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Trip Report: Andytown Coffee Roasters (Outer Sunset, San Francisco)

Posted by TheShot on 05 Jun 2014 | Filed under: Local Brew, Machine, Roasting

A project of husband & wife team Lauren Crabbe (former Blue Bottle lead barista) and mixologist Michael McCrory, the couple followed the well-travelled “free money” route of Kickstarter to open this this neighborhood café and roastery in March 2014. It’s located in a corner shop with a small storefront but long interior that extends well […]

Trip Report: Sightglass Re-Redux (Version 1.0), or now with a couple more places to sit

Posted by TheShot on 15 Oct 2011 | Filed under: Add Milk, Barista, Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Machine, Roasting

As we last left our story, SOMA‘s ever-morphing Sightglass Coffee was glacially executing on its grand designs to become a major SF roastery and a spacious coffee destination. It had been over a year since we last walked among the spent heroin needles of nearby 6th Street, so much of our new Sightglass experience had […]

Trip Report: Barefoot Coffee Works / Roll-UP Bar (San Jose, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 25 Oct 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Roasting

This past weekend, Barefoot Coffee Roasters celebrated their seventh anniversary. While the San Francisco Coffee Wars have clearly overlooked the South Bay, we’ve frequently traced some of our favorite coffee experiences back to this small microroaster and their tiny chain of cafés. Besides their flagship café in Santa Clara, they have recently expanded to a […]

Trip Report: Blue Bottle Coffee Co. (Jack London Square, Oakland, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 01 Sep 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Opening in Oct. 2009, James Freeman finally established a spacious company headquarters home for his ever-growing Bay Area coffee empire here in Jack London Square. They host a surprisingly small café for retail coffee service. There’s several tall stools and tables for outdoor seating along Webster St., and indoors there is barely a four-person window […]

Trip Report: TRUTH.coffeecult @ Green Point (Cape Town, South Africa)

Posted by TheShot on 07 Jul 2010 | Filed under: Barista, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Also known as Truth. (note the period at the end), this café and roastery opened in March 2010 — founded by “charismatic leader and coffee evangelist” David Donde. Those aren’t our words, but Mr. Donde wouldn’t disagree. Mr. Donde, a somewhat controversial local figure, is no small fish in the South African coffee pond. In […]

Trip Report: Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Co. (St. Helena, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 20 May 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Roasting

This St. Helena outlet of a two-location Napa coffeehouse and roaster routinely receives “best coffeehouse” awards in the area. Given how they handle roasted beans, consumer coffee education, and filter coffee, this isn’t much of a surprise — particularly given their general lack of legitimate competition in the region. But from what we can tell, […]

Trip Report: Plantation Coffee Roastery (San Carlos, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 18 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Roasting

Recently we’ve been spending a bit more time on the Peninsula, so we’ve been on the hunt for notable espresso shots just due south of San Francisco. We’ve followed up on a few places that locals admire and put them to the test. The results have been… well… you’ll see. Some consider this among the […]

Specialty Coffee Roasters Brew in New York

Posted by TheShot on 13 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Roasting

Weren’t we just saying that there are only about three or four people with original story ideas? Sure enough, this time it’s the New York Times that recycled the same local roasters story idea that has already been once around the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post in recent months: Specialty Coffee Roasters Brew […]

ROAST WITH THE MOST / A new generation of Bay Area coffee roasters pushes the perfect cup to the next level

Posted by TheShot on 14 May 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee, Roasting

Today the SF Chronicle posted an impressively long article on the state of quality coffee roasting in the Bay Area: ROAST WITH THE MOST / A new generation of Bay Area coffee roasters pushes the perfect cup to the next level. It’s a remarkable piece, given its breadth. It lightly touches on everything from the […]

Trip Report: Barefoot Coffee Roasters

Posted by TheShot on 23 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, Fair Trade, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

As a former resident of Palo Alto for several years, a trip down Santa Clara’s Stevens Creek Boulevard conjures up images of discount mattress stores, Denny’s, and strip malls as far as the eye can see. Unfortunately, that’s commercial real estate in the Silicon Valley — regardless of the hidden gems tucked away in Northern […]