Tag Archive 'coffee_chains'

Quick and Easy Killed the Coffee Shop

Posted by TheShot on 11 Jul 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends

Today’s Washington Post published an article telling the tale of a small, independent coffee shop that succumbed to consumer preferences for big national chains: Quick and Easy Killed the Coffee Shop. The demise of Sirius Coffee in D.C. is a tale told all too often. But, despite the author’s point about the trap of consumer […]

Israeli coffee chain coming to NY

Posted by TheShot on 06 Jul 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

As referenced here in a previous article, Israel knows a little about espresso — and some of that is making its way overseas. One of the stories in New York City this week is the arrival of Aroma Espresso Bar: Israeli coffee chain coming to NY – Travel from Israel, Ynetnews. A chain of over […]

Competition puts coffee shops through grinder

Posted by TheShot on 03 Jun 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Starbucks

As an uncanny segue from my post yesterday, today’s Akron Beacon Journal published an article on the growing difficulties independent coffee houses face with increased competition: Beacon Journal | 06/03/2006 | Competition puts coffee shops through grinder. Between ever-expanding mega-chains and a more crowded field of local independents, local coffee shops are being squeezed more […]

Coffee industry rides grande buzz

Posted by TheShot on 02 Jun 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Starbucks

Today’s Spokane Journal of Business took the local angle on coffee’s current explosive growth bubble: Spokane Journal of Business – Coffee industry rides grande buzz. According to the SCAA, U.S. specialty coffee sales rose sharply to $11 billion in 2005, up from $9.6 billion in 2004. And Starbucks, the bellweather of specialty coffee, recently reported […]

Coffee steaming in Ann Arbor

Posted by TheShot on 02 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

In The Ann Arbor News, local coffee house owners debate whether they may have too much of a good thing on their hands: Coffee steaming in Ann Arbor. With one coffee house for every 3,500 residents, Ann Arbor, MI may have the educated and cultural market to support a lot of great coffee. However, some […]

Move Over Starbucks: Israel’s “Upside Down” Coffee Saga

Posted by TheShot on 31 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

In the April 6 edition of Zeek (“a Jewish journal of thought and culture”), author Esther Solomon writes a brief overview of espresso consumption in Israel: Zeek | Move Over Starbucks: Israel’s “Upside Down” Coffee Saga | Esther Solomon. Included in her article: Israeli tastes have evolved from the Frappuccino-like café barad to the more […]

Charlotte, NC: Coffee Shop Perks

Posted by TheShot on 26 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Today’s Charlotte Observer compared the merits of four major coffee shop chains in town: Charlotte Observer | 03/26/2006 | Coffee Shop Perks. Included in the comparison were Minneapolis, MN-based Caribou Coffee, local coffee roaster Dilworth Coffeehouse, recent Starbucks acquisition and newcomer to the area Seattle’s Best Coffee, and Starbucks Coffee itself. The article reveals what […]

Speed coffee — and its kings of Tel Aviv

Posted by TheShot on 19 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

Looking for espresso along Ibn Gvirol Street in Tel Aviv? The online version of the Haaretz English Edition reviewed eight branches of large coffee chains (including The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf) — with a bizarre emphasis on how quickly they can shuffle you out the door with a paper cup (blech!) of gourmet coffee […]

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