June 4, 2011 |
The price of your morning buzz is about to get even higher. Hit with wildly increasing costs for beans from growers, coffee roasters are charging more to supermarkets and other retailers — and those folks are passing the higher prices on to consumers. J.M. Smucker Co., which distributes the Folgers and Dunkin' Donuts coffee sold at stores, said last week it was hiking prices for a pound by 11% — the company's fourth and biggest increase in a year. A few days later, Starbucks — which had already raised prices on some coffee drinks in the fall — said it would raise prices for bags of coffee beans sold at its cafes by 17%. Prices for coffee have been rising steadily.
November 28, 2007 |
Amazing handmade bonbons from one of the best chocolatiers in California. Three artisan cheeses at peak deliciousness delivered every month to your favorite fromage fan. A whole prosciutto made in Iowa from Kurobuta pigs raised there. These gifts would make any food lover swoon, but you won't find them in L.A.'s toniest gourmet shops -- they're only available online. We searched the Internet for the most enticing edible gifts around and turned up an irresistible selection.
December 7, 2012 |
Starbucks raised eyebrows when it recently started offering coffee for $7 a cup. But that's nothing compared to a brew that goes for a hefty $50 per serving. Why does this coffee cost so much? Because the beans first have to be eaten, digested and then pooped out by an elephant. Apparently that's an exotic enough process to fetch a price of $500 a pound, making this one of the world's most expensive blends. The coffee is called Black Ivory and hails from Thailand. It was unveiled last month at a handful of luxury hotels catering to, well, the sort of people who can afford a $50 cup of joe. Quiz: The year in business "When an elephant eats coffee, its stomach acid breaks down the protein found in coffee, which is a key factor in bitterness," Blake Dinkin, who has spent $300,000 developing the coffee, told the Associated Press . "You end up with a cup that's very smooth without the bitterness of regular coffee.
May 25, 2012 |
Playwright Stephen Karam has made a splash off-Broadway with one play and been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize with another. But for memorable moments in his stage career, he says there's nothing quite like his teenage triumphs in the Blank Theatre's annual young playwrights competition and festival. "When you see people taking your work seriously at that age, it makes a big impression," said Karam, 32. "For the first time I thought of myself as a real writer. " For two decades, the small, Hollywood-based Blank has presented plays and musicals by students 19 and younger with directors such as Barbara Bain and Jeremy Sisto, mentors such as Garry Marshall and Terrence McNally and actors such as Sarah Michelle Gellar, Debra Messing and Chris Pine.
November 21, 2010 |
The gig: David Cooley is president of the Abbey Food and Bar in West Hollywood. Cooley, 51, the restaurant's founder, gained the title in May 2006 when SBE Entertainment Group bought the business and let him continue running it. The Abbey was voted "Best Gay Bar in the World" in 2009 by MTV Network's Logo channel. Cooley concedes that he still feels like the sole owner, managing day-to-day operations and charity events at the club. He's also on the road a lot. His longtime plan to turn the Abbey into a restaurant-nightclub franchise takes him cross-country, scouting real estate in Las Vegas, New York, Phoenix and Atlanta, although no deals have been signed yet. Meager beginnings: While attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas ?
March 26, 1992 |
Coffeehouse Chain Opening: The coffeehouse business is heating up. The latest entrant in the county is Starbucks Coffee Co., a Seattle transplant with seven locations in Los Angeles. The chain plans to open outlets in Corona del Mar and Irvine next month. The outlets have a European flavor, with a traditional Italian espresso bar and jazz or light opera on the sound system. The stores sell 30 varieties of coffee beans.