Tag Archive 'coffee_chains'

Coffee culture: a global phenomenon?

Posted by TheShot on 27 Oct 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

Maktoob Business, the business arm of a popular Arab portal, published an article this week revealing some international consumer attitudes towards coffee and cafés: Coffee culture: a global phenomenon? by Synovate | Maktoob Business. Interviewing 5,806 respondents in the US, UK, France, Brazil, Hong Kong, Singapore, Serbia, Morocco, and Australia, some of the survey’s findings […]

Starbucks Accused of Abusing Monopoly Power in Violation of Sherman Act

Posted by TheShot on 25 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Starbucks

Independent coffee shops complaining that Starbucks muscled in on their turf and waged unfair competitive practices are nothing new. Starbucks buying up the competition is nothing new. What is new today, however, is a class action lawsuit filed against Starbucks. It claims that, among other anti-trust practices, Starbucks signs exclusive lease agreements with property managers […]

Coffee’s Gold Rush: Starbucks to double store numbers, says chairman

Posted by TheShot on 21 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Starbucks

If you already thought two Starbucks on every corner was overkill, and if you thought their breakneck expansion diluted their quality like a packet of Kool-Aid dumped in a county reservoir, you ain’t seen nothing yet. At least according to Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, who recently said, “[T]he saturation opportunity in the US is not […]

Once feisty Coffee People whipped into Starbucks

Posted by TheShot on 20 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Starbucks

This is an old story to those in Oregon (it was announced last week), but it’s also an all-too-familiar story across the country. Oregon’s Coffee People started in the late 1970s as a hippy-friendly mom & pop (Jim and Patty, where Jim is now a regional barista judge). It was ahead of its time — […]

Coffee roaster pushes beyond its ‘Peetnik’ roots

Posted by TheShot on 17 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew, Quality Issues

InsideBayArea.com, a Web entity representing a number of local newspapers including the Oakland Tribune and the Marin Independent Journal, published an article today on the growth dilemma facing Peet’s Coffee & Tea: Inside Bay Area – Coffee roaster pushes beyond its ‘Peetnik’ roots. (There’s a bit more detail in this article than in the related […]

Big Fight Brews For Average Joe

Posted by TheShot on 07 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Starbucks

Giving Starbucks the Starbucks treatment? Unthinkable. Today’s Washington Post published an article on how Dunkin’ Donuts plans for coffee imperialism are now colliding with those of Starbucks: Big Fight Brews For Average Joe. With new Dunkin’ Donuts outlets opening next door to Starbucks, the Coffee Wars are getting more interesting all the time. Fight! Fight! […]

U.K. Business: Waking up to smell the coffee

Posted by TheShot on 27 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

Ten years ago in London, Starbucks was a complete no-name. Today London has more Starbucks than Manhattan Island, according to an article in today’s Scotland on Sunday: Scotland on Sunday – Business – Waking up to smell the coffee. Not too shabby for a traditional tea town. Point is that the rampant growth of the […]

San Carlos: Coffee shop ban idea back on the burner

Posted by TheShot on 07 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Starbucks

Today the San Mateo Daily Journal noted that San Carlos is cooling off on a proposal to scale back the number of coffee shops in their downtown: Coffee shop ban idea back on the burner – San Mateo Daily Journal. Of course, the measure was proposed in response to news of a second planned Starbucks […]

Illycaffè introduces Espressamente cafés around the world

Posted by TheShot on 28 Jul 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

In the August 7 issue of BusinessWeek, there’s an article titled “Basta With The Venti Frappuccinos.” According to this article, Andrea Illy, the head of Illycaffè, is out to show the Starbucks of this world how espresso should be done. They have started rolling out hundreds of licensed cafés under the brand name Espressamente. Espressawhat?, […]

Stanford’s Boulevard Of Broken Beans

Posted by TheShot on 26 Jul 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Roasting

Teri Hope, owner of the Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company, was interviewed for today’s issue of the Metro about how her successful Palo Alto Roasting Company was shut down this year: News & Culture in Palo Alto, CA | Stanford Shopping Center. They may not have been the greatest local roaster in the Peninsula, but […]

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