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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Coffee, Tea or Me?

I found an interesting article that was the cover story for the latest issue of Radar.

It starts with "Every woman I know has a crush on her coffee guy", then goes into detail about women who in infactuated with the guy who makes theire latte. It also gives 9 tips on how to get him. They are:

1. Make eyes CBD barista Tristan Chan recommends lingering eye contact with minimal conversation: "It's very intriguing."

2. Know your coffee Don’t order a skim soy decaf cappuccino with extra froth and no chocolate. It screams indecisiveness.

3. Down time Come in when the barista's not busy — usually mid- afternoon.

4. Less is more. Surry Hills barista Cameron recommends walking into the cafe wearing nothing but a trench coat, or to bring in photos of you in lingerie with a phone number on the back: "I would like to see that happen more often."

5. Love hearts The love heart on top of your coffee is always good fuel for jokes. "If you’re interested, make a little jest about it and if the barista wants, he can continue it on," suggests Ed Cutcliffe.

6. Be cool. Psychologist Alex Jenkins advises against coming on too strong. "If baristas had a lot of people gushing over them, playing hard to get would be more irresistible."

If anything, take advantage of your power as the customer by waiting for them to initiate conversation.

7. Be a regular. Baristas love routine and will more likely remember you if you come in at the same time every day.

8. Be strategic. Go with a friend and have a loud conversation about where you're going that night. 'But don't ask him what time he finishes unless you’re sure he’s interested,' Ed recommends.

9. Don't cross the line. The thrill of the crush lies in the possibility of something happening, not in the certainty that it won't.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Anamorphic Cups

These anamorphic cups from Lazybones UK create an interesting design opportunity. The abstract word on the saucer is only legible in the mirrored surface of the accompanying cup—and you can have them custom made with the word or logo of your choice.

These are pretty cool to have in a cafe. Add a bit of randomness to the brew.

Kudos to Graphic Design Bar

Monday, August 28, 2006

CRD shih tzu'd dog coffee shop

Only a day after its grand opening Aug. 1, Pup N Cup Doggie Boutique Cafe, a dog and human-friendly kibble and coffee-shop on Hillside Avenue, shut its doors to its two-footed customers.

Pup N Cup would serve humans a caffeine fix and their leashed companions treats, dog food, toys and high canine fashion in the same cafe but for the misfortune that would befall cafe owners James Luker and Dean Schwind.

Thanks to publicity from the grand opening, the two received a visit the next day from Maxine Marchenski, senior environmental health officer with the Vancouver Island Health Authority. They say that Marchenski told them they'd be shut down for possible health hazards and that other people had tried the same idea before and failed.

"Right off the hop, they not only sent a health inspector but they sent a senior health inspector," saud Luker, who has owned and operated second-hand stores and restaurants. "We're feeling picked on as a result because the story gets worse."

On Aug. 3 the two men received a phone call from the city explaining that their business licence had been revoked. They had filled out their business application online and outlined the nature of their business idea in the appropriate box.

"We told them exactly what we were going to do. We told them we were going to offer dog services, we were going to be a dog store, we were a doggy boutique specializing in high-end clothing, foods, that kind of thing for dogs and coffee for humans," Luker said. "And that's what we put on our application."


Wednesday, August 23, 2006

New shop serves up unique coffee, tea

ohn Currie could tell you the name of his top-secret roaster. But then he'd have to shoot you.

That they live in North Carolina is about as much as you get out of him. Drawn to his custom-roasted coffee, employees of nearby businesses and day spa visitors have formed a solid, if confined, customer base for J. Currie Coffee & Tea, 522-B Broadway St., Myrtle Beach.

"Oh no," said the longtime Myrtle Beach local, laughing. "I don't want anyone else to start using him."

With a scant 264 square feet in his shop, Currie began offering takeout lunch about two weeks ago.

In addition to his custom private-label coffee blends and imported teas, Currie offers sandwiches stuffed with cranberry-parsley-pecan-spiked chicken salad or shrimp salad. He also has a club, a grilled three-cheese trio, and a vegetarian. He even bakes Toll House chocolate chip cookies. All have chic names - the "Downtown" and the "Broadway" are among them - and the business has steadily become a local standby in the rebuilt section of Broadway Street often called "Historic Downtown Myrtle Beach."

Source: The Sun News

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Internet Cafe Franchises - More Than Froth

Investing in an Internet cafe franchise could prove an extremely wise business move.

Over the past decade the Internet has become an integral part of most people's lives with easy and affordable access, wherever they are a necessity for many. That's why investing in an Internet cafe franchise could prove an extremely wise business move.

For over ten years the Internet cafe industry has flourished as more and more people look to get online while stopping for a coffee or meeting friends for lunch.

But while it may be a well-established industry, it is by no means without new possibilities. Indeed the constant launching of new Internet services, such as online banking, shopping and gaming, means there is an ever greater demand for Internet access wherever and whenever.

With no set rules on how to start up and run an Internet cafe, there are many options to consider. An Internet cafe can focus on serving good food and drink, and simply have a few PCs in the corner for visitors to check their email, or it can concentrate solely on web-based gaming, providing users with powerful computers and graphic cards as well as all the latest gaming software for a small fee per hour of use.

The most important thing is to provide the right atmosphere, equipment or food to cater for a specific audience, whether it be corporate coffee drinkers keeping on top of their emails, students using chat rooms while catching up on homework, or gaming fanatics eager to take part in the latest web-based adventures.

Potential franchisees should make sure they conduct some thorough and extensive research into the franchise opportunities available in their chosen area and do some work to determine whether there is a market for their preferred type of Internet cafe.

In order to run a flourishing Internet cafe business in today's world, entrepreneurs must be able to implement ideas that will set them apart from the competition, whilst also maintaining the principle objective of providing easy, affordable access to the web.

The advantage of going the franchise way is that franchisees will purchase a trademark and a proven business model, allowing them to concentrate on the smaller but potentially more important aspects of the business, such as making sure the customers are satisfied.

They also acquire the expertise of the franchiser's organization, both commercial and technical, allowing even the least technologically literate to get into the business. Assistance and support will include marketing and management help, but it may also include full technical support such as troubleshooting, 24-hour emergency support and equipment maintenance and upgrades.

One of the disadvantages of entering a franchise Internet cafe business is that the franchise fee could be rather considerable. Computers and Internet software do not come cheap and for franchises that serve food and drink as well there will be extra costs.

But with an Internet cafe business sure to perform well, the returns could soon cover the initial start-up costs.

One other disadvantage is that franchisees have to follow the franchise rules in order to continue using the franchise brand. This may be a down side for the more creative and aspiring business minds, but it could equally prove advantageous for those looking for a structured set of rules to follow.

To stay at the top in the Internet cafe franchises business requires dedication, perseverance, and a clean vision. Starting a cafe hub is easy, but what is rather more difficult to maintain is its ongoing popularity. But by offering the customers a friendly atmosphere in which to mix both business and pleasure, franchisees could soon find themselves running a very successful and lucrative business.

Source: Franchise UK

Jackie Chan To Visit The Philippines To Promote Coffee Shop

Manila, Philippines (AHN) - Martial arts superstar Jackie Chan will arrive Friday in Manila, Philippines, in an effort to attract investors for a coffee shop that he plans to put up in the region.

In a statement, Arlene Alano of Campaigns and Grey, an advertising agency that is handling advertisement for the planned shop says the one day visit is a road show to attract investors' interest.

She said, "It's for a road show to get investors for the 'Jackie Chan's Java Coffee.'"

On his arrival, the popular kung fu actor will hold a press conference and attend meetings with prospected local investors.

Last year, Chan said making movies was still his priority and biggest source of income despite a growing business that includes clothing label, fitness clubs, restaurants, and a line of cookies.