November 10, 2013 |
San Francisco's artisan coffee shops have become a destination for the caffeinated crowd. Young guys work like highly trained chemists behind gleaming counters, intent on concocting the perfect brew. And the baristas don't just rely on $10,000 espresso machines to do the work. These coffee shops put on a show with glowing heat lamps, bubbling beakers and beautifully artistic cappuccinos. They also serve a memorable breakfast and lunch using local, organic ingredients from places such as Acme Bread, INNA Jam and K&J Orchards.
October 21, 2013 |
Cash-strapped consumers finally have some good news to toast -- perhaps with a steaming cup o' joe. The price of coffee beans hit a four-year low on Monday. Dry weather has improved growing conditions in Brazil, the world's largest producer and exporter. Globally, production is set to exceed demand for a fourth straight season, pushing coffee inventories to a five-year high, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The glut is helping to cut costs for Starbucks Corp.
October 9, 2013 |
With the federal government now in its second week of the shutdown and legislators at an impasse, Starbucks Corp. is hoping to set an example for Washington by offering free coffee. Wednesday through Friday, the Seattle java chain will give customers a free tall cup of joe - as long as they buy a drink for a fellow patron. As the company explains on its website and in several full-page newspaper ads, “in times like these, a small act of generosity and civility can make a big difference.” Howard Schultz, Starbucks' chief executive, delved further into the rationale in a message Tuesday to employees . He described the government shutdown, the pending debt-ceiling crisis, waning consumer confidence and general unease as sparking a “seemingly unending cycle of dysfunction and doubt.” He said the promotion was an opportunity “not to be bystanders” and would let customers “pay it forward.” “Please join me in helping our customers Come Together to support and connect with one another, even as we wait for our elected officials to do the same for our country,” he wrote.
October 9, 2013 |
In Southern California's outer orbit, a dusty highway drive away from the L.A.'s health-obsessed celebrities and hipsters, a massive $70-million factory is preparing to churn out 140,000 gallons of premium juice a week. The 264,000-square-foot Rancho Cucamonga facility is owned by Starbucks Corp., best known for its coffee-on-every-corner network of cafes. The Seattle java giant is watching juice shops crowd into major cities and command $10 a bottle even in a feeble economy. Now it's angling for a bigger sip of the $1.6-billion fresh juice craze, shifting production of its Evolution Fresh juice brand to the new factory Wednesday.
October 7, 2013 |
Russian-owned IMZ-Ural has unveiled the latest in its curious line of sidecar motorcycles, this one in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest's fabled Pendleton textile company. The Ural Gaucho Rambler, in a nod to cowboys and the legacy of the Old West, comes painted in Pacific Blue and draped in saddlebag-themed, "sunburnt" colored canvas. Standard equipment also includes a rolled "Journey West" woolen blanket from Pendleton, and an "outdoors cook kit" complete with coffee pot, coffee cups, plates and a skillet.
September 27, 2013 |
Sunday is National Coffee Day, which means purveyors of joe around the country are offering scads of deals and discounts on what is arguably America's favorite drink. But first, some background on the beverage. Nearly 85% of American adults drink it, according to the National Coffee Assn. Friday is the most popular day for coffee in the U.S., according to Foursquare. The location-based social networking app found that 8 a.m. is the busiest time to get a caffeine buzz during the week.