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Best of Luck

If you’re a sports fan, you already know that it’s been an amazing baseball season in Tampa. The Rays, worst team in the Major Leagues last year, are now one game away from winning their division, the American League East. This is the division that is home to the Boston … Read more →

Grist for the Mill

When we lived in Seattle, I worked on a project for Grist.org, an online magazine of environmental news, so I was very pleased to see this recent story on Slow Food Nation and specifically about the author’s experience with high-quality specialty coffee in the City by the Bay. And since … Read more →

Had Enough of New York City?

Hope not. The Big Apple continues to shine, and independent coffee shops are getting their well-deserved props. As New York scene continues to boom, Time Out New York has just published a guide to anyone who had depended on Starbucks, found their local shop closed, and is looking for a … Read more →

Bikini Baristas Attack!

Countdown with Keith Olbermann broke the story last night. To be fair, the bikini baristas were provoked. Baristas in Parkland, Wash., who work in their bikinis because, um…, well maybe they also are beach volleyball players? Anyhoo, as they were being repeatedly flashed and harassed by a customer at the … Read more →

Indy Shops Rock

What’s it been like a week since there was a Starbucks-related post here? Well no fear, the Seattle Times is out today with a new story on the thriving independent coffee shop scene relative to Starbucks’ shakeup. You can read the story here. But to me, the quickest summary of … Read more →

Escape To New York?

So it’s not exactly Snake Plissken entering the maximum security prison of Manhattan to rescue the President like in the classic 1981 flick. But according to the New York Times, several big-name specialty coffee roasters and retailers are in the process of launching a coffee invasion of the Five Boroughs … Read more →

The Hits Keep Coming

Well I’m getting a little tired of writing about Starbucks, but it seems the company is not done making news. First up, the Associated Press reports that after closing 600 U.S. stores, 1,000 corporate workers are getting the axe today. And on the other side of the world, Bloomberg Asia … Read more →

Sunday News and Notes

What’s most interesting to me, reading this story in the New York Times is not the heavy-on-the-snark tone the writer adopts. That, when dealing with Starbucks, is only too easy, though admittedly fun, to do. But I find real interest in the customers in the story and their reaction to … Read more →

Clover Gets Wired

So a couple of days ago my father-in-law asked if we had seen the new issue of Wired yet. It’s one of my favorite magazines, and since my father-in-law loves geeky tech stuff as much as me I bought him a subscription last year for Christmas. Anyway, the answer was … Read more →

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