Check Out The Largest Coffee Bean Mosaic In The World

Check Out The Largest Coffee Bean Mosaic In The World

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The Russian Book Of Records (I’d imagine the Russian equivalent of the Guinness World Book Of Records) just certified the largest Coffee Bean Mosaic.  I didn’t know there was such a category but here it is.  Measuring nearly 30 square meters, The Awakening mosaic was recently unveiled in Gorky Park, Moscow. Continue reading

Starbucks and Coinstar Join Forces To Cover The Country With Seattle’s Best Coffee ‘Rubi’ Vending Machines

Starbucks and Coinstar Join Forces To Cover The Country With Seattle's Best Coffee 'Rubi' Vending MachinesHaving now lived on two very opposite coasts I can say one thing for certain; coffee loyalty is strong near the ocean.  You can’t go much of anywhere in Seattle without tripping over a Starbucks.  There is one across the street from our studio and another directly behind it.  They are less than 500 feet apart.  No joke.  Starbucks doesn’t have a stranglehold on the New England area, however.  That’d be Dunkin’ Donuts, thank you very much.  One photographer in Rhode Island set out to document all the D&D locations within a three-mile radius of her house.  She stopped at 38 shops.  One thing that’s not hard to come by then, is a cup of coffee.

Apparently it’s still not easy enough.   Seattle’s Best Coffee (owned by Starbucks) has joined forces with the ubiquitous green change counting service Coinstar to launch thousands of coffee vending kiosks in grocery stores, drug stores and other retail locations.  Think of them like a pair.  Or like a Red Box, just more highly caffeinated.  The “Rubi” kiosks will begin showing up this summer, starting with the Northeast and West Coast.  Coinstar expects about 500 machines by the end of the year.  The plan is to make that number grow very quickly in the ensuing years.

Coinstar and Seattle’s Best mounted a plan for total world domination successful pilot program in which the machines grind and brew whole beans on demand.  Coffee, mochas and lattes?  No problem.  A plan to experiment with iced drinks as well is under development as well.  Drinks start at what seems to be a reasonable $1 for a cup of coffee.  More complicated drinks will fetch $1.50.

Get ready to see more machines stacked up next to the Coinstar in the supermarket.  No report on who you yell at when your skinny two pump double mocha latte doesn’t come out quite right, however.

Yes These Are Lamps Made From Recycled Coffee Grounds

Yes These Are Lamps Made From Recycled Coffee Grounds

I’m imagining you could make a killing on these if you linked up with Starbucks.

Raul Lauri has come up with an innovative and novel use for a renewable material most people chuck right into the trash.  He’s produced a set of lamps (and it looks like mugs and bowls) made from recycled coffee grounds.  Officially titled Decafé, the coffee grounds are heat and pressure treated, and formed into whatever shape suits the designers purpose.  The project netted him the first prize Salon Satellite Award, 2012.

Yes These Are Lamps Made From Recycled Coffee Grounds

Yes These Are Lamps Made From Recycled Coffee Grounds

Yes These Are Lamps Made From Recycled Coffee Grounds

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Starbucks To Open 6 Stores In Disney Parks – World Does Not End

Starbucks To Open 6 Stores In Disney Parks - World Does Not End

Mickey Mouse is about to get a major caffeine infusion.

Disney, the world’s largest theme park company, on Monday announced a deal with Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee chain, to open stores in its theme parks around the United States. Continue reading

Weaved Wood Starbucks In Japan

Weaved Wood Starbucks In JapanThis incredible Starbucks café in Fukuoka, Japan has a unique weaved wood interior going on – one unlike any other Starbucks in existence.  It’s intended to complement the surrounding neighborhood and the nearby Dazaifu Tenmangu temple.  The café was designed by Japanese architecture firm Kengo Kuma and Associates.Weaved Wood Starbucks In JapanWeaved Wood Starbucks In Japan

Ski-Thru Starbucks Opens on Lake Tahoe – World Does Not End

Ski-Thru Starbucks Opens on Lake Tahoe - World Does Not EndI understand after a day of skiing you certainly need a pick-me-up.  That’s why alcohol was invented.  And ski lodges with fire places.  Apparently that was the idea that spawned Starbucks opening its first ski-thru outlet, in Squaw Valley on Lake Tahoe, at more than 7000 feet above sea level.  Customers can grab a coffee without having to remove their skis or snowboards.  Nifty.Ski-Thru Starbucks Opens on Lake Tahoe - World Does Not End

“Nowhere else in the world can skiers and riders enjoy a delicious Starbucks coffee without missing a beat on the slopes,” said Squaw Valley’s president and CEO.  “You can get your caffeine fix without taking off your ski gear,” said Amelia Richmond, Squaw Valley spokesperson. “We went to Starbucks and said ‘We’d really like to make this happen’ and they bought into the idea.”  Of course they did.

Reportedly the location can be reached via conventional methods as well, on foot.  I’m sure this location will spawn a whole new breed of Starbucks assholes.

Check out a news clip about the new Starbucks below: