Tag Archive 'napa_cafes'

On Coffee, Wine, the Napa Valley, and CIA Greystone

Posted by TheShot on 16 Nov 2014 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues

In addition to my rather obsessive love of coffee and evaluating its various flavors and aromas, I’ve made no secret of my equally fond appreciation of good wine. How much the two are connected — though sometimes at arm’s length — has been a running topic on this blog over the years. That theme repeated […]

Trip Report: Sogni di Dolci (St. Helena, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 25 Aug 2014 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

This weekend’s Bay Area shakeout… We managed to review this café a few hours before, and again a few hours after, the Napa earthquake that struck early yesterday morning. Staying overnight with friends in St. Helena on Saturday, some 20 miles from the epicenter, we experienced it as a moderately strong, somewhat lengthy shake. Many […]

Trip Report: Model Bakery (Napa, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 07 May 2013 | Filed under: Add Milk, Beans, Foreign Brew, Local Brew

This no-frills bakery is a sister to the St. Helena mothership that has been operating for over 80 years. We recently mentioned it as one of the cafés singled out in the recent-and-pathetic coffee listings from Zagat, but the espresso here is actually noteworthy. There is no indoor seating, but there are outdoor benches and […]

Trip Report: Bardessono (Yountville, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 18 Feb 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew

For all of Yountville’s culinary celebrity, some of the best espresso in town can be found in this bizarre complex. Opening in early 2009, Bardessono is a hotel/spa/restaurant thing that seems to ooze more sculpture and running water fountains per square foot than the rest of Yountville. And that’s saying something. The complex is LEED […]

Trip Report: Yountville Coffee Caboose (Yountville, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 17 Feb 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew

At its best, Yountville is the New World epicenter for quality food and wine. At its worst, Yountville lays its claim to food & wine prominence through a fabricated culture of European fakery (more on that in a future post). One of the exceptions in town to this latter rule is this this odd curiosity […]

Trip Report: Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Co. (St. Helena, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 20 May 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Roasting

This St. Helena outlet of a two-location Napa coffeehouse and roaster routinely receives “best coffeehouse” awards in the area. Given how they handle roasted beans, consumer coffee education, and filter coffee, this isn’t much of a surprise — particularly given their general lack of legitimate competition in the region. But from what we can tell, […]

Trip Report: Ritual Coffee Roasters @ Oxbow Public Market, Napa

Posted by TheShot on 26 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Opening in the Spring of 2008, this remote Ritual location is little more than a counter inside Napa’s relatively new Oxbow Public Market. At first we questioned why the Wine Country needed a Ritual outlet — rather than an expansion of Sonoma-County-based Flying Goat Coffee. But then as we’ve monitored the quality over at The […]

Trip Report Redux: Flying Goat Coffee @ 324 Center St. (Healdsburg, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 02 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting, Starbucks

It’s been a rather sad week for coffee news. An embarrassment, really — with headlines dominated by the ridiculous. There’s Racheal Ray’s TV commercial promoting both Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee and her Death-to-Israel Hamas credentials (though who hasn’t wanted to go jihad on her?). There are vocal members of Christian groups that we now need […]

Trip Report: Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company @ Napa

Posted by TheShot on 05 Sep 2007 | Filed under: Local Brew, Roasting

This famous Napa coffee roaster has locations in downtown Napa and in St. Helena, and it routinely receives “best coffeehouse” awards in Napa town. They not only roast their own coffee in 20-lb batches, but they also offer regular coffee cuppings. And although their location gives them every excuse to abuse misplaced wine tasting analogies […]