Coffee: When Simple Things Change Everything

I, like many people, start my day with a steaming cup of coffee. When I was younger the process of waking up began with a book, the newspaper, or occasionally a pad of paper as I reflected on something that felt meaningful at the time. Today, my coffee is taken with a shot of news […]

Coffee: Who Makes A Brand?

Grabbing my morning cup yesterday I began thinking that while coffee culture has grown dramatically through time, but the public stage (the coffee shop) has changed as a place of social discourse.  Coffee drinking seems to have moved farther away from the social activity that it appears to be, at least on the surface. Yes, […]

Coffee in Uganda, China and Beyond

It was not hard to find a Starbucks or a Pacific Coffee Co. while walking around Hong Kong. Having such a large community of expats, tourists ­ not to mention that whole era of British occupation ­ the ability to order an extra tall soy latte en route to the office in Quarry Bay or […]

Coffee Culture in Asia and What It Means to Product Development

Coffee shops are 
more than places to get a beverage or pick-me-up. Coffee shops play an 
important role in socializing. They convey a different meaning in the 
collective psyche than do taverns, restaurants and other places of shared 
food and drink. From the independent shop to the corporate behemoth, coffee 
shops provide a space of […]