The Newest Craze: Caffeine Vaping

There’s a good chance you haven’t heard yet about this unusual new trend: vaping caffeine in place of your normal morning cappuccino. While it might sound like an unusual new habit, it seems to be working for at least some people. But how do you know if you should give it a try?

What is it, exactly?[Read more]

Chock Full O’ Health Benefits: Drink Your Coffee, Dear, It’s Good for You

People of a certain age will recall a 1980s advertising campaign that featured the “coffee achievers of American society—the movers and the shakers.” It showed clips of actress Cicely Tyson fake-slapping some guy during a rehearsal, glam-rocker David Bowie (who, incidentally, is English) and Annie and Nancy Wilson of Heart. “Hold on tight to your dreams,” someone sang in the background, and then a woman’s voice explained, “Coffee gives you the time to dream it.”

The ad was a clumsy appeal to younger people (those at the tail end of the Baby Boom), because coffee was viewed as something only old people drank.… [Read more]

Ask Mrs Vera: Should Starbucks™ provide a place for customers to check their guns?

Dear Mrs. Vera,

Do you think that Starbucks™ should provide a place for customers to check their guns?

Sincerely Yours, Jerry Baldwin, Seattle, Washington

Mrs. Vera Newman,San Francisco, California.Photo: Ghislaine Alix Loree

Dear Venti Grandewin,

Thanks for writing!  Despite how much everybody hates your company, they all agree that however gross the food is, and however soul-destroying the general aesthetic of these stores is, when Starbucks™  is considered in terms of its manners, nobody is arguing that the basic approach to the customer experience isn’t polite, tidy and nicely thought out — not compared to most addict shacks, opium dens and needle-drug shooting galleries.… [Read more]

Coffee Break: Health Benefits and Dangers

A man quietly observes birds consuming berries from a plant and concludes that the berries made the birds ‘spirited’ after consumption. Eventually, the observer decides to eat the berries and he finds that they have indeed had an energizing effect on him, so he sets out to find new ways to consume the berries.… [Read more]