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Università del Caffè at CIA Greystone

Posted by TheShot on 12 Jul 2015 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Roasting

Earlier this year I attended Illy‘s Università del Caffè at CIA Greystone in St. Helena, CA for a course titled Coffee Expert: From Plant to the Cup. Effectively it was a slightly updated and “Americanized” version of the introductory Illy course I first wrote about eight years ago when the famed food writer, David Lebovitz, […]

Trip Report: Caffè d’Epoca (Napoli, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 05 Feb 2014 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

Napoli is a town of doppelgängers. Perhaps fitting with their con artist reputation, Neapolitans are masters of location-based bait-and-switch marketing. Just take Pizzeria Sorbillo. Operated by Gino Sorbillo and considered one of the greatest and most historical pizzerias on the planet, it is located at via dei Tribunali, 32 and attracts long lines of tourists, […]

Common Cues for Recognizing Good and Bad Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 27 Jul 2009 | Filed under: Add Milk, Barista, Beans, Café Society, CoffeeRatings.com, Quality Issues

For a few years now, we had an idea for a post that sat in our unpublished queue: how can you tell a good espresso shop from a bad one? (At least before sampling it.) Given the thousands of good, bad, and mediocre espresso shots we’ve reviewed over the years, we have definitely noticed some […]

Trip Report: Gaylord Caffe Espresso (Oakland, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 27 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Roasting

Locals have raved about this indie coffee and espresso shop for decades. The owner roasts his own, and it’s been in operation since 1976. However, there is no mistaking that the espresso standards here leave a lot to be desired. We may be accused of being traditionalists from time-to-time. But this is an example where […]

Trip Report: Chill

Posted by TheShot on 21 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew

This modern glass storefront, built in 2008 on the site of the former, 70-year-old Brooks Camera, offers a modern, culturally diverse dessert café. The long internal space is characterized by a long bench on one side with simple-but-modern tables and modern, colorful acrylic chairs. They offer frozen yogurt, crêpes, Vietnamese sandwiches, and a coffee bar […]

Trip Report: Peninsula Coffee Roaster & Deli (San Mateo, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 02 Feb 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Roasting

The Peninsula offers little in the way of great espresso. This is supposedly one of the better examples, but it’s not something we would be proud of. If someone was visiting us in San Mateo and wanted a good espresso, we’d still send them all the way to Palo Alto first. The Peninsula Coffee Roaster […]

Trip Report: Caffe Acri (Tiburon, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 31 Oct 2008 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Thankfully we’ve got something to report on this week that isn’t some idiot blogger — with a second-grade science education, mind you — telling us medical research suggests that coffee-drinking shrinks women’s breasts. (And yet some people still think we’re making this medical infotainment thing up…) Last weekend we caught a Tiburon ferry on the […]

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 […]

Trip Report: Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant (Big Sur, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 18 Sep 2008 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

We recently reviewed a couple of solid espresso options when you head just south of the Bay Area — in Santa Cruz and Monterey. But what if you head further south through Big Sur? Sure, more of your options involve camp stoves and dodging cranky, caffeine-addicted black bears, but there are a few exceptions. One […]

Trip Report: Café Murano

Posted by TheShot on 08 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Local Brew

This café is something of a neighborhood favorite for its quirky atmosphere and ridiculously cheap (though not that great) coffee. Inside there’s found art everywhere — plus painted café tables, a couple of seats from movie theaters (with cup-holders), juicers on display, wine for $9 a bottle, and a few outdoor sidewalk café tables under […]

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