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The (New) Economics of Home Coffee Roasting

Posted by TheShot on 05 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Roasting

Just a few years ago, for a variety of reasons, we were avid and regular home coffee roasters. Today we still occasionally roast our own coffee at home, but we find far fewer reasons to do so — and we find ourselves doing it much less often. The reasons for this change are partly personal. […]

Slow Food Nation ’08: Who wants coffee?

Posted by TheShot on 01 Sep 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Quality Issues

It is Labor Day weekend in San Francisco. And the only thing keeping us from inaugurating Itching Man, our long-proposed rival event to Burning Man, was Slow Food Nation ’08. For a little background, we mentioned this event in a post last week. Given how it had been billed, we had hopes there would be […]

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 […]

Trip Report: Ritual Coffee Roasters @ Oxbow Public Market, Napa

Posted by TheShot on 26 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Opening in the Spring of 2008, this remote Ritual location is little more than a counter inside Napa’s relatively new Oxbow Public Market. At first we questioned why the Wine Country needed a Ritual outlet — rather than an expansion of Sonoma-County-based Flying Goat Coffee. But then as we’ve monitored the quality over at The […]

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 […]

Home latte art: Coffee drinkers show their latte love with artistic creations

Posted by TheShot on 19 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Add Milk, Home Brew

Today the Daily Herald (Chicago suburbs) republished a Wall Street Journal story (no subscription required!) covering the growing consumer interest in home latte art: Daily Herald | Coffee drinkers show their latte love with artistic creations. The article notably takes a San Francisco bias in its choices for interviewees. However, it properly cites the founder […]

The Best of Yelp San Francisco Coffee & Tea or: The Uselessness of Crowds

Posted by TheShot on 21 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, CoffeeRatings.com, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Quality Issues

As we mentioned in our last post a couple days ago, being popular and being good can be two very things. There are few places where this is more apparent than on Web sites that thrive on aggregate public user ratings and reviews. We had intended this article to be about Yelp’s top SF coffee […]

Trip Report Redux: Flying Goat Coffee @ 324 Center St. (Healdsburg, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 02 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting, Starbucks

It’s been a rather sad week for coffee news. An embarrassment, really — with headlines dominated by the ridiculous. There’s Racheal Ray’s TV commercial promoting both Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee and her Death-to-Israel Hamas credentials (though who hasn’t wanted to go jihad on her?). There are vocal members of Christian groups that we now need […]

Trip Report: Four Barrel Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 21 May 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew, Machine

Jeremy Tooker, co-founder of Ritual Roasters, had a bit of a falling out with Ritual’s co-owner, Eileen, and he’s pursued his own vision of a quality coffee business in Four Barrel Coffee: no Wi-Fi, no squatting start-ups that can’t pony up rent, just no-frills retail coffee plus a roasting and distribution operation. We admire the […]

ROAST WITH THE MOST / A new generation of Bay Area coffee roasters pushes the perfect cup to the next level

Posted by TheShot on 14 May 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee, Roasting

Today the SF Chronicle posted an impressively long article on the state of quality coffee roasting in the Bay Area: ROAST WITH THE MOST / A new generation of Bay Area coffee roasters pushes the perfect cup to the next level. It’s a remarkable piece, given its breadth. It lightly touches on everything from the […]

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