Tag Archive 'fast_food_coffee'

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 […]

Starbucks CEO Sees Benefit In Upscale Coffee At McDonald’s

Posted by TheShot on 01 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Starbucks

Who doesn’t read cattlenetwork.com? An article posted there today cited comments from Jim Donald, CEO of Stabucks, about Ronald McDonald (no relation) and his newfound popularity from McDonald’s recent premium coffee success: Cattle Network – Connecting The Beef Industry Worldwide – Starbucks CEO Sees Benefit In Upscale Coffee At McDonald’s. Mr. Donald says that he […]

Espresso now comes express at McDonald’s – Or: The McCafé idea is new if it’s new to you

Posted by TheShot on 13 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Restaurant Coffee

In the “who just can’t let a failed idea die” contest between McDonald’s McCafé and the Sony Mini-Disc, McDonald’s seems to be upping the ante along the Central Coast of California: Espresso now comes express at McDonald’s – LompocRecord.com. The strangest part is that the article cites Marcos Salazar, an area supervisor for McDonald’s, as […]

Home barista training: Cafe society, BYO machine

Posted by TheShot on 04 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Home Brew

An article published in tomorrow’s The Age (Australia) explores the growing popularity in home espresso equipment — and in new training courses and centers for the home barista: Cafe society, BYO machine – Epicure – Entertainment – theage.com.au. For example, Lavazza has been running courses in Australia for industry and home enthusiasts for the past […]

Coffee Economic Forecast

Posted by TheShot on 25 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Restaurant Coffee

Associated Content regularly posts articles of informed-yet-amateur research, and today they published one on the economic outlook of the retail coffee beverage business: Coffee Economic Forecast – Associated Content. The author highlights that regular coffee sales (“convenience coffee”) are projected to grow 7% annually while espresso beverages are projecting 15% annual growth. So there is […]

Tempting the Traditional Coffee Drinker to Move Up

Posted by TheShot on 22 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Quality Issues, Robusta

Today’s New York Times reports that Folgers is planning a $20 million advertising campaign on a new line of “gourmet” Folgers: Tempting the Traditional Coffee Drinker to Move Up – New York Times. It seems that even Proctor & Gamble can no longer ignore the McDonald’s effect. However, what’s not clear is if consumers will […]

McDonald’s tests specialty coffee waters

Posted by TheShot on 16 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Restaurant Coffee, Starbucks

McDonald’s fell in love with the foreign smell of money brewing when their switch to premium coffee helped boost their sagging top line. Although McDonald’s is still stinging from their McCafé failures in recent years, apparently they are ready to strike out again — testing out espresso production and other specialty coffee drinks at six […]

McDonald’s CEO says recent coffee sales have ‘skyrocketed’

Posted by TheShot on 17 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Starbucks

McDonald’s Corporation’s financial vital signs have kept worried investors up at night in recent years. Lacking same-store growth momentum, McDonald’s managed to find growth overseas … until international markets started to quickly saturate. McDonald’s has been making death rattle noises on the retail fast food market ever since. McDonald’s slowly recognized that they were losing […]

Taste test: The little joes take on Starbucks

Posted by TheShot on 27 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Starbucks

Somehow the editors of today’s USA TODAY let this article slip by without a pie chart: USATODAY.com – Taste test: The little joes take on Starbucks. Somebody is getting a pink slip. But in this article, USA TODAY food and wine critic Jerry Shriver takes a very CoffeeRatings.com-like approach to reviewing the “premium” drip coffee […]

Trip Report: Café de la Presse

Posted by TheShot on 09 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

I hate writing about espresso bars in regression when there’s every reason for us to expect progression. There’s a rising tide of coffee quality that should theoretically lift all boats: McDonald’s is offering premium roast from Gaviña, 7-Eleven is offering single origin Kenya AA and Hawaiian Kona … and late last year Café de la […]

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