Tag Archive 'paper_cups'

Germany: McDonald’s Jazzes Up Restaurants With McCafés

Posted by TheShot on 12 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

I’ve lamented the bizarre insistence on paper-cups-only service by so many espresso retailers in America. Adding insult to injury, according to yesterday’s Deutsche Welle, now even the McDonald’s in Germany are breaking out the porcelain cups: McDonald’s Jazzes Up Restaurants Amid Anti-Union Accusations | Business | Deutsche Welle | 11.04.2007. Tweet

Taiwan to ban paper cups in offices, schools

Posted by TheShot on 29 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Quality Issues

Now we’ve written before about the importance of a good cup when drinking espresso. And we’ve written that there are times where what’s right for flavor and what’s right for the environment go hand-in-hand. The paper cup issue is the perfect example, and some governments are contributing to the cause: Taiwan to ban paper cups […]

Carmel-by-the-Sea Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 15 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Local Brew

Most people have their favorite local getaways. Mine, among many other Bay Area locals, happens to be the Monterey Peninsula — i.e., the Pacific Grove/Carmel/Monterey region. It’s a great place to kick back for a relaxing weekend, along the sea, away from the S.F. crowds, near the natural splendor of Big Sur and the protected […]

The coffee, not the cup that holds it, is what matters

Posted by TheShot on 14 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Quality Issues

A local, homespun, philosophical yarn in today’s Gulf Breeze News (Gulf Breeze, FL … why do all the crackpots seem to come from Florida?) noted how our approach to life can failingly be like concentrating on the cup and not the coffee within it: The coffee, not the cup that holds it, is what matters. […]

Trip Report: On The Go Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 16 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

Can CoffeeRatings.com really stomach a business that institutionalizes the “values” of to go espresso in a paper cup? While it’s far from our favorite, it does go down in a pinch. This mobile espresso cart service at Mission & Spear Streets sometimes runs another location at the diagonally opposite end of the city block (around […]

A Eurocentric quest for espresso in Toronto

Posted by TheShot on 15 Jun 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

A guest column in yesterday’s Toronto Star concerned a European friend of the writer who feared travelling to North America for the dreadful coffee. She even packed her own espresso machine out of desperation: TheStar.com – A Eurocentric quest for espresso. The writer was on a mission to convince her European friend that cosmopolitan Toronto […]

Trip Report: Martha & Bros. @ Excelsior

Posted by TheShot on 29 May 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This location of the Martha & Brothers chain opened in late 2005. It has the usual Martha & Bros. Latin feel — down to many of the Spanish-speaking patrons from the Outer Mission. It also feels new and clean inside, with wide windows in front and copper wrapped around the coffee bar. They have several […]

Trip Report: Crêpe o Chocolat

Posted by TheShot on 12 May 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This rather inventive French crêperie is run by an eclectic, French-styled, Madagascar-born owner and her artsy staff. They offer a wide array of unusual crêpes, pastries, and chocolate confections. It’s located in tight quarters with a few indoor tables and the kind of modern Euro club music you’d expect from a French-styled, Madagascar-born owner. In […]

Trip Report: Cafe Madeleine @ O’Farrell St.

Posted by TheShot on 14 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

With bright, white walls and staff in white smocks, you might think you stepped up to the cosmetics counter at the nearby Macy’s. But this is true of all the Cafe Madeleine bakery-cafés in the area. Inside they have just a few counter stools along the windows. But when the weather complies, the sidewalk café […]

Do hot coffee and ‘Wobblies’ go together?

Posted by TheShot on 21 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Barista, Starbucks

Today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured an article (syndicated from the Wall Street Journal) that documents attempts to unionize at the nation’s Starbucks: Do hot coffee and ‘Wobblies’ go together? Starbucks ranked #29 on Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list, and they are very sensitive about their brand image and integrity with consumers. This […]

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