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The Cafe Latte Rosetta Pin

I'm still obsessed with coffee and Balconi Coffee Company gives me a great excuse to design and make pins "for them." This time it's the cafe latte pin. The rosetta design is strong example of foam "latte art." The designs can get hectic and creative, yet the rosetta stands strongest as a classic design. I've seen it for years at Balconi and it makes perfect sense for us to offer this pin. Also, we added a special touch. The rosetta glows in the dark as it should. Get your Latte Pin.

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Starbucks in China – Lingering Customers

The problem of coffee shops everywhere. Lingering customers who aren’t spending. It’s happening in China. Imagine, holding a coffee cup with the Starbucks logo is a status symbol. It’s America’s huge coffee chain. In China, it’s expensive and what’s the next best thing if you can’t afford a cup? Hanging out in Starbucks. Meetings happen and people bring their own food, yet it’s a roaring start for a company that’s seeking to build a brand. (Reuters – Starbucks)

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Starbucks in China to Grow

Yes, the article says the average drinker in China is 3 cups a year. Plenty of space for growth, but imagine in the countryside in a country that’s gigantic, have they even seen coffee or heart of it? Yet there’s 500 shops in China and growing. Is it? Does Starbucks cater to the 1% or less in China with enough money to pay for a drink that’s considered luxurious? Yes and that’s what they’re doing since that’s the only people who’ll pay for expensive and mediocre coffee. (WSJ – China)

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Motherfuckerland, Installment 6

(Art by spoon+fork.) You know you’re addicted to coffee when the first cup makes you sleepier.  The second cup gets you back to where you were.  The third cup gives you the gift of speech. My caffeine habit had become an addiction, though it was born out of counteracting Howard’s weed. But the real reason why I was drinking so much coffee, according to Howard, was that while I was in prison they were piping drugs into our drinking water to kill our sexual impulses.  Otherwise we’d all end up jerking off all the time or tackling each other in the shower.  Caffeine was helping to put my body chemistry back to normal. “If you ever have to go back...

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