Starbucks At The CIA: Simple Franchise Or Elaborate Ruse?


The Washington Post continues their look into the fuel that powers our government with Emily Wax-Thibodeaux’s profile of the “Stealthy Starbucks” at the CIA compound in Langley, Va. Though it has the same accoutrements as just about every other Starbucks (or Starbucks-branded franchisee) around the world, “Store Number 1” is unlike any other thanks … [Read more...]

President Obama’s Latte Salute: Small Beans Or Inexcusable Gaffe-iccino?


It's been a rough week for the tea-drinking President of the United States. The Noble peace prize winning Commander In Chief is dropping bombs on Syria and saluting marines with coffee cup in hand, can you believe it? Saluting with anything in your hand is a no-no, say some. Others are asking "what's the beef", like … [Read more...]

Everything You Know About Coffee Dehydration Is Wrong!

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It's a commonly held belief coffee causes dehydration, but is there any truth to that? That is the question Sophie C. Killer, a UK grad student, posed in pursuit of her doctorate in sports, exercise and health sciences. She presented her research at the ASIC 2014 scientific conference in Colombia. There have been studies that look at caffeine and … [Read more...]

10 Vintage Coffee Ads Prove That Grandma Knows What’s Up

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You think 2014 is the heyday of coffee culture? Forget it. Your grandma knew how to drink coffee better than you ever will. Sure, Grams wasn’t making her daily cup in a Dragon, but she might have had a siphon, or even a Chemex--two coffee devices that have been around since (probably) long before you were born but still enjoy a cult following … [Read more...]

More Questions Than Answers At The Friends “Central Perk” Cafe


I must admit I'm not the ideal person to cover a pop-up coffee shop dedicated to the twentieth anniversary of Friends, one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. I was certainly one of the 52.46 million viewers who watched Rachel and Ross finally get together for-real-no-take-backsies, but it was maybe the tenth episode I’d ever seen. … [Read more...]

The Harkening


There are certain sorts of information, not secrets, but often secrets, which you must share early in a relationship. And by early, I mean before you have sex. Or, as soon as possible after the first occurrence of sex if it happens unexpectedly. I’m guessing here because I have only had unexpected sex once, and that was a case of mistaken … [Read more...]

Shock Poll! Is Yelp Good For Coffee Shops?


As restaurants wage war against Yelp, we want to know: Is Yelp good for coffee shops? Does Yelp help you find the best cafes in a city? As a cafe owner, does it help you stay informed on consumer interest? Are you fed up with the negative reviews because a cafe has too many "hipsters"? We want to hear from you. We want to find out if you … [Read more...]

Obama Drinks Tea While White House Refuses To Reveal Coffee Source


In his article from today’s Boston Globe, reporter and coffee geek Matt Viser goes on an extensive hunt to find who exactly is roasting the coffee that ultimately ends up in the mug of the most powerful man in the Free World. Creator of Double Shot, the Globe’s lifestyle blog documenting the intersection between coffee and politics, Viser … [Read more...]

Where To Surf The Nordic Coffee Wave In New York City

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This weekend heralded the frosty kickoff of the NORTH 2014 Nordic Cooking Fest in New York City, a pan-culinary celebration of the cuisine, skill and innovation of Scandinavia. In a world that's come to esteem Danish cooking as highly as Chinese food by way of Oklahoma City, this festival has hopped on the Nordic food bandwagon and is holding it … [Read more...]

Mugs And Kisses: Roseline Coffee At XOXO, Portland’s Alternative Tech Festival

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When it comes to events that draw interesting, creative people together, having an appropriately interesting, creative coffee service is increasingly de rigueur. Whether that's global thinkers drinking coffee from a veritable army of top baristas at TED, or food and beverage luminaries sampling the pinnacles of Nordic coffee curation at MAD … [Read more...]

The New Huckleberry Cookbook Has A Whole Chapter Devoted To Coffee. Find Out Why.

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In the new Huckleberry cookbook launched this week, Zoe Nathan Loeb chronicles her days in the bakery with Laurel Almerinda making muffins, scones, cakes, doughnuts, pancakes, breakfast dishes, and yes, coffee for Huckleberry Bakery & Café, arguably the most popular and delicious place to have breakfast in Santa Monica, California. Nathan owns … [Read more...]

6 American Cafes That Prove The Heartland Is Cutting Edge


Seventh Flag Coffee in Austin, Texas From Seventh Flag Coffee Unfurls Over South Austin [Tweet "Seventh Flag Coffee Unfurls Over South Austin #SprudgeDesign"] Gralehaus in Louisville, Kentucky From Intelligentsia Modbar Louisville Gralehaus Beer Dinner [Tweet "Intelligentsia Modbar … [Read more...]

Hero Coffee Mug Finally Stars In Own Video Game


Cuphead, a forthcoming run-and-gun adventure game from Studio MDHR, was previewed at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo back in June. The game features beautiful 1930s style-animation throughout, and stars an anthropomorphic cup and coffee mug. The game is set to be released in 2015 on the Steam Network and XBOX One. It's set to be a … [Read more...]

5 Shocking Coffee Stories For Your Freaky Friday


Guilty: Seattle-based coffee drive-up Java Juggs' owner pleaded guilty for fraud and promotion of prostitution. Jiggle Hut owner Carl Mundy took to Twitter to voice his opinion: Shameful news about the owner of Java Juggs. As a bikini barista stand owner, I call on all respectable bare-ista joints to band together. —Carl Mundy (@carlmundy) … [Read more...]

We Interview Frode Boris Bakken, Norwegian Barista And Dreamy Pop Artist

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This is the first in a new occasional series of articles profiling baristas and other folk who are working in coffee as they work on other things. Coffee can be an all-consuming career, but making and sharing this beverage can also be a fulfilling complement to a life filled with other passions. Frode Boris Bakken is a barista at Blom, a … [Read more...]

Square Is Collecting Coffee Shop Data And You Won’t Believe What They Found


Square Register has become a favorite point of sale tool in cafes, and cafes in turn are a favorite of customer of Square. So much so that Square conducts a lot of their register R&D in their own secret café deep inside their mid-Market headquarters. Recently, Square pulled anonymous usage data from literally thousands of cafes around the … [Read more...]