March 28, 2014 |
The breakfast fast-food war is heating up. Taco Bell on Thursday rolled out its new breakfast menu, which includes a waffle taco, across more than 5,500 stores in the U.S. The Irvine-based chain made clear it was going after McDonald's, which dominates sales of breakfast at quick-service restaurants. The menu's launch included a campaign featuring two dozen Ronald McDonalds (everyday men, not the red-haired clown) chowing down on Taco Bell breakfast items. McDonald's, however, wasn't going to stand by idly.
March 19, 2014 |
Much about the art and science of the consumer market is mysterious, but nothing's stranger than the seeming popularity of those coffee-pod brewing contraptions sold under brand names such as Keurig . Here's what's strange about them: First -- speaking with the authority of a coffee devotee with my own genuine Italian espresso machine at home -- the coffee they make is horrible. Second, it's ridiculously expensive. Keurig uses plastic and foil pods filled with about 10 grams of ground coffee each (some are less, some "bold" brews are a little more)
March 12, 2014 |
Caffeine is an essential at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim - thousands and thousands of food and personal care products and crowds as big as nearby Disneyland. Which is what led me to one of my favorites of the 2014 show last week. Blue Bottle Coffee and Clover organic milk - together. In a little school-size milk carton, with chicory and sugar. I can hardly wait for these to get to markets, which should happen this year. Blue Bottle founder James Freeman said he had tried other ready-to-drink coffees on the market and rated them "from terrible to horrible.
March 12, 2014 |
Toms, the Los Angeles company known for its comfy, eco-friendly footwear and its shoes-donating ways, is tiptoeing into an unusual product line: coffee. The philanthropic business, which sells shoes and eyewear under a One for One business model, made the announcement Tuesday in Austin, Texas, at the South by Southwest Interactive conference. For every bag of coffee purchased, Toms said it will be able to provide a week's worth of clean water to a person in a developing country. "Through my travels, I found that some of the greatest coffee comes from developing countries," said Toms founder Blake Mycoskie in a statement.
February 21, 2014 |
1. Walk or bike to work once a week. 2. Don't park your car in the spot closest to the front door. Instead, find the parking stall farthest away. (Of course, take security into consideration.) 3. Stairs, no elevators. 4. Stop the impulse to email. Instead, get up off your duff and walk to a colleague's desk to deliver a work message. 5. Walk 15 minutes before work. (That's 71/2 minutes in one direction, and then turn around.) 6. Walk 15 minutes at lunch. 7. Walk 15 minutes after your shift ends.
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February 10, 2014 |
The mystery of Dumb Starbucks is solved. Turns out the brainchild behind the faux Starbucks store in Los Feliz, with white-and-green cups and hot coffee, was comedian Nathan Fielder, star of the Comedy Central show "Nathan for You. " In a tongue-in-cheek news conference Monday afternoon outside the store on Hillhurst Avenue, Fielder thanked customers for patronizing his small businesses. He said he planned to soon open a second location in Brooklyn. Did Comedy Central know he was doing this, someone asked.