Tag Archive 'restaurant_espresso'

Equator Estate Coffees wins Roast Magazine’s 2010 American Roaster of the Year Award

Posted by TheShot on 22 Oct 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee, Roasting

San Rafael-based Equator Estate Coffees has long been a major enigma for us. They have heavy distribution among high-end restaurants in town — and quite a few on the low-end. But despite the occasional accolades among tastemaker chefs, we just didn’t “get it.” Over the years, we sampled the espresso at well over 30 different […]

Trip Report: McDonald’s Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 07 Sep 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Starbucks

For the better part of a year, a running gag from the casual coffee lovers who know me is to ask, “So have you tried McDonald’s espresso yet? How does it rate?” Mostly they ask as a curious, sick joke — knowing that I subject myself to the worst kinds of coffee punishment. But now […]

Trip Report: 54 Mint

Posted by TheShot on 21 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee

In the Mint Plaza, right across the Blue Bottle Cafe mothership, this café provides some pretty good outdoor dining options — albeit without much shade on sunny days. There’s also a but of limited indoor seating upstairs and a homier cellar below. Alberto Avalle, a founder of New York’s Il Buco, partnered with others to […]

Trip Report: Chez Panisse Café (Berkeley, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 20 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee

This upstairs café (though more of a Western restaurant) resides in the rather infamous birthplace of California Cuisine. At least when Alice Waters decided to take her local, farm-fresh cooking operation out of a house and into this formal spot decades ago. Yes, dear Alice may be the mother of most of what’s good about […]

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 […]

Pittsburgh newspaper devotes regular dining section to coffee

Posted by TheShot on 26 Feb 2009 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

While San Francisco ponders life without its own newspaper, the Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette announced today that they are dedicating monthly editions of the paper’s dining section to be their new coffee section: The coffee’s on. From the article: It’s clear a growing number of Pittsburgh cafes are on the cutting edge of coffee and espresso, […]

Vallejo Times Herald on Moschetti Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 25 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee, Roasting

Today’s Vallejo Times Herald published a profile piece on Vallejo-based Moschetti Espresso: Grounds for success – Vallejo Times Herald. Owner Fabrice Moschetti moved here from Nice, France some 20 years ago. These roots show in some of the machine lines his company distributes to Bay Area restaurants, including Monaco-based Conti and Essika. Tweet

What’s New: Restaurants brewing up gourmet blends

Posted by TheShot on 18 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Restaurant Coffee

Earlier this week, the SF Chronicle ran a piece on the escalating coffee wars among area restaurants: What’s New: Restaurants brewing up gourmet blends. With the likes of the SJ Mercury News running front-page stories this week on the coffee war between McDonald’s and Starbucks, hopefully places that sell $18 hamburgers might try to outdo […]

Trip Report: Guido Ristorante Pollenzo (Pollenzo, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 13 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Restaurant Coffee

This installment of our Espresso in Torino and Piemonte series comes from the very small town of Pollenzo, practically in the middle of nowhere. At least geographically speaking. But on the food map of Italy, this place is one of the country’s brightest stars. One of the reasons is that it is home to the […]

Idiot-Proof Espresso Machines End Excuses, Target U.S. Market

Posted by TheShot on 01 Oct 2007 | Filed under: Home Brew, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

Today Bloomberg published an article about the latest generation of restaurant and home espresso machines, designed with the idiot in mind: Idiot-Proof Espresso Machines End Excuses, Target U.S. Market – Bloomberg.com: Spend. Andrea Illy of Illycaffè has to be very careful not to speak out of both sides of his mouth. On the one hand, […]

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