Tag Archive 'james_freeman'

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 […]

Trip Report: Velo Rouge Cafe

Posted by TheShot on 28 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Local Brew

Thanks to a number of regular readers who pointed this café out to me. SF may not be a big city, but it is when you’re trying to cover all the coffee shops in town. Velo Rouge Cafe is a popular corner café with six indoor tables with window counter seating and a couple outdoor […]

Trip Report: Bittersweet – The Chocolate Café

Posted by TheShot on 22 May 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This chocolate café has been in business since November 2005. They sell a lot of chocolate bars up front (in sections labelled dark, milk, and surprises — such as chocolate with pepper), but they offer espresso and café service in the back — with seating among several weathered, painted wooden tables and chairs. There is […]

Trip Report: A 16

Posted by TheShot on 08 May 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee

This Campania cuisine-themed Italian restaurant may be named after a freeway (the A 16 autostrada), but it’s more of a trendy hipster spot than you’ll find in most of Napoli — or at least among places that aren’t blaring Eurodance music. Inside they have cork floors and walls in the wine bar in front, a […]

Trip Report: Frog Hollow Farm

Posted by TheShot on 16 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

A little Frog Hollow Farm espresso history… Frog Hollow Farm first appeared in San Francisco at the opening of the Embarcadero’s revitalized Ferry Building in October of 2003. While their core business is seasonal fruits, they took an aggressive leap forward towards producing some of the most serious espresso in the city at the time. […]

The Rebirth of Joe

Posted by TheShot on 18 Jan 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Quality Issues

Today the New York Sun published a nice introductory article on “Good Coffee 101” — underscoring how the art and science of quality coffee is fast approaching territory once familiar to only wine connoisseurs. As I’ve referenced before, the coffee quality in New York City is seriously unbefitting a city of its size and stature […]

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