Tag Archive 'nick_cho'

The most important public face of specialty coffee today

Posted by TheShot on 26 Dec 2012 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends

The specialty coffee industry has a strangely ambivalent, love/hate relationship with the mainstream. On the one hand, it thrives on an independent spirit rooted in independent businesses, an artisinal “craftsman” approach, an often bristling indifference to its customers, and it eschews much of anything that smells like the status quo (the stereotypes about things like […]

Trip Report: Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters

Posted by TheShot on 25 Nov 2012 | Filed under: Café Society, Home Brew, Local Brew, Machine, Roasting

Trish Rothgeb and Nick Cho are coffee notables from the Northwest and D.C. area, respectively, and they’ve combined forces in recent years as the roasting/brewing partnership behind Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters. Nearly seven years ago on this Web site, Trish and Nick became a rather infamous pairing ever since Trish was first credited with coining […]

Worst Coffee Trends – Bad Coffee Trends – Esquire

Posted by TheShot on 02 Jun 2010 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Machine, Quality Issues, Roasting

If the title of this post seems like the product of a copy-editor undergoing a seizure, it is intentional. It echoes the title of a new article on Esquire‘s Web site verbatim: Worst Coffee Trends – Bad Coffee Trends – Esquire. To thicken the plot, do note that this is the second article in a […]

In defense of “coffee Nazis”

Posted by TheShot on 15 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

Over the past few days, a small coffee story in suburban D.C. has blown up to rather ridiculous proportions — virtually requiring restraining orders and U.N. troops to intervene. A brief synopsis of the affair can be found on The Consumerist: Murky Coffee: Coffee-Shop Threatens To “Punch” Customer In His “Dick”. The story involves an […]

DC Translates to DeCaf

Posted by TheShot on 01 Sep 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Elliot Roper wrote a bit of local criticism today about the local coffee shop scene in Washington, D.C.: DC Translates to DeCaf (INeedCoffee.com). By and large, he is rather unimpressed with the neighborhood offerings. His criteria not only include the quality of the coffee, but also the accessibility of the shop (is a car required […]

The season is upon us: Barista Gymnastics 2007

Posted by TheShot on 08 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Barista, Quality Issues

Speaking of Nick Cho recently… Last Fall, Nick won the Southeast Regional Barista Competition (the press always wants to say “Championship”, but it’s “Competition” at the regionals). Congratulations, Nick. (No, seriously!) This means that Nick is headed down to Long Beach, CA to compete for the national title at the SCAA’s 19th Annual Conference & […]

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 […]

When the fourth wave can’t come fast enough…

Posted by TheShot on 04 Jun 2006 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

Oh, the twist of fate. The utter irony of it. PF.net‘s Nick Cho must either be pulling his hair out or laughing his pehookies off with this one. The Lowell Sun, of Lowell, MA, published an article today on a new “third wave” (gag, cough, spew) coffee house that’s moved into town: Lowell Sun Online […]

Third Wave Coffee, or First Wave Pompousness?

Posted by TheShot on 22 Apr 2006 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

I have a lot of respect for Nick Cho, owner of Washington D.C.’s murky coffee. He’s established a place that pulls some of the best espresso shots on the East Coast. He’s arguably the primary brainchild behind the Portafilter.net podcasts. And he’s also known for his quality coffee industry “altruism”: supporting aspiring baristas and café […]

Mid Atlantic Regional Barista Competition Coming to Washington, D.C.

Posted by TheShot on 27 Jan 2006 | Filed under: Barista

Nicholas Cho may be a bit of a kook for suggesting that coffee has achieved third wave status. But he’s hosting the Mid Atlantic Regional Barista Competition next month: Coffee-Making Competition to Take Place at the Washington Convention Center, Washington DC, February 24-26, 2006 Tweet