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 the situation comes with this chart.http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2008/08/19/2008125480.gif

And note, this chart’s data goes through 2006, before Starbucks’ deep trouble was really well known. It would be very interesting to see what the figures are through today.

About the Author

Ken

Kenneth R. Olson is co-founder and publisher of Barista Magazine the worldwide trade magazine for the professional coffee community. He has written extensively about specialty coffee, traveled near and far for stories, activities, and fun, and been invited to present on topics important to coffee culture. He is also an avid fan of the Portland Trail Blazers and the Washington Huskies. Go Blazers! Go Dawgs!