Room for cream?

By Rebecca Michelle

I’ve always taken my coffee black. I started drinking coffee in college, not because I needed the caffeine but because getting a cup of coffee was often more convenient than getting a meal. I didn’t start having coffee in the morning until my second year teaching, actually, and even then it was more for the taste. My mum used to make her coffee with a bit of milk and a bit of brown sugar, but my dad never did. Mum stopped drinking coffee when I was 14 (long story that involves a bad cup of joe on an airplane) so my dad was my role model. Nowadays, I like to think that I drink coffee for the taste, but I do find myself with a headache around noon if I skip a morning cup. Addicted? Yes, I’d say so.

This afternoon I went to Pour Coffee Parlor with a book. I…

View original post 63 more words

Streamer Coffee Company opens another outlet.

Coffee Drinkers Make Better Lovers

Last Sunday, Sonia went to Streamer Coffee Company’s new outlet, Streamer Coffee Company Gohongi, with a friend. We visited the Shibuya outlet during our Tokyo Coffee Trail and left impressed.

Nuova Simonelli unveils its longest ever espresso machine here: the Aurelia II T3 has an astounding 6 group-heads. Custom built for Streamer Coffee Company, the machine allows for 12 cups of espresso to be pulled simultaneously. I wonder how the baristas can pull off such a stunt.

Hiroshi Sawada is the 2008 Free Pour Latte Art Champion. He opened Streamer Coffee Company in 2010; as expected, the latte art fails to disappoint.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Streamer Coffee Company facade

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Check out the ceiling fan with grills.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A monster lurks in the background. Can you spot it?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Here it is: check out the massive Nuova Simonelli espresso machine. Size matters!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The donuts look tantalizing but Sonia resisted ordering them.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Their orders.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The…

View original post 36 more words

Mcdonalds adds new cold coffee for summer

McDonald’s Restaurants In Southern California added a new frappe drink to its cafe menu.
In fact, they will launch the Horchata Frappe with a buy-get-one-free campaign.
The Frappe contains vanilla, a hint of cinnamon and coffee, and topped with whip cream and caramel drizzle.
“The addition of Horchata Frappes to the menu reinforces McDonald’s as a one-stop destination for a variety of great tasting quality beverages at a convenience and value that only McDonald’s can offer,” said Clay Paschen, III, McDonald’s owner/operator and president of the McDonald’s Operators’ Association of Southern California (MOASC).

McDonalds added: “Starting Monday, May 12, from 2-5 p.m., customers can buy-one McCafe beverage and get a second one free.”

JABLUM taking local marketshare with cafés

Jablum the largest supplier of jamaica blue mountain globally is quietly capturing a completely new market—JAMAICA!

Locals know very little of coffee –thinking instant coffee is luxury. SERIOUSLY.

It’s based on a historical plantation economy of exporting quality products including coffee at higher price and re importing same cheaper commodity products.

But the local coffee market is percolating with 10
Cafés opened in 12 months in Kingston Jamaica within a stalled economy .

The legions of new cafés need coffee to satisfy the newly caffeinated middle class.

Thus, Jablum forged partnerships with three cafés in Kingston. The first is a #jablum branded cafe at the Kingston based Norman Manley International Airport and a secondly a hotel cafe (Spanish Court Cafe). The third partnership relates to supplying the second largest coffee chain CANNONBALL. That partnership was forged by a family takeover of Jablum’s factory and farm since last year. That family happens to own cannonball via marriage.

It has resulted in prominent displays of JABLUM GOLD sharing shelf space with the diva of jamaica blue mountain coffee TWYMANS.

Jablum seems to also realise that dispensers can create virtual cafés without fixed costs. It’s yet to put them in myriad of places but we’ve seen a recent one in an. Affiliated company’s head office–insurance giant Sagicor.

Historically, Jablum realised the local market could be infused decade ago when NESTLEset up a series of sweet based instant coffee drink machines across the country—-French vanilla extra sweet. An instant hit (lol).

Jablum tried its own dispensers based on brewed coffee which flopped. It wasn’t sweet.

About two years later it launched a sweet coffee drink to compete against Starbucks chilled drinks. That’s flopped also possibly lacking the cool factor.
This time however it seems jablum will make headway locally.

20140326-084221.jpg

Starbucks sold 3 billion cups of coffee in 1 yr

Global coffee chain Starbucks sold more cups of coffee than people in China, the Americas and Africa combined.
Comparing people with coffee is sort of apples and oranges. But it highlights why coffee is the 2nd most traded global commodity behind oil. Oil made Rockefeller mega wealthy and it’s the same for Starbucks chairman, president and CEO Howard Schultz.
The chain which started in ’71 recorded its most successful year in 2013 “with $15 billion in revenue and an average sale of $5” according to a March 2014 release about the annual general meeting.
That equates to a very rough estimate of 3bn cups of coffee (Of course starbucks sells more than coffee but that’s its core).
Starbucks made $2.5 billion in net operating income (23 percent growth) in fiscal 2013;
55 percent total shareholder return in fiscal 2013, following a 38 percent return in fiscal 2012 and a 46 percent return in fiscal 2011.
Schultz also spoke of plans to vertically incorporate it’s recently acquired 240 hectare farm in Costa Rica which reaped first harvest under the conglomerate’s ownership.
“The equity of the Starbucks brand has been built by the experience, which comes to life through our partners and the relationships they have with our customers,” Schultz said.

20140322-194756.jpg