull up in a row over the span of a few minutes. This time the media frenzy surrounded the recent openings of Blue Bottle Cafe and Coffee Bar […]

Coming to the SF Mint Plaza: Blue Bottle Café

Posted by TheShot on 27 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew, Machine

Thanks to a regular reader who tipped me off to yesterday’s gossip on tablehopper.com, a widely read local restaurant scene blog written by an aspiring Hedda Hopper: tablehopper newsletter — june 26. Apparently after a year of searching for just the right location, James Freeman of Blue Bottle Coffee found a home for his new […]

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