Tag Archive 'lisbon_coffee'

Lisbon Cafés per the Wall Street Journal

Posted by TheShot on 13 Jan 2011 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Roasting, Robusta

Tomorrow’s Wall Street Journal features an article on the Lisbon espresso, the bica: The Best Cafes in Lisbon – WSJ.com. It touches on Lisboeta coffee culture — e.g., drinking many shots each day at the local pasteleria (a sort of pastry shop/bar); a dependence on slower roasts, good quality coffee from Brazil, but also a […]

Nespresso controls brand with boutiques

Posted by TheShot on 09 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Home Brew

Contrast with the many home espresso machine design failures, Nestlé’s Nespresso pods and machines have been something of a consumer success story. The Nespresso machines do exhibit good design and an impressive amount of convenience. For a number of home espresso lovers, however, these advantages ultimately pale in comparison to their required use of stale, […]

Trip Report: Cafe Madeleine @ New Montgomery St.

Posted by TheShot on 08 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Local Brew

It was a year ago that we posted a review of Cafe Madeleine on O’Farrell St., near Union Square. And since we’re overdue for a Trip Report, and since I’ve been terribly lax (inept?) about taking photos at some of my more recent café visits, it’s time to dust off some “old” photos for a […]

Upscale Coffee Makers Drive Segment But Overall It’s Flat

Posted by TheShot on 19 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Home Brew, Machine

Coffee pods are a fad that is on life support at the value end (i.e., for machines under $100). However, home sales of high-end coffee pod makers are up significantly: MediaPost Publications – Upscale Coffee Makers Drive Segment But Overall It’s Flat – 03/19/2007. As I discovered in Lisbon’s fashionable Chiado district last year, an […]

Italian coffee company illy looks to expand with luxury

Posted by TheShot on 25 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Today’s International Herald Tribune published an article on Illy’s growth strategy of luxury cafés: Italian coffee company illy looks to expand with luxury – Business – International Herald Tribune. (Ignore the article’s initial, erroneous paragraph for a moment: Francesco Illy clearly did not “invent the espresso.”) Illy’s café chain is called Espressamente. We reviewed a […]

Trip Report: Illy Espressamente – Lisbon

Posted by TheShot on 13 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Back in July we reported on Illy‘s strategy for opening licensed Illy Espressamente cafés across Europe. During my travels in Portugal last month, I had the pleasure of encountering my first one in the unlikeliest of places. In the perimeter wall of the recently remodelled Praça de Touros do Campo Pequeno bullfighting arena, this fully […]

Trip Report: Lisbon Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 08 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Restaurant Coffee

In a previous post, I noted some generalizations about the espresso in Portugal. For this post, I’ve selected a few notable cafés to review in Portugal’s political and cultural capital, Lisbon. Name Address Neighborhood Espresso [info] Cafe [info] Overall [info] A Brasileira Rua Garrett, 120 Chiado 6.60 7.00 6.800 Café Nicola Rua 1° Dezembro, 20 […]

Nespresso coffee shops around the world: Why?

Posted by TheShot on 06 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Home Brew, Machine

Here’s an item in today’s news: Nestle reportedly to open luxury coffee shop in Brazil – MarketWatch. In some parts of the world, Nestlé’s Nespresso system, at least on the surface, appears to be making money hand-over-fist for them. Part of Nestlé’s strategy has been to open up Nespresso stores in places such as Geneva, […]