I don't know about this whole robots taking over the coffee business, though I'm sure it will have an effect. One of the reasons why I like getting coffee is the real-live human interaction I get from a coffee shop. The person who takes my coffee order every morning knows my name. She asks me how I'm doing. There is a good buzz going on. If there were a human-operated coffee shop down the street from me next to a robot-operated coffee shop, I'd pay the premium to go to the one with humans.
If there's a one coffee jingle I know, it belongs to Folgers—even if it's not the brand I buy at the grocery store. But it's still America's favorite coffee, according to Bloomberg Businessweek which shows Folgers leading with 15.6 percent of the U.S. market (third-party brands were in second, Green Mountain has 4.3 percent, and Starbucks has 3.3 percent of the market). I generally tend to buy fresh beans at the store and have them ground fresh. Are you a Folgers fan? What do you like to buy?
Stumptown Coffee Roasters, which is based out of Portland, Ore. and Intelligentsia Coffee, based out of Chicago, are expanding their locations in New York and flying their coffee nerd flag fast and hard.
Maybe you've heard the financial wisdom that cutting out buying coffee is a good way to save (e.g. yourlatte factor). Here are three economic concepts to remember when putting yourself through this, or similar mental anguish over how you spend your money.
I asked my friends around the world about their morning coffee orders.
In the East Bay Express, Vanessa Rancaño looks at the growing popularity of single-cup coffee machines that use individual capsules and the "hundreds of millions of pounds of unrecyclable trash" the machines have started to produce. What we pay for convenience often comes at the price of sustainability.
You'll need about $550 on hand to get you all geared up to make a perfect cup of coffee, according to this Wired piece by Mat Honan on what what you need to make the perfect cup of coffee.