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


Coffeehouse Confession

KiteboardI’ll do that here regularly.

Okay. So I fancy myself a writer. I make a living at it anyway. But what I really want to do is finish writing a children’s book I started 2 or 3 years ago. Seems I get bent on doing other projects and never seem to get amped up on mine. What’s the deal?

I like the story a lot. Maybe I just don’t want to do the hard work. Nah. I think I’m stuck. I’m stuck in a sticky spot and I’m not quite sure how to get out of it. That means you can find me early in the morn in the local coffeeshop reading the newspaper, writing (about something else) and daydreaming.

I’ll figure it out, I suppose. Or I’ll go fly a kite.

This I Believe

BelieversHere’s a great coffeehouse writing exercise, This I believe. I’m a fan of the NPR series, which is now a book.

The most popular This I believe essays.

Coffeehouse: Good Location, Bad Coffee

bad-coffee.jpgWe have a brand new independently owned coffeehouse that opened nearby and it has a great outdoor patio and the ambiance is comfortable.

It was much needed because the other local coffeeshops are packed in the morning. But of the 4 times that I’ve been to this new shop, only once did I get a good cup of coffee. Do I tell?

Icky coffee is a deal breaker but I suppose I’ll give them a few weeks to ramp up and I’ll try once more.

Nobody Asked

coffee-people.jpgbut here’s how I take my coffee, and it’s not with splenda.

I take it with half and half, or with a shot of espresso, or over ice or as toddy coffee, sometimes with nutmeg (if I go to Peets).

Your relationship with coffee.

Candidates’ Coffee Tastes

coffee-cow.jpgI knew someone had to have asked this question. USA Today did.

Barack Obama: Black, but rarely drinks it.

Hillary Clinton: Sometimes black, sometimes with cream

Mike Huckabee: With Splenda

John McCain: Cappuccino or coffee with cream and sugar

Mitt Romney: Doesn’t drink it, has been known to have hot chocolate

What does it all mean? Nothing at all.

Mukka Express

Back on that “latte factor” again. Ever since I got my Mukka Express machine, I’ve been making coffee at home (and saving a few dollars). It’s a tricky machine that takes a few tries before you get it right.

But once you do, it makes a fine espresso. The water in the bottom is sucked up through the coffee filter into the top. If you want a latte, you just add milk in the top, so the espresso and milk mix.

Or you can do what I do, which is froth the milk in a french press. I love my foam.