Tag Archive 'wine_analogy'

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 […]

Trip Report: Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company @ Napa

Posted by TheShot on 05 Sep 2007 | Filed under: Local Brew, Roasting

This famous Napa coffee roaster has locations in downtown Napa and in St. Helena, and it routinely receives “best coffeehouse” awards in Napa town. They not only roast their own coffee in 20-lb batches, but they also offer regular coffee cuppings. And although their location gives them every excuse to abuse misplaced wine tasting analogies […]

The Rise of Yuppie Foods

Posted by TheShot on 14 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

Props to the blog wcuk for one of the more thought-provoking posts I’ve read in a while: The Rise of Yuppie Foods « wcuk. It concerns the question of whether the diversification and specialization of common consumable staples — from coffee to wine to chocolate to the restaurants where we eat — is driven less […]

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 […]

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