Kitties and Coffee? Welcome to the Cat Cafe!

There is wave of new coffee shops popping up across the nation, and the coffee here benefits more than your health!

Cat cafes seem to be all the rage lately.  So, what is a “cat cafe”?  These cafes are awesome! They are traditional cafes in that they sell coffee and some light snacks, but they have an access door to a whole other land, a land of precious kitties to cuddle with while drinking your coffee.  And the best part, if you fall in love with one of these kitties you can take it home!!!!  That’s right, these cafes house shelter kitties and they are adoptable.

So how does this work in general?  Of course you have health department regulations to comply with, so how is that done? The facilities generally tackle this issue by separating the food and drink preparation areas from the kitties in a separate room where the kitties have no access.  This allows the food preparation to remain sanitary.  Some of the cafes also work with outside vendors to provide snacks for their patrons.

Cat cafes allow you access to great coffee, while also providing a space for those people who are not necessarily “cat people”.  That’s right, if you are allergic to the cats you can still contribute to their little cafe sanctuary by going in and enjoying a cup of joe without entering the cat room.

Most cafes charge admission to the cat room which generally includes a specialty coffee.  This admission fee helps to support the kitties.  They have to eat too you know!

I cant’ think of a better way to spend an afternoon than to drink coffee and love on kitties.  I’m in love with the concept!

The Plug is Being Pulled on Laptop Use in Some Coffee Shops

Due to the economic downturn, many New York coffee shops are pulling the plug on laptop use by their customers. Some are limiting hours that laptops are allowed to be used, others are locking down the electric plug-ins.

So what is the problem? With so many people on unemployment, coffee shops are filling up with people who are using too much table time and buying too little product. Some patrons are bringing their own tea bags and asking for “hot water” at the coffee shops. Others are bringing sandwiches from home. All of this adds up to coffee owners struggling to keep their doors open, even if the place is packed with bodies.

“You don’t want to discourage it, it’s a wonderful tradition,” says Naidre’s owner Janice Pullicino, 53 years old. A former partner in a computer-graphics business, Ms. Pullicino insists she loves technology and hates to limit its use. But when she realized that people with laptops were taking up seats and driving away the more lucrative lunch crowd, she put up the sign. Last fall, she covered up some of the outlets, describing that as a “cost-cutting measure” to save electricity.

Norm Elrod was “devastated,” he wrote on his blog — called “Jobless and Less” — when he spotted “little plastic covers on the electrical outlets, secured with little padlocks” at Espresso 77. “But I knew why they had done it. I used to be one of the abusers,” Elrod confesses on his blog, “sipping a two-dollar cup of coffee in a to-go cup for hours.” He now tries to spend more while he is using the coffee shop’s internet service.

Some shops are charging for internet connection to combat this growing problem.

To read more on this subject, please feel free to visit http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124950421033208823.html

Save Money: Make Coffee at Home

You can save around $100 per month simply by making coffee at home.  Many of us hit the road in the morning and go straight to the local coffee shop drive-through.  Spending between $2.50 and $5 each morning can really add up over the course of a week.  All of this adds up to one expensive habit.

Yahoo.com reported that “making your coffee at home will run about $0.12-0.28 per cu — small beans compared to store-bought. Assuming the higher end of that estimate calculates to just $1.40 per week or $5.60 each month. For that sweet price, you can afford to take a refill to the office in a reusable travel mug ($11.20 per month) for a later pick-me-up”.

As for me, I enjoy the variety and quality of coffee  that I find from www.honeybean.com ,  however, there are many of shops where you can get great gourmet coffee whether you want to order it online and have it delivered to your door like me, or go to the store itself and pick it out.  You get great coffee and a great value.  Even in these tough economic times, you don’t have to sacrifice your coffee to balance your budget, just modify your routine.

Zaget’s #1 pick for Fast Food Coffee

Zaget’s has made its pick as to who is number one when it comes to fast food coffee.  No surprise, Starbucks is the winner, beating McDonalds and their McCafe’s.  As you already know, McDonald’s was hoping for the top spot.  It was not to be.  However, YouGov’s BrandIndex shows that McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts both beat out Starbucks in terms of perceived value.

In response Starbucks is pitching a new campaign to celebrate their ranking.  The ad campaign is straight forward stating simply “Zagat says we’re the country’s No. 1 best coffee. Actually, you said it, but Zagat repeated it (which is nice)”  They are also planning to appear at least once on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Starbucks, which posted its first-ever fiscal loss in August 2008 and has financially struggled since, continued slumping in the second quarter of its fiscal year 2009. The company reported consolidated net revenues of $2.3 billion, a 7.6% decrease from Q2 2008.

Topless Coffee Shop Girls Seek Donations

The owner of the Grand View Coffee shop, which was destroyed by an arsonist last week, plans to have his waitresses, clothed, in the parking lot of the once hot establishment, taking up donations in an effort to raise money to rebuild. They will give out free coffee and donuts. The coffee shop, which is located in Vassalboro, Ma., had no insurance on the building or equipment.  Reportedly, the fire was set just hours after the owner discussed making the coffee shop more like a strip club with local officials.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jLg_EedjmFs852dVdlVg0SKObzhQD98M23VO2

Espresso Facts/Tips and Honey Bean Coffee Review by Coffee Nate

Learn about espresso and hear the taste by taste coffee review by Coffee Nate about Honey Bean Coffee.  Check out the coffee review at:

http://www.coffeenate.com/espresso-tips/

Coffee Crawl Seattle Style

Its no surprise that Seattle’s Best Coffee Shop at Pike Market Place is the embarkation point for the Seattle Coffee Crawl.  You will have plenty of energy (caffeine) to get your through the 1.6 mile coffee tour through downtown where you will lean about Seattle’s culture and history, which, of course, is rich in coffee!  Its like a cupping on the go.  You get to sample coffee from downtown coffee shops.  Tours are held daily at 10am and last approximately 2 hours.  The cost is $20 per person.

Check out www.SeattleByFoot.comto find out more. You can also read another article aobut the Coffee Crawl at http://www.thefalcononline.com/article.php?id=5579

Explosion Rocks Starbucks in NYC

A sidewalk bench and window  of a Startbucks  were shattered after an explosive devise went off on the Upper East Side of NYC.  No one was injured.  Police are investigating to determine if the explosion was related to other explosions in Manhattan.  Terrorism is not expected at this time.

To read more, please see http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/26/nyregion/26blast.html?ref=nyregion

Coffee Kiosk Robberies

Mountain Mudd has increased security after suffering a string of robberies at their coffee kiosks in Billings, Montanna .  Four robberies have occurred between April 25th and May 11th. The robberies have all occurred the same way;  the kiosk baristas are approach, a demand for money is made and then the perpetrator flees on foot.  In an effort to put a stop to these robberies Mountain Mudd has hired security personnel and set up surveillance cameras. 

http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2009/05/24/news/local/27-kiosk.txt