Tag Archive 'Starbucks'

The ever-popular Starbucks customer archetype article is back!

Posted by TheShot on 21 Oct 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Starbucks

If we had to come up with a top 10 list of overdone coffee-themed articles in the media, one of them might have to be the top 10 coffee shop customer archetypes. BusinessWeek joined the fray in this week’s issue: Coffee Kinesiology – BusinessWeek. BusinessWeek asked a panel of behavioral experts to evaluate and report […]

Espresso in the Azores (São Jorge & Pico)

Posted by TheShot on 16 Oct 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

It had been eleven years since I last visited the Azores. A remote archipelago of Portugal, this small group of volcanic islands — isolated in the middle of the Atlantic — is the very verdant-but-austere birthplace of my in-laws. Since my last visit, Portugal converted from the escudo to the Euro, tying the country more […]

Coffee is entertainment, but good coffee needs “soul”

Posted by TheShot on 24 Aug 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Starbucks

Please repeat after me: “Food and drink is entertainment.” What do I mean by that? Public tastes in entertainment change. We no longer attend social dances or go to the circus. In fact, if someone probably heard their neighbors were doing that, they would hide any of their small children. And instead of seeing the […]

Trip Report: Prima Cosa Caffe

Posted by TheShot on 17 Aug 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Local Brew, Starbucks

Near SF’s Flatiron Building (yeah, we got one too), this one-time Starbucks kiosk arguably put the then-next-door All Star Cafe & Bakery at 550 Market St. out of business in its first year of existence. Yet despite morning lines of commuters waiting for their lattes, and an overworked crew of three in tight quarters with […]

Coffeehouses unplugging Internet access to reconnect with customers

Posted by TheShot on 08 Aug 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends

Ding dong, the Wi-Fi’s dead. At least that’s the message from some coffeehouse customers in an L.A. Times article today: Coffeehouses unplugging Internet access to reconnect with customers – latimes.com. It’s been a year since The Wall Street Journal first thought they invented Wi-Fi backlash. Although the L.A. Times cites the very same Four Barrel […]

Espresso in Cape Town, South Africa

Posted by TheShot on 01 Aug 2010 | Filed under: Add Milk, Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Quick!: name a city that’s surrounded by the exquisite natural beauty of mountains and seas, with brightly painted houses that decorate quaint neighborhoods, with great food everywhere you turn, with a nearby wine country consisting of hundreds of vineyards and many nationally renowned restaurants, with hipsters who frequent farmers’ markets in transitional neighborhoods, with a […]

Trip Report: Vida e Caffè @ Wembley Square (Cape Town, South Africa)

Posted by TheShot on 16 Jul 2010 | Filed under: Add Milk, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Starbucks

One of the most important, and most tragic, stories of human history since the age of the Portuguese explorers is the story of Colonialism. Today the vestiges of Colonialism are apparent everywhere from globalization to the impact of slavery and race relations around the world. For example, to look at the history of Cape Town, […]

Espresso in Seattle

Posted by TheShot on 27 May 2010 | Filed under: Barista, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting, Starbucks

We wrap up our brief series on Seattle’s espresso and coffee culture with a few observations. First, it had been way, way too long since our last visit. Twelve years in fact. Which is all the more ridiculous given the kind of coffee tourists we’ve become. It was 15 years ago that I attended graduate […]

Not Invented Here: San Francisco coffee that clearly isn’t from San Francisco

Posted by TheShot on 29 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Good coffee cultures are exported. Starbucks grew by churning out a mutant strain of Italian coffee culture by the thousands. Fifteen years ago, we saw cafés in Prague that boasted “Seattle style lattes.” And while New York City is beating its chest lately over its recent coffee prowess — emulating one of its most famous […]

The next coffee crisis

Posted by TheShot on 21 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Robusta

One of the long running jokes among the (these days: masochistic) fans who follow Italian soccer is that — at least according to the Italian sports media — teams tend to go from “crisis” to “crisis” several times in a given season. If a top-caliber team doesn’t win for two straight matches, sono in crisi […]

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