Tag Archive 'milk_frothing'

Which? Magazine survey: UK coffee chains

Posted by TheShot on 24 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

Today Which? Magazine (U.K.) published a comparative review of three major coffee chains in Britain: Starbucks, Caffé Nero, and Costa Coffee: Coffee shops | Overview. Their survey examined coffee prices, beverage quality, and how much their drinks are calorie bombs. For their taste test, they sent in an “undercover expert” — Whittard coffee buyer and […]

McDonald’s coffee bars to take on Starbucks

Posted by TheShot on 07 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Barista, Café Society, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Starbucks

One of the worst-kept secrets of the past few years is that McDonald’s has been trying to get into the espresso business. Today, news services such as Reuters and the Wall Street Journal are reporting that McDonald’s plans to launch coffee bars with the new employee position of “barista”: McDonald’s coffee bars to take on […]

Coffee Fest, Seattle: Give me a ‘real’ barista contest

Posted by TheShot on 12 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Add Milk, Barista

Seattle’s Coffee Fest trade show ended yesterday. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer published an article announcing the winners of its “Millrock Free Pour Latte Art competition” (isn’t that a mouthful?): Artistic cup of joe brings home $5,000 prize. Top honors and $5,000 of prize money went to Layla Emily Osberg of Vancouver, BC’s Blenz Coffee — where […]

Where’s the coffee?

Posted by TheShot on 19 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Add Milk, Consumer Trends

Back in the 1980s, Wendy’s fast food restaurants sponsored a highly successful advertising campaign featuring a diminutive elderly Jewish woman (Clara Peller, she quickly became a cultural icon from these spots). When presented with the hamburgers of Wendy’s competitors, she famously asked, “Where’s the beef?!” These days, it seems like we need a similar campaign […]

Aussie cappuccino king says coffee art not all froth

Posted by TheShot on 16 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Add Milk

Jack Hanna of Canberra, Australia is the reigning world champion of latte art — at least according to the recent World Latte Art Championships held in Belgium this past May: Aussie cappuccino king says coffee art not all froth | Lifestyle | Living | Reuters. Australia has won the title two years running. (No surprise, […]

How’s your crapuccino?

Posted by TheShot on 04 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Add Milk, Home Brew, Quality Issues, Starbucks

This week, The Guardian (UK) posted an article on the elusive quality cappuccino: How’s your crapuccino? from Guardian Unlimited: Word of Mouth. While the Brits may disparage the “dirty dishwater” that is American coffee, even in London you’re helpless to find a cappuccino that isn’t served in a gargantuan bowl, filled mostly with milk, and […]

The Brooklyn Paper: Coffee guru espresses his disgust

Posted by TheShot on 08 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Add Milk, Barista, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

This week’s The Brooklyn Paper published an article on espresso quality standards and their general absence in the fine borough, interviewing noneother than Third Wave pulpit banger, Nick Cho: The Brooklyn Paper: Coffee guru espresses his disgust. Nick discusses the “seafoam problem” with cappuccinos, which he describes as, “When the milk is over-steamed, the bubbles […]

Espresso in Portugal

Posted by TheShot on 03 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Starbucks

Despite Portugal’s prominent historical role in the development of the coffee trade (for example, they introduced coffee production to Brazil), and the degree with which coffee is “interwoven throughout Portugal’s social, literary and economic history”, I’ve found surprisingly little written about the espresso in this small-but-influential coffee nation. Last month I took advantage of some […]

Baristas are having a cow over dairy

Posted by TheShot on 13 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Add Milk, Barista, Café Society, Consumer Trends

The lengths some people will go to save a buck… This story was cited in a few publications around Seattle yesterday (this version from The Seattle Times): The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Baristas are having a cow over dairy “thefts”. It seems some baristas are up in arms over the covert, money-saving habit of […]

A cappuccino moment

Posted by TheShot on 18 Jun 2006 | Filed under: Add Milk, Barista, Starbucks

In a personal piece in today’s Napa Valley Register, a father relates the story of how her daughter became a cappuccino professional — if not a “cappuccino Nazi”: A cappuccino moment | Napa Valley Register Online | Kevin Courtney Columnists. When it comes to cappuccino, besides great espresso preparation, a lot of the quality comes […]

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