Wednesday, December 17, 2008

CNBC predicting Starbucks comeback

CNBC program "Fast Money" report that Starbucks may be coming back by cutting costs, and "getting the hippies outta there!" The blustering blowhard Fast Money crew in their cold, echo-chamber studio, shouted and smirked their way through the segment. Who cares?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Secret Underground Coffee Shop Circuit

Secret underground coffee shop discovered inside the Good Will store that once was K's Merchandise Mart. You can get to it from Chatham Road by entering the driveway next to McDonald's, or at the first stoplight west of the Chatham and Wabash intersection.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Minnesota Picnic

The Minnesota elections were a picnic. There were only two pies, Blueberry and Cherry, but there were three groups at the picnic, liberals, conservatives, and independents.

Well, the liberals and independents fought over the blueberry pie because their agenda's overlap, while the conservatives had a whole cherry pie to themselves.

How simple do I have to get? I hate embarrassing myself, and there is no graceful way to stoop.

Now Minnesota elected a senator who has only 42% of the vote.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Coffee Tip

buying coffee turns out to be a three-way balancing act between brand names, prices, and shelf-life.

Usually, the fresher coffee is that which has the highest turnover on the shelf. In other words, the faster it moves off the shelf, the fresher, and typically better tasting.

The fastest selling coffee is determined either by consumers who are influenced by popular brand names, or purely by a consistently low price.

More expensive grocery stores in high income neighborhoods typically sell more popular brands than generic brands because status anxiety runs high, so you'll have to splurge for the packaged Starbucks coffee on the shelf.

However, competitive high-end brands will have fluctuating sale prices that will slow each-other down, so the high-end popular brands will move off the store shelves slower than the store-brand or generic brand coffees which are consistently lower in price.

Still, at the expensive grocery stores, even the generic brands move off more slowly because of the volatile sales of popular brands.

The best bet? Aldi's or Shop-n-Save.

Low priced generic coffee or coffee of a brand you don't know will flow off the shelf at low-price stores more consistently than anywhere else. The same goes for just about everything else there too.

The cause of stale, poor tasting coffee? Status Anxiety. Status anxiety is pretty much the cause of our current economic crisis too.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

It's all about the coffee, man

I paid Six dollars for a 32 ounce can of coffee. I pay $1.75 each morning for a 20 ounce cup of coffee at the gas station on the way to work every morning. The can of coffee I have at home, I calculated, is worth about fifty dollars in coffee sales. Minus the cost of buying the coffee, plus disposable cups, sweetner and creamer, I will save at least $40