Tag Archive 'superautomatic_espresso_machines'

Trip Report: McDonald’s Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 07 Sep 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Starbucks

For the better part of a year, a running gag from the casual coffee lovers who know me is to ask, “So have you tried McDonald’s espresso yet? How does it rate?” Mostly they ask as a curious, sick joke — knowing that I subject myself to the worst kinds of coffee punishment. But now […]

Common Cues for Recognizing Good and Bad Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 27 Jul 2009 | Filed under: Add Milk, Barista, Beans, Café Society, CoffeeRatings.com, Quality Issues

For a few years now, we had an idea for a post that sat in our unpublished queue: how can you tell a good espresso shop from a bad one? (At least before sampling it.) Given the thousands of good, bad, and mediocre espresso shots we’ve reviewed over the years, we have definitely noticed some […]

Trip Report: Whole Foods Market @ Potrero Hill

Posted by TheShot on 02 Mar 2009 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Local Brew

We don’t reserve our Trip Reports for just the finer examples of retail espresso. As our database shows, we learn from forgettable and even wretched espresso shots. Falling somewhere between the two is Whole Foods Market. Their Potrero Hill location had to be a bit of a construction project, with a parking garage underneath the […]

The coffee house as TV pilot

Posted by TheShot on 16 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Café Society

Recently we crossed paths again with an old TV pilot from 2006 that bears rewatching (apologies to those who have already seen it): PilotLite – Grounds Zero. Called Grounds Zero after its fictitious namesake café, this 25-minute episode is among the more entertaining TV pilots you’ll find — whether or not you like coffee shops […]

Trip Report: Costa Coffee @ Connaught Place (New Delhi, India)

Posted by TheShot on 23 May 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

Located in the Outer Ring (‘L’ block, more precisely) of what the locals call “CP”, this café in the vast UK chain’s armada is reportedly the largest in South Asia. It’s actually a bit impressive, particularly given that the chain has designs on adding 300 more Costa Coffee outlets in India over the next four […]

Starbucks buys Clover, grinds beans, and dumbs down their espresso machines even further

Posted by TheShot on 19 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Machine, Starbucks

We really hate doing Starbucks posts if we don’t have to. After all, Starbucks hasn’t been relevant to quality espresso in over a decade. But if you’ve been following some of the Clover brewer posts here, you may be surprised to learn that Starbucks liked them enough to buy the company: Aroma comeback: Starbucks to […]

Italian Scientists Unveil Coffee-Making Robot

Posted by TheShot on 21 Feb 2008 | Filed under: Local Brew, Starbucks

This just in from Italy: Putting EU Money to Good Use: Italian Scientists Unveil Coffee-Making Robot – International – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News. “A coffee-making robot?,” you ask? More than the specialized Swiss jobs we’ve talked about, we’re actually talking 1940’s Popular Mechanics/The Jetsons‘ Rosie … that kind of robot. The kind we’ve been promised […]

Coffee Klatch Roasting Celebrates Starbucks Store Closures With Free Coffee for Everyone

Posted by TheShot on 19 Feb 2008 | Filed under: Barista, Quality Issues, Starbucks

It’s a rather snarky press release, but we confess to being amused by it: Coffee Klatch Roasting Celebrates Starbucks Store Closures With Free Coffee for Everyone. These days, Howard Schultz’s return to the CEO post at Starbucks has resembled nothing short of a panicked man caught on a runaway bulldozer, pulling every lever and knob […]

A machine with a taste for espresso

Posted by TheShot on 09 Feb 2008 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Quality Issues

What will those wacky Swiss think up next? Apparently, it’s an espresso-tasting machine: A machine with a taste-for espresso. Yes, it’s the latest invention from the people who brought us yodeling and clandestine overseas bank accounts. But with the Swiss, it’s not all good stuff. They have also brought us brain-dead, monkey-operated, superautomated espresso machines […]

McDonald’s coffee bars to take on Starbucks

Posted by TheShot on 07 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Barista, Café Society, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Starbucks

One of the worst-kept secrets of the past few years is that McDonald’s has been trying to get into the espresso business. Today, news services such as Reuters and the Wall Street Journal are reporting that McDonald’s plans to launch coffee bars with the new employee position of “barista”: McDonald’s coffee bars to take on […]

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