Tag Archive 'quality_standards'

NYC’s Top 10 of 2010

Posted by TheShot on 04 Jan 2011 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

Something strange about the human condition requires us to finish the year by sorting, filtering, and ranking things in order. This perhaps only seems odd to us because we do it continuously. Whether or not you think the world could do without another year-end top 10 list, the coffee consultants behind New York City’s TampTamp […]

Today’s coffee experimentation: a one-note samba?

Posted by TheShot on 27 Dec 2010 | Filed under: Quality Issues

Over the holiday, a friend asked about the “is crema bad for coffee?” question that we recently posted. We provided an answer in the form of one of our Christmas dinner dishes. This then lead to a debate about the methodology used by today’s coffee tinkerers who are on a discovery mission to improve coffee. […]

What a difference four months makes: Cape Town, South Africa redux

Posted by TheShot on 11 Dec 2010 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

Call it coffee’s version of Hubble’s Law: the rate at which a local coffee scene evolves is inversely proportional to its maturity. What?!? Let us explain. Seattle and San Francisco are examples of well-established coffee cultures, and the rate of evolution and improvement we see in the coffee there tends to nudge along at a […]

If your coffee ain’t broke, should you fix it?

Posted by TheShot on 24 Nov 2010 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

Thanks to friend of this blog, Shawn Steiman, for pointing out this somewhat amusing article from today’s New York Times: Loving Coffee Without Being a Drip – NYTimes.com. In something of an ode to the Mr. Coffee automatic filter drip machine, the author — Times food critic, Frank Bruni — laments the many overly precious […]

Is America distorting coffee’s tradition?

Posted by TheShot on 15 Nov 2010 | Filed under: Barista, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues

Today’s The Korea Herald published a thought-provoking (if not debatable) piece about one-time Korea Barista Champion, Jeon Yong: Barista bringing coffee back to basics. Internal divisions within the national barista association prevented him from representing South Korea at the 2007 WBC in Tokyo, and he dismisses the notion that a training course can make one […]

The 2010 Grinder Smackdown: Coffee Gets Combative

Posted by TheShot on 03 Sep 2010 | Filed under: Machine, Quality Issues

Because public coffee knowledge is in such a state of transition these days, reading mass media articles about coffee can be a little like being in a parent support group. Sometimes you’re new to a subject area, and you might find commiseration among other people going through the same new learning experiences. At other times […]

Espresso in Cape Town, South Africa

Posted by TheShot on 01 Aug 2010 | Filed under: Add Milk, Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Quick!: name a city that’s surrounded by the exquisite natural beauty of mountains and seas, with brightly painted houses that decorate quaint neighborhoods, with great food everywhere you turn, with a nearby wine country consisting of hundreds of vineyards and many nationally renowned restaurants, with hipsters who frequent farmers’ markets in transitional neighborhoods, with a […]

Perth, Australia on “How to Spot a Dodgy Coffee”

Posted by TheShot on 26 Jul 2010 | Filed under: Add Milk, Barista, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

Whereas we’ve written an SF-oriented post on the common cues for recognizing a good or bad espresso, today’s WAtoday (Western Australia) features an article on how to spot a dodgy coffee: Perth’s Best and Worst Coffee. We’ll simply quote it here: Mooba Subiaco manager Hannah Cameron told WAtoday.com.au the top five ways customers can see […]

Espresso or cappuccino: perfection, perfection everywhere but not a drop to drink

Posted by TheShot on 22 Jul 2010 | Filed under: Add Milk, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

We’ve previously lamented the abuse and overuse of the term “perfect,” particularly when it comes to espresso. For this, and for injecting the term into the media vernacular for anything we consume, we have justifiable grounds to send Martha Stewart back to prison. Until we again see Martha in an orange jumper, today our inboxes […]

Why CoffeeRatings.com is run by a bunch of map Luddites

Posted by TheShot on 15 Jul 2010 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

A long time ago we decided that coffee maps were an odd Internet fetish. Over the years we’ve been approached by people with special Internet maps APIs (call it Internet software for short), requests for Google maps views, and people building just about every coffee map variant under the sun. More recently, we have the […]

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