Tag Archive 'Robusta'

Espresso nel caffè: Rai 3 Report

Posted by TheShot on 07 Apr 2014 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Robusta, Starbucks

As we noted last month, tonight on Rai 3 — a regional TV news network in Italy — they aired an investigative exposé on the state of espresso in Italy titled “Espresso nel caffè”: Report Espresso nel caffè. Rai 3 produced this as an episode of their Report program, which has been something of a […]

The Seattle Times: As India gains strength, so does its coffee

Posted by TheShot on 28 Jan 2013 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Robusta, Starbucks

We’ve written about coffee in India before, but this Sunday’s piece in The Seattle Times is one of the best-researched, most thought-out pieces we’ve seen on the subject in the mainstream Western media: As India gains strength, so does its coffee | Special reports pages | The Seattle Times. At least on the growing side […]

Breaking Coffee’s Genetic Monocultures or: Pay No Attention to the WSJ Copy-Editors Behind the Curtain

Posted by TheShot on 19 Jul 2012 | Filed under: Beans, Robusta

Copy-editors are strange beasts. They can take a perfectly valid story, dress it up with titles and subheds, and transform it into something that sounds completely irrelevant to the contents within. Take yesterday’s Wall Street Journal piece on efforts seeking the genetic diversification of consumable coffee: The Indiana Jones of Coffee – WSJ.com (subhed: “Companies […]

Lisbon Cafés per the Wall Street Journal

Posted by TheShot on 13 Jan 2011 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Roasting, Robusta

Tomorrow’s Wall Street Journal features an article on the Lisbon espresso, the bica: The Best Cafes in Lisbon – WSJ.com. It touches on Lisboeta coffee culture — e.g., drinking many shots each day at the local pasteleria (a sort of pastry shop/bar); a dependence on slower roasts, good quality coffee from Brazil, but also a […]

New York Times thinks robusta detractors set the espresso blend standards for everybody

Posted by TheShot on 23 Mar 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Robusta

Just when we write about the stifling conformity among roasters and coffee professionals of this modern era, today’s New York Times blog reports on the use of robusta beans in espresso blends: Robusta Economy – Times Topics Blog – NYTimes.com. Although there’s nothing in the post we haven’t heard before, it’s the tone of the […]

Digital City’s “The 21 Best Cups of Coffee in America”

Posted by TheShot on 02 Oct 2008 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Quality Issues

To the uninitiated, CoffeeRatings.com might look more like a horse racing tip sheet than a coffee Web site. But there are very good reasons why we’ve gone through the effort to quantify things. Just look at the chaos that can ensue when you don’t follow a system nor a simple baseline set of evaluation criteria: […]

In defense of “food snobbery”

Posted by TheShot on 11 Sep 2008 | Filed under: Quality Issues, Robusta

Whether it’s coffee or Slow Food Nation (or both), today there’s a strong public undercurrent of knee-jerk, reactionary dismissiveness of anybody who dares suggest that the generic brand-X-in-a-can isn’t good enough for them. The mistaken public belief is that most of the things we eat and drink today are somehow normal, inevitable, and “natural” outcomes […]

Condé Nast’s Coffee Drinking Guide

Posted by TheShot on 24 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Roasting, Robusta

Today Condé Nast posted an general consumer article on what to look for in good coffee: Coffee Drinking Guide – Portfolio.com. However, it reads more as a quick guide to following what’s “trendy” today — rather than as a guide to seeking good quality coffee experiences. (Not to mention that the article’s title, “Eat Sheet: […]

Coffee in India

Posted by TheShot on 27 May 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Robusta

One definition of “overly ambitious” is attempting to write an article about the relationship between coffee and a pluralistic nation of over 1.1 billion people. Compounding this is the nature of India itself — where not only can you find evidence of just about everything, but for everything you find to be true you will […]

Maxwell House coffee to go 100 pct arabica

Posted by TheShot on 24 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Quality Issues, Robusta

Corporate spokespeople frequently speak volumes more in what’s left unsaid than in what they say. Take yesterday’s Reuters news release from The Big 4‘s Kraft Foods. Kraft’s flagship coffee, Maxwell House, has desensitized American coffee taste buds for decades. Kraft has just recently decided to use 100% arabica beans in Maxwell House’s cans of unholy […]

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