Tag Archive 'vac_pot'

Dear Coffee, I Censor You : The Lost Noma Coffee Service Tapes

Posted by TheShot on 06 Apr 2013 | Filed under: Café Society, CoffeeRatings.com, Consumer Trends, Restaurant Coffee

The Internet is hardly known as a medium for civil discussion and debate. There are exceptions, of course, but today only the Internet historians will remember when flame wars and childish insults may have briefly raised eyebrows before they became too commonplace to notice anymore. What still raises eyebrows is when there actually is civil […]

The backlash against the filter brewing fad has officially begun

Posted by TheShot on 20 Jul 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Machine

Yesterday’s Sydney Morning Herald published a curious fad-contrarian article under the subhed of “Espresso lovers are fighting the siphon and filter revolution”: Shots fired in retaliation. Now the idea of a “siphon and filter revolution” is still a bit silly to us, given that siphon brewing has been around since the 1830s and filter coffee […]

Trip Report: Origin Coffee Roasting (Cape Town, South Africa)

Posted by TheShot on 12 Jul 2010 | Filed under: Add Milk, Barista, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Among coffee aficionados in town, quality artisan coffee originates with Origin. Opening in 2006 in a more modest space, this place changed the face of coffee in Cape Town if not South Africa. Since its expansion, it is now three transparent levels of coffee, café, roasting, regional Synesso distributor, and barista training labs. If that […]

The social politics and economics of coffee prices

Posted by TheShot on 07 May 2010 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Fair Trade

What is it about coffee today that makes it such a lightning rod for consumer indignation and class warfare? Nobody expresses outrage over a $400 bottle of wine, a $110,000 MSRP Mercedes-Benz, or even a $300,000 diamond-encrusted smart phone. But should someone dare sell a cup of coffee for $12, the world is coming to […]

Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, and Vietnam: Coffee culture in Asia

Posted by TheShot on 05 Nov 2009 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

Publications frequently run out of ideas, which is why the Wall Street Journal seems to be jacked on coffee articles of late. (But don’t worry — we have no plans to tell you what investments to have in your portfolio.) Just two days after making the ridiculous assertion that Illy is taking on Starbucks, the […]

Year-end coffee notes: banish urns; brew more coffee, less beer

Posted by TheShot on 31 Dec 2008 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

The year 2008 wasn’t about to end without a couple of newsworthy coffee notes. First, we have Chicago’s Intelligentsia banning coffee urns at their Broadway St. mothership: Intelligentsia on Broadway banishes urn coffee | The Stew – A taste of Chicago’s food, wine and dining scene. Earlier this year, we reported on how they killed […]

Trip Report: Waimea Coffee Company (Waimea, HI)

Posted by TheShot on 24 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew

In a red-painted colonial village center, Parker Square, next to the Waimea General Store, this café offers coffee and lunch items with an exceedingly laid-back, friendly staff. They have a few outdoor café tables for two in front and several indoor tables. And like any good coffee place on the Big Island, they offer French […]

Trip Report: Blue Bottle Cafe @ Mint Plaza

Posted by TheShot on 23 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew, Machine, Roasting

Today Blue Bottle Coffee Co. opened up their long-anticipated Mint Plaza café — their first true space (besides kiosks and outdoor carts at the Ferry Building and in the East Bay) to showcase James Freeman’s commitment to freshness. The café is located at a bend in Jesse St. in the Mint Plaza alleyway — in […]

Does Panama Esmeralda stack up to the hype?

Posted by TheShot on 10 Sep 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Roasting

Walking in to a Peet’s Coffee & Tea last week, I noticed they are once again offering their supply of Panama Esmeralda Geisha as a roast-dated “Reserve” coffee. We wrote about this coffee varietal last month (and also in 2006). It has consistently sold at record auction prices, and it has won numerous awards for […]

Trip Report: Alvin’s Scrumptious Coffees & Teas

Posted by TheShot on 14 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Roasting

Alvin Azadkhanian is something of an SF institution amidst the ever industrialized approach of coffee roasting and serving. This unassuming storefront/café has a few plastic sidewalk tables & chairs out front under awnings and a few simple diner tables inside. They sell everything from Bodum Santos vac pots, La Pavoni Europiccola machines, many organic roasts […]

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