Tag Archive 'torrefazione_italia'

Espresso in Napoli, Italy

Posted by TheShot on 17 Feb 2014 | Filed under: Add Milk, Barista, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Roasting

Napoli is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Globally, it is the city most associated with coffee — and certainly espresso. (Sorry, Seattle.) Yet despite this reputation and Napoli’s many cultural treasures, most tourists avoid it like the 1656 outbreak of the bubonic plague. Many will pass through Napoli to see […]

Trip Report: Sip Café (Financial District, Boston, MA)

Posted by TheShot on 23 Apr 2013 | Filed under: Add Milk, Beans, Foreign Brew

Owner Jared Mancini learned his original trade managing a Torrefazione Italia (or “T.I.”, as some old-timers in the region like to call it), later at Boston’s Steaming Kettle Starbucks, and then George Howell Coffee before starting this shop here. Jared also lent out this space after-hours to host the Dangerous Grounds cupping shoot staged a […]

Worst Coffee Trends – Bad Coffee Trends – Esquire

Posted by TheShot on 02 Jun 2010 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Machine, Quality Issues, Roasting

If the title of this post seems like the product of a copy-editor undergoing a seizure, it is intentional. It echoes the title of a new article on Esquire‘s Web site verbatim: Worst Coffee Trends – Bad Coffee Trends – Esquire. To thicken the plot, do note that this is the second article in a […]

Trip Report Redux: Flying Goat Coffee @ 324 Center St. (Healdsburg, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 02 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting, Starbucks

It’s been a rather sad week for coffee news. An embarrassment, really — with headlines dominated by the ridiculous. There’s Racheal Ray’s TV commercial promoting both Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee and her Death-to-Israel Hamas credentials (though who hasn’t wanted to go jihad on her?). There are vocal members of Christian groups that we now need […]

Starbucks, Hershey to offer coffee-flavored chocolate products in the U.S.

Posted by TheShot on 20 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Quality Issues, Starbucks

Starbucks executives bristle at the suggestion that their corporation represents the fast food of coffee. (This despite lamenting memos from the chairman to the contrary.) But when was the last time Starbucks made a corporate decision that favored quality over quantity? Case and point … the new chocolate partnership Starbucks announced this week: Starbucks, Hershey […]

CoffeeRatings.com Reaches 500

Posted by TheShot on 05 Oct 2006 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Local Brew

Every once in a while it becomes necessary to celebrate an arbitrary milestone. And we have one today: for the first time, CoffeeRatings.com reached 500 active espresso ratings for San Francisco. What’s so arbitrary about it? For one, the 500 milestone was actually passed many months ago. While CoffeeRatings.com‘s focus has been San Francisco proper, […]

Once feisty Coffee People whipped into Starbucks

Posted by TheShot on 20 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Starbucks

This is an old story to those in Oregon (it was announced last week), but it’s also an all-too-familiar story across the country. Oregon’s Coffee People started in the late 1970s as a hippy-friendly mom & pop (Jim and Patty, where Jim is now a regional barista judge). It was ahead of its time — […]

Trip Report: Caffè Amici Espresso @ Montgomery St.

Posted by TheShot on 04 May 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This is the sister café to the one on 15th Street in Potrero Hill by the same name. It just barely opened this week on the former site of a shut down Torrefazione Italia. It’s so new, the cash register wasn’t working when I visited, and the staff were making receipts with pencil and paper. […]

Trip Report: Emporio Rulli Il Caffé @ Union Square

Posted by TheShot on 07 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This swanky, authentic, Italian-style bar/café is located at the Stockton St. Pavillion, atop the Union Square plaza. Say hello to Italian marble and mahogany. They have a decent amount of indoor seating along large windows and a vast swath of exposed outdoor seating beneath Pellegrino parasols. They even feature some bar counterspace for stand-up espresso […]

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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