Tag Archive 'la_marzocco'

What a difference four months makes: Cape Town, South Africa redux

Posted by TheShot on 11 Dec 2010 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

Call it coffee’s version of Hubble’s Law: the rate at which a local coffee scene evolves is inversely proportional to its maturity. What?!? Let us explain. Seattle and San Francisco are examples of well-established coffee cultures, and the rate of evolution and improvement we see in the coffee there tends to nudge along at a […]

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 […]

The 2010 Grinder Smackdown: Coffee Gets Combative

Posted by TheShot on 03 Sep 2010 | Filed under: Machine, Quality Issues

Because public coffee knowledge is in such a state of transition these days, reading mass media articles about coffee can be a little like being in a parent support group. Sometimes you’re new to a subject area, and you might find commiseration among other people going through the same new learning experiences. At other times […]

Trip Report: Blue Bottle Coffee Co. (Jack London Square, Oakland, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 01 Sep 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Opening in Oct. 2009, James Freeman finally established a spacious company headquarters home for his ever-growing Bay Area coffee empire here in Jack London Square. They host a surprisingly small café for retail coffee service. There’s several tall stools and tables for outdoor seating along Webster St., and indoors there is barely a four-person window […]

Food and coffee…for realz

Posted by TheShot on 30 Aug 2010 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Roasting

Last week we wrote about how coffee, like food, has become a primary form of consumer entertainment. We also mentioned recent experiences at newer coffee bars that have felt, well, “manipulative and artificial.” This concern over what seems real might sound trivial, but it’s at the foundation of a great deal of consumer behavior and […]

Too much of a good thing? Today’s conventional coffee wisdom says “more is more”

Posted by TheShot on 11 Aug 2010 | Filed under: Barista, Machine, Quality Issues

Today Tim Wendelboe — World-Barista-Champion-turned-microroaster (and major influencer of the recently reviewed Espresso Lab Microroasters) — posted a rather thorough first-thoughts review of the new La Marzocco Strada on his official blog: Tim Wendelboe » Blog Archive » La Marzocco Strada – first thoughts. Of particular interest are some of his insights about the machine’s […]

Trip Report: Espresso Lab Microroasters (Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa)

Posted by TheShot on 26 Jul 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Roasting

In the transitioning Cape Town neighborhood of Woodstock, which out-Missions the Mission, this espresso bar and roaster perhaps looks like no other you’ve seen before. Located inside the newly-art-conscious Old Biscuit Mill, this small space is a pristine, stark black-&-white-themed coffee lab that exudes meticulous organization. The Old Biscuit Mill is known in town for […]

Trip Report: Origin Coffee Roasting (Cape Town, South Africa)

Posted by TheShot on 12 Jul 2010 | Filed under: Add Milk, Barista, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Among coffee aficionados in town, quality artisan coffee originates with Origin. Opening in 2006 in a more modest space, this place changed the face of coffee in Cape Town if not South Africa. Since its expansion, it is now three transparent levels of coffee, café, roasting, regional Synesso distributor, and barista training labs. If that […]

The gadgetization of coffee: coffee’s real fourth wave?

Posted by TheShot on 10 Jun 2010 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Machine

Two curious, seemingly unrelated posts appeared simultaneously in the news yesterday. One on La Marzocco‘s new Strada machine and all its variable-pressure-control glory: Ristretto | Strada – T Magazine Blog – NYTimes.com. The other, Esquire installment #3 from Todd Carmichael, about the ridiculous MSRP/retail prices for professional espresso machines and what most people in the […]

Trip Report: Hollow

Posted by TheShot on 29 May 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Home Brew, Local Brew, Roasting

Another installment in SF’s series of “espresso bars in strange places,” this one — open since 2009 — is located in a sort of gift shop. It’s a very small space identified by its bright green exterior, and there are a couple of small chairs for sidewalk seating. Inside there are mirrors, planters, birdcages, bath […]

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