Tag Archive 'Starbucks'

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, […]

Trip Report: Cibo (Sausalito, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 04 Jan 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew

This spacious café, oddly decorated with bike frames, lies on the north end of the Sausalito strip. Its name is pronounced “CHEE-bo”, Italian for “food.” (Though we did find an amusing online reference where someone suggested it is pronounced “SHEE-Bow” — which sounds more like M&M-Mars for “decommissioned cat food“.) There are a few outdoor […]

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’ […]

Lose the froth: Turin’s best cafes

Posted by TheShot on 14 Nov 2009 | Filed under: Add Milk, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

We’re rather shameless about our love for the espresso and cafés in Torino, Italy. So we could not pass on today’s travel article in The Guardian (UK): Lose the froth: Turin’s best cafes | Travel | The Guardian. So why do we love the espresso and cafés in Torino so much? To start with: grand […]

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