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The 10 Types of Commenters on Coffee Articles

Posted by TheShot on 02 Mar 2011 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Home Brew, Machine, Roasting, Starbucks

Over the years we’ve read a lot of coffee articles. And ever since feedback forms became commonplace on the Internet, we’ve also read a lot of user comments on these posts. At least enough for us to identify 10 common archetypes among coffee article commenters on the Internet — analogous to the ever-popular coffee shop […]

The social politics and economics of coffee prices

Posted by TheShot on 07 May 2010 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Fair Trade

What is it about coffee today that makes it such a lightning rod for consumer indignation and class warfare? Nobody expresses outrage over a $400 bottle of wine, a $110,000 MSRP Mercedes-Benz, or even a $300,000 diamond-encrusted smart phone. But should someone dare sell a cup of coffee for $12, the world is coming to […]

$13 coffee worth the brew-haha?

Posted by TheShot on 08 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

The mainstream media barely understand that qualitative differences exist between really good coffee, good coffee, and average coffee — let alone that some of the differences might be worth shelling out a few extra bucks on. CNN is one of the more recent outlets to ponder the differences: $13 coffee worth the brew-haha? – CNN.com. […]

Coffee shops & laptops: if it’s new to New York City, it must be new to you

Posted by TheShot on 11 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Café Society

Last week the Wall Street Journal published yet another recession-themed article that was cited all over the Internet: No More Perks: Coffee Shops Pull the Plug on Laptop Users – WSJ.com. It seemed that every local media outlet followed suit (Coffee Shops Serve Laptop Users a New Blend | NBC Bay Area), with the story […]

Hate the Bauer, love the coffee

Posted by TheShot on 25 Jun 2009 | Filed under: Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee, Starbucks

It’s tough to be a newspaper man these days. Having run out of tiresome video game and comic book themes, they’re now making Hollywood movies out of bloggers. It seems that anyone with a Twitter account can also get a book deal — ironically celebrating the very media format it supposedly deems irrelevant. So we […]

The Tyrrany of Forced Rankings, or: The Annual Esmeralda Watch

Posted by TheShot on 21 May 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends

Because it is patently uncool for legitimate coffee professionals to gush over gag novelties for coffee tourists — i.e., kopi luwak — the media needs an alternative outlet to feed its overly simplistic “since it’s the most expensive, it must be the best” obsession. This is what we once called the nouveau riche stereotype: knowing […]

New York Times thinks robusta detractors set the espresso blend standards for everybody

Posted by TheShot on 23 Mar 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Robusta

Just when we write about the stifling conformity among roasters and coffee professionals of this modern era, today’s New York Times blog reports on the use of robusta beans in espresso blends: Robusta Economy – Times Topics Blog – NYTimes.com. Although there’s nothing in the post we haven’t heard before, it’s the tone of the […]

Pittsburgh newspaper devotes regular dining section to coffee

Posted by TheShot on 26 Feb 2009 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

While San Francisco ponders life without its own newspaper, the Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette announced today that they are dedicating monthly editions of the paper’s dining section to be their new coffee section: The coffee’s on. From the article: It’s clear a growing number of Pittsburgh cafes are on the cutting edge of coffee and espresso, […]

The coffee house as TV pilot

Posted by TheShot on 16 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Café Society

Recently we crossed paths again with an old TV pilot from 2006 that bears rewatching (apologies to those who have already seen it): PilotLite – Grounds Zero. Called Grounds Zero after its fictitious namesake café, this 25-minute episode is among the more entertaining TV pilots you’ll find — whether or not you like coffee shops […]

The Rise of Medical Infotainment: Sorting Out Coffee’s Contradictions

Posted by TheShot on 07 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

Two days ago, the New York Times ran another pop piece of medical journalism about coffee. However, this time they disguised it as a critique of medical journalism: Personal Health – Sorting Out Coffee’s Contradictions – NYTimes.com. Now we’ve managed to survive a six-month moratorium on pointless medical research articles about coffee — which is […]

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