Tag Archive 'paper_cups'

Trip Report: The Castro Cheesery

Posted by TheShot on 01 May 2008 | Filed under: Local Brew

When it comes to coffeehouses in San Francisco, few are worth writing home about. This isn’t one of them. But then the Castro Cheesery exemplifies what you most commonly find in the city’s murky midrange of espresso bars. Contrary to its name, cheese plays second fiddle to the vast array of roasted coffee available for […]

Whistling Dixie (Cups) for $1.65: Is that all there is?

Posted by TheShot on 01 Apr 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Quality Issues

One of the worst kept secrets on this site is our disdain for paper cups — and the places that insist upon them. Sure, some of our beef is with living in a disposable culture. But if you’re going to offer us some of the freshest coffee beans around, have it carefully roasted to perfection, […]

Corporate social responsibility and the socially irresponsible consumer

Posted by TheShot on 26 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Fair Trade

According to today’s Globe and Mail (Toronto), Kraft’s Maxwell House coffee will soon be airing new Canadian television ads that may do less to promote their coffee than to assuage consumer guilt: globeandmail.com: Selling good feelings, one cup at a time. In short, the idea is for Maxwell House — who, when it comes to […]

Coffee Cups: Study Shows Touch Does Affect Flavor

Posted by TheShot on 17 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Quality Issues

We’ve long lamented over being served good coffee in ridiculous paper cups. But not everyone is coffee obsessive enough to review most of the espresso shots available in the city — and particularly the expectedly nasty ones. But today the Journal of Consumer Research published results from a study that asked, “Does coffee in a […]

7-Eleven Promotes Fresh-Brewed Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 07 Feb 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

This morning we came across an article in Convenience Store Decisions (how often have you heard that in a sentence?). The convenience store chain, 7-Eleven, has launched a new, multi-million-dollar marketing blitz this month, emphasizing the “guaranteed freshness” of their coffee: Convenience Store Decisions – 7-Eleven Promotes Fresh-Brewed Coffee. Before reading this article/press release, we […]

New Zealand: Burger King burned over coffee advertisement

Posted by TheShot on 21 Dec 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

Power to the espressophiles in New Zealand. A story in today’s news from New Zealand supports our longtime lament that cups really do matter when it comes to coffee quality: Burger King burned over coffee advertisement – New Zealand, world, sport, business & entertainment news on Stuff.co.nz. A New Zealand consumer, B Hay, recently complained […]

Unclear On The Concept: Specialty coffees become the new wine

Posted by TheShot on 17 Dec 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

In the “unclear on the concept” department, this weekend’s Toronto Star published an article that, in its opening paragraph, mentioned “coffee’s elevated status as the new wine.” However, it then proceeded to discuss coffee-pod-based home espresso machines in the same context: TheStar.com | living | Specialty coffees become the new wine. This is as incongruous […]

Turks lose taste for traditional coffee

Posted by TheShot on 06 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

As Turkish society has become more westernized, so has their preference for coffee: Gulfnews: Turks lose taste for traditional coffee. A report from Ankara suggests that the 16th century art of brewing and relaxing over Turkish coffee is under threat in that nation — with more harried consumers opting for quicker options, as reflected by […]

A cup of coffee to go — and hold the cup

Posted by TheShot on 10 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Café Society

From today’s Edmonton Journal, a café co-owner, Antonio Bilotta, has said “enough is enough” to the environmental waste of paper cups for take-out coffee beverages: A cup of coffee to go — and hold the cup. Quoting the article and Mr. Bilotta: “If your product is so good, then force the customers.” Bilotta wants to […]

Ignorant Tax Tip of the Day: Always order your coffee ‘to go’ in California

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

When grumbling over tax law conspiracies, some people get steamed over corporations that avoid paying U.S. taxes by incorporating in Bermuda. Others want to start a tax revolt because they might have to pay an extra dime to drink their coffee out of something other than a paper cup: Patterico’s Pontifications » Tax Tip of […]

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