Tag Archive 'seattle_coffee'

Trip Report: Zoka Coffee Roasters & Tea (Kirkland, WA)

Posted by TheShot on 19 May 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Machine, Roasting

Now that we’ve been told Seattle espresso is passé — with self-proclaimed Third Wave aficionados holding their nose at the (former) Queen City’s “Oh So Last Wave” reputation — we recently visited a variety of Seattle espresso bars. This is the first post of a coming series on Seattle cafés. We hope this series will […]

Not Invented Here: San Francisco coffee that clearly isn’t from San Francisco

Posted by TheShot on 29 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Good coffee cultures are exported. Starbucks grew by churning out a mutant strain of Italian coffee culture by the thousands. Fifteen years ago, we saw cafés in Prague that boasted “Seattle style lattes.” And while New York City is beating its chest lately over its recent coffee prowess — emulating one of its most famous […]

Is Stumptown the New Starbucks — or Better?

Posted by TheShot on 09 Mar 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Roasting, Starbucks

Stirring a bit of the coffee world today is this piece from TIME magazine: Stumptown Coffee vs. Starbucks: Portland, Seattle Rivals – TIME. If Josh Ozersky’s headline of “Is Stumptown the New Starbucks — or Better?” seems oddly familiar, it’s because his article conceptually (and shamelessly) recycled Ethan Epstein’s piece for the New York Press […]

Uptight Seattleite: The Portlanders are coming!

Posted by TheShot on 13 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

As Stumptown Coffee Roasters plans to invade Seattle, today’s Seattle Weekly published an amusing letter of distress from a reader concerned about the coming potential clash of Northwest espresso cultures: Uptight Seattleite: Why This Unfair Prejudice Against Skateboarders? (Seattle Weekly). The writer also categorizes the local shot pullers in two distinct families: The Starbucks family, […]

Smaller coffeehouses thrive in Seattle

Posted by TheShot on 08 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

Today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer published an article espousing the virtues of Seattle’s many smaller coffeehouses: Smaller coffeehouses thrive in Seattle. Seattle may be famous for the big, bad Starbucks, but there are many local favorites that aim to be “Porsche instead of Ford” (i.e., Zoka Coffee), and they have managed to thrive over the years in […]

Seattle, cup by steaming cup: A coffee tour

Posted by TheShot on 01 May 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

The Great Escapes Web site, part of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, posted a “Culinary Traveler” article yesterday on a Seattle tour of coffee: Seattle, cup by steaming cup: A coffee tour. (The article was also printed in yesterday’s Long Beach Press-Telegram). The Web site even provides an interactive Flash tour. Seattle is a coffee-obsessed […]

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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