Tag Archive 'paper_cups'

A cup of coffee to go — and hold the cup

Posted by TheShot on 10 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Café Society

From today’s Edmonton Journal, a café co-owner, Antonio Bilotta, has said “enough is enough” to the environmental waste of paper cups for take-out coffee beverages: A cup of coffee to go — and hold the cup. Quoting the article and Mr. Bilotta: “If your product is so good, then force the customers.” Bilotta wants to […]

Ignorant Tax Tip of the Day: Always order your coffee ‘to go’ in California

Posted by TheShot on 23 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends

When grumbling over tax law conspiracies, some people get steamed over corporations that avoid paying U.S. taxes by incorporating in Bermuda. Others want to start a tax revolt because they might have to pay an extra dime to drink their coffee out of something other than a paper cup: Patterico’s Pontifications » Tax Tip of […]

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 […]

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