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.
Los Angeles based barista Brandon Davenport decided to travel across the country and drink 100 cups of coffee while visiting some of our country's best coffee roasters and coffeehouses. He'll be visiting Seattle, Wash., Portland, Ore., Missoula, Mont., Idaho Falls, and Boulder, Colo. His travels are being documented on a YouTube series called Caffeination
The first episode came out today and takes place in San Francisco. [via
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.
In Minneapolis, it’s already winter, and it’s cold. Not cold enough to wish it was a hundred degrees and humid, but enough to be out in the world without a scarf and think, “It is imperative that I purchase a scarf” ($10 – $30). To avoid impulse scarf purchases, my advice is this: Put a scarf in your bag and keep it there forever. Maybe also some gloves. Perhaps a hat also. But definitely a scarf. Do it now.
bought a Starbucks card and have been reloading it every week or two for the past three months using PayPal so I could track how much money I'm spending on my daily cup of coffee before I head into work.