Tag Archive 'UNIC'

Trip Report: Cafe Virtuoso (San Diego, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 11 Jun 2016 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Roasting

This coffee shop opened in early 2009 in San Diego’s transitional Barrio Logan. This neglected industrial and shipbuilding neighborhood, located in the shadow of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, is home to a few thousand mostly Latino residents. But that mix, and the mix of local businesses, is gradually changing with the winds of gentrification: alongside […]

Trip Report: Humble Coffee Company (Albuquerque, NM)

Posted by TheShot on 17 Mar 2016 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

Opening in August 2014, this independent coffee shop is a casual space located in the strip-mall avenues of NE Albuquerque. It’s in an odd part of town (like what isn’t odd in ABQ?) … located in something of a no-name neighborhood. However, just a mile and a half further down Lomas Blvd. NE this weekend […]

Trip Report: Citizen Cake

Posted by TheShot on 18 Jan 2011 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee, Starbucks

Let’s hear it for counter-programming. Starbucks made good on last year’s Plenta threat this week, announcing a new beverage size that targets the gluttony market, called the Trenta. As in Godzilla vs. the Trenta. Taking advantage of a news lull, Starbucks’ press onslaught has the media lapping it up. So naturally, we’re going to talk […]

Trip Report: Google (Mountain View, CA) — and announcing user ratings and reviews

Posted by TheShot on 05 Dec 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew

It may have been a while, but we have reviewed employee espresso bars before. What’s unusual this time is that the espresso bar doesn’t belong to a coffee business. But when said business is slinging shots of Barefoot Coffee Roasters beans out of UNIC Twin machines, we take an interest. The company in question is […]

Trip Report: Coupa Café (Palo Alto)

Posted by TheShot on 22 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew

Thanks to a regular reader for recently tipping me off to this place. This unusual café is unique for serving single estate coffees from Venezuela. They obtain their beans from their Arabica Coffee Company in Caracas (not to be confused with the American outfit) and run cafés here and in Beverly Hills. They have a […]

Trip Report: Jou Jou Cafe

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

This cafeteria-like spot opened along Trinity Place in late 2005. Heavy Illy branding, some Italian staff, and italianate sandwiches. This is the first location this small chain brought west of NYC. It has a massive amount of metal outdoor seating along Trinity Place and a long indoor space with window counter and booths. Why there […]

Trip Report: Caffè Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 03 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

This upscale, Italian-styled espresso café at the base of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel also serves your basic breakfast and lunch fare. It attracts well-heeled business types with a good international tourist contingent — given the hotel proximity. And it is one of the few places in SF where you can down an espresso Italian-style: […]