Tag Archive 'nyc_coffee'

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 […]

The social politics and economics of coffee prices

Posted by TheShot on 07 May 2010 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Fair Trade

What is it about coffee today that makes it such a lightning rod for consumer indignation and class warfare? Nobody expresses outrage over a $400 bottle of wine, a $110,000 MSRP Mercedes-Benz, or even a $300,000 diamond-encrusted smart phone. But should someone dare sell a cup of coffee for $12, the world is coming to […]

Blue Bottle, Four Barrel Rank in Food & Wine Magazine’s 2010 Go List

Posted by TheShot on 04 May 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

We honestly don’t like repeating ourselves, but we will anyway. No, this has nothing to do with the Cafe Grumpy $12 cup of coffee scuttlebutt going around — where New Yorkers once again find something in their backyard and therefore presume they must have invented it. (Curiously, this came up one month after CNN reported […]

Not Invented Here: San Francisco coffee that clearly isn’t from San Francisco

Posted by TheShot on 29 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Good coffee cultures are exported. Starbucks grew by churning out a mutant strain of Italian coffee culture by the thousands. Fifteen years ago, we saw cafés in Prague that boasted “Seattle style lattes.” And while New York City is beating its chest lately over its recent coffee prowess — emulating one of its most famous […]

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 […]

NYT Magazine’s Nifty 50 | James Freeman, Coffee Maker

Posted by TheShot on 20 Jan 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Roasting

Today the New York Times Magazine blog posted a mini bio-piece on James Freeman of Blue Bottle Coffee fame: The Nifty 50 | James Freeman, Coffee Maker – T Magazine Blog – NYTimes.com. The story behind their “Nifty 50″ (did they hire a former 1960′s editor from Tiger Beat for that?) is to highlight “America’s […]

More California imports to the New York City coffee scene

Posted by TheShot on 16 Nov 2009 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Roasting

If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere It’s up to you — New York, New York When Liza Minnelli first sang these words about “making it”, and Frank Sinatra later belted them out as a sort of co-opted trademark, they obviously weren’t singing about making coffee. Because when it comes to good […]

Long Island Press: “Everything You Know About Coffee Is Wrong”

Posted by TheShot on 14 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

In case you haven’t come across this article from the Long Island Press yesterday: Everything You Know About Coffee Is Wrong | Long Island Press. Wow — local journalism is still producing thoughtful, lengthy pieces that might actually tell the average reader something they didn’t already know? Sure enough, it’s a rather well-written and thoughtful […]

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 […]

New York City: Guggenheim Turns Coffee Into Art

Posted by TheShot on 12 Dec 2008 | Filed under: Barista, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

Today’s New York Times blogged about a new barista-as-art exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum: Guggenheim Turns Coffee Into Art – City Room Blog – NYTimes.com. Part of an art installation named Cinéma Liberté/Bar Lounge (we are told the other half is a movie), baristas behind a wooden bar serve espresso drinks from three Francis Francis […]

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