Tag Archive 'pay-it-forward'

In Naples, Gift of Coffee to Strangers Never Seen

Posted by TheShot on 25 Dec 2014 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

Yesterday’s New York Times surely went for a low-hanging-fruit holiday cheer story in covering the hackneyed caffè sospeso in Napoli: In Naples, Gift of Coffee to Strangers Never Seen – NYTimes.com. However — unlike the untold copycat fluff stories over recent years that bought into Starbucks‘ corporate co-opting of the practice as their Pay-It-Forward viral […]

Trip Report: Gran Caffè La Caffettiera (Napoli, Italy)

Posted by TheShot on 09 Feb 2014 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Machine

What a place. Piazza dei Martiri is considered one of the most beautiful and bustling squares in all of Napoli, and who can argue? There is awesome people-watching here under the awnings over tables out front in the piazza: fashionable ladies in extra-large sunglasses, deal-making bankers in business suits, Carabinieri in full regalia stepping in […]

Starbucks Pay-it-forward-gate: A Pyramid Scheme of Good Cheer

Posted by TheShot on 20 Dec 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Starbucks

This year we’ve made a point of avoiding self-indulgent Starbucks posts. For one, there’s a lot more to say about the future of good espresso than there is to rehash about its past — and Starbucks clearly represents its past. (Starbucks hasn’t been relevant to good espresso for almost a decade.) For another, Starbucks gets […]