Tag Archive 'coffee_chains'

Breaking the Chains: Dispelling the Myth of Consistency at the Big Coffee Chains

Posted by TheShot on 15 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Starbucks

One of the things that the big coffee chains do well is consistency. Or at least that’s the conventional wisdom, lifted straight from the fast food chain playbook. A McDonald’s french fry is pretty much the same everywhere, and the coffee served at a big chain is little different. Or so we’ve all been told. […]

Long Island Press: “Everything You Know About Coffee Is Wrong”

Posted by TheShot on 14 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

In case you haven’t come across this article from the Long Island Press yesterday: Everything You Know About Coffee Is Wrong | Long Island Press. Wow — local journalism is still producing thoughtful, lengthy pieces that might actually tell the average reader something they didn’t already know? Sure enough, it’s a rather well-written and thoughtful […]

Coffee in India

Posted by TheShot on 27 May 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Robusta

One definition of “overly ambitious” is attempting to write an article about the relationship between coffee and a pluralistic nation of over 1.1 billion people. Compounding this is the nature of India itself — where not only can you find evidence of just about everything, but for everything you find to be true you will […]

Tea-drinking India warms to coffee house culture

Posted by TheShot on 17 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

Today’s Globe and Mail (Canada) surveyed the rise of coffee consumption among India’s growing middle class: reportonbusiness.com: Tea-drinking India warms to coffee house culture. We mentioned this trend a year ago, and today apparently one coffee company — Café Coffee Day — owns two-thirds of India’s coffee houses. This is a luxury that Starbucks doesn’t […]

The battle of cafés in Budapest

Posted by TheShot on 11 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

As with many countries where Starbucks hasn’t yet deployed their green mermaids in a D-Day-like marine invasion, Budapest, Hungary is still waiting for the wave: portfolio | The battle of cafés in Budapest – Eston. Budapest has long been rich with cafés, but according to the Hungarian online financial journal, Portfolio.hu, Starbucks may finally open […]

Caribou Coffee aims to be No. 1 in experience

Posted by TheShot on 04 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

Unable to keep pace with the cancerous growth of Starbucks Coffee, Caribou Coffee, the nation’s #2 coffee specialty chain, seems to have opted for better customer experience as a competitive advantage, according to today’s The Detroit News: Caribou Coffee aims to be No. 1 in experience. (This is consistent with their point-of-sale kiosks announcement we […]

Illy in D.C.: A Coffee Chain’s Stand-Up Effort on M St.

Posted by TheShot on 23 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends

According to today’s Washington Post, Illy launched their first U.S. café last week: A Coffee Chain’s Stand-Up Effort on M St. – washingtonpost.com. Rather than taking the form of the Espressamente chain across Europe, Illy opted instead for a stand-up-service-only café inside a Washington, D.C. Marriott. Their quick-witted name for the place?: Caffe. Tweet

Drive-Thru Coffee: How lazy can one coffee-drinking American get?

Posted by TheShot on 19 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends

Yesterday I ran across an franchisor industry article touting the growth market for drive-thru coffee: Drive-Thru Coffee: Franchisors Compete for Quick, Convenient Delivery. Notable quotes from the article include, “This drive-thru coffee bar franchise was founded … to cater to coffee drinkers with busy lives,” and “As a drive-thru coffee bar, they cater to those […]

Java City’s rebirth or an idea past its prime?

Posted by TheShot on 31 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew, Quality Issues

In 1985, Java City started as a café on 18th & Capitol in Sacramento (back then my wife was a regular) that quickly grew to a number of retail outlets across northern California. However, over the past few years, Java City reconsidered their growth strategy as Starbucks grew everywhere like weeds: Java City closed numerous […]

All the King’s Horses, and All the King’s Marketing Consultants…

Posted by TheShot on 06 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Barista, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Machine, Quality Issues, Starbucks

The news of Starbucks‘ death has been greatly exaggerated. That’s all I could think of when reading the media and blogosphere response over the past week to an executive memo written by Starbucks’ founder and corporate chairman, Howard Schultz (as reported here on Feb. 24). In the memo, the founder lamented the loss of Starbucks’ […]

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