Tag Archive 'wine_analogy'

Espresso like no Other and perhaps a little like Wine

Posted by TheShot on 08 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Beans

Last year I asked the question, “Where are all my coffee varieties?”. Today a press release from a Florida roaster picked up where I left off: Espresso like no Other and perhaps a little like Wine. The broken English is pretty amusing for a press release — even if they make an obligatory wine comparison […]

Vintage Trend: When wine is nothing like Starbucks

Posted by TheShot on 05 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Starbucks

This weekend’s New York Times Magazine featured an article that sort of did a reverse take on the ever-popular wine analogy for coffee: Vintage Trend – Retail Wines Chains – Wines – Alcoholic Beverages – Alcohol – Consumed – Rob Walker – New York Times. Except this time, the Times writer, Rob Walker, got it […]

Wine taster Angela Mount and Percol coffee join forces

Posted by TheShot on 04 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends

As much as I don’t like the overly simplistic wine analogy for coffee, the wine snobs are starting to pay their respects to coffee — and the over 1,300 aromatic and flavor compounds it offers more than wine. The latest example comes from the UK: New Consumer | News | Wine taster Angela Mount and […]

No coupling too unusual for pairing food and drink

Posted by TheShot on 21 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

Today the Courier News published an article on the evolving art and science of pairing food and drink: The Courier News :: Courier News :: No coupling too unusual for pairing food and drink. Pairing wine was just the beginning — now there are people pairing chocolate, coffee, etc., to their meals. Which is all […]

A New Year’s Coffee Resolution?: A Moratorium On Snake Oil Articles About Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 25 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Coffee Health, Consumer Trends

There is something bizarre about the media’s unhealthy obsession with the health merits of coffee. Now this is one case where I truly believe the media are just delivering what consumers want from them. And I’ve already written about this subject at length. But a prominent article in this month’s Wine Spectator by Mark Pendergrast, […]

Mysterious ‘Meth Coffee’ launches in San Francisco

Posted by TheShot on 11 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends

I came across a coffee-related press release yesterday (as I often do), and I truly resisted writing about it — hoping it would just go away unnoticed. But then the company behind it is based out of San Francisco, and the press release hit the Associated Press today: AP Wire | 01/11/2007 | Mysterious `Meth […]

Espresso done right is intense — a full-bodied, stop-time moment to savor

Posted by TheShot on 11 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Machine, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Robusta

Tomorrow’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution nails it with this article headline: Espresso done right is intense — a full-bodied, stop-time moment to savor | ajc.com. Somewhat surprisingly, what follows the headline isn’t half bad either. The author, John Kessler, goes on to note how rare a decent espresso is in this country — and in fancy restaurants […]

What is your coffee lifestyle?

Posted by TheShot on 07 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Home Brew

Last year while looking to upgrade my home stereo from a Michael J. Fox-era boom box, I made the mistake of stopping into a Bose store. There I rudely discovered that Bose does not sell home stereos. No, they sell lifestyles. Problem was that I was already quite happy with my pre-owned lifestyle; I just […]

Coffee Snobs Move on to Homemade Roasts

Posted by TheShot on 21 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Roasting

The Northwest Indiana Times ran a story today on the growth of those freaks of coffee consumption, home roasters: Northwest Indiana News: nwitimes.com – Coffee Snobs Move on to Homemade Roasts. Home roasting has been around for a while. In fact, a long, long while. Its most recent resurgence has come about over the past […]

Coffee is just like wine, except different

Posted by TheShot on 27 Oct 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Restaurant Coffee

Coffee’s ever-popular wine analogy works well in the economics case. There are some people who appreciate what goes into a $100 bottle of wine, and there are others who prefer beer and don’t see how that bottle adds up to the price of a few good cases of their favorite brew. On a social level, […]

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