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America’s Best Coffee Cities 2013: Does Anyone Care Anymore?

Posted by TheShot on 03 Aug 2013 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues

This month’s issue of Travel + Leisure magazine once again published their updated “America’s Best Coffee Cities” rankings: America’s Best Coffee Cities 2013 – Articles | Travel + Leisure. We’ve covered these before; we’ve even used their reader survey data to rank how much locals in various cities have an overly flattering view of their […]

NYC’s Top 10 of 2010

Posted by TheShot on 04 Jan 2011 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

Something strange about the human condition requires us to finish the year by sorting, filtering, and ranking things in order. This perhaps only seems odd to us because we do it continuously. Whether or not you think the world could do without another year-end top 10 list, the coffee consultants behind New York City’s TampTamp […]

New York Is Finally Taking Its Coffee Seriously (no, this time they really, really, really mean it)

Posted by TheShot on 09 Mar 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

A fine line exists between the point where you’ve truly arrived and the point where you’d like everyone else to believe that you’ve truly arrived. It’s analogous to comparing “old money” and “new money.” While old money supposedly maintains a low profile and doesn’t feel the need to prove their status, new money pulls up […]

Coffee shops & laptops: if it’s new to New York City, it must be new to you

Posted by TheShot on 11 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Café Society

Last week the Wall Street Journal published yet another recession-themed article that was cited all over the Internet: No More Perks: Coffee Shops Pull the Plug on Laptop Users – WSJ.com. It seemed that every local media outlet followed suit (Coffee Shops Serve Laptop Users a New Blend | NBC Bay Area), with the story […]

Fables of the Reconstruction: New Yorkers say their coffee has finally arrived

Posted by TheShot on 14 Jun 2009 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

Over the years, we’ve dropped notes about New York City’s coffee culture: from its origins as a desolate wasteland through its more recent redemption. Like the awkward and homely tomboy who first gussies herself up for the debutant ball, in the past year New York City has been running a major publicity campaign to promote […]

A neighborhood coffee roll call

Posted by TheShot on 09 Jun 2009 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Today’s post is really a series of news citations where coffee-making rivals duke it out in various venues. First we have New York City-based BlackBook praising a rather healthy list of cafés to check out in Vancouver, BC: Vancouver: Top 10 Cups of Coffee – BlackBook. Sure, they seem to say more about waffles and […]

The Espresso Gospel according to Martha Stewart

Posted by TheShot on 06 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Roasting

Today we came across a New York Times-syndicated article that alluded to the shortcomings of most home espresso machines: Life: Get off to a healthy start in the morning | juice, cup, milk, divide, servings – OCRegister.com. What attracted us to it was some “unconventional” wisdom about home espresso machines — something we rarely find […]

Former Blue Bottle barista surfaces at New York’s Abraço

Posted by TheShot on 26 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Barista, Foreign Brew

Yesterday’s New York magazine online reviewed the new East Village coffee bar named Abraço: Abraço — New York Magazine Restaurant Review. Just opened Oct. 17th of this year, one of its partners is also famously the former Blue Bottle Coffee Co. barista, Jamie McCormick. The review also oddly noted, “The thought of ranking coffee bars […]

The Pod People — and their less than magnificent brewing machines

Posted by TheShot on 04 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Home Brew, Machine

Today’s New York Times Magazine published an article on the declining design aesthetic of the espresso machine: The Pod People – New York Times. As the author puts it, “Cape Canaveralesque control centers that have replaced those great machines.” And she blames the meteoric popularity of Starbucks, which inspired a great wave of ensuing greed […]

I Hate New York (coffee): Brew ha ha in city that falls short on espresso

Posted by TheShot on 11 Sep 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

Today’s The Sydney Morning Herald ponders how Australia’s Italian immigrants could bring a culture of appreciation for some of the best espresso in the world, and yet New York City — no stranger to Italian immigrants — is such a puzzling espresso wasteland: Brew ha ha in city that falls short on espresso – Opinion […]

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