SF, etc.

30 08 2010

Haven’t been to SF in several months and how exciting the coffee scene has gotten since! First, Four Barrel has really upped their single origin bar, a smaller bar separate from their main coffee bar dedicated to a more personal approach to making and presenting coffee to the consumer. Here the barista prepares espresso (via a prototype, espresso-only La Marzocco Shot Brewer they’re field testing for us) or pourover from a list of SO coffees. The utmost attention and care is taken with every single drink while the barista has the opportunity to answer any questions about the coffee the customer may have. Wait time is secondary to quality. With such dedicated attention to SO coffees, this setup has helped to double their whole bean and increase their merch sales. If you’re in town, drop by for Four Barrel’s 2nd anniversary party. Happening tonight in the Mission.

Mathew makes a Hario pourover on the dedicated SO coffee bar

Merch wall and LM's prototype espresso-only Shot Brewer

Down the street, Ritual has a new deliciously tangy espresso, called the Double Rainbow. Consisting of Costa Rican, Guatemalan, and Kenyan coffees, it was a nice espresso to have first thing in the morning. Further up in SOMA, Sightglass is inching forward in their grand build out of their new roastery/cafe. They are now officially roasting and serving their own coffees on their vintage La Marzocco GS/2. If things go according to plan, they’re set to open sometime Nov-Dec.

Heidi and Archie making my spro

This was a quick, last minute trip so I didn’t get to visit many of my other favorites in the city. Next January, however, will be a different story, when La Marzocco will be hosting OUT OF THE BOX SF(ish). Stay tuned for more info.





Serrano Social Club GS/2

21 04 2010

Tony's christening the new Serrano Social Club GS/2 (with a mini bottle of Maker's Mark)

SCAA last week marked the first time Tony’s new restored and souped up GS/2 was shown to the world (and to Tony). A creation of Espresso Parts’ customization arm, the GS/2 sports a gold-bronze color finish and a fully functional, old school variable pressure brewing mechanism. Best of all, it features a fancy tiara, right up Tony’s alley.

The "Serrano Social Club" tiara on the GS/2

This machine will be featured in Tony’s new cafe in Modesto, CA, opening sometime later this year (?).

Click here to see the full Flickr set by Espresso Parts.





More Pics from Coffee Fest

28 09 2009
Killer custom Knight Rider La Marzocco Linea from Espresso Parts! Joined 2 and 3 group Mechanical Paddle Linea with two groups reverted to semi-auto, all stealth black finish, and with sliding LED lights on the bottom. No, it doesn't talk.

Killer custom Knight Rider La Marzocco Linea from Espresso Parts! Joined 2 and 3 group Mechanical Paddle Linea with two groups reverted to semi-auto, all stealth black finish, and with sliding LED lights on the bottom. No, it doesn't talk.

Matte black finish on the Knight Rider Linea.

Matte black finish on the Knight Rider Linea.

Espresso Parts' custom GS2 with glass side panels.

Espresso Parts' custom GS2 with glass side panels.

CF Esp Parts GS2 2

The Original. The GS.

The Original. The GS.

Chris Davidson from Atlas Coffee Importers double barreling with the two Swifts and the GS/3.

Chris Davidson from Atlas Coffee Importers double barreling with the two Swifts and the GS/3.

Baristas jamming on the Mechanical Paddle Linea at Victrola's Barista Jam.

Baristas jamming on the Mechanical Paddle Linea at Victrola's Barista Jam.