coffee culture

What Would Happen If Starbucks Had A Bouncer?

What would happen if Starbucks had a bouncer like a night club? That is the question that that comedian Jena Kingsley set out to discover by setting up a station in front of a New York City Starbucks. She sat there, complete with a list and informed people that in order to go in their name had to be on the list or they had to make a reservation.

“In all of my pranks, or social experiments I have been amazed with how cooperative New Yorkers are. They are unfazed and I couldn’t believe how many people got in line”, said Kingsley.

She recorded the adventure and put it on Youtube. Take a look!

The Holidays Bring Out the Best in One Starbucks’ Customer

The holidays often bring out the best in people. One customer at Starbucks in New Haven was feeling the Christmas Spirit and decided to play Secret Santa to everyone who came in while he was enjoying his coffee. He gave the baristas his American Express card and told them that he wanted to pay for EVERYONE’s coffee while he was there. He ended up racking up a bill of between $500 and $600 when it was all said and done. He gave all of the employees a tip as well. They say he was smiling from ear to ear. What a wonderful Holiday gesture:)

We charge extra for rude????

I was completely taken aback, and amused I must say, to learn that one cafe in France is “charging” customers for their rude behavior. I like the concept in theory, but I wonder how it would actually works in practice.

NBC News reported that a cup of coffee at a certain little cafe in the town of Nice costs about $9.50 USD if you order it straight up. If you ask for your coffee politely and say “please” you get a huge discount that lowers the price of your coffee to about $6 USD. That is a darn good “coupon”!

It gets better! If you are extremely nice you can get your coffee for about $2 USD by going the extra step and greeting your barista a “good morning”. Heck, I say “good morning, hope you have a great shift, happy evening and hope you sleep well!” Wonder if I could get my Joe for a buck if I did that? Might as well try, can’t hurt, might help! :)

The thing is, the discounts aren’t real, they are only perceived to be real. Fabrice Pepino, the cafe owner, has never actually charged more than approximately $2 USD for a cup of coffee, but the customers find the sign threatening a steep price for their bad behavior entertaining and it lightens their mood. He says some even give it a go and try to get the “deep discount”. Sorry folks, in reality “good morning, hope you have a great shift, happy evening and hope you sleep well!” won’t get you any better deal, but it will sure make your barista’s day better and I believe, in turn will make yours a little better too. Kindness rubs off on others that way.

If you want to see the picture of the menu that went viral on twitter you can see it here: http://nbcnews.to/1byNv0v

Coffee Lovers Choose Baby’s Name For Undecisive Parents

Many people struggle over choosing the perfect baby name for their new bundle of joy, but one Connecticut couple simply could not choose. After narrowing their name choices down to two names, they decided to let the patrons of their local Starbucks vote on the name. They put up a sign at Starbucks’ New Haven Green location asking for others to help them choose between the names Jackson and Logan. A whopping 18000 customers cast their votes in a coffee cup and chose Logan as the baby’s name. The parent’s must still be torn because they say they will name the infant Logan Jackson Dixon. I think they got the best of both worlds. Its a cute name. Maybe they were really trying to decide between Logan Jackson and Jackson Logan? What do you think?

Food Network Says to Turn Coffee Grounds Into Coffee Granitas

You read the title right. Food Network has decided to teach us how to turn coffee grounds into coffee granitas. I’m interested!

What is a coffee granita you ask? Its a frozen drink made from used coffee grounds. Jonathan Kallini, pastry chef at Atlanta’s Floataway Cafe, appeared on Food Network and gave the secret to making this drink. In order to make this concoction Kallini says to steep the coffee grounds again adding sugar and salt then freeze them.

Well, this is certainly a creative way to get more out of your beans!

Seattle’s Best Coffee Building Thousands of Drive-Thru Only Cafes

Seattle’s Best Coffee is planning on building thousands of “drive-thru only” cafes. The first will open on November 21st in front of the SoDo Gateway Shopping Center in Seattle.

Not only will they serve coffee, they will also serve breakfast sandwiches and mini-pies.

Study Finds Coffee May Cause Happiness

Lars Kuchinke, a German researcher at Ruhr University, and his team have discovered that coffee is a likely source of happiness. They really didn’t have to spend the money on this research project, I could have told them for free that coffee makes people happy.

The researchers asked 66 people, half of which were given 200 mg of caffeine 30 minutes prior, to quickly look at a computer and determine whether or not they saw any words in the string of letters presented on the screen. The half that were given caffeine, as opposed to those that received a placebo, were 7% more accurate in picking out positive words.

Lars Kuchinke believes that this is because caffeine stimulates the part of the brain that is responsible for positive thoughts. “Although caffeine improves some mental functions, our study shows this may be specific for certain types of stimuli, like only positive words,’ he said.

Caffeine consumption leads to more accuracy and faster response times in simple tasks. It is believed that caffeine increases a brain chemical known as dopamine, which is linked with rewards, creativity, impulsive and addiction.

7/11 Has “Coffee Cup” Poll to Predict Presidential Election Outcome

Polls are definitely part of the election season and 7/11 has decided to jump on the bandwagon and do their own poll with coffee cups.

Every four years 7/11 changes their coffee cups to blue and red. If you choose a red cup you cast your vote for Romney and if you choose a blue cup you cast your vote for Obama. 7/11 says that the number of cups sold in each color in 2000, 2004 and 2008 accurately predicted the outcome of the presidential election.

Currently Obama is in the lead with 59% of the cups of coffee sold being in blue cups. Red cups sold have put Romney following at 41%.

15 states are not participating in the “cup poll”. Those states did not participate in the 3 earlier polls either.

For election results you can check out the results at this link: http://www.7-eleven.com/7-Election/NationalResults.aspx

Economy Pushes College Students in Wales to Choose Coffee Over Beer

Traditionally college students the world over survive on two main drinks, coffee and beer. Coffee gets them through the day and those all night study sessions. Beer is for fun. But in Wales the economy is pushing students closer to the coffee and farther away from beer.

College students are traditionally strapped for cash. They will generally use extra cash to party with. Its easy to go to a bar close to most campuses and see them hopping. But the student union bar at Aberystwyth University in Wales has had to close its doors because students are choosing to spend their money on coffee instead of beer. Some say this is because this generation of Brits has grown up in a “coffee culture”. Others say its because of the economy.

“More students are drinking coffee during the day while studying – and fewer are going out late into the night.” Student president Ben Meakin said. “This is partly because of the rise in tuition fees and students having to face further financial hardship.” “So the university has chosen to improve the main union building to make it a more appealing living room on campus during the day time.” Meakin added.

Elephant Poo in Your Coffee Anyone?

I have previously written about Kopi Luwak coffee, an expensive bean that comes from the remains of a berry eaten by the Asian Palm Civet, a cat like creature. Well now I have another expensive animal poo coffee to tell you about, only this one if from Thai Elephants.

Black Ivory, the coffee beans predigested for you by an elephant, sell for $1,100 per kilogram. There are only 50 kilograms, about 110 pounds, currently for sale.

You can get this brew, which is harvested from elephant dung, at Anantara Resorts’ Maldives properties. Its also offered at Anantara’s Golden Triangle property in Thailand.

According to the resort, during digestion, the enzymes of the elephant break down coffee protein, which is one of the factors responsible for bitterness in coffee. The less protein you have, the less bitterness in the coffee. When you order the coffee, they will grind it at your table and brew it in four minutes. The notes are floral and chocolate and the taste “milk chocolate, nutty, earthy with hints of spice and red berries.”

CancerCare and Caribou Coffee Team Up Through Amy’s Blend To Provide Support for Those Affected by Breast Cancer

Caribou Coffee and CancerCare have come together to support those whose lives have been affected by Breast Cancer. Caribou Coffee will be debuting Amy’s Blend, an annual tradition, on National Coffee Day (September 29th) and then fully lunching its annual debut in October. This blend has been part of the brand for 17 years. It is roasted in honor of Caribou’s original Roastmaster, Amy Erickson, who sadly lost her battle to breast cancer in 1995.

For this year’s Amy’s Blend launch, CancerCare, a national nonprofit organization committed to providing free support services for anyone affected by cancer diagnosis, has partnered with Caribou Coffee to support breast cancer sufferers, survivors and family who are heartbroken, but hopeful in finding a cure for this horrible disease.

“Giving back to the community is at the core of our company, and we were moved by CancerCare’s approach to providing support services, including financial assistance, on a very local and individual level,” said Mike Tattersfield, president and CEO of Caribou Coffee. “We are very excited to work with an organization that will help those impacted by breast cancer in Caribou’s communities to provide support for co-payments, home care, transportation to and from treatment, and other miscellaneous costs and needs, all while paying tribute to our dear friend, Amy Erickson.”

Caribou Coffee will begin offering Amy’s Blend on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, National Coffee Day, and will sell the Amy’s Blend Collection, which includes coffee, tea and merchandise, through Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. You will be able to purchase them both in store and online. In addition to honoring Amy through this collection, Caribou has a Facebook page honoring Amy and providing information to CancerCare resources. They encourage everyone to “like” the page on September 29th, National Coffee Day. Why “like” it on that specific day? For every new “Like” on Caribou’s Facebook page on September 29th, the company will donate an additional $1 to CancerCare.

“Caribou Coffee’s generous commitment will help support CancerCare’s free nationwide services for people affected by breast cancer, which include counseling, support groups, education, and financial assistance,” said Helen H. Miller, LCSW, the CEO of CancerCare. “The partnership between Caribou and CancerCare is a natural fit, as both organizations care passionately about what they deliver.”

This is a blend and cause we can all get behind. May you rest in peace Amy.

Here are some sites you might want to visit:
www.cariboucoffee.com/amy
www.facebook.com/cariboucoffee

For full terms and conditions of the Amy’s Blend donations to CancerCare, please visit: www.cariboucoffee.com/liketodonate.