Cafés

Out with the old, or everything old is new again?

I just saw this story from the SF Weekly about how Ritual Coffee Roasters has stopped using its French presses and its Clovers, instead opting for the Hario V-60. Ritual, however, isn’t the only Bay Area café choosing sides in the single-cup battles. From the article: San Francisco microroasters aren’t … Read more →

Now that’s an art show!

Yes, many cafés have rotating art shows decorating their walls, but this one is really something else. Ok, so a lot of you aren’t necessarily Portland Trail Blazer fans or even sports fans, but I think we can all appreciate the ingenuity of an art show that focuses on a … Read more →

Now that's an art show!

Yes, many cafés have rotating art shows decorating their walls, but this one is really something else. Ok, so a lot of you aren’t necessarily Portland Trail Blazer fans or even sports fans, but I think we can all appreciate the ingenuity of an art show that focuses on a … Read more →

The Good, the Bad and the Sad

Well, I guess I don’t know about the middle label, but here are a few stories around the world of coffee that I found interesting today. First, here’s a story from Boston about a couple of new coffee shops that are looking to build a following based on a West … Read more →

Aussie Rules Espresso

We’ve spent a lot of time since last summer talking about the whole murky coffee/espresso on ice brouhaha,  but while that has died down, a new battle is brewing, this one in Australia. Here in the States we have a lot of regional diversity in culture, attitude, and even generic … Read more →

White is the new black?

A quick little story out of the UK today, it seems that according to reporting in the Independent the fastest growing drink segment in cafés is a 6-8oz cup with 2-3 shots and a little milk called a “flat white.” Also of note in the story is that chains in … Read more →

Dance, Monkey! Dance!

Our old friend, and chairman of the USBC, Nick Cho, recently had an op-ed in the Washington Post writing about his reaction to Starbuck’s not-a-Starbucks café in Seattle. He writes: So some people might assume that I’d poo-poo Starbucks’s efforts. Everyone expects the proverbial little guy to sling stones at … Read more →

Six grand and go

Here’s a story from CNN today about a woman in Boston, Lucy Valena, who just opened her own coffee company, Voltage Coffee, a mobile espresso catering gig, with $2,000 of her own money and a $4,000 loan from Sam Adams (no not Porltand’s mayor Sam Adams) the brewery. Why the … Read more →

Wait… What's Your Name Again?

Have you ever spent years working your way up in the mob after having been sent undercover as a rat into the police academy? Or vice versa? I know these things happen to Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio all the time, but who knew that they could happen at your … Read more →

On the Streets of Philadelphia…

Over at his blog, Jay Caragay has an interesting report on a coffee crawl he recently had through the City of Brotherly Love. No mention of a cheesestake or the Liberty Bell not even the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies, but Jay did see Aaron Ultimo and John Hornall among other … Read more →

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