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A Conversation With Dave Eggers and Mokhtar Alkhanshali About 'The Monk of Mokha'
One day I walked into a specialty coffee shop and had a cup of naturally processed coffee from Ethiopia’s Yirgacheffe region. I tasted blueberries, honeysuckle, and it had a sweet lingering aftertaste. The barista spoke to me about where it was grown, the elevation, varietal, how it was processed — but most of all, how their direct relationship to these growers make it possible for the farmers to make more money and live a better life. That part of it really became my entry point into the world of coffee.
coffee  drinking  africa  food  farming  culture  writing  nonfiction  books 
february 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Corner Office - Turn Insecurity Into Strength, Starbucks’ Chief Says - Question -
People ask me what’s the most important function when you’re starting an organization or setting up the kind of culture and values that are going to endure.

The discipline I believe so strongly in is H.R., and it’s the last discipline that gets funded. Marketing, manufacturing — all these things are important. But more often than not, the head of H.R. does not have a seat at the table. Big mistake.
business  ethics  culture  identity  marketing  starbucks  coffee 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Anne Applebaum - A Starbucks State of Mind -
In fact, with the opening of a Warsaw Starbucks, one might even say we have reached the end of a cycle. Born in Central Europe, where it embodied an ideal of luxury and a certain set of aspirations; landing in Seattle, where it came to embody a different kind of luxury and a different set of aspirations; now reimported to Central Europe, aesthetically transformed but essentially fulfilling the same function, the coffeehouse appears to have come full circle, at last.
coffee  beverages  marketing  europe  poland  starbucks  identity  education  business  corporations  globalization 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Consumers skip Starbucks for plain ol' joe - Crain's New York Business
Coffee drinkers who have scaled back the most since the beginning of the year, according to the online survey of 500 Americans conducted between Jan. 14 and 15, are consumers aged 45 to 54, with fully half (50.4%) saying they have "cut back a lot" on fancy or expensive takeout coffee. That was followed by consumers 35 to 44 (37.5%) and 25 to 34 (33.3%). As might be expected, those who had trimmed the expense the most were in the lower of the survey's income brackets (48.6% earned between $20,000 and $39,000, and 33.6% earned below $20,000; the latter presumably included college students, who are a sweet spot for Starbucks).
But salary didn't appear to be that big a factor among the 92% who said they are cutting back on back on expensive coffee to save money: The percentage was close to even across all income levels, including $75,000-plus.
coffee  drinking  economics  beverages  caffeine  work  finance  research 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Brew a Good Cup of Joe - US News and World Report
"Making great coffee at home requires only a few basic steps. First, buy great beans. Most connoisseurs recommend Arabica beans, which tend to be milder and sweeter than other commercial varieties. Next, use the correct ratio of water to coffee. For drip coffee makers, this means a rounded tablespoon of coffee for every two cups of water. Last, serve while hot and fresh."
coffee  caffeine  beverages  drinking  water 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Hot controversy: Fetching coffee for the boss | Philadelphia Inquirer | 06/29/2008
"First of all, she said, pick your battles. Second, bring something more to the job, no matter how low you are on the totem pole. Then, after a while, if getting coffee feels demeaning, it'll be easier to ask for a change."
coffee  work  jobs  feminism  business  beverages 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Christopher S. Penn: Starbucks is watching your every cup
"So what? The So What is this: Clover coffee machines are networked. They all speak to headquarters via CloverNet, and monitor EVERYTHING about your cup of coffee."
marketing  technology  coffee  beverages  corporations  information 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Icy Day Finds Old Union Outside Modern City Shops - New York Times
"The home of the caramel macchiato, Starbucks, has drawn some of the most consistent criticism, often from employees associated with the Industrial Workers of the World."
labor  unions  work  jobs  nyc  coffee  beverages  corporations  business  cities  caffeine 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Do coffee shops discriminate against women? - By Tim Harford - Slate Magazine
"Perhaps it is just a matter of time before some entrepreneur decides to set up a big chain of coffee shops with 'no men allowed' on the door." (Hammam time!)
women  men  gender  bias  coffee  beverages  public  business 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Fresh-Roasted Smell of Success -
"Starbucks prefers to be near dry cleaners and video stores, because they require two visits -- for dropping off and picking up."
coffee  realestate  cities  beverages  marketing  books 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
How to dial back a Starbucks habit --
"[I]f one were to direct that $900 (or five lattes a week for a year) annually into an investment with a 5 percent return rate, 'after 30 years, you would have $59,794.' "
economics  money  coffee  beverages  caffeine  drinking 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
All about my mother | Folk and acoustic | Guardian Unlimited Music
"I loathe the term singer-songwriter, because it reminds me of open-mic nights and coffee shops and lazy chord structures." His preferred label? "A recording artist."
songwriting  music  pop  rock  diy  aesthetics  coffee 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Starbucks Nation - Los Angeles Times
"In an odd and, I grant, surreal way, Starbucks may be one of the last remaining venues where Americans of different views can fraternize peaceably, united in their jonesing for caffeine. Put that in a memo."
caffeine  marketing  coffee  business  corporations  identity  food  beverages  losangeles  seattle  culture 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WHERE NEO-NOMADS' IDEAS PERCOLATE / New 'bedouins' transform a laptop, cell phone and coffeehouse into their office
"This is just confirmation that Starbucks and its cousins are all really in the commercial real estate business. They're giving very cheap real estate for a very pricey cup of coffee."
coffee  caffeine  realestate  sanfrancisco  weblogs  missiondistrict  technology 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Seattle Times: Local News: Some coffee stands get steamier
"If I'm going to pay $4 for a cup of coffee, I'm not going to get served by a guy."
coffee  marketing  seattle  business  beverages  sex 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge

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