Starbucks’ Forbidden City Exile: Twisting the Knife

You remember how Starbucks was exiled from the forbidden city, right? The story here is that, for Starbucks — one of the most iconic brands in the known universe — to lose the Forbidden City — one of China’s singular historic icons — well, that’s gotta smart. Even...
Coffee Notes from All Over

Coffee Notes from All Over

Say what you will about the Grey Lady’s reporting, they still do a great obit, and their remembrance of Alfred Peet is warm and packed with fondness. More still, at The Daily Californian, and The Seattle Post Intelligencer. A little late to the party? The big...

Coffee Notes from All Over

National Geographic News reports that — as if Uganda didn’t have enough to worry about, already — Uganda’s coffee crop is under threat of collapse due to global climate change. I find this report extraordinarily worrying, as I suspect...
Coffee Notes from All Over

Coffee Notes from All Over

Where’s the next battleground for coffee supremacy? Place your bets on India… Today, there are about 750 cafés across India, two-thirds of which are owned and operated by Café Coffee Day, a company that plans to have 1,400 cafés across India in...
Exiled from the Forbidden City

Exiled from the Forbidden City

You have, no doubt, heard by now that Starbucks has closed its store in the Forbidden City. You may also have heard that Starbucks’ exit was fomented by a massive online campaign in China, sparked by a — wait for it — a blogger. Who knew bloggers had...
Coffee Notes From All Over

Coffee Notes From All Over

In which the proprietor dumps a bunch of coffee-related stuff into a single post. Enjoy. Cuppa Joe to Go, Hold the Cup — In Edmonton, the DaCapo Caffe won’t give you a paper cup for your takeout coffee. Co-owner Antonio Bilotta, 31, says he’s tired...
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