Tag Archive 'mr-espresso'

Trip Report: Bread & Cocoa

Posted by TheShot on 16 Dec 2008 | Filed under: Fair Trade, Local Brew

Opening last month on the site of a former Briazz prepared-foods (lunch, primarily) chain shop, this corner café isn’t much of a leap from its predecessor. They serve sandwiches, soups, and salads as before — but with an emphasis on cocoa and espresso. The store seeps causes from its signage: Fair Trade coffee and cocoa, […]

Di Ruocco family crafts coffee with care

Posted by TheShot on 09 Oct 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Roasting

Today’s San Jose Mercury News ran a nice, local puff news piece today on the Di Ruocco family, of Mr. Espresso fame: Di Ruocco family crafts coffee with care – San Jose Mercury News. The fluffy article documents some of the background behind Carlo Di Ruocco, who founded Mr. Espresso over 30 years ago because […]

Trip Report: Pâtisserie Philippe

Posted by TheShot on 31 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Local Brew

This French bakery and café resides across the street of a parking garage in a roadside “strip mall” of sorts. It’s in a very odd part of the city that consists of modern-yet-plain software company office buildings clustered together. Imagine if SF opened a theme park based on downtown San Jose, and you get the […]

Trip Report: Nani’s Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 24 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Local Brew

This café sits on the south side of Geary Blvd.’s viaduct/quasi-freeway exit, west of Masonic Ave. There’s a Denny’s-esque wall of curved glass that creates an almost greenhouse-like front enclosure, but you need to enter this small space by walking down the narrow passageway just past it. Inside there’s a colorful interior with several café […]

Trip Report: The Sentinel

Posted by TheShot on 30 May 2008 | Filed under: Local Brew

This kiosk/cubby hole with old cigar branding on glass above the doorway has only a dry-erase marker menu inside giving away its name. (“The Sentinel“? Are they Michael Douglas fans or something?) A former cigar shop, and most recently an outlet of Enzo’s Italian Deli for a number of years, this tiny location opened in […]

Trip Report: Coffee Bar

Posted by TheShot on 09 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Quality Issues

Previously, we had written about Coffee Bar when it was still under construction. It has since opened on the longest night of the year, December 21 — with limited initial fanfare, as the partners first wanted to iron out some of the kinks that naturally come with opening a new space. And it is a […]

Under Construction: Coffee Bar

Posted by TheShot on 24 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew

This week the The San Francisco Chronicle published a piece on the anticipated October opening of Coffee Bar, located at at 1890 Bryant St., which is really on the NE corner of Mariposa & Florida Sts. — just west of Potrero Hill: The Inside Scoop / Restaurants retooling decor, menus, concepts. As it so happened, […]

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 […]

Best of Citysearch San Francisco – Best San Francisco Coffee 2006

Posted by TheShot on 10 Feb 2007 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Local Brew, Quality Issues

I’m a little slow this time around, but not long ago Citysearch.com announced their 2006 readers’ poll winners for the best coffee in San Francisco: Best of Citysearch San Francisco – Best San Francisco Coffee. This is something of an annual tradition, as we reviewed Citysearch’s 2005 coffee winners. (When you think of it, naming […]

Trip Report: Cafe Los Olvidados

Posted by TheShot on 29 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

Some of the enjoyment I get adding new cafés to CoffeeRatings.com is in finding completely obscure places that make surprisingly decent (though never great) espresso. Last Saturday night I was visiting some friends for an event over at the ArtSF community center near the sketchier cross section of 16th and Capp Streets in the Mission. […]

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