What is it that makes you want to go to your local coffee shop? Even if you could easily make your own coffee at home, there is something about coffee shops that is entirely drawing. I have mentioned once before that Starbucks is my favorite coffee shop. Being a fairly extreme coffee junkie, I believe this is a very good feat.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t like Starbucks because it is “the place to go”. Being popular would normally sway me away from such shops (Ok, well, maybe not just because they have coffee. But I would frown upon them). No, I will tell you what Starbucks has done to maximize customer approval. If you are influential in a coffee shop set up, I recommend you follow these peaks.
Things you want in a coffee shop (perfected by Starbucks):
1. Good Coffee
Ok well, that was a given. Good coffee = good coffee shop. We can taste good quality, believe me. Don’t cheap out here.
Nobody likes when you have a grumpy barista. If the staff is always in a good mood, the entire shop atmosphere comes off well. At Starbucks the baristas joke around, make conversation with the customers, and always seem to be in a good mood (who wouldn’t be happy when surrounded by coffee?).
Background music is always a nice touch to have, but beware, not everyone likes the same style. For a coffee shop it is best when either a) You have a mix of different styles of well-known songs or b) Have exotic music or c) instrumental music. Whatever music you decide on, this music should be “chill out” music. Make people feel relaxed. Personally, when I go to Starbucks I love hearing music I never have heard before. And it’s NOT MAINSTREAM MUSIC.
Oh, and don’t play it too loud. People talk in coffee shops. Because talking is such an essential piece of coffee shop visiting, having sound absorbers around the shop will make everyone more comfortable.
Style is a HUGE influence in what coffee shops people will visit. There are a few different style points that are a must: lighting, seating, plugs and cups. Have you ever noticed you like coffee shops with mood lighting? Or close to it? Dim lighting is very comforting.Florecent lights are a HUGE no-no; they give people headaches. Just have the lighting bright enough to read (It’s one of a coffee shop normal’s normal pastimes). Seating: People need to have selection on seating. Some people came to relax, some to have a heart-to-heart, some to work…. not everyone wants a wooden chair (although they are necessary to the working coffee drinker). Have bar stools. Have comfy chairs. Starbucks has nicely pinpointed this diverse sitting. Plugs… ok, must I explain my reasoning? Good coffee shops = hipster hotspot = MacBooks. End of explanation. As for cups, they are the trademark of the store. People want a stylin’ cup to take around and show off to people. And if they’re sitting in the store, people enjoy using ceramics. They increase the comfort feeling.
5. No Time Limit
As I mentioned earlier, many people go to coffee shops for long talks or to work. People do NOT want to feel rushed. This is where Tim Hortons broke its last straw as a hang out spot choice for me. Besides, if someone sits there long enough smelling coffee, they’ll probably buy another.
Personally I will spend my day in a coffee shop because I find I can focus and relax well in them. If people know they can stay for as long as they want, it is more likely they will go to that coffee shop.
It’s the internet; a necessary for almost everything nowadays. If people want to work or just relax, internet is a must. People flock to coffee shops with fast internet.
After reading through this I hope you see why Starbucks is the winner of all coffee shops so far for me; it has excelled in all areas.
Although if you have never tried Pam’s, I suggested it. It surprisingly has good coffee.
Read this and you’ll understand where I’m going. In case you do not know, Shakespearean sonnets are written in iambic pentameter ( with 14 lines, and a rhyme scheme where each line contains 10 syllables). I could go into the intense details, but I’m too lazy, so go search them up if you are really interested. I will just tell you this, they are a stinkin’ pain to write. Here is my sonnet ( bold symbolizes where the emphasis should be):
Is anything in this world as addicting?
The cursed drugs or the psychopath’s lust for blood?
No, nothing will or could ever be so amazing;
The soul within is brighter than a diamond stud.
You are what I strive to see at early starts,
To walk through the hall and find your great smiles;
It lights up even the hardest of the hearts;
When in great doom to find you I’d walk miles.
Some folks do say that they hate how you taste,
And flick their fork tongues at the mention.
How can they not see that tired souls won’t waste
Or nighters are awoken and lose their tension?
Each day I’d do anything to come to thee,
For, alas, you see I forever will love coffee.
I think I found something to trump… ok tie with coffee on my list of awesomeness. Alright, it is still coffee, but it doesn’t taste like it. It is very different. It is “Turkish” coffee.
Turkish coffee, also known as names such as Greek coffee, if what would be perfectly described as espresso sludge. In fact, I sometimes refer to it as such. This kind of coffee is highly caffeinated, sweet, black, and full of fine grind. This description may not appeal, but it really is awesome. To make it you must have a turkish coffee pot (as seen in picture below), an extra fine grind of coffee (best to be made from the Turkish grinder), and lots of sugar. Here is the recipe:
1. Pour in cold water in the coffee pot. You should use one cup of cold water for each cup you are making and then add an extra half cup “for the pot”. Add a teaspoonful of the ground Turkish coffee per cup in the water while the water is cold and stir. The amount of coffee may be varied to taste, but do not forget, there will be a thick layer of coffee grounds left at the bottom of your cup for properly made Turkish coffee. Don’t fill the pot too much. If you need to add sugar this is the time to do it.
2. Heat the pot as slowly as you can. The slower the heat the better it is. Make sure you watch it to prevent overflowing when the coffee boils.
3. When the water boils pour some (not all) of the coffee equally between the cups, filling each cup about a quarter to a third of the way. This will make sure that everybody gets a fair share of the foam forming on top of the pot, without which coffee loses much of its taste. Continue heating until coffee boils again (which will be very short now that it has already boiled). Then distribute the rest of the coffee between the cups.
Since there is no filtering of coffee at any time during this process, you should wait for a few minutes before drinking your delicious Turkish coffee while the coffee grounds settle at the bottom of the cup.*
I’d like to note that the grinds actually taste fine if you drink some of them… or maybe it’s just me.
I have been searching to try this coffee for a couple of months and was finally blessed with a Turkish festival in my city. I was also lucky enough that they did have Turkish coffee there of course. Sitting in a tent on a bench with traditional designs on it with a Turkish performer sitting to my right and traditional music playing through the festival was definitely the way to discover and sipping my new-found, and very hot, treasure. Hopefully you too may try and enjoy the taste of Turkish coffee as much as I did.
As a final word, I’d like to say that Turkish coffee is said to be refered to in the famous old proverb, “Coffee should be as black as hell, as strong as death, and as sweet as love”.
This post is actually aimed at someone in particular to show them some information I found that I want them to read. You see, lately I have been interested in information surrounding ADD/ ADHD. It is my current fad in my “brain/ psycology” sector of interest. Here it is:
“For those who suffer from ADHD, they may find that drinking coffee could help them be calm and help them focus. There have been no known intense medical studies to confirm this, but parents who have hyperactive children have noticed the benefits on them. the effectiveness of coffee in calming ADHD children has become great discussion among Web sites and forums.
Children with ADHD are usually given drugs like Ritalin and Strattera that increases dopamine levels in the body. Higher levels tend to calm and help overactive minds focus. Coffee can also increase dopamine without the risks associated with [prescriptions. The only side effect coffee has may be a headache from withdrawal. but they should also avoid sweetening their coffee because sugar aggravates the symptoms of ADHD.
Dozens of studies have been done and more continue to seek the health benefits of coffee consumption. One study has shown how coffee has antioxidant benefits for those who drink more than two cups daily. One study shows benefits of increased short term memory. Finally, several have shown a decreased risk for diabetes and liver and breast cancer. ” *
This website here is VERY good. Please read it: http://www.myomancy.com/2006/07/caffeine_and_ad.
Also note to the Re-Blog: Dopamine post below if you haven’t already read it. As you know, excess dopamine causes restlessness and hyperactivity (fishy eh?) and that strange dopamine levels are linked to ADD/ADHD.
*http://attention-deficit-disorder.blogspot.com/2006/03/coffee-and-adhd.html* (so there! coffee is good for you! I can prove it even more too ^_^)
I am going to start with an off-topic rant, sorry, then I will proceed to may actual post.
You’ve seen them in the grocery store, at the gas stations and even in the cafeteria. Ever tried these “baked chip” things? Well, I have, and I like them. No, correction, I prefer them. I don’t really like normal chips (I still eat them, don’t worry). Baked chips taste amazing to me. What I don’t understand is people who don’t like them. Yes, everyone has different tastes, but still. They are so much better for you anyways! Come on people!
Anyway, now that that is over, I am going to rant about coffee. Coffee is my now favorite beverage, in case you have not read my previous blog posts. I started drinking coffee when a fellow athlete forced me to try it so I would actually be awake at the morning practices (it didn’t work XD). I was hooked. And now I drink coffee every morning (at the least).
The purpose for my rant is when your coffee break isn’t so awesome. My first reason is that you have run out of cream. You see, I take my coffee double cream, single sugar style (and sometimes double double or just cream). This means that cream is an essential ingredient to my beloved, delicious cup of joe. When I have no cream for my coffee I GET ANNOYED. I usually pour out my coffee. But, you know, sometimes I just have to drink it regardless. This means resorting to the terrible monster called “coffee whitener”. *Shudder* nothing ruins coffee better than a good dose of coffee whitener. It makes coffee taste like caffeinated sludge.
Next, is when the coffee you have made didn’t filter properly. Like what happens when the filter rips or so on and you end up with coffee grinds mixed with your brew causing you to pour out the whole stinkin’ pot and make it all again (if you have time). This is mostly just inconvenient but whats even better is when you havent noticed this has happened and make your cup anyhow. And then drink it. Woops, not very tasty coffee then, is it?
Thirdly is the time when coffee goes wrong when buying it somewhere. This could mean getting a roast that is too dark or is robusta grind instead of arabica. Robusta is a different kind of coffee plan that is used to make cheaper coffees, traditional french roast, the stuff that comes in your hotel room, or multi-cultural african Starbucks blend (well, maybe not, but it sure tastes like it …). This means that you have paid for a terrible cup of coffee that you just don’t want to drink. Ripping you off on your prized beverage is not a way to make a happy customer.
Well, now that I have finished being angry at coffee, all of you coffee lovers should try my way of making cinnamon coffee. Mhhmmm. All you have to do is put in one teaspoon of cinnamon for every three-four teaspoons of coffee grind. Then make your coffee with that blend. Simple as that. Enjoy! Don’t forget to buy cream first if you take you’re coffee like mine!
You have probably heard of a hipster before and you probably know many of them. Well, today I am going to introduce to you a new sub- category to them; a class I call “hipster hipster”.
The definition of hipster goes something like this: A person who rejects the mainstream culture, is into coffee shops, mac’s, ironic glasses, going green, blogging, ….. and if you want more click here. Well, a hipster hipster is sort of like a mix between hipster and beyond hipster. I sometimes consider myself one. ;P
Hipster hipster’s not only reject the mainstream taste but also notice how hipster is a secondary mainstream and rejects it to a slight degree. They still love the ironic glasses, the coffee shops, etc. but they do not flow to fit that style as they wish to be on a more unique level than such. Hipster hipsters are dramatic, graffic t-shirt, Flight of the Concords, monty python nerds who value the moral of being yourself and enjoying the hipster and nerd trend while still being unique. If someone has their own defined style, they will not copy it unless they feel “awesomtacular” as such.