Tag Archive 'wine_analogy'

Trip Report: Caffè Roma, SOMA

Posted by TheShot on 26 Sep 2008 | Filed under: Local Brew, Roasting

Many of the new espresso joints in town have fortunately helped raise SF’s quality bar. But these new places also seem to monopolize all the love. It’s no wonder that crackpots spouting theories of some Third Wave are often taken seriously rather than laughed at, because this obsession with the new and devaluation of everything […]

Folgers unveils expensive innovation for leadership of the elite “frozen turkey” coffee market

Posted by TheShot on 20 Sep 2008 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

How is it that some people can unwittingly ridicule themselves far more than anyone else could while trying? Case and point with Folgers Coffee. Allow us to use a more bizarre application of the ever-popular wine analogy for coffee: for decades, Folgers profited as coffee’s equivalent of Thunderbird. But as consumers have developed more of […]

Say It Ain’t So, Australia: Caffeine connoisseurs say lattes are the cream of the crop

Posted by TheShot on 13 May 2008 | Filed under: Add Milk, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

The truth is out. What do die hard coffee drinkers in coffee-obsessed Australia really order?: Caffeine connoisseurs say lattes are the cream of the crop | Herald Sun. Yes, it’s the boorish latte. (And written by a boorish reporter: “Caffeine connoisseurs”?!? It’s been a while since we’ve seen the tiresome caffeine riff.) Of course we’re […]

Downtown Los Angeles coffeehouses

Posted by TheShot on 05 Apr 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

The return of baseball also marks the return of a popular form of that “North vs. South” rivalry — with San Franciscans channeling their hate for L.A. through the sport, and L.A. being, well, mostly oblivious. Last weekend, we witnessed that rivalry expressed through espresso — with San Francisco’s Chris Baca edging out the formidable […]

Which? Magazine survey: UK coffee chains

Posted by TheShot on 24 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

Today Which? Magazine (U.K.) published a comparative review of three major coffee chains in Britain: Starbucks, Caffé Nero, and Costa Coffee: Coffee shops | Overview. Their survey examined coffee prices, beverage quality, and how much their drinks are calorie bombs. For their taste test, they sent in an “undercover expert” — Whittard coffee buyer and […]

Today’s Ben Rogers cups coffee, picks wine grapes

Posted by TheShot on 05 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Consumer Trends

It may be a new year, but often it is only the calendar that changes. Take this article in today’s New York Daily News — yet another installment in a long line of ever-popular wine analogy/”gee whiz, there’s this thing called cupping” pieces: Coffee: Hey, I’m no ordinary Joe. It comes with the obligatory Counter […]

Unclear On The Concept: Specialty coffees become the new wine

Posted by TheShot on 17 Dec 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

In the “unclear on the concept” department, this weekend’s Toronto Star published an article that, in its opening paragraph, mentioned “coffee’s elevated status as the new wine.” However, it then proceeded to discuss coffee-pod-based home espresso machines in the same context: TheStar.com | living | Specialty coffees become the new wine. This is as incongruous […]

How do you know when your fancy restaurant still doesn’t “get” coffee?

Posted by TheShot on 29 Oct 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Restaurant Coffee

The post title is the question of the day. If I may paraphrase an old quote from a previous post — where we asked, “How does the fool who knows nothing about wine impress his guests?” — the answer is: by buying the most expensive coffee they can find — along with a good story […]

Rating and Grading: Does it matter for specialty coffee consumers?

Posted by TheShot on 26 Sep 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

This month’s issue of the trade rag CoffeeTalk posed the question of standardized specialty coffee ratings and grades as an aid to consumers: Toward standardized specialty coffee ratings and grading [PDF, page 8, 7.6Mb]. The article opens with mention of $130 a pound Hacienda Esmeralda Geisha. It then questions how retailers and consumers can inject […]

Never trust a product that makes an environmental or social justice claim

Posted by TheShot on 25 Sep 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade

In the mixed feelings department, the Washington Business Journal recently reported on Counter Culture Coffee‘s newest regional training center in D.C.: Counter Culture Coffee opens training center in Adams Morgan – Washington Business Journal:. As with Counter Culture’s other training centers, it is designed to educate industry wonks and general consumers alike on coffee flavors […]

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