Tag Archive 'single_origin_espresso'

Trip Report: Josuma Coffee and the Ancient Quest for Malabar Gold

Posted by TheShot on 01 Nov 2015 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Home Brew, Local Brew, Roasting, Robusta

One of the greatest espresso blends on the planet has remained something of a Bay Area secret for the past 23 years. It is almost certain to remain such, as popular tastes have moved on to single origin espresso shots to the pour-over-device-of-the-month to today’s quality-regressive fads being heralded as the forefront of coffee: cold […]

Trip Report: Spella Caffè (Portland, OR)

Posted by TheShot on 27 Jun 2015 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

Like many Northwest espresso operations of any history, Chicago native Andrea Spella (and wife Amanda) began his business as an espresso cart. Co-located among one of many Portland-area food cart ghettos where just about anything on wheels invades a vacant lot, Andrea roasted his own beans in SE Portland once per week and served a […]

Trip Report: Good Coffee (Buckman, Portland, OR)

Posted by TheShot on 12 Jun 2015 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Roasting

Portland Brothers Sam and Nick Purvis were quite busy last year. In addition to opening a bar and general market, they opened (with partner Dustin Evans) two locations of Good Coffee. The first began as a coffee cart service for several months until the café formally opened. A few months later they opened this sister […]

Trip Report: Coava Brew Bar (Portland, OR)

Posted by TheShot on 09 Jun 2015 | Filed under: Add Milk, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Roasting

Led Zeppelin fanatic Matt Higgins truly started his career in coffee at Walnut Creek’s Pacific Bay Coffee Company — first as an apprentice, and later as their roaster. Back then in the early-mid ’00s, Pacific Bay was a very different business, with different owners, than it is today. But it was the kind of combination […]

Trip Report: Blue Bottle Coffee Co. at Heath Ceramics (Mission District)

Posted by TheShot on 01 Feb 2015 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Local Brew

One of Blue Bottle Coffee‘s great challenges today is to continue growing with the success of their coffee and café operations while avoiding becoming a commodity: a boilerplate coffee shop with a flavor profile so consistent that it becomes a little monotonous and boring, despite its obvious quality. Back in 2007 we wrote about Blue […]

Where Coffee is not Food and Transparency is not Quality

Posted by TheShot on 20 Jan 2014 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Quality Issues

Words can mean a lot. When it comes to coffee, that can mean words like “food” or “transparency”. We’ve noticed both of these words coming up a lot in recent public discussions about coffee quality, and yet neither word really belongs in the conversation. Today’s Daily Coffee News from Roast Magazine registered examples of each […]

The Cup of Excellence: The Oscars of the Coffee World

Posted by TheShot on 15 Feb 2011 | Filed under: Beans, Quality Issues

Ecco Caffè founder and fellow South Side Chicago homie, Andrew Barnett, posted a little background about the Cup of Excellence program on SFGate yesterday: Inside Scoop SF » The Cup of Excellence: The Oscars of the Coffee World. Thankfully he compared CoE to the Oscars and not the Grammys — the latter of which have […]

What a difference four months makes: Cape Town, South Africa redux

Posted by TheShot on 11 Dec 2010 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

Call it coffee’s version of Hubble’s Law: the rate at which a local coffee scene evolves is inversely proportional to its maturity. What?!? Let us explain. Seattle and San Francisco are examples of well-established coffee cultures, and the rate of evolution and improvement we see in the coffee there tends to nudge along at a […]

Expansionist Consumer Reports again raids the ghetto coffee market

Posted by TheShot on 02 Feb 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

In the headlines today, Consumer Reports continues to explore the merits of ghetto coffee: Lack of excellent coffee blends: Consumer Reports | Reuters. Whereas before they chimed in on the McDonald’s vs. Starbucks debate — something we’ve always likened to a beauty contest between Courtney Love and Joan Rivers — this time their “expert” taste […]

The Future of Coffee (…is a lot like its past)

Posted by TheShot on 13 Jan 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

Recently I was approached by a writer exploring ideas for an article to be published by Wired in the UK. (This wouldn’t be the first time.) The subject line of his e-mail? “The Future of Coffee.” His goal was to put together a piece about the “vanguard of the coffee industry,” featuring “new and disruptive […]

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