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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 […]

Clover has got your Hario V60 right here, pal

Posted by TheShot on 01 Jan 2011 | Filed under: Machine, Starbucks

In what’s starting to look like a Spy-vs-Spy-like dance between a Starbucks acquisition and the unStarbucks set, Starbucks’ Clover Equipment Company’s latest move is the Precision Pour Over: Clover Pour Over « Why Not? Coffee. (Courtesy of Seattle’s Why Not? Coffee.) As we left off in our story, the once-independent Clover Equipment Company made waves […]

The Home Espresso Machine Blues: Rating today’s state of consumer espresso machines

Posted by TheShot on 28 May 2007 | Filed under: Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

I’ve written both here and elsewhere on how the state of home espresso has both improved and become worse at the same time. While home espresso is mostly out of the Krups Dark Ages, its future is uncertain: super-expensive, super-disappointing super-automatics are now de rigeur for high-end home kitchen designs as a new format, coffee […]

Why the overwhelming numbers of design flops?

Posted by TheShot on 09 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Home Brew, Machine

In yesterday’s International Herald Tribune, design critic Alice Rawsthorn wrote about the increasing number of design failures in commercial products today: Why the overwhelming numbers of design flops? – International Herald Tribune [link updated]. What does she consider to be a design failure? Something that’s “not especially efficient or environmentally responsible” … “nor are they […]

Options to make the perfect cup of coffee

Posted by TheShot on 24 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

Something has to distract the media and bloggers from their self-indulgent, T&A love-affair with this week’s story about stripper baristas in the Seattle/Tacoma area. Today’s The Record (Stockton, CA) made a valiant effort: Recordnet.com: Options to make the perfect cup of coffee. The article is a primer on the different coffee brewing methods and what […]

An Obsessive’s Guide to Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 15 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Home Brew, Local Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

It took a moment for me to dig up an online version, but here it is. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the March 2006 issue of Food & Wine Magazine has a special report on coffee: An Obsessive’s Guide to Coffee | Food & Wine. The editors apparently “spent 410 man-hours tasting 157 coffees […]

Establishing Some Ground Rules

Posted by TheShot on 19 Jan 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Machine

In today’s New York Times, Michelle Slatalla writes a first-hand account of how she was ready to buy another espresso machine for her home: Establishing Some Ground Rules. She encountered confusing options and poor machine choices at the usual suspects. Echoing how many of America’s best restaurants are generally ignorant when it comes to good […]