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March 3, 2014
Digital rights management-style techniques are coming to K-Cup machines. No, really.

Digital rights management-style techniques are coming to K-Cup machines. No, really.

19:21 // 1 month ago
February 24, 2014
vicemag:

A quick tip for your elevator ride up to the office: grab a piping hot cuppa joe at the corner store and stick an egg in it to make a hard boiled morning snack.

Oh, so it’s normal to put your finger in “a piping hot cuppa joe?” Let me tell you, VICE Magazine, I don’t think so. 

vicemag:

A quick tip for your elevator ride up to the office: grab a piping hot cuppa joe at the corner store and stick an egg in it to make a hard boiled morning snack.

Oh, so it’s normal to put your finger in “a piping hot cuppa joe?” Let me tell you, VICE Magazine, I don’t think so. 

9:30 // 1 month ago
February 5, 2014
section9:

peterwknox:

fred-wilson:

i want this for the wall on my office
nevver:

Coffee Shop Subway Map


Very cool.

Very Necessary.
Also, Dunkin Donuts FTW!

Glad to see Bourbon Coffee making an appearance on this map. We have a DC location and it’s the bee’s knees.

section9:

peterwknox:

fred-wilson:

i want this for the wall on my office

nevver:

Coffee Shop Subway Map

Very cool.

Very Necessary.

Also, Dunkin Donuts FTW!

Glad to see Bourbon Coffee making an appearance on this map. We have a DC location and it’s the bee’s knees.

18:01 // 2 months ago
January 9, 2014

History repeats itself, McDonald’s coffee edition.

  • 1994 A jury awarded $2.9 million to a woman who suffered third-degree burns after spilling a cup of hot coffee purchased from a McDonald’s in Albuquerque, NM. The ruling drew global media attention, and ultimately lead McDonald’s to begin printing a warning on all its coffee cups going forward.
  • 2014 A California resident is clearly hoping history will repeat itself, having filed suit against the burger franchise after spilling a cup of coffee she purchased at the McDonald’s on Sepulveda Boulevard in Los Angeles. Thursday’s filing doesn’t include any specific information on the extent of the plaintiff’s injuries, but does claim the lid for the woman’s coffee cup was “negligently, carelessly and improperly” attached. Anybody think this will work?
15:14 // 3 months ago
December 8, 2013

usatoday:

You might call it the Starbucks card for the 1%. Or this year, perhaps, for the 0.5%.

For the second year in a row, Starbucks is rolling out an ultra-limited edition, $450 metal, gift card for the holidays — pre-loaded with $400. But this year, it’s literally five times more exclusive. Last year, the coffee giant made 5,000. This year, it’s making a mere 1,000. Here’s what it’ll buy you.

In a twist, Gilt accidentally posted, then deleted, the cards a day early.

Pardon me, I didn’t know this was a thing. And I just saw that people are reselling the cards on eBay and for a whole lot more money. 

13:22 // 4 months ago
November 12, 2013

Fun fact: Starbucks owes Kraft nearly $3 billion dollars

  • 1998 Kraft Foods and Starbucks make a fateful deal to bring the then-surging coffee chain’s main product to supermarkets across the country. The deal was to run until 2014.
  • 2010 The much-larger coffee chain backs out of the deal, arguing that Kraft broke the terms of the deal by not allowing Starbucks to sell its products in K-Cup form. The situation gets ugly, leading to lawsuits and money fights.
  • 2013 In an arbitration deal which was signed through gritted teeth, Starbucks agreed to pay Mondelez, a part of Kraft which was spun off last year, a total of $2.75 billion dollars, which sounds like a lot of money. It’s not all bad for the Bucks, though: Since breaking its deal with Kraft, its profits have risen 62 percent in the grocery space. source
22:27 // 5 months ago
August 7, 2013

Scammers using Starbucks cards to siphon money away from bank accounts

  • $1,700 the amount GigaOm reporter Lauren Hockenson had stolen from her bank account with the usage of numerous Starbucks cards, which siphoned $30 to $60 per transaction. Hockenson spotted this when the Mint service, notified her of unusual coffee-buying activity. “All of this prompted my bank’s fraud agent to let out a protracted “Wow” when I spoke with her 10 minutes later,” she wrote. (In case you’re wondering if the thieves spend the money on lattes, it’s likely they sell the cards on eBay for a substansial profit. source
21:57 // 8 months ago
June 23, 2013
Do you ever crave the ambient noise of a coffee shop whilst lacking the capacity to actually be in one? Coffitivity plays coffee house-esque noise in the background to alleviate the anxiety of trying to be productive in a too-quiet work environment. We’ve only been waiting for something like this for, oh, our entire working lives.

Do you ever crave the ambient noise of a coffee shop whilst lacking the capacity to actually be in one? Coffitivity plays coffee house-esque noise in the background to alleviate the anxiety of trying to be productive in a too-quiet work environment. We’ve only been waiting for something like this for, oh, our entire working lives.

18:49 // 10 months ago
April 26, 2013
thisistheverge:

Coffee date with Tim Cook earns $295,000 bid, breaks Bill Clinton’s charity record
Charitybuzz’s offer of a coffee date with Apple CEO Tim Cook may only have entered its third day of bidding, but it has already broken the record for the biggest ever charity auction on the website. With bids totalling more than $295,000, Cook’s auction has surpassed the previous record bid of $255,000 — for a chance to spend a day with former US President Bill Clinton — and there are still 18 days left to bid. 

Tim Cook is an expensive date.

thisistheverge:

Coffee date with Tim Cook earns $295,000 bid, breaks Bill Clinton’s charity record

Charitybuzz’s offer of a coffee date with Apple CEO Tim Cook may only have entered its third day of bidding, but it has already broken the record for the biggest ever charity auction on the website. With bids totalling more than $295,000, Cook’s auction has surpassed the previous record bid of $255,000 — for a chance to spend a day with former US President Bill Clinton — and there are still 18 days left to bid. 

Tim Cook is an expensive date.

9:52 // 11 months ago
April 9, 2013
» SFB says: (Warning: I’m about to get passionate about local coffee.) I’ve been to most of these places, and a lot of them only get the coffee part right. The part they get wrong is the experience part. There’s this trend in DC of local shops rebelling against wi-fi users, which is stupid because it turns away potential regular customers. Filter, for example, has good coffee but it’s not a good spot to sit and work because it’s very small and always packed (and its Foggy Bottom location offers no wireless). Among the local chains that get the combination right are Bourbon Coffee near Foggy Bottom (which is an international chain, kinda, as it also has locations in NYC and Rwanda), Firehook Bakery in Cleveland Park, Tynan Coffee in Columbia Heights, Sova if you’re willing to go all the way to H Street, and Pound the Hill and Ebeneezer’s — both in Capitol Hill. There’s nothing downtown that’s as good as any of the shops I mentioned, and most of them close before like 9pm, alas. (Murky in Arlington used to be a good local option, but they closed and the owner opened Chinatown Coffee, which is OK.) — Ernie @ SFB
EDIT: I knew I was forgetting one; Big Bear Cafe in Bloomingdale is nice. Thanks foxwithsocks.
SECOND EDIT: This is 100% on the money. It’s not that I want somewhere with wi-fi, though that helps. It’s that I want somewhere that has a good neighborhood vibe on the side of the coffee. DC doesn’t have that.

» SFB says: (Warning: I’m about to get passionate about local coffee.) I’ve been to most of these places, and a lot of them only get the coffee part right. The part they get wrong is the experience part. There’s this trend in DC of local shops rebelling against wi-fi users, which is stupid because it turns away potential regular customers. Filter, for example, has good coffee but it’s not a good spot to sit and work because it’s very small and always packed (and its Foggy Bottom location offers no wireless). Among the local chains that get the combination right are Bourbon Coffee near Foggy Bottom (which is an international chain, kinda, as it also has locations in NYC and Rwanda), Firehook Bakery in Cleveland Park, Tynan Coffee in Columbia Heights, Sova if you’re willing to go all the way to H Street, and Pound the Hill and Ebeneezer’s — both in Capitol Hill. There’s nothing downtown that’s as good as any of the shops I mentioned, and most of them close before like 9pm, alas. (Murky in Arlington used to be a good local option, but they closed and the owner opened Chinatown Coffee, which is OK.) — Ernie @ SFB

EDIT: I knew I was forgetting one; Big Bear Cafe in Bloomingdale is nice. Thanks foxwithsocks.

SECOND EDIT: This is 100% on the money. It’s not that I want somewhere with wi-fi, though that helps. It’s that I want somewhere that has a good neighborhood vibe on the side of the coffee. DC doesn’t have that.

11:03 // 1 year ago