Tag Archive 'superautomatic_espresso_machines'

The Pod People — and their less than magnificent brewing machines

Posted by TheShot on 04 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Home Brew, Machine

Today’s New York Times Magazine published an article on the declining design aesthetic of the espresso machine: The Pod People – New York Times. As the author puts it, “Cape Canaveralesque control centers that have replaced those great machines.” And she blames the meteoric popularity of Starbucks, which inspired a great wave of ensuing greed […]

Coffee machines: traditional versus automatic

Posted by TheShot on 31 Oct 2007 | Filed under: Machine

Although its approach is more from the caterer’s perspective, the Web site for the UK magazine Caterer and Hotelkeeper published an article comparing the merits and tradeoffs off traditional versus automatic espresso machines: Coffee machines: traditional versus automatic. The article cites analysis where traditional machines used up 22% more coffee than their automatic counterparts. However, […]

Idiot-Proof Espresso Machines End Excuses, Target U.S. Market

Posted by TheShot on 01 Oct 2007 | Filed under: Home Brew, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

Today Bloomberg published an article about the latest generation of restaurant and home espresso machines, designed with the idiot in mind: Idiot-Proof Espresso Machines End Excuses, Target U.S. Market – Bloomberg.com: Spend. Andrea Illy of Illycaffè has to be very careful not to speak out of both sides of his mouth. On the one hand, […]

Trip Report: Sundance Coffee @ 24th St.

Posted by TheShot on 25 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Local Brew

This second outlet of the locally owned and operated café chain opened with the 2007 New Year. It’s spacious, clean, and (like the original at 3rd & 20th Sts. in Dogpatch) has a Starbucks-like modern design. One of the things I really like about this stretch of 24th St. is that it has the cultural […]

Toronto’s love affair with espresso bars heats up

Posted by TheShot on 18 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Add Milk, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

Today’s Toronto Star featured an article on the growth of Toronto area independent coffee shops (many of which call themselves “espresso bars”, per the article): TheStar.com – living – Toronto’s love affair with espresso bars heats up. Toronto now has a mixture of established independent espresso bars and a growing array of newer ones. (A […]

Coffee roasting for the computer age

Posted by TheShot on 26 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Machine, Quality Issues, Roasting

It’s no secret that I generally disdain superautomated espresso machines (myself and Howard Schultz apparently included) and the convenience-step-forward/quality-step-backwards home pod machines. So you may get the (false) impression that, when it comes to coffee, I am an anti-technology Luddite. While I have never placed PID temperature controllers on the group of my home machine […]

All the King’s Horses, and All the King’s Marketing Consultants…

Posted by TheShot on 06 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Barista, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Machine, Quality Issues, Starbucks

The news of Starbucks‘ death has been greatly exaggerated. That’s all I could think of when reading the media and blogosphere response over the past week to an executive memo written by Starbucks’ founder and corporate chairman, Howard Schultz (as reported here on Feb. 24). In the memo, the founder lamented the loss of Starbucks’ […]

American Express signs Tully’s Coffee to contactless payments system

Posted by TheShot on 11 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Starbucks

Changes are brewing at the Tully’s Coffee chain, as American Express announced Tully’s as their latest ExpressPay partner: American Express signs Tully’s Coffee to contactless payments system – Assodigitale – Associazione Italiana Operatori Industria e Media Digitali. Think of ExpressPay as FasTrak® for the rush hour coffee queue — where customers can swipe credit cards […]

The season is upon us: Barista Gymnastics 2007

Posted by TheShot on 08 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Barista, Quality Issues

Speaking of Nick Cho recently… Last Fall, Nick won the Southeast Regional Barista Competition (the press always wants to say “Championship”, but it’s “Competition” at the regionals). Congratulations, Nick. (No, seriously!) This means that Nick is headed down to Long Beach, CA to compete for the national title at the SCAA’s 19th Annual Conference & […]

Trip Report: The French Laundry

Posted by TheShot on 14 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee

An espresso review for a restaurant where the cheapest item on the dinner menu is $210 may seem a bit irrelevant, but it is important for what it represents: a gold standard for food and wine. Back in September, we reviewed one of San Francisco’s most highly regarded dining establishments, Michael Mina. But to many […]

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