The 'spro down in chi' town was a hit!

Thanks to all who participated, volunteered, and helped put on the October 4 ‘spro down in chi’ town, hosted by Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea.  Thank you Doug Zell for your key note speech and thank you Mike Phillips (new great lakes chapter rep) for your orchestration and hospitality.  Thank you … Read more →

Who's Better, Who's Best

I think it’s always interesting to see what people outside of the coffee industry think when presented with high-quality coffee, or what they believe is good coffee. So this list from Digital City of the 21 best cups of coffee in the U.S. makes for an entertaining read. Many notable … Read more →

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, 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 →

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