Tag Archive 'quality_standards'

Home Machines: Espresso yourself

Posted by TheShot on 12 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Home Brew, Machine

Yesterday’s Toronto Star featured a few interviews on what it takes to make a great espresso — including the opinions of Stuart Ross, an award-winning barista and co-owner of Bulldog Coffee in Toronto, and Coulter Jones, the 2006 Canadian barista champion from Vancouver’s Caffe Artigiano. However, only Mark Prince, of coffeegeek.com, was able to answer […]

Mad Flavor in Austin: good espresso in a fallen world

Posted by TheShot on 28 Oct 2006 | Filed under: Quality Issues, Starbucks

Yesterday Tom Philpott posted about his discovery of a great place for espresso in Austin, TX called Cafe Medici (it opened last month). However, the bulk of his post was on why “it’s getting harder and harder to find great coffee in the U.S.”: Mad Flavor in Austin: good espresso in a fallen world | […]

Coffee roaster pushes beyond its ‘Peetnik’ roots

Posted by TheShot on 17 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew, Quality Issues

InsideBayArea.com, a Web entity representing a number of local newspapers including the Oakland Tribune and the Marin Independent Journal, published an article today on the growth dilemma facing Peet’s Coffee & Tea: Inside Bay Area – Coffee roaster pushes beyond its ‘Peetnik’ roots. (There’s a bit more detail in this article than in the related […]

Coffee Economic Forecast

Posted by TheShot on 25 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Restaurant Coffee

Associated Content regularly posts articles of informed-yet-amateur research, and today they published one on the economic outlook of the retail coffee beverage business: Coffee Economic Forecast – Associated Content. The author highlights that regular coffee sales (“convenience coffee”) are projected to grow 7% annually while espresso beverages are projecting 15% annual growth. So there is […]

On Starbucks, CRM, Coffee Shops and Customer Service

Posted by TheShot on 03 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Starbucks

First CoffeeSM is a blog that generally focuses on issues related to CRM, or Customer Relationship Management — and generally not on anything having to do with coffee (go figure). Except today, where David Sims commented on how Starbucks‘ worldwide geographic sprawl has set new standards of customer service for coffeehouses everywhere: On Starbucks, CRM, […]

A cuppa perfection

Posted by TheShot on 24 Jul 2006 | Filed under: Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Roasting

Canadian Business magazine recently reposted a 2001 article on the deep and seemingly bottomless pit of home espresso perfectionism (something I can identify with all too well): A cuppa perfection | After Hours | Gotta Have It | Canadian Business Online. The article is even more accurate today than it was when first published. It […]

Vivace founder, David Schomer is a coffee prophet

Posted by TheShot on 02 Jul 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Today’s The Seattle Times published an article on Espresso Vivace‘s David Schomer and his influence on smaller-scale, higher-quality retail espresso preparation: The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Vivace founder, David Schomer is a coffee prophet. (Updated link.) UPDATE: February 20, 2007 Mr. Schomer recently had a nice write-up as a small business “guru” (oh, do […]

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 […]

Book Review: Espresso Italiano Tasting

Posted by TheShot on 06 May 2006 | Filed under: Quality Issues

As mentioned in a previous post, out of curiosity I recently ordered a copy of Espresso Italiano Tasting (€18) available from the Istituto Internazionale Assaggiatori Caffè (IIAC), or the International Institute of Coffee Tasters. It’s the closest reference I’ve found to what CoffeeRatings.com is about. This 168-page book is available in Spanish & Portuguese, German […]

Green or not: lose the paper cup

Posted by TheShot on 20 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends

Of all the reasons to drink your espresso out of a for-here ceramic cup… in today’s Anchorage Daily News Bill Sherwonit professes doing so as part of his “move toward becoming a more responsible espresso drinker.” No, I’m not making this up: adn.com | life : Housecleaning tips: Begin with small steps and see where […]

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