Tag Archive 'notNeutral'

Trip Report: Red Door Coffee (SOMA)

Posted by TheShot on 23 Oct 2014 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew

111 Minna has long been something of an art gallery space and night club, frequently packing long lines of SOMA patrons seeking out the DJ set. It’s what happens during the daytime that’s changed here. They’ve closed up their previous efforts as an informal daytime bar and coffee shop (serving Illy beans from a Faema […]

On Coffee and Design — and a Cup Review: notNeutral’s LINO and MENO

Posted by TheShot on 09 Aug 2014 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends

Today This Thing We Call Coffee (substitute “third wave” or “craft coffee” or whatever nonsense marketingspeak one prefers here) seems to have discovered a new toy. It’s called design. Although around since the first coffee retailer opened in Damascus in 1530, lately design has become a rather acutely faddish obsession that has permeated café design, […]

Trip Report: Stanza Coffee & Wine Bar (Upper Haight)

Posted by TheShot on 25 Mar 2014 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew, Roasting

This original Stanza Coffee location opened in April 2012 with the explicit purpose of showcasing coffee roasted from outside the Bay Area. As such, it’s unfortunately another example of a coffee shop that has defined itself in the negative: i.e., not by what it does and what it stands for, but rather its identity is […]

Trip Report: Chromatic Coffee Co. (Santa Clara, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 15 Jan 2014 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Roasting

For those who lamented the closure of the great Barefoot Coffee Roasters at this South Bay strip mall location in 2012 (and we were among them), Chromatic hasn’t missed a beat since it moved in right afterwards. Opening in October 2012, Chromatic picked up very much where Barefoot left off: a great attention to coffee-making […]

Trip Report: Workshop Cafe

Posted by TheShot on 29 Aug 2013 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew

For about the past five years in particular, relations have frayed between coffeeshop patrons who find them a great place to get their work done (aka the laptop zombie), other coffeeshop patrons who want a place to sit or might actually want to socially interact with others, and coffeeshop owners who cannot stay solvent supporting […]

Trip Report: Verve Coffee Roasters (downtown Santa Cruz, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 03 Jun 2012 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Roasting

Opening around Thanksgiving of 2011, this downtown location of Verve clearly ups the design aesthetics and sends a signal across the street of the venerable Lulu Carpenters. If only the coffee service could live up to everything else promised by visual pageantry here. It’s a beautiful, open space with a prime location. A former curiosity […]