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November 28, 2007

Assorted coffee links

The Economist takes a peek at the Clover coffee brewer

Sova Espresso and Wine opens in Washington, DC

Starbucks anti-trust suit moving forward

Starbucks opens farmer support center in Ethiopia

November 27, 2007

Oh No! Christmas Music!

Oh no. I just parked myself in a Starbucks to work for a while. I forgot that it's Christmas music time. Oh no. Oh no. And I already bought my half-caf Americano (extra roomy). Oh no.


I try to avoid Starbucks this time of year. Sure it's nice to stop in,but Christmas music all the time... The poor baristas, having to listen to this all day. Why don't they form a union?

Peet's WHY oh WHY can't you get wireless?

November 12, 2007

Peet's New Roastery

From Peet's:

Located in Alameda, CA, just six miles from our home office in Emeryville, CA, the opening of our new roastery facility marks an important milestone for Peet's, as we meet the growing demand for our coffees and teas.

The unique specifications of the building, equipment, and layout were all custom-designed by Peet's to support our distinctive approach to hand-roasting coffee, to order, in small batches and delivering it fresh within 24 hours of roasting.

In addition, our new roasting facility is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified featuring recycled materials, water-efficient landscaping and plumbing, low-energy lighting and heating, and will use "green" electrical power.

We invite you to learn more by viewing the new online tour of our artisan roastery: view tour

Here it is: Peet's Coffee & Tea - Artisan Roastery Tour

November 9, 2007

A GREAT Dog Post

Just something a friend came across... Read the captions. Dogblog: Dogs 141-143

My favorite:

I would be really curious to know what breed this guy is, because I have a hunch it doesn't exist.

What I'm saying is that I think he was built by taping a bunch of bats together.

Click through to see the picture.

November 8, 2007

Red Cups

This morning started out pretty grey. Grumbling my way to work I decided to stop at the local 'Buckys' to grab a latte. I walked in the door and like magic, voila, my day was immediately improved. During the night the little Bucky Xmas Gnomes had been busy with all the Xmas marketing. Adorable stuffed toy penguins were there in little red coats; teddy bears with little scarves; blue shiny snowflakes around the colorful displays; shiny xmas mugs; advent calendars: You name it, it was there - and it was cute. I am a sucker for cute.

I managed to get by the adorable 'stuff-I-want-but-do-not-need', and there in front of me in big stacks by size, were red cups. I even exclaimed out loud as I saw them. "The red cups are back. Oh good! That's so great" and the baristas mentioned that yes they were nice and bright looking, probably thinking "good lord who is this dork". But nice and bright is not it. The fact is that every year at this time, the cups at Starbucks go from white with the green logo on, to some kind of red design, and every year it makes me happy. It nothing to do with coffee. The coffee was still the slightly too sweet but warm and fuzzy-feeling-making, with a faint taste of coffee, but the environment was delightful.

And the cups are RED!

November 7, 2007

Baked and Wired now open weekends

Baked and Wired, the coffee shop in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood where I used to work as a barista trainer, has finally completed its remodeling and is now open on weekends. The business day hours it used to have made it hard for people who don't work in the area to visit, so this is a great improvement for the shop. The redesign is much more welcoming, too, with leather couches, natural wood benches, art on the walls, and expanded lounge space.

It's open during the day Saturdays and Sundays, so if you're in the area it's worth stopping in for a cup of coffee and the best cupcakes in DC.


November 5, 2007

Connoisseur Coffee Company of Redwood City, CA

I visited Connoisseur Coffee Company this morning in Redwood City. They have been roasting since 1984 - one of the oldest roasters on the Peninsula.

A visit to this shop is an educational experience and the shop is a treasure. In the back they have more than 20 varieties of beans, roasted and in burlap sacks waiting to be roasted. (You can buy empty original burlap bags for $1.)

They roast by hand, daily.

This is a bean shop (wholesale and retail), but they do have three or four drip coffees available, and they make a great latte. I had a Panama Bambito, from a very high elevation. It was great.

Stop in and talk to Shawn, and learn a lot about coffee. You can order online at http://www.connoisseurcoffeeco.com/mycoffee.html


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