CNN Poll on Starbucks

In case you haven’t heard, Starbucks is closing for training tonight.  
CNN asks: How will you survive the three-hour Starbucks closure?
Visit another coffee shop 9% 5086
Hide under my desk 8% 4626
I don’t go to Starbucks 83% 47400
Total Votes: 57112

Come on people, you go to Starbucks once in a while. Admit it. It’s okay. There’s room for the fantastic independent coffee shop as well as the giant McStarbucks. Even I, who hope to have a lovely little coffeeshop someday, go to Starbucks sometimes.

I like the idea that 4,626 people will hide under their desks.

Starbucks Closing Early Tomorrow

starbucks-sign.jpgBaristas are getting a bit of learning at the behest of chief Howard Schultz.

And now, he’s closing stores for training that he promises will re-energize baristas and enhance the customer experience. Translation: Baristas will learn how to pull the perfect shot again and steam milk to order, not just press a button on the automatic espresso machine. AJC

Starbucks to Train and Free WiFi

espresso-shots.jpgStarbucks has answered the call. 

Employees are going to get some learning and free wifi is coming. Starbucks is always a good second choice.

The comprehensive educational curriculum for all U.S. store partners will provide a renewed focus on espresso standards that will help ensure the exceptional quality of every beverage. As a result, baristas will be better prepared to share their passion and knowledge with customers. Customers will be able to truly enjoy the art of espresso as Starbucks baristas demonstrate their passion to pull the perfect shot, steam milk to order, and customize their favorite beverage. starbucks

Barista Perry

Perry is a Barista in Greece. Check out his latte art.Wave Tulip

Isn’t it lovely!

Here is his flickr photo stream.

Barista Competition

latte-art-fire.jpgcoffee-fours.jpgLONG BEACH, Calif. USA (Dec. 18, 2007) – The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the world’s largest coffee trade association in the world with members in more than 40 countries, presents six regional barista competitions this winter – starting February 8 and continuing through March 30. SCAA’s upcoming barista competitions are a prelude to the 2008 United States Barista Championship (USBC) occurring during the Association’s 20th Annual Conference & Exhibition, May 2-5 in Minneapolis.
The most skilled and accomplished baristas throughout the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Southwest, Mountain, Great Lakes and Western regions will demonstrate their coffee preparation and serving expertise to become their region’s best. As a result of winning their respective regional barista competition, each champion automatically qualifies for the semi-final round of the 2008 USBC. All regional-winning baristas also receive an expenses-paid trip to next year’s USBC. The winner of the USBC qualifies to compete at the World Barista Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 19-22, 2008. Regional barista competition entrants must impress judges while preparing and serving 12 coffee beverages including four espressos, four cappuccinos and four original signature drinks of their own creation within a 15-minute timeframe. Competitors are judged on station cleanliness, taste, beverage presentation, technical skills and total impression. All entrants are critiqued by seven certified judges, including one head judge, two technical judges, and four sensory judges. All judges are certified by the SCAA and the USBC committee.  Specialty Coffee Association of America