Tag Archive 'sf_cafes'

Eight years later, Zagat finally publishes their coffee survey

Posted by TheShot on 26 Feb 2013 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Back in 2005 we wrote about Zagat’s attempt to put together a regional coffee survey based on their famed user review methods. An acquisition by Google and eight years later, that was the last anyone had ever heard of it. Until now. Zagat has since published their first ever coffee survey. This coincides with their […]

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 […]

Does the growth in high-quality independent cafés mean the mom-and-pops are making a comeback?

Posted by TheShot on 28 Dec 2009 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Has it really been a couple weeks since our last third wave rant? A few years after we thought this topic was dead and buried, lately newbie third wave coffee articles have been cropping up in local newspapers like teenage vampire profiteers. London, Oakland, and now Vancouver: Indie cafés perfectly poised to quench coffee aficionados’ […]

CoffeeRatings.com Reaches 500

Posted by TheShot on 05 Oct 2006 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Local Brew

Every once in a while it becomes necessary to celebrate an arbitrary milestone. And we have one today: for the first time, CoffeeRatings.com reached 500 active espresso ratings for San Francisco. What’s so arbitrary about it? For one, the 500 milestone was actually passed many months ago. While CoffeeRatings.com‘s focus has been San Francisco proper, […]

Filter-Drip Coffee: The ultimate cup of joe?

Posted by TheShot on 10 May 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Local Brew

With so much focus on higher-margin espresso drinks in the world of coffee, today’s San Francisco Chronicle published an article on the renewed art of making filter-drip coffee: The ultimate cup of joe? The article particularly focuses on the proliferation of individual serving filter-drip coffee in the Bay Area. This preparation method has definite advantages […]

San Francisco’s New Wave

Posted by TheShot on 21 Jan 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

Over the past couple of years, San Francisco has undergone something of a revolution in great espresso. Although the quality revolution has yet to trickle down to the typical corner café, great changes have taken place at the upper eschelon. At the forefront of this revolution is a troika of relative newcomers: Blue Bottle Coffee, […]

CitySearch.com’s 2005 Best San Francisco Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 05 Dec 2005 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Local Brew

Celebrities are out in full regalia. Tension is in the air. It must be time to review the reviewers as we recap the winners of CitySearch.com’s 2005 Best San Francisco Coffee. Each year, CitySearch.com stages regional popularity contests for establishments in different categories. And each year, they tabulate the online votes from the users of […]

Zagat’s Best Coffee & Tea Places

Posted by TheShot on 29 Nov 2005 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Local Brew

A Book About… Local Coffee?! A couple years ago, after caffeinating myself to dangerously jittery levels in my quest to sample and review every espresso served in the city of San Francisco, I had the idea of publishing my findings in a book. Crazy idea? Probably. I had written and published a book before, so […]