Tag Archive 'tartine_bakery'

Finding the best is getting a whole lot worse

Posted by TheShot on 03 Nov 2011 | Filed under: Beans, CoffeeRatings.com, Consumer Trends, Machine, Quality Issues

In the eight years since we started CoffeeRatings.com, we’ve been patiently waiting for something better. After all, we built CoffeeRatings.com out of frustration over a lack of useful quality information about area coffeehouses in a semi-structured, objective-criteria-driven format. So you’d think we’d be encouraged by the acute rise in venture-capital-funded code monkeys who promise to […]

Best of Citysearch San Francisco 2007 – Best San Francisco Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 11 Aug 2007 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Local Brew, Quality Issues

This week, Citysearch.com announced that the votes have been tallied once again for their annual “Best Coffee” poll: Best of Citysearch San Francisco 2007 – Best San Francisco Coffee. And is there anything more effective than the annual readers poll for highlighting all the anomalies and flaws of open user review systems? I know I […]

Trip Report: Bar Tartine

Posted by TheShot on 05 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Machine, Restaurant Coffee

This restaurant sister to the Tartine Bakery & Café opened in 2005. It has been through one relocation and a few head chefs since then. Yet the food is very good at this long space with an open kitchen and scattered lighting. Bar Tartine inherited the classic two-group Faema E61 machine from the bakery since […]

Best of Citysearch San Francisco – Best San Francisco Coffee 2006

Posted by TheShot on 10 Feb 2007 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Local Brew, Quality Issues

I’m a little slow this time around, but not long ago Citysearch.com announced their 2006 readers’ poll winners for the best coffee in San Francisco: Best of Citysearch San Francisco – Best San Francisco Coffee. This is something of an annual tradition, as we reviewed Citysearch’s 2005 coffee winners. (When you think of it, naming […]

It’s more than just coffee — it’s a bowl for the soul

Posted by TheShot on 22 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Starbucks

InsideBayArea.com published an article today by a self-employed writer (and cooking class instructor) who named some of her favorite coffeehouses around the country: Inside Bay Area – It’s more than just coffee — it’s a bowl for the soul. Yes, she unimaginatively resorted to the ever-popular, ever-tedious caffeine riff (calling coffeehouses “caffeine dens”). But she […]

On Starbucks, CRM, Coffee Shops and Customer Service

Posted by TheShot on 03 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Starbucks

First CoffeeSM is a blog that generally focuses on issues related to CRM, or Customer Relationship Management — and generally not on anything having to do with coffee (go figure). Except today, where David Sims commented on how Starbucks‘ worldwide geographic sprawl has set new standards of customer service for coffeehouses everywhere: On Starbucks, CRM, […]

Trip Report: Tartine Bakery & Café

Posted by TheShot on 28 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This is a rather non-descript French bakery/café. But don’t let that fool you. It has won numerous “best bakery” awards in the area and is immensely popular. (And yes, even Martha Stewart paid a visit here just a week ago.) It is also notorious for its Soviet-style bread lines, which run long out the door […]

CitySearch.com’s 2005 Best San Francisco Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 05 Dec 2005 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Local Brew

Celebrities are out in full regalia. Tension is in the air. It must be time to review the reviewers as we recap the winners of CitySearch.com’s 2005 Best San Francisco Coffee. Each year, CitySearch.com stages regional popularity contests for establishments in different categories. And each year, they tabulate the online votes from the users of […]