Tag Archive 'soma'

Trip Report: Sightglass Coffee, Version 0.3

Posted by TheShot on 02 Jul 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Machine, Roasting

Thanks to a reader tip (which are always welcome and encouraged, btw), we were alerted to the opening this week of Sightglass Coffee in one of the danker parts of SOMA. Note that by “opening” we mean “unlocked” — and not much more than that. If this sounds a lot like the “modest” opening of […]

Trip Report: Epicenter Cafe

Posted by TheShot on 23 Feb 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Roasting

Opening up in the latter half of 2008, this café may serve salads, soups, wine, and even light dinner plates, but don’t let that fool you: this is a serious coffee destination. Which is not surprising, given that Andy Newbom of Barefoot Coffee Roasters personally tipped us off to check this place out. Just a […]

Trip Report: Blue Bottle Cafe’s Bosco/Single Origin Sidamo

Posted by TheShot on 27 Sep 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Machine

It’s not often that a lone double shot of espresso warrants a post here. But last month (hey — we got lazy) we had a rather rare espresso experience. We alluded to this espresso shot in a previous post, and it was among the best we’ve had in the Bay Area. (And we’re including the […]

Trip Report: Caffè Roma, SOMA

Posted by TheShot on 26 Sep 2008 | Filed under: Local Brew, Roasting

Many of the new espresso joints in town have fortunately helped raise SF’s quality bar. But these new places also seem to monopolize all the love. It’s no wonder that crackpots spouting theories of some Third Wave are often taken seriously rather than laughed at, because this obsession with the new and devaluation of everything […]

Trip Report: Pâtisserie Philippe

Posted by TheShot on 31 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Local Brew

This French bakery and café resides across the street of a parking garage in a roadside “strip mall” of sorts. It’s in a very odd part of the city that consists of modern-yet-plain software company office buildings clustered together. Imagine if SF opened a theme park based on downtown San Jose, and you get the […]

Trip Report: Blue Bottle Cafe @ Mint Plaza

Posted by TheShot on 23 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew, Machine, Roasting

Today Blue Bottle Coffee Co. opened up their long-anticipated Mint Plaza café — their first true space (besides kiosks and outdoor carts at the Ferry Building and in the East Bay) to showcase James Freeman’s commitment to freshness. The café is located at a bend in Jesse St. in the Mint Plaza alleyway — in […]

Blue Bottle ups the brewed coffee ante: At Last, a $20,000 Cup of Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 23 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Today’s New York Times revealed the “very special machine” to be showcased at Blue Bottle Coffee’s Mint Plaza grand opening today: At Last, a $20,000 Cup of Coffee – New York Times. One-upping the now-blasé Clover, it’s a $20,000 siphon bar for brewed (i.e., not espresso) coffee, imported from Japan via the Ueshima Coffee Company. […]

Coming to the SF Mint Plaza: Blue Bottle Café

Posted by TheShot on 27 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew, Machine

Thanks to a regular reader who tipped me off to yesterday’s gossip on tablehopper.com, a widely read local restaurant scene blog written by an aspiring Hedda Hopper: tablehopper newsletter — june 26. Apparently after a year of searching for just the right location, James Freeman of Blue Bottle Coffee found a home for his new […]

Trip Report: Cafe Madeleine @ New Montgomery St.

Posted by TheShot on 08 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Local Brew

It was a year ago that we posted a review of Cafe Madeleine on O’Farrell St., near Union Square. And since we’re overdue for a Trip Report, and since I’ve been terribly lax (inept?) about taking photos at some of my more recent café visits, it’s time to dust off some “old” photos for a […]

Trip Report: Caffe Centro

Posted by TheShot on 27 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Local Brew

This has always been a popular and busy South Park institution. From its location near the center of the park, this café has witnessed the run-up to the dot-com boom (from before Wired magazine made this neighborhood the “heart of the digital revolution”), through its implosion, to more rational times today. It’s a rather unpretentious […]

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