Disclaimer: This week's non-traditional interview took place in a non-traditional setting. I arrived at AoSA Coffee in Huntington Beach unprepared. Toby Keil and I were inundated with work this week, resulting in an off-the-cuff interview in a multi-functional space behind AoSA-- where imaging and d ... More >>
The world went stupid crazy about pumpkin spice this year. The first leaf hadn't yet fallen from a tree (bare with me, I was in Seattle at the time), and Starbuck's had already made a giant deal about the yearly debut of its pumpkin spice latte. They weren't alone, every chain from Tully's to Peet's ... More >>
The humble "drink" doesn't get the respect it should. Centuries ago, tea and coffee houses were the centers of philosophical and political discussion. The Age of Enlightenment conveniently corresponded to the rise coffee shops in Europe, and revolutions were planned around steaming glasses and kettl ... More >>
We've got a packed weekend of family-friendly activities for you to partake in at SoCo Collection in Costa Mesa. Still not certain what to check out? Here's a quick rundown. On both Saturday and Sunday, coffee and tea afficionados and novices alike can explore their inner barista over afternoon wor ... More >>
Another weekend, another show with superstar chef Jet Tila on KLAA-AM 830. We turn the keyboard over to show producer Andy Harris--enjoy!
David Lynch: director, actor, musician, now...coffee maker? Yep, the visionary multimedia artist and filmmaker behind mega-iconic art house films such as Eraserhead, Inland Empire and Blue Velvet is teaming up with Whole Foods Market to release his own blend of signature roasts--only to be availabl ... More >>
The ingredients for Inspiration are simple: peppermint, rose hip and rose petals. At least, that's what the only hand-written label on the line of glass jars holding dozens of types of tea at Paradise Perks states. The dark-tainted leaves in that jar don't look like inspiration; they just look like ... More >>
Now this is different: something written on a coffee cup by a Starbucks barista that's neither racist or unfortunately misspelled. A Reddit user named littlebabyburrito posted a picture of an apparent attempt by her Starbucks barista to flirt with her by way of her coffee.
If you weren't reading this article, would you have even noticed that certain Starbucks drinks will have cost 10 more cents this week than last week? The price of some beverages at the coffee giant will see an increase effective tomorrow, June 25, the first price change in about two years. It will ... More >>
It was bound to happen sooner or later: a Starbucks barista, either having misheard the name "Virginia" or not able to spell it, has written "Vagina" on a customer's order.
When the news broke that the Haven Gastropub team would be reviving Bruery Provisions, Old Towne Orange's beloved bottle shop, local craft beer fans cheered. But they also wondered what would be in store. Now we know one thing: coffee. Insanely good coffee.
To be honest, I had never heard of the Pumpkin Spice Latte until this year. And I've still not tasted what people are calling the "hipster's McRib". Then again, I don't have a Twitter account and I'm barely on Facebook. But apparently there was two pieces of Pumpkin Spice Latte news yesterday: ... More >>
Addicted to java? Blame your career. Dunkin' Donut and CareerBuilder conducted a joint survey on U.S. coffee consumption trends in the workplace and released a list of the top 15 professionals who need coffee the most. Any guesses who takes the No. 1 spot? Hint: It's not this guy.
After a night spent out late on Sixth Street or in the pulsating, mind-altering nightclub known as Clássico, the body needs two things: restorative caffeine, and something chile-spiked and offal-y. The latter is easily found anywhere in downtown Tijuana, with menudo and birria practically bursting ... More >>
Starbucks, according to several sources, may have a secret menu where one can conceivably order items with code names such as "Captain Crunch" and "Oreo Frappuccino." These drinks don't necessarily contain those ingredients, and are often just rejiggered recipes of their normal drinks with a few of ... More >>
The first response to "The Lost Boys of Summer" came in an email from Douglas J. Gladstone, who wrote the book on the issues the feature explored, 2010's A Bitter Cup of Coffee: How MLB and the Players Association Threw 874 Retirees a Curve: "You are to be complimented big-time! (Now brace yourse ... More >>
For a country where the average person, according to data from Nestle, only consumes three cups of coffee per year, the Chinese are downright pissed that Starbucks is raising prices. They took to the Internet to bemoan a two yuan price hike that the Seattle company announced last week--a change t ... More >>
There are things you want, and there are things you need, but some products cross into the very special territory of want-need-now. TopBrewer, developed by Denmark-based Scanomat, is an awe-worthy coffee machine built like a sleek faucet. It can produce four cups of coffee in a minute ... More >>
Portola Coffee LabNot only do they brew the best coffee around, Portola Coffee Lab baristas can turn a cup of Joe into a cup of Van Gogh. How they do it: "The colors are a result of an overwhelming amount of Christmas spirit! (and food coloring)," according to the shop's Facebook page. &nbs ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Costa Mesa coffeehouse can convert anyone into the cult of coffee
Cafe Miss Cutie Facebook PageWaitresses at Cafe Miss Cutie: "Would you like a smoothie with melons?"UPDATE, MAY 11, 1:17 A.M.: After the jump, read community responses to the proposed ordinance. ORIGINAL POST, MAY 10, 9:21 A.M.: Vietnamese coffee shops are getting too hot for Garden Grove polic ... More >>
Not to be outdone by the frappuccino mixologists at Starbucks, rival Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will one-up them with absolutely free Ice Blendeds this afternoon. Their open house hours are even reasonable enough to swing by after work, so why not check them out?Three featured concoctions will be ... More >>
Flickr user handyandy88On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to meThree small desserts, two tiny spoons and a minuscule cup of coffee.Orange County, the time has come for you to embrace the Gallic wonder known as the café gourmand, or as we say in American, the dessert sampler.
Edwin GoeiIt's no secret that most coffee houses source their pastries from elsewhere. Kean Coffee buys theirs almost exclusively from Pacific Whey Cafe. I'm sure other local java joints do the same. It's a symbiotic relationship as perfect as the pairing of their chosen specialties. What bet ... More >>
John GilhooleyJeff Duggan is a coffee geek, and the county is better for his efforts. Those efforts will soon be redoubled; Portola will be opening later this year in Costa Mesa's ersatz Ferry Building-type gourmet marketplace, the MIX (currently called "South Coast Collection", over west of IKEA ... More >>
[Hey, You!] A tip about tipping 'the help'
frappuccino.comStarbucks, as part of a national campaign to push their dessert-masquerading-as-coffee concoctions known as Frappuccinos, will be selling all Frappuccinos at half price from 3-5 p.m. from May 7 to May 16.
pierofix @ flickr.com CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Hey you! Yes, you.Do you want a free cup of coffee? Then take a reusable travel mug and go to any Starbucks today for a free fill-up of brewed coffee.Other places are doing freebies or discounts as well, including McCormick and Schmick's, Cinnabon and Jamba Ju ... More >>
Ask to 'Pay it Forward' and you'll get a free cup of the chain's Café Blend coffee. OK, it's not like you're getting a pumpkin spice latte or a caffè mocha, but, given the surprising lack of freebies up for grabs tomorrow, we'll take it. A free cup of coffee is a free cup of coffee, after all, ... More >>
Just as the hot weather hits, we get wind of two more giveaways, both in the name of charity.First up, the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Drop by tomorrow, Thursday, May 7, between 4:00pm and 8:00pm, and they'll give you a free 12oz iced coffee. For every one served, CB&T will donate 25¢ to commun ... More >>
Yet another round of Starbucks closures was recently announced, including a dozen locations in Orange County. Combined with those from the previous wave that are yet to shutter, that makes 15, four of which (in bold below) have definite closing dates at this time.The branches set to close are:Anahei ... More >>
With 7,100 Starbucks locations closing tonight at 5:30 for a three-hour, nationwide "training session," what's a coffee addict to do? There are dozens of local coffeehouses that should be cashing in and welcoming new costumers. A few worth a visit: • Kean Coffee, 2043 Westcliff Dr., Ste. 100, N ... More >>
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