Tag Archive 'quality_standards'

Bay Area restaurants still struggle with “the coffee thing”

Posted by TheShot on 27 May 2009 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, Machine, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Roasting

We are not the only ones who have lamented the sorry state of restaurant coffee — particularly at some of the Bay Area’s finest restaurants. The San Francisco Chronicle made poor restaurant coffee a front-page headline as early as 1963. In some ways, the elevated coffee standards that exist outside of the restaurant world are […]

The Gibraltar: Fool’s Cappuccino

Posted by TheShot on 06 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Add Milk, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

We had originally posted this as an addendum to our recent review of the new, more permanent installment of the Blue Bottle Coffee Co. in the Ferry Building Marketplace. However, the strange phenomenon of the Gibraltar deserves its very own post. Originating here in San Francisco, the Gibraltar has since spread to Los Angeles (Intelligentsia […]

Disparaging the Third Wave, Part 2: Single-Origins, Medium Roasts, and Cuppings

Posted by TheShot on 20 Mar 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Roasting

For the second of our three-part installment on How future coffee “Waves” will come to disparage the so-called Third, we examine some of coffee’s biggest qualitative fads going today: Single-origin coffees Medium roasts The heavy-handed use of cuppings We’ll examine a little of why we must get past these fads for accessible quality coffee to […]

How future coffee “Waves” will come to disparage the so-called Third, Part 1

Posted by TheShot on 19 Mar 2009 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

We’ve all been told that coffee’s self-fabricated Third Wave has brought many improvements and options to our enjoyment of coffee. Whether you subscribe to this wave theory or not, quality coffee has experienced an unmistakable renaissance over the past decade or two. Of course, the same could be said for olives, olive oil, vinegar, cheese, […]

Starbucks: Doing the right thing for the wrong reasons

Posted by TheShot on 16 Oct 2008 | Filed under: Barista, Quality Issues, Starbucks

One way to learn how important coffee is to some people is to sit in a jury room under bailiff lock & key without coffee for 7 1/2 hours. This pretty much describes my current existence at the aforementioned SF Glamour Slammer. I’m tempted to sneak in my own personal French press — if not […]

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 […]

USBC 2008: The great barista battle is brewing, and how the big boys avoid embarrassment

Posted by TheShot on 01 May 2008 | Filed under: Barista, Quality Issues, Starbucks

While I’ll be checking out Barista Coffee in India, Minneapolis will be hosting this year’s U.S. Barista Championship during the SCAA conference this weekend. Yesterday, the host city’s hometown paper, the Star Tribune, published a rather lengthy article on the event: The great barista battle is brewing. It’s a story that’s been covered dozens, if […]

L’espresso “solo” da Starbucks

Posted by TheShot on 08 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Sometimes it’s quite revealing to see America through foreign eyes. Case and point with a post today on an Italian blog that covers the subject of tourism in the good ol’ U.S. of A.: Guida USA – Info, foto e video. – » L’espresso “solo” da Starbucks. It gave me a chance to put my […]

Italy: Cappuccino Obtains Certificate of Quality

Posted by TheShot on 29 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Add Milk, Quality Issues

The Istituto Nazionale Espresso Italiano (INEI), or the National Italian Espresso Institute, was born with the certification of quality standards for the Italian Espresso in 1998. Today they announced new certification standards for the Cappuccino: Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – News In English – Italian Products: Cappuccino Obtains Certificate of Quality. Organizations such as the INEI […]

There’s a war brewing, but taste is still the loser on America’s coffee front

Posted by TheShot on 26 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Leave it to the Australians to best capture the state of Big Coffee in America, as reported today on Melbourne’s The Age: There’s a war brewing, but taste is still the loser on America’s coffee front. The article points out America’s escalating obsession with quality coffee, but (IMO, correctly) notes how poor the baseline coffee […]

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