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Trip Report: Octane Coffee / Bar (Buckhead, Atlanta, GA)

Posted by TheShot on 19 Jun 2016 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

In the greater Mylanta area, Octane frequently ranks as one of the preeminent quality coffee chains. As an example, in December 2014 Atlanta Magazine named it the city’s best coffee chain. This location of the seven-store, three-state chain — in Atlanta’s trendy Buckhead district — seems wedged in a building that looks like what Georgians […]

Trip Report: illy Caffè (Sansome St., Financial District)

Posted by TheShot on 18 Jun 2016 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew

I hadn’t seen the illy caffè North America crew since attending Università del Caffè at CIA Greystone. I’ve long admired them as a privately-owned company: run by cool people, with an attention to coffee quality and investments in coffee science long before anybody thought that made any sense, and even being named a world’s most […]

Trip Report: Cafe Virtuoso (San Diego, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 11 Jun 2016 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Roasting

This coffee shop opened in early 2009 in San Diego’s transitional Barrio Logan. This neglected industrial and shipbuilding neighborhood, located in the shadow of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, is home to a few thousand mostly Latino residents. But that mix, and the mix of local businesses, is gradually changing with the winds of gentrification: alongside […]

Trip Report: Deep Space Coffee (Albuquerque, NM)

Posted by TheShot on 03 Apr 2016 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

This is a coffee shop fitting for downtown Albuquerque, which feels like it’s at the fringes of the known universe. (More on that in a later post.) Located along the old US Route 66 along the Duke City’s Central Avenue — next to Lindy’s Diner and somewhat kitty-corner to the landmark KiMo Theater — this […]

Trip Report: Iconik Coffee Roasters (Santa Fe, NM)

Posted by TheShot on 29 Mar 2016 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Roasting

After my discouraging visit to the much-lauded Ohori’s Coffee Roasters, I was worried that the coffee wasn’t getting much better in Santa Fe. Then I arrived at Iconik. Opened in May 2013 by Albuquerque native Natalie Slade, her brother Darren Berry, and their longtime friend Todd Spitzer, this café inspires a bit of local controversy. […]

Trip Report: 35° North Coffee (Santa Fe, NM)

Posted by TheShot on 19 Mar 2016 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Roasting, Starbucks

This central Santa Fe coffee house resides in the Santa Fe Arcade on the 2nd Floor. Opening in December 2015, it was developed as a new coffee house “concept” by an area restaurant group lead by Gerald Peters called Santa Fe Dining Inc. Yes, apparently coffee has become a restaurant theme in America, with this […]

Trip Report: Temple Coffee Roasters (Downtown – Sacramento, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 23 Feb 2016 | Filed under: Add Milk, Foreign Brew, Roasting

When it came to coffee in Sacramento during the 1990s, Java City ruled the earth. Starbucks made their imprint like every other market in America, but Sacramento was Java City. Even longtime Sacramento coffee institutions like The Weatherstone — now part of Old Soul — once fell under the Java City spell in the years […]

If I must: late thoughts on Peet’s buyouts of Intelligentsia and Stumptown

Posted by TheShot on 08 Nov 2015 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Machine, Quality Issues, Roasting, Starbucks

Unless you’re wearing a tinfoil hat and staying off the grid (except for this blog), you probably know that Peet’s Coffee & Tea — through JAB Holding — bought out both Intelligentsia and Stumptown last month. Predictably, there was much hipster angst on social media (as if that isn’t the whole point of social media), […]

Trip Report: Josuma Coffee and the Ancient Quest for Malabar Gold

Posted by TheShot on 01 Nov 2015 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Home Brew, Local Brew, Roasting, Robusta

One of the greatest espresso blends on the planet has remained something of a Bay Area secret for the past 23 years. It is almost certain to remain such, as popular tastes have moved on to single origin espresso shots to the pour-over-device-of-the-month to today’s quality-regressive fads being heralded as the forefront of coffee: cold […]

Trip Report: Iron Horse Coffee Bar (Union Square)

Posted by TheShot on 07 Sep 2015 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew

Opening earlier this year, this daytime coffee cubbyhole/pop-up might remind you of the Cafe Lambretta chain of miniscule coffee shops that dot the South of Market. But instead of Blue Bottle Coffee they serve Ritual Coffee Roasters. As a daytime front to the Romper Room bar, they also offer the option to spike your coffee […]

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