Tag Archive 'restaurant_coffee'

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 […]

Trip Report: L2O Restaurant (Chicago, IL)

Posted by TheShot on 23 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Machine, Restaurant Coffee

Esquire magazine named this place 2008 Restaurant of the Year (among new restaurants). The same Nov. 2008 issue also crowned Dominique Crenn, executive chef at SF’s excellent-but-underappreciated Luce, as 2008′s Chef of the Year. While L2O is a pretty fabulous restaurant, calling it the year’s best is debatable. However, there’s no question this is a […]

SF Chronicle explores a little Bay Area coffee roasting history

Posted by TheShot on 12 Mar 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Roasting

Must be a light news day for the SF Chronicle to pull out an evergreen story like this today: Exploring our love of the bean from the grounds up. But while the Chronical [sic] has published up to 70% of the material in previous articles, the article provides a worthy (albeit brief) examination of SF’s […]

Trip Report: Four Barrel Coffee (now officially open for business)

Posted by TheShot on 28 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew, Machine, Roasting

With little fanfare, last week Four Barrel Coffee finally graduated out of the ranks of the Malaysian street food experience and opened up its formal café space. So this week we paid a visit to check out the new digs — and update our espresso review. (See: our previous Four Barrel Coffee Trip Report.) Last […]

Prelude to Slow Food Nation 2008 in San Francisco

Posted by TheShot on 24 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Barista, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

Regular readers here are familiar with our squawking about Slow Food in this blog for almost three years now. You might even recall our pilgrimage to the Slow Food mothership in Bra, Italy last October. But in case you haven’t seen the orange and black posters everywhere, next weekend Slow Food comes to America for […]

Restaurant Coffee and the Intercontinental Divide?

Posted by TheShot on 26 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Restaurant Coffee

Foodie rag gone online, Saveur.com, recently published a series of coffee-themed articles in conjunction with the SCAA. One of the articles lamented American restaurants’ continued one-dimensional treatment of coffee: Nothing ‘Regular’ About It – Saveur.com. “‘Regular’ coffee?! The appetizer alone rated five adjectives,” writes reporter Jim Munson. We’ve expressed this very same lament here a […]

Have we really just been in search of an espresso ‘solution’?

Posted by TheShot on 04 May 2008 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee, Starbucks

Last week, the Contra Costa Times published an article announcing the Bay Area arrival of McDonald’s specialty coffee drinks: McDonald’s new coffee drinks ignite breakfast wars – ContraCostaTimes.com. Of course, none of this info is really new, so we’re a bit perplexed over how someone can “ignite” something with a two-year-long fuse. But the article […]

Hawaii (Big Island) Coffee & Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 26 Apr 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

Before we start reviewing the espresso in India, it’s about time we wrap things up on our recent coffee excursion to Hawaii’s Big Island. Hawaii is the only coffee-growing state of the Union (as they say: sorry, Puerto Rico is a territory), which makes it a uniquely American place to both sample the local espresso […]

Percolator Love: Or, Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

Posted by TheShot on 16 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

Having a wife who runs her own private supper club (for which I am the front-of-the-house/”beverage guy”), I’ve been known to occasionally read the goings-on in the food world. This week, my wife introduced me to a post from a renowned food writer, Michael Ruhlman, who recently wrote about the virtues of percolator coffee: ruhlman.com: […]

Coffee Education at the Culinary Institute of America

Posted by TheShot on 20 Feb 2008 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

Promising news for anyone who takes the gamble of ordering prepared coffee in restaurants: the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) has recently announced a partnership with Durham, NC’s Counter Culture Coffee to develop a coffee curriculum: newsobserver.com | Coffee partnership forms. (Press release from last week.) Unlike the closer-to-home CCA (California Culinary Academy) — which […]

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