What Color Are Your Mugs? It Matters in Flavor Perception, Researchers Say

What Color Are Your Mugs? It Matters in Flavor Perception, Researchers Say

November 27, 2014 7:41 am

The color of coffee mugs has a substantial impact on the perception of flavor, according to a new study led by Australian researchers. Lead author of […]

Blue Bottle Publicly Defending Some Cuts to Part-Timer Benefits

Blue Bottle Publicly Defending Some Cuts to Part-Timer Benefits

November 26, 2014 12:38 pm

Blue Bottle Coffee is publicly defending its decision to cut health insurance benefits to some of its existing part-time employees as part of a company-wide […]

How the FDA’s Revised Menu Labeling Rule May Affect Coffee Shops

How the FDA’s Revised Menu Labeling Rule May Affect Coffee Shops

November 25, 2014 3:15 pm

The FDA today released an updated rule on its menu nutrition labeling requirements, one that has much broader implications than initially expected. The labeling requirements, including calorie counts, were initiated […]

L.A.’s Brand-Focused Pancake Epidemic Opens Numerous Seoul Shops Serving Stumptown

L.A.’s Brand-Focused Pancake Epidemic Opens Numerous Seoul Shops Serving Stumptown

November 20, 2014 11:56 am

The Pancake Epidemic, a division of the self-described “experiential marketing firm” Street Virus, based in Los Angeles, has been real busy in Seoul, opening up multiple […]

Starbucks Makes Big Play in the Amenities Game with Wireless Charging Rollout

Starbucks Makes Big Play in the Amenities Game with Wireless Charging Rollout

November 19, 2014 8:27 am

In what could prove to be a bellwether event for coffee retail amenities delivery, Starbucks has unveiled the wireless smartphone-charging system Powermat at some 200 […]

How Much is a Dilworth Worth? Coffee Trademark Lawsuit Filed in Charlotte

How Much is a Dilworth Worth? Coffee Trademark Lawsuit Filed in Charlotte

November 18, 2014 10:18 am

The owner of the Charlotte, N.C.-based Dilworth Coffee brand has filed suit against a Charlotte shop that opened earlier this year under the name Dilworth […]

Hey, How are Things Looking? The SCAA Wants to Know

Hey, How are Things Looking? The SCAA Wants to Know

November 12, 2014 1:46 pm

The SCAA last week announced the launch of a new Retail Sentiment Index (RSI) survey, which will be used to create a gauge for optimism in […]

MTY Food Group Buys Van Houtte Cafes from Keurig Canada

MTY Food Group Buys Van Houtte Cafes from Keurig Canada

November 7, 2014 4:34 pm

Canadian quick-service franchisors MTY Food Group has purchased the assets of the Van Houtte Cafe-Bistros franchise network from Keurig Green Mountain’s Canadian division for an undisclosed […]

Chicago’s Bow Truss Coffee Roasters Plans Loop and Logan Square Shops

Chicago’s Bow Truss Coffee Roasters Plans Loop and Logan Square Shops

November 6, 2014 3:14 pm

Bow Truss Coffee Roasters‘ Chicago retail footprint is soon to expand from three to five shops, including a new bar inside the iconic Metropolitan Tower on […]

Troubled Scottish Coffee Chain Beanscene Files For Liquidation

Troubled Scottish Coffee Chain Beanscene Files For Liquidation

November 5, 2014 12:54 pm

The Scottish retail chain Beanscene, which once had ambitious plans for battling the likes of Costa Coffee and Starbucks, is filing for liquidation after multiple […]