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Trip Report: Caffè Calce (Ravello, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 30 Oct 2013 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Machine

Before our current series of trip reports again returns to Napoli, we’re taking a detour through the nearby Amalfi Coast. For better or worse, most tourists arrive in Napoli only on their way someplace else. So rather than argue with tradition, we set up base for a week in an apartment in Ravello, Italy — […]

Trip Report: Giovanni Scaturchio (Napoli, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 24 Oct 2013 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Roasting

This bakery in the heart of Napoli has been a family operation since its founding by its namesake in 1905. They are mostly known for their baked goods: a pasticceria filled with sweets, pastries, and cakes. One of their more comical creations is a Vesuvio cake on display that comes in the shape of the […]

Trip Report: Caffè Mexico (Piazza Dante, Napoli, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 21 Oct 2013 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

Welcome to a new series of coffeehouse profiles from Napoli (Naples), Italy and its environs. Unlike previous regional series we’ve posted over the years, this time we’re starting off with individual café reviews and saving the summary for the end. So why Napoli? It’s one of the most influential, if not the most influential, cities […]

Trip Report: Simple Pleasures Cafe

Posted by TheShot on 09 May 2012 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew, Roasting

Now is that rare time of year where being way out in the Avenues doesn’t feel like being a political prisoner living in exile. For a few weeks out of the year — before the blanket of cold fog transforms the western half of San Francisco into nature’s largest refrigerator — tourists and locals alike […]

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 […]

Trip Report: Tribeca Bakery (Kalk Bay, Cape Town, South Africa)

Posted by TheShot on 23 Jul 2010 | Filed under: Add Milk, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Roasting

Opening in Sept. 2009, this beachfront café in downtown Kalk Bay bustles with lovers of coffee and baked goods. They’ve adopted a theme based on New York City’s TriBeCa neighborhood, which is expressed in NYC imagery on the walls. The tables are pretty classy, actually, and there are often musicians in front along the sidewalk […]

Trip Report: Il Piccolo Caffé (Burlingame, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 02 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew

Since we visited a few notable Peninsula cafés at the beginning of the year, some locals mentioned this neighborhood café. Il Piccolo Caffé has been in operation since 1990, and it has survived in the suburbs despite a Starbucks moving across the street in 2004. It adds a bit of local character as an Italian-themed […]

Trip Report: Caffe D’Melanio

Posted by TheShot on 07 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Local Brew

This large, spacious café, located near SF City College, is a rare Ingleside gem. It’s of Italian influence by way of Argentina. Part coffee roastery and café, part restaurant. They have two sidewalk benches along Ocean Ave. in front (perhaps the only SF city street wide enough to land a 747). Inside there’s a wide […]

Trip Report: Island Lava Java (Kailua-Kona, HI)

Posted by TheShot on 28 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

There are plenty of fans of this sunset café with limited breakfast, lunch, and even more limited dinner options. Several indoor and many patio tables overlook the ocean sunsets, but the main attraction here seems to be waking up with a view of the beach and a giant cinnamon roll. Many locals rave about the […]

Trip Report: Blue Bottle Cafe @ Mint Plaza

Posted by TheShot on 23 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew, Machine, Roasting

Today Blue Bottle Coffee Co. opened up their long-anticipated Mint Plaza café — their first true space (besides kiosks and outdoor carts at the Ferry Building and in the East Bay) to showcase James Freeman’s commitment to freshness. The café is located at a bend in Jesse St. in the Mint Plaza alleyway — in […]

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