Tag Archive 'superautomatic_espresso_machines'

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 […]

Nespresso coffee shops around the world: Why?

Posted by TheShot on 06 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Home Brew, Machine

Here’s an item in today’s news: Nestle reportedly to open luxury coffee shop in Brazil – MarketWatch. In some parts of the world, Nestlé’s Nespresso system, at least on the surface, appears to be making money hand-over-fist for them. Part of Nestlé’s strategy has been to open up Nespresso stores in places such as Geneva, […]

Vendors swap tricks of the trade, peddle their wares at Coffee Fest

Posted by TheShot on 31 Oct 2006 | Filed under: Barista, Consumer Trends, Machine

Sunday’s Seattle Times posted an article on the 15th annual Coffee Fest held there over the weekend: The Seattle Times: Local News: Vendors swap tricks of the trade, peddle their wares at Coffee Fest. Coffee Fest is an industry trade show, closed to the public, where the latest business wares and fads tend to come […]

Willamette Week Online: Iron Baristas

Posted by TheShot on 27 Oct 2006 | Filed under: Barista, Foreign Brew

Last week’s Willamette Week (Portland, OR) published an article announcing the Northwest Regional Barista Competition that took place this past weekend: Willamette Week Online | Culture | CULTURE FEATURE | Iron Baristas | Wednesday October 18th, 2006. The event was won by Billy Wilson of the Albina Press in north Portland. The writer, Karla Starr, […]

The Expansion of Coffee Bars is Expected to Change the way French People Traditionally Drink their Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 14 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

Those crazy French love their coffee, even if it isn’t very good coffee. A market research press release on Business Wire today announced a study of French coffee consumer habits: The Expansion of Coffee Bars is Expected to Change the way French People Traditionally Drink their Coffee. The short of it is that more French […]

A cuppa perfection

Posted by TheShot on 24 Jul 2006 | Filed under: Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Roasting

Canadian Business magazine recently reposted a 2001 article on the deep and seemingly bottomless pit of home espresso perfectionism (something I can identify with all too well): A cuppa perfection | After Hours | Gotta Have It | Canadian Business Online. The article is even more accurate today than it was when first published. It […]

SCAA 2006 U.S. Barista Championship

Posted by TheShot on 01 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Barista, Machine

Is your barista worthy? The Specialty Coffee Association of America is holding their annual convention in Charlotte, NC beginning April 7. One of the main events coinciding with the conference is the 2006 United States Barista Championship. From Business Wire: Barista Champion to Be Revealed from Among Nationwide Competitors; The Specialty Coffee Association of America’s […]

Trip Report: Starbucks Coffee @ 295 California St.

Posted by TheShot on 13 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew, Starbucks

Far too often, I find myself reviewing espresso because it’s necessary for completeness rather than something to which I look forward. Most Starbucks Coffee retail stores (the emphasis, of course, being on “retail”) elicit the same reptilian brain response in me. Not that most Starbucks have bad espresso at all, mind you. They’re often pretty […]

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