The Way *I* See It…

When Michelle Incanno ordered her venti-house-blend-nonfat-two-Splenda at her Springboro Starbucks last week she got more than she bargained for… and more than she could stomach. Printed on the cup was this — “Why in moments of crisis do we ask God...

Coffee Notes, Friday the 13th Edition

I really want to continue the organic coffee thread (and I will) but I’m putting in altogether too much time on a super-duper-secret, very special, Special Reserve coffee for Green Mountain. Happily I won’t have to keep it secret much longer (I hate...

Starbucks’ Soul Search

The Siren searches for a new song to sing. Something with soul. So the leaked Valentine’s Day memo from Starbucks’ chair, Howard Schultz, has been authenticated. The memo reads as a frank and candid assessment of the coffee behemoth… and offers a few...

Rwanda Reborn as a Premiere Origin

Rwanda — in particular, Rwandan coffee — is enjoying a well-deserved coming out party. At Green Mountain we celebrated the coffee of Rwanda by offering it as our very first Special Reserve origin. Its reception exceeded our loftiest expectations…...

Tasting: Starbucks’ Rift Valley Blend

Rating: [rating:3/5] I’m surprised as anyone to find myself reviewing two dark-roasted coffees back-to-back, and more surprised to find that they’re both African origins (the coffee immediately prior was Ancora’s Kenya AA Nyeri “Fine...

A new image for the mermaid…

That’s gotta hurt. Starbucks dumps its PR firm after a survey of 8,000 consumers says the coffee behemoth is “arrogant, intrusive and self-centred.” Here’s hoping that Starbucks’ efforts to recast itself as a more socially and...

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