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Monday, April 17, 2006

Interesting things to read...

Find love while you sip: Three couples either met, fell in love or got engaged at the Coffee Grounds coffee shop in Falcon Heights.

Tea up the wazoo: The first museum in the world specializing in and devoted to the collection, study and display of tea ware, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, a branch of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, was opened to the public on 27 January 1984.

Mad Tea Party:
From a teapot museum to the World Toilet Summit, a new report shows that pork-barrel politics is worse than ever.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Coca-Cola Blak

Coca-Cola Blak
The latest beverage from the folks at Coca-Cola is described as a sophisticated, premium blend of Coca-Cola, natural flavors and coffee essence. The effervescence and rich flavor of Coca-Cola Blak provide the perfect pick-me-up for people looking for new ways to stay refreshed any time of the day or night.

Read on to learn more:
Coca-Cola Blak News Release
Coca-Cola Blak to hit shelves soon

In fact, they sell 14 varieties of tea and coffee around the world, including Fruitopia tea, Nestea Cool, and Nestea Ice in the US, ShiZen Plus in Thailand (Green tea
with Chrysanthemum Jasmine or Honey Lemongrass flavor), and Tian Yu Di/Heaven and Earth in Hong Kong and Singapore (with a mix of "Green tea and China Teas" in flavors like Honey Quince, Mandarin Orange, Lemon, Lime, and Unflavored). Look for yourself.

Friday, April 07, 2006

More that just a DoubleShot

I have to say I've been seeing alot of articles about Barstucks sueing some small coffee shop somewhere because of the slightest similarity between the two. I'm starting to think that the similarity that Barstucks is primarily focused on is that the other business sells coffee.

Read on my friend, read on.

The owner of Doubleshot Coffee Company is steamed. Coffee giant Starbucks is threatening to sue Brian Franklin and his company over the name "Doubleshot". “When I first saw that it was from the lawyers of Starbucks, I was surprised. Then I started laughing, like, what? This is stupid."

Starbucks Doubleshot comes in a can. Then there is a doubleshot of espresso. Starbucks says customers might not be able to tell the difference between their product and two shots of espresso. Starbuck' lawyers say customers associate the word "doubleshot" with their product, the trademarked "Starbucks Doubleshot" beverage and that Brian's company "threatens to diminish the strong, positive associations between Starbucks and the genuine Starbucks Doubleshot trademark."

Yes, again read on.

A different kind of coffee shop

Nikki Korkis used to hang out at coffee shops while she was a student at Oakland Community College and the University of Michigan-Dearborn in the 1990s.

But the 30-year-old Berkley resident says the shops she visited were often too small and did not offer anything warm to eat. That's why she wanted to try something different when she opened up her shop, Cafe Mocha, in Sterling Heights last April.

The shop, in the Monte Carlo shopping plaza on Ryan Road just north of 14 Mile, offers soups, sandwiches, desserts and, of course, coffee.

But the establishment also has big-screen televisions, wireless Internet, a hookah bar and a large room with multicolored sofas, chairs and tables that attracts a large clientele of young professionals, as well as college and high school students. Hookah is a fruit-flavored tobacco that is smoked out of a communal-style pipe. That area is only for people 18 and older.

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Monday, April 03, 2006

Should we watch out for Earl Grey?

As quoted in a recent article: "Earl Grey tea is flavored with bergamot oil, from the citrus fruit bergamot. It contains a compound called bergapten that can block potassium channels. Potassium flow in and out of the cells is crucial for muscle function, and this presumably explains why too much Earl Grey tea could cause muscle cramps."

What do you think?