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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Coffee House Gets Wise to Tea

Teas are “hot,” even at coffee shops across the nation. Tea sales grew from $1.84 billion to $6.16 billion between 1990 and 2005, partly as the result of scientific studies on the health benefits of tea. Coffee shops and grocery stores are increasingly stocking their shelves with tea products as consumers are becoming more sophisticated and educated about tea.


Hansen Beverage Launches a Green Tea Soda Line

Hansen Beverage Company recently announced the launch of Green Tea Soda, a new line of luxury sodas. According to the company’s promotional campaign, green tea’s taste and benefits are enhanced by natural flavors to create a drink without artificial coloring, preservatives, caffeine, sodium, sugar, carbohydrates, aspartame, or calories. The company is positioning itself to take advantage of the 17.6% dollar volume increase in the ready-to- drink tea category at grocery stores.


Health-conscious Indians develop a new taste in tea

Consumers in India are developing a taste for their neighbor’s products. Health conscious Indians are attracted to Chinese green tea’s purported medicinal benefits, resulting in leading restaurants to place the beverage as a top menu choice. A Japanese study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition claims that regular consumption may protect against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. According to industry officials, Indian tea planters, who have been dealing with falling prices and exports, are beginning to shift production to Chinese tea varieties.


FDA Rejects Petition Claiming Health Benefits of Green Tea

After reviewing over 100 articles and other publications in support of the health benefits of green tea, the Food and Drug Administration found no evidence that regular consumption of the beverage reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Will this finding affect the tea drinking habits of the public? The article contains a link to a poll with some interesting results.


Friday, May 26, 2006

Coffee Shop Privacy

There's nothing like the smell of fresh coffee, the buzz of activity and hipster music (or your iPod) to cure those office blues. Being able to carry your laptop to the coffee house and still put in a day's work is one of the best things to come out of the Wi-Fi revolution.

Unfortunately, this can also set the stage for all sorts of trouble; like identity theft for starters.

Unlike a CAT5 connection, wireless cards shoot those ones and zeros shoot across the air letting anyone within range detect the signals. And as has been proven time and again, deciphering them isn't beyond the reach of even the most inexperienced hacker.

To make matters worse, a snooper may be right at the next table. Coffee shops aren't like an office park where you can ask security to check out that suspicious van.

Does that mean your traffic is all out there for everyone to see? Yes and no.

Your traffic is undeniably detectable, but you're in control of who is allowed to make heads or tails of it. Exerting that control is all up to you, however.

This week we spotlight a tutorial that will help wireless users practice safe wireless browsing while reaching for another cup.

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

How to Remove Coffee Stains

Here's a little helpful tip for those unforeseen coffee mishaps. Courtesy of simplehuman.

Unsightly coffee stains can be persistent and hard to clean. To remove a coffee stain from fabric or a rug, try one of these methods:
  1. Dip a white cloth into a beaten egg yolk and rub the yolk into the stain. Then rinse with clear water.
  2. Work denatured alcohol into the stain, then rinse with water.
  3. Apply a solution of 1/2 teaspoon mild detergent in a pint of water. Blot with a white towel. If the stain remains, apply a 50-50 solution of water and white vinegar and blot.

Did you know that used coffee grounds make a great fertilizer for houseplants? Just sprinkle them around the base of the plants.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The Emerging Tea Marketplace Getting Revved Up

Exotic new tea drinks, expanding retail chains and fun packaging targeted at ever-expanding consumer demographics are attracting the youth market according to some experts. Tea imports into the USA continue to rise as the old fashioned image of tea is being replaced with a more hip, contemporary positioning in the global marketplace.


Bigelow Signs Pro Football Stars

Specialty tea brand Bigelow has signed former National Football League superstar Phil Simms and his son, Chris Simms, a quarterback playing for the NFL Tampa Bay franchise, to appear in new promotions for company green tea products. The celebrity duo and their Bigelow endorsements are going to appear in numerous high profile publications including major newspapers and magazines. Additional campaign highlights include radio coverage and point-of- purchase materials.


Saturday, May 20, 2006

Coffee shop tips fuel scholarships

It was in 1987 when some of the volunteers at Meriter Hospital got the idea of using the tips collected in the coffee shop to fund scholarships for area high school students.

In those early years, the tips generated maybe $5,000 in scholarship money.

It's gotten better over the years.

This year, some $21,600 in scholarship money is going to 16 area high school students who are planning on studies in fields related to health care. That's $1,350 per student.

"It's just great," said Don Haugen, a longtime Madison principal who retired in 1987 and who has been working with the scholarship program for the last 15 years or so.

"With all you see on the front pages, you think the world is going to hell in a handbasket," he said. "Then you review all these scholarships and see what great kids there are."


10 things baristas hate about you

Here is an interesting (and rather funny) article coming from a barista's point of view of what they simply do not about like the coffee shop environment in general. The 10 things are:

10. Teenagers

9. Anything decaffeinated

8. Over three words to order?

7. Taking forever to order

6. The Macchiato

5. Live music

4. Anything from a blender

3. Being in a hurry

2. Tipping

1. Starbucks

Click here for a more detailed explanation.

Starbucks can't stop tiny coffee shop

The owner of the Coffee Point drive-through in Ankeny was more than a little concerned when she heard a Starbucks with a drive-through was going to locate directly across the street from her coffee kiosk in August 2005.

"I was scared to death, but our roaster said a lot of times business picks up after a Starbucks has settled in," Mary Piltingsrud said.

She and her husband, Dean, bought Coffee Point - then a two-year-old business - at 1806 S.E. Delaware Ave. three years ago. They also opened a shop inside the Mercy North facility, 800 E. First St., one year ago.

Dean's philosophy was that having a Starbucks nearby might be good for business.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

NY1 Coffee Sleeves Available At Cafes In Three Boroughs

NY1 is now at a coffee shop near you.

Free cups of coffee with the NY1 logo were given out Tuesday at Toasties' Coffee Shop in Union Square.

You'll find NY1 logos on coffee cups at your favorite coffee shops around the city. That's because 50,000 NY1 coffee sleeves have hit the shelves at cafes in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.

The sleeves will be available throughout the month.

Coffee Day parent brews plans to double presence

The Amalgamated Bean Coffee Trading Company (ABCTC) is looking to double its retail presence in the country. With the expansion, the company, parent of the coffee chain Cafe Coffee Day, will enter the Rs 1,000 crore club.

Naresh Malhotra, director, ABCTC, said the expansion would take place over the next 18 months. The increased number of stores is expected to contribute by 50 per cent to the total turnover. At present, the company's revenue is just above Rs 350 crore.

The company has just opened its 300th outlet in Mumbai and will be opening another 3-4 shops a week to take the number to 500 by June 2007.

Malhotra added that in addition to the existing cafe in Vienna, the company would be opening another one there in that city this month. Besides it is looking at another 20 cafe's in and around Austria.

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First Annual Coffee and Tea Festival (New York)

New York City's First Annual Coffee and Tea Festival will be held on Saturday, July 15th from 11:00am to 7:30pm and Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Tickets to the event cost $15.00 at the door, or if purchased online at, tickets are $10.00. Children 12 and under are free.

The Coffee and Tea Festival will celebrate everything related to the world of coffee and tea by featuring over 80 vendors. Participants will be able to taste many different varieties of coffee and tea as well as view machines and other products used within the industry. Seminars, contests and demonstrations such as a Japanese tea ceremony and a Traditional English Afternoon Tea Ceremony will take place throughout the day.

Information and updates on the Coffee and Tea Festival can be found at and

Women love coffee too...

THE owner of a city coffee shop and wine bar targeted at women customers has announced ambitious plans to open another five shops in the Capital.

Graham Allen, of Espresso Mondo on Lothian Road, today claimed to be on target for a £400,000 turnover at the nine-month-old shop.

The businessman, who also owns a Morningside travel agency, said Espresso Mondo was set to make 15 per cent net profit by the year's end.

The coffee shop and wine bar is unashamedly chasing the female market, and Mr Allen claims women represent 80 per cent of his clientele. But success has followed some hard lessons for Mr Allen, whose combined travel agency and coffee shop outlet in the ERI was forced to close.


Unannounced Hiatus

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