Tag Archive 'Starbucks'

Espresso in Seattle

Posted by TheShot on 27 May 2010 | Filed under: Barista, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting, Starbucks

We wrap up our brief series on Seattle’s espresso and coffee culture with a few observations. First, it had been way, way too long since our last visit. Twelve years in fact. Which is all the more ridiculous given the kind of coffee tourists we’ve become. It was 15 years ago that I attended graduate […]

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 […]

The next coffee crisis

Posted by TheShot on 21 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Robusta

One of the long running jokes among the (these days: masochistic) fans who follow Italian soccer is that — at least according to the Italian sports media — teams tend to go from “crisis” to “crisis” several times in a given season. If a top-caliber team doesn’t win for two straight matches, sono in crisi […]

Trip Report: Frog Hollow Farm (under new management)

Posted by TheShot on 17 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, CoffeeRatings.com, Local Brew, Quality Issues

Frog Hollow Farm reserves a rather anonymous place in the retail coffee history of San Francisco, but it was a watershed for the coffee quality in this city. As much as we roll our eyes at the hackneyed and abused third wave term, by many definitions (theirs, and definitely not ours) this was SF’s first […]

Starbucks Finally Introduces the Bucket O’ Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 01 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Starbucks

The danger of April Fool’s jokes is that sometimes you don’t know when they’re actually joking. Take Starbucks‘ announcement today of their new 128-oz Plenta beverage size: Starbucks Listens to Customer Request for More Sizes | Starbucks Coffee Company. Either Starbucks has developed a seriously acerbic, cynical streak about their customers — or they are […]

Coffee liqueur: a little branding might do ya

Posted by TheShot on 15 Mar 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Starbucks

Thanks to a helpful reader who today pointed out this find to us: Just Bottled: “Firelit” Blue Bottle Coffee Liqueur – Ünnecessary Ümlaut. If Starbucks is good enough for the booze bottle, why not Blue Bottle Coffee? Apparently that’s the question asked by the folks behind Firelit, a new coffee liqueur made from Blue Bottle […]

New York discovers decaf that doesn’t suck

Posted by TheShot on 10 Mar 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

On the continuing theme of New Yorkers being years behind on their coffee trends, yesterday the New York Times published an article on the improving quality of decaffeinated coffees: New Breed of Brewers of No Buzz – NYTimes.com. It is a slightly updated and expanded version of an L.A. Times piece we wrote about in […]

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 […]

Yountville Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 19 Feb 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Restaurant Coffee

It’s the kind of statement sure to earn protests from many a New Yorker: some consider Yountville, CA to be the culinary capital of America. An outrageous assertion? Not necessarily. At the heart of the Napa Valley wine country, Yountville is home to what many call the nation’s greatest restaurant in The French Laundry. It […]

Vancouver’s Caffè Artigiano tackles expansion conundrum

Posted by TheShot on 03 Feb 2010 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Today’s The Globe and Mail (Toronto) featured an article on the coming growing pains for Vancouver’s Caffè Artigiano: Coffee chain tackles expansion conundrum – The Globe and Mail. For those unfamiliar, Caffè Artigiano still represents the best espresso shot we’ve ever had — produced by the hands of barista savant, Sammy Piccolo. Pulled in 2003, […]

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