Tag Archive 'coffee_chains'

Coffee Consumption in China: Is coffee the new black?

Posted by TheShot on 02 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

The bad business idea that suddenly becomes profitable because of volume, volume, volume is an old joke among many experienced entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. (“If we lose $1 a widget, just imagine the possibilities if we tripled our customers!”) But these days, when that “volume” comes from Chinese consumers, that conventional wisdom seems to have […]

Starbucks warns of damage to brand

Posted by TheShot on 24 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Quality Issues, Starbucks

You can always count on the founder of a company to retain the passion of its original business concept — long after the recruited executive wonks have arrived, armed with hockey-stick charts and completely dissociated from the inconsequential “widgets” they’re peddling for maximum revenue and EBITDA growth. Starbucks founder and corporate chairman, Howard Schultz, is […]

Benicia looks at limiting Starbucks

Posted by TheShot on 22 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Starbucks

According to yesterday’s Contra Costa Times, the Benecia City Council is still seeking limits on the number of chain stores allowed to invade this small town on the outskirts of the Bay Area: ContraCostaTimes.com | 02/21/2007 | Benicia looks at limiting Starbucks. Most notably, the issue is Starbucks. This after a proposal to declare a […]

Carmel-by-the-Sea Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 15 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Local Brew

Most people have their favorite local getaways. Mine, among many other Bay Area locals, happens to be the Monterey Peninsula — i.e., the Pacific Grove/Carmel/Monterey region. It’s a great place to kick back for a relaxing weekend, along the sea, away from the S.F. crowds, near the natural splendor of Big Sur and the protected […]

American Express signs Tully’s Coffee to contactless payments system

Posted by TheShot on 11 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Starbucks

Changes are brewing at the Tully’s Coffee chain, as American Express announced Tully’s as their latest ExpressPay partner: American Express signs Tully’s Coffee to contactless payments system – Assodigitale – Associazione Italiana Operatori Industria e Media Digitali. Think of ExpressPay as FasTrak® for the rush hour coffee queue — where customers can swipe credit cards […]

Nashville, TN: Metro Councilman Suggests Tax On Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 05 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends, Starbucks

In a curious move, a Nashville, TN councilman has proposed something of a “latte tax” to help local school budgets: Metro Councilman Suggests Tax On Coffee | WKRN.COM. To help fund technology upgrades at local schools, Nashville councilman Jamie Isabel wants the Tennessee state legislature to increase taxes on alcohol and tobacco, and he would […]

Campaign under way to evict Starbucks from Forbidden City

Posted by TheShot on 18 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Here’s another example of a story that started out small and then exploded into a global news item over the past couple of days: McClatchy Washington Bureau | 01/16/2007 | Campaign under way to evict Starbucks from Forbidden City. At first, I passed on it — wanting to give the tiresome Starbucks issue a rest […]

Green Beans Comes Marching Home

Posted by TheShot on 02 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Local Brew

According to an article in today’s Wall Street Journal, Green Beans Coffee Co. is planning to open their first U.S.-based location in Fairfield, CA — on the more military-friendly outskirts of the Bay Area: Green Beans Comes Marching Home – Enterprise – WSJ.com. The Larkspur-based company, with roasting facilities in San Francisco, established a number […]

Italy: Cappuccino Obtains Certificate of Quality

Posted by TheShot on 29 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Add Milk, Quality Issues

The Istituto Nazionale Espresso Italiano (INEI), or the National Italian Espresso Institute, was born with the certification of quality standards for the Italian Espresso in 1998. Today they announced new certification standards for the Cappuccino: Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – News In English – Italian Products: Cappuccino Obtains Certificate of Quality. Organizations such as the INEI […]

Billionaire Buys Back Caffè Nero

Posted by TheShot on 07 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

As reported today on Forbes.com, the recently reviewed Caffè Nero chain (one of the fastest growing in Europe right now) was subject to a private buy-back by its previous owner: Billionaire Buys Back U.K. Coffee Chain – Forbes.com. Apparently, espresso chains are multiplying like cancer in London. The attractive growth rates are enough to lure […]

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