Tag Archive 'overextraction'

Another expert look at the espresso in Napoli, Italy

Posted by TheShot on 03 Mar 2014 | Filed under: Barista, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Maybe it’s just me, but Napoli has come up a lot since I posted our survey of the espresso there two weeks ago. Over the weekend I attended the comedic play Napoli! at SF’s American Conservatory Theater. I can’t remember a play where coffee played such a central role in every scene. Then last night, […]

When is coffee a beverage or not a beverage?

Posted by TheShot on 19 Feb 2011 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Two articles in the news yesterday highlighted a bit of our thinking about a major divide in coffee formats: espresso and filter coffee. The Puget Sound Business Journal interviewed the sometimes-controversial Illy man, Giorgio Milos: Illy’s master barista challenges us to take a fresh look at Starbucks, Tully’s | Puget Sound Business Journal. The other […]

Long, short, ristretto: What is the local norm for espresso sizes in San Francisco?

Posted by TheShot on 12 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Local Brew, Quality Issues

When it comes to the size of the espresso pour in the Bay Area, what is the norm? We’ve been biased, like many others, to believe that it’s the long espresso: a watered-down brew topping off at 2 oz. or more. A reader recently posted a comment suggesting an alternative: that a ristretto was the […]

Trip Report: L’s Caffé

Posted by TheShot on 19 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew

This casual café run by Mission locals lives across the street from the slightly newer, and trendier, Sugarlump. That detail alone contributes to an unusual social “halo” surrounding this café — one that forgives the many sins it commits against good coffee. To be honest, the espresso here is quite dreadful. But this place is […]

Anytime an espresso is this big, someone behind the counter doesn’t have a clue

Posted by TheShot on 01 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

We at TheShot may peruse the Internet for headlines, but that doesn’t mean we’ve given up on the printed word. So we took notice of our citation in the latest issue of a local neighborhood paper, Glen Park News: Glen Park News – Summer 2007 [2.9 MB PDF file, page 17]. Although we appreciate the […]

Confessions Of A Starbucks Barista

Posted by TheShot on 22 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Today’s Consumerist cited a “myth-busting and money-saving” Starbucks buyers guide from a veteran Starbucks barista named Jesse: Insiders: Confessions Of A Starbucks Barista – Consumerist. His advice? Save money by avoiding the Frappuccino® and some of the ridiculously large “Venti” espresso drinks. He also cites a number of SCAA beverage standards. But he immediately imperils […]

Espresso done right is intense — a full-bodied, stop-time moment to savor

Posted by TheShot on 11 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Machine, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Robusta

Tomorrow’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution nails it with this article headline: Espresso done right is intense — a full-bodied, stop-time moment to savor | ajc.com. Somewhat surprisingly, what follows the headline isn’t half bad either. The author, John Kessler, goes on to note how rare a decent espresso is in this country — and in fancy restaurants […]

Despite Continental Influences Brits still Reaching for Instant Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 15 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends

Oh those crazy Brits. You can’t tell them they’re Europeans, and their coffee habits prove it. In a press release from Lavazza, apparently 36 percent of Londoners prefer instant coffee — with as few as four precent preferring espresso: Despite Continental Influences Brits still Reaching for Instant Coffee Lavazza sees this as both criminal and […]

Toronto Espresso Hunt or: How I Learned To Hate Overextraction

Posted by TheShot on 14 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Barista, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

Yesterday I came across a Toronto area blogger, StDan, who has picked up his own cause for finding some of the best espresso served in his fine city of Toronto: Espresso Hunt: Little Italy. Naturally, even at this early stage, he noted the following (familiar) problem: “most places put too much in it”. Yes, the […]

The Americano litmus test

Posted by TheShot on 09 Jan 2006 | Filed under: Barista, Quality Issues

Sometimes you can be surprised by the “bizarre double life” you and your coworkers might share. A co-worker in my “day job”, Jason Parker, happened to come across my interview in SFist and confessed his own secret love of great espresso. Turns out the guy can also pull a mean shot too, given that he […]