The race to save coffee

“Coffee is the common man’s gold…” Sheik Abd-al-Kabir ‘In praise of coffee’ (1587) We take coffee for granted. Judging by the ubiquity of Starbucks stores, you’d think that coffee was abundant. But the coffee we like to drink, the fruity-tasting coffee arabica, is projected to decline given the dual pressures of climate change which reduces […]

London’s first coffee ad (1652) ☕️

In 1652, London’s St. Michael’s Alley became the first cafe in London to sell coffee. As author Tom Standage points out in his book [easyazon_link identifier=”1620402858″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Writing on the Wall: Social Media – The First 2,000 Years[/easyazon_link], coffee houses were the original social networks and MOOCS where people mingled, studied, and exchanged ideas. Learn […]

These owls in a Tokyo cafe are named after musician and band names 🦉

James Mollison of TOPIC ventured into one of Tokyo’s animal cafes where you can sip your coffee with your animal of choice (cats, dogs, and rabbits). But this coffee shop was a little different. Tokyo’s Pakuchi Bar is apparently one of eight owl cafes in the big city. The owner, Tomo Nanaka, owns 30 of them […]

Want to focus? Seek ambient sound

One of the greatest myths of our time is that silence is golden. But complete silence will keep you from working effectively. It may even put you to sleep. J. K. Rowling left the solitude of her own home to write the Harry Potter series in a coffee shop amid the cacophony of people chatting […]

Moleskine opens up a coffee shop in Milan

Moleskine opened up its first official store in Milan, Italy. I’m looking forward to the day it comes stateside. Ever since Barnes and Noble downsized and closed a bunch of stores, Starbucks and Peet’s have been the only consistent go-to coffee houses for getting work done.  While coffee shops were the original social networks, Tom […]

Design creates function

First, we design, then we deduce. Starbucks built cafes with the intent to recreate the romance of Italian coffee shops to convince you to buy a mediocre cup of coffee. Apple makes computers to empower its users to create stuff, whether it’s movie animations, apps, or spreadsheets. Design creates function. As Austrian architect, Hermann Czech […]

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