Three Cups, Three Origins, One Winner

Three Cups, Three Origins, One Winner

There’s learning to be done here. If the roasts weren’t everything I hoped they might be, at least I might try to figure out why. And — to keep things interesting and to keep myself honest — I included a control: the latest batch of beans from Tony Konecny’s spiffy flash-sale like bean business at Tonx.org.

Coffee Notes from All Over

Clearly, the town runs on caffeine. Hollywood-based coffee businesses are reeling in the wake of the writers’ strike as the cast and crew of television and film studios, er… nap, apparently. For 35 years, Richard Anderson’s Hollywood coffee delivery service has kept the casts and crews of an endless array of television and film productions alert – until two weeks ago when the Writers’ Guild of America went on strike and Hollywood abruptly lost its thirst for coffee. “It dropped off immediately, on the first day,” said Mr Anderson, who estimates business has fallen 40 per cent since the strike began. Meanwhile in New York City, coffee consumption among striking writers has likely tripled, owing to the cold temperatures and rigors of walking in circles for hours. Has Starbucks peaked? Pundits are wondering whether the caffeinated-bunny-like proliferation of Starbucks stores has, um… climaxed?. The ubiquity of Starbucks has become a joke almost as common as the coffee shops themselves. Not so long ago, satirical newspaper The Onion claimed Starbucks was opening a Starbucks in the toilet of a Starbucks. But for the Seattle-based coffee company, the joke isn’t funny any more. Last week, the firm revealed that the amount of traffic flowing through its US stores fell during the fourth quarter — the first dip since the company began disclosing the figure three years ago. While the Siren may be showing signs of having thoroughly saturated some markets, I can’t help but think their recent same-store sales slump has less to do with the chain’s ubiquity, and more to do with consumers’ shrinking purses. After all, there’s only so...

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