Tag Archive 'peets_coffee'

Intelligentsia Coffee’s CEO talks beans

Posted by TheShot on 05 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Saturday’s Chicago Tribune published a pretty good piece on Intelligentsia CEO, Doug Zell: Intelligentsia Coffee’s CEO talks beans – chicagotribune.com. While Doug gets a little loopy (our opinion) in abusing the ever-popular wine analogy for coffee — e.g., espousing such shoehorned ideas as coffee pairings — he’s been a pioneer and leader in areas such […]

Trip Report: Cibo (Sausalito, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 04 Jan 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew

This spacious café, oddly decorated with bike frames, lies on the north end of the Sausalito strip. Its name is pronounced “CHEE-bo”, Italian for “food.” (Though we did find an amusing online reference where someone suggested it is pronounced “SHEE-Bow” — which sounds more like M&M-Mars for “decommissioned cat food“.) There are a few outdoor […]

Does the growth in high-quality independent cafés mean the mom-and-pops are making a comeback?

Posted by TheShot on 28 Dec 2009 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Has it really been a couple weeks since our last third wave rant? A few years after we thought this topic was dead and buried, lately newbie third wave coffee articles have been cropping up in local newspapers like teenage vampire profiteers. London, Oakland, and now Vancouver: Indie cafés perfectly poised to quench coffee aficionados’ […]

Trip Report: Black Horse at Uptown (San Luis Obispo, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 24 Nov 2009 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

This has long been considered something of a San Luis Obispo County establishment. In the early 1990s, a couple friends of the owner, Randy Coates, operated the original Uptown Espresso in Seattle. Mr. Coates later paid $1 for the rights to slap that name on his own SLO café. He has since renamed his chain […]

Even GQ magazine can’t figure out if the “Third Wave” is coming or going

Posted by TheShot on 20 Oct 2009 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues

Thanks to Tim of espressophile fame for giving us a heads-up on this article posted yesterday from GQ magazine: The Most Important Drink of Your Day: Restaurants + Bars: GQ. Tim got his heads-up from the guys down at Verve Coffee Roasters, who are among the handful of regional coffee shops highlighted in this best-of […]

Breaking the Chains: Dispelling the Myth of Consistency at the Big Coffee Chains

Posted by TheShot on 15 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Starbucks

One of the things that the big coffee chains do well is consistency. Or at least that’s the conventional wisdom, lifted straight from the fast food chain playbook. A McDonald’s french fry is pretty much the same everywhere, and the coffee served at a big chain is little different. Or so we’ve all been told. […]

Rumors of the death of the $4 latte have been greatly exaggerated

Posted by TheShot on 17 Nov 2008 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Home Brew, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Not a day goes without us coming across a story about how the sky is falling on retail quality coffee. For example, ABC News laments, “How do you save on coffee in tough times?” Today the Chicago Tribune ran a semi-humorous column titled “Brother, can you spare (buying) a double latte?” Each one of these […]

Trying to teach “old” coffee new marketing tricks

Posted by TheShot on 10 Nov 2008 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Starbucks

We have to admit: marketers of whole foods and commodities don’t have it easy. Product marketing is so much easier when you can reformulate and industrially process something with a bogus health claim and slap a “New!” logo on the packaging. It gets even easier when you can inject exotic substances with a “newly discovered” […]

Savor the Saveur of Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 24 Oct 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Quality Issues

Saveur is one among many “gourmet” food, wine, and travel magazines (as much as we hate that hackneyed 80′s word) — but with a specific focus on international cuisines. “Saveur” being French for “flavor”. Now whether “Saveur Sav” would be a clock-and-beret-wearing member of France’s answer to Public Enemy is still up for debate. (Oui, […]

Starbucks unveils new strategy in Australia: “Sell that #$%@ to the tourists”

Posted by TheShot on 29 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Starbucks

We’ve long made it a policy to not cover superfluous news stories on Starbucks here because, well, they’ve long been irrelevant to quality coffee. But here’s one from Down Under today that is: Starbucks to close 61 Australian stores, cut 685 jobs | The Daily Telegraph. Now we like looking for the hidden story behind […]

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