Tag Archive 'cafe_customers'

CoffeeCON 2013

Posted by TheShot on 10 May 2013 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Roasting

Perhaps the biggest irony is that nobody should ever need a CoffeeCON. As we posted last year, on the same day as the inaugural CoffeeCON 2012, we were instead attending the Grand Tasting of La Paulée de San Francisco: a $300-per-person consumer Burgundy appreciation event backed by a tremendous amount of wine industry support and […]

The ever-popular Starbucks customer archetype article is back!

Posted by TheShot on 21 Oct 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Starbucks

If we had to come up with a top 10 list of overdone coffee-themed articles in the media, one of them might have to be the top 10 coffee shop customer archetypes. BusinessWeek joined the fray in this week’s issue: Coffee Kinesiology – BusinessWeek. BusinessWeek asked a panel of behavioral experts to evaluate and report […]

The social politics and economics of coffee prices

Posted by TheShot on 07 May 2010 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Fair Trade

What is it about coffee today that makes it such a lightning rod for consumer indignation and class warfare? Nobody expresses outrage over a $400 bottle of wine, a $110,000 MSRP Mercedes-Benz, or even a $300,000 diamond-encrusted smart phone. But should someone dare sell a cup of coffee for $12, the world is coming to […]

The Five Types of Morning Coffee Crazies (And How to %#$@ with Them)

Posted by TheShot on 19 Mar 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends

Today’s post comes directly from the Friday Comic Relief Department. Because we enjoy sarcastic humor, and are frequently guilty of it ourselves, we bring you: The Five Types of Morning Coffee Crazies (And How to %#$@ with Them) | Points in Case. (Title edited for vulgarity.) A rather comic rant on some of the obsessive-compulsive […]

Coffee shops & laptops: if it’s new to New York City, it must be new to you

Posted by TheShot on 11 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Café Society

Last week the Wall Street Journal published yet another recession-themed article that was cited all over the Internet: No More Perks: Coffee Shops Pull the Plug on Laptop Users – WSJ.com. It seemed that every local media outlet followed suit (Coffee Shops Serve Laptop Users a New Blend | NBC Bay Area), with the story […]

The coffee house as TV pilot

Posted by TheShot on 16 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Café Society

Recently we crossed paths again with an old TV pilot from 2006 that bears rewatching (apologies to those who have already seen it): PilotLite – Grounds Zero. Called Grounds Zero after its fictitious namesake café, this 25-minute episode is among the more entertaining TV pilots you’ll find — whether or not you like coffee shops […]

Do coffee shops discriminate against women?

Posted by TheShot on 10 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends

Slate Magazine published an article today that posed an interesting question: Do coffee shops discriminate against women? – By Tim Harford – Slate Magazine. The crux of the article is economic research [PDF, 364kb] performed on eight Boston area cafés where the researcher compared the customer service times based on sex, age, race, drink type, […]

Eighteenth-Century Coffee-House Culture

Posted by TheShot on 31 Oct 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Fair Trade

Today’s London Times published something of a book review of a new four-volume series, Eighteenth-Century Coffee-House Culture (Markman Ellis, editor): Smell the coffee – Times Online. It’s a long-winded article. But compared to the British tolerance for long-winded, academic tomes (it clocks in at a whopping 1,840 pages), the article is a walk in the […]

Vienna’s coffee makers take on the convenience cup

Posted by TheShot on 30 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Home Brew

Today Earthtimes.org published an article on the evolving consumer coffee market in Vienna, Austria: Vienna’s coffee makers take on the convenience cup : Health. While Vienna is steeped in a long tradition of contemplative coffee-drinking in elegant cafés, modern trends such as espresso drinks, big international coffee chains, “to go” coffee, and home espresso machines […]

The Rise of Yuppie Foods

Posted by TheShot on 14 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

Props to the blog wcuk for one of the more thought-provoking posts I’ve read in a while: The Rise of Yuppie Foods « wcuk. It concerns the question of whether the diversification and specialization of common consumable staples — from coffee to wine to chocolate to the restaurants where we eat — is driven less […]

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