Saving Cafe Culture

There’s some really interesting conversations happening at portafilter.net… a group blog that’s powered by some of the best young guns in the coffee retailer & espresso bar trade. Topics run along the lines of, espresso consistency: good or bad?...

How the Siren Lost Her Nipples

At the risk of seeming Mermaid-obsessed of late, yet another post about Starbucks… “…there is a lot of confusion between the different mythological half-women. Typically they are called Sirens – both the half-bird/half-woman and the...

Single-Cup Coffee Giveaway

Dust off your keyboards, single-cup fans… Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is giving away a Keurig B-50 brewer every day for 30 days. All you’z got to do is get your writing game on… it’s an essay contest. (Yeah… that part was my idea....

First cup, Second Cup, Third Cup…

A well-woven, slightly wistful tale of trying to hold on to one’s cultural identity (in this case, it just happens to include an Ethiopian coffee ceremony) while being far from home. A longish snippet (it’s a longish article and there’s much more):...

Ciao, Torrefazione

I guess the honeymoon is over… After buying the once-very-Italian Torrefazione Italia stores only a few years ago, Starbucks is shutting them down. Maybe Torrefazione (since you’re wondering, it means the place where coffee is roasted) isn’t quite...

From far afield…

I’ve been remiss in posting this week; only one of many items on my do-list that are in the red. I plead not guilty by reason of an insane travel schedule in my defense; a trip to Chicago for a conference (Internet Retailer… happily a decent show), a hotel...
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