Tag Archive 'quality_standards'

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. UPDATE: February 20, 2007 Mr. Schomer recently had a nice write-up as a small business “guru” (oh, do I hate […]

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 […]

Toronto Espresso Hunt or: How I Learned To Hate Overextraction

Posted by TheShot on 14 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Barista, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

Yesterday I came across a Toronto area blogger, StDan, who has picked up his own cause for finding some of the best espresso served in his fine city of Toronto: Espresso Hunt: Little Italy. Naturally, even at this early stage, he noted the following (familiar) problem: “most places put too much in it”. Yes, the […]

The Rebirth of Joe

Posted by TheShot on 18 Jan 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Quality Issues

Today the New York Sun published a nice introductory article on “Good Coffee 101″ — underscoring how the art and science of quality coffee is fast approaching territory once familiar to only wine connoisseurs. As I’ve referenced before, the coffee quality in New York City is seriously unbefitting a city of its size and stature […]

The Americano litmus test

Posted by TheShot on 09 Jan 2006 | Filed under: Barista, Quality Issues

Sometimes you can be surprised by the “bizarre double life” you and your coworkers might share. A co-worker in my “day job”, Jason Parker, happened to come across my interview in SFist and confessed his own secret love of great espresso. Turns out the guy can also pull a mean shot too, given that he […]

I opened a charming neighborhood coffee shop. Then it destroyed my life.

Posted by TheShot on 31 Dec 2005 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Not entirely unlike my recent reviews of Chicago espresso, one of the upcoming articles in the works for TheShot concerns my largely unsuccessful quest for quality espresso in New York City earlier this year. Without giving too much away in advance, in it I lament why a city that could economically support the upper eschelon […]

Starbucks Betting on Drive-Thru Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 26 Dec 2005 | Filed under: Add Milk, Consumer Trends, Starbucks

Starbucks knows their customers. This much, nobody can argue — given the massive scale to which they have grown. The latest evidence being today’s AP story, Starbucks Betting on Drive-Thru Coffee. Its once “upscale” image continues to become a novelty of its corporate past. Fewer and fewer consumers now recognize the Starbucks brand as more […]

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