Texas Monthly Talks Coffee.. Briefly

November 17, 2011 · Filed Under Publicity, Quality, Roasters · Comment 





In the December 2011 issue of Texas Monthly, Jason Cohen talksabout coffee quality in the consumer’s
kitchen in a feature linked to the cover article on Breakfast entitled,
“Not Your Average Joe”(link).

Dr. Timothy Schilling, Interim Executive Director of the GCQRI(Global Coffee Quality Research Initiative) makes an appearance to let average coffee consumers know of the importance of freshly roasted coffee.  A few roasters are named as good sources for their respective local areas, including Oak Cliff Coffee, Katz Coffee, Cuvee Coffee, and
AJ Coffee Company.
Maybe next time they can take it a step further and talk about proper brewing.  If nothing else, at least readers of Texas Monthly will now know to look for roast dates and freshness as an indicator of quality.  Cheers!

50% Off at Urban Dog Coffee: Dallas

November 22, 2010 · Filed Under DFW, Publicity · Comment 

(must register; can register with Facebook account)

$5 for $10 at Urban Dog Coffee

Half Off at Oaklawn’s Hippest Coffee Shop

$5 for $10 at Urban Dog Coffee

Things that, thankfully, went out with the early years of the 2000s: jean shorts, the phrase, “Whattup, dawg,” and crappy, machine-brewed corporate coffee. Things that are in with the 2010s: premium denim, locally-roasted and carefully brewed cups of joe, and independent cafes like Urban Dog Coffee. With today’s offer, $5 buys you $10to spend at Oaklawn’s hippest coffee shop.

Hand-pulled shots of espresso just tastebetter; they eliminate the bitterness and wateriness that comes from the wrong-sized grind or pressure. You can analyze the lush, creamy difference in one of their americanos, lattes, or cappuccinos. If you’re feeling hungry, indulge in a pastry, or pat yourself on the back for selecting one of Urban Dog’s fresh, healthy custom sandwiches. Those who like things on the frosty side can opt for their all-natural fresh fruit smoothies, an iced lemonade slush, or the best darn iced coffee you’ll find in Dallas.

So please, next time you’re thinking about hitting up a tired chain for a triple-venti-mocha-whatever, think about that velour sweatsuit you’ve got in the back of your closet, and the opening refrain of, “Who Let the Dog’s Out?” This is the decade for superbly-crafted, independent coffee from people who care. And that never goes out of style.

Okay, so this isn’t exactly a 50% of coupon, but it IS a $10 certificate that is being sold for only $5, so it’s basically the same thing, assuming you spend $10.  https://yollar.com/dallas/offer/ <- click there for the deal!

More Starbucks News – Beer & Wine

October 18, 2010 · Filed Under Coffee Industry, Gimmicks, Industry Insight, Publicity, Retailers · Comment 

(From USA Today) – Here we go again.

Starbucks remakes its future with an eye on beer and wine

By Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY

…A very different kind of Starbucks is on tap. It will serve regional wine and beer. It offers an expansive plate of locally made cheeses — served on china. The barista bar is rebuilt to seat customers up close to the coffee.

Most conspicuously, the place looks less like a Starbucks and more like a cafe that’s been part of the neighborhood for years — yet that’s “green” in design and decor. This is the calling card of independent java joints that have been eating and sipping away at Starbucks’ evening business for decades. U.S. Starbucks stores get 70% of business before 2 p.m…. more…

More signs of an identity crisis, or a case of “If you can’t beat ‘em, Join ‘em?”  I just can’t help but think that Starbucks is clamoring for more attention.  Is this more of the same, or will this turn into a new format?  Remember Starbucks independent knock-off cafes?  Like 15th Avenue Coffee & Tea?  Will it last?  Will it fizzle?  Will this be a one-or-tw0-location-spinnoff in an effort to gain organic media attention in place of shameless advertising?

Only time will tell.  Is it a good idea?  I personally think that it depends on the neighborhood.  You don’t want people getting drunk in your neighborhood “upscale” coffee house… do you?  (perhaps a topic for a future post)

Are you are tired of Starbucks news as we are?

Thunderbird Coffee Serves Counter Culture

February 18, 2010 · Filed Under Austin, Coffee, Coffee Industry, Direct Trade, Publicity · 1 Comment 

Reminder: SNS, Feb. 6th (This Saturday)

February 3, 2010 · Filed Under Austin, barista jam, Jam, Latte Art, Publicity · 1 Comment 


Saturday Night Smackdown

This Saturday

FRANK – Austin, TX

6:00pm – 10:00pm


Duncan Coffee Company Hiring: Jobs

January 26, 2010 · Filed Under Houston, Jobs, Publicity, Roasters · 2 Comments 

I received an email from Mr. Duncan letting us know that they are hiring.

Looking for sales people in Houston
base +  commission

Simple enough.  Thanks!

The job posting (along with contact info) can be found on the Jobs page here at tx-coffee.com

Wall Street Journal on Coffee's Benefits

January 4, 2010 · Filed Under Coffee, News, Publicity · Comment 

Good News in the Daily Grind

Your Coffee May Have Some Health Perks, but Can Brew Trouble in People With Certain Conditions

To judge by recent headlines, coffee could be the latest health-food craze, right up there with broccoli and whole-wheat bread. more…

  • Diabetes: Many studies find that coffee—decaf or regular—lowers the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, but caffeine raises blood sugar in people who already have it.
  • Cancer: Earlier studies implicating coffee in causing cancer have been disproven; may instead lower the risk of colon, mouth, throat and other cancers.
  • Heart disease: Long-term coffee drinking does not appear to raise the risk and may provide some protection.
  • Hypertension: Caffeine raises blood pressure, so sufferers should be wary.
  • Cholesterol: Some coffee—especially decaf—raises LDL, the bad kind of cholesterol.
  • Alzheimer’s: Moderate coffee drinking appears to be protective.
  • Osteoporosis: Caffeine lowers bone density, but adding milk can balance out the risk.
  • Pregnancy: Caffeine intake may increase the risk of miscarriage and low birth-weight babies.
  • Sleep: Effects are highly variable, but avoiding coffee after 3 p.m. can avert insomnia.
  • Mood: Moderate caffeine boosts energy and cuts depression, but excess amounts can cause anxiety.

Source: WSJ research

The article is rather long, but worth the read.  There is not too much new information if you are already familiar with health benefits and harms that coffee consumption may cause.  The video is hokey, and I apologize in advance for the lame jokes in the video.

Bon Appetit Names Progress Coffee In Top 10 List: Austin

December 21, 2009 · Filed Under Article, Austin, Community, Publicity, Retailers, Texas Retailers · Comment 

9th item down on the list of Bon Appetite’s list of “Top 10 Best Boutique Coffee Shops” is Progress Coffee in Austin, TX. (go Progress!)

Progress Coffee
Favorite coffee shops don’t just serve terrific joe; they also act as a modern-day meeting place. This Eastside spot with Owl Tree coffee and fresh biscuits is the best hangout in town. 500 San Marcos Street, Studio 105; 512-493-0963; progresscoffee.com


(if you love to cook, this magazine has a lot of great info for a shockingly low subscription price)

The author (Andrew Knowlton) begins his list with a disclaimer of sorts:

A coffeehouse used to be just a few couches, ho-hum muffins, and free Wi-Fi. But a new generation of artisinal roasters and enthusiastic baristas is offering not only a quality cup of joe, but also sophisticated menus and innovative design. End result? Now you’ve got a real reason to hang out.

So take from that what you will, but you’ve got to love seeing Progress on the list! Congrats!

(Congrats to Owl Tree for the mention as well)

Anonymous Review of The Pearl Cup: Dallas

October 1, 2009 · Filed Under DFW, Publicity, Retailers · Comment 

I saw this on the net and got permission to stick it up here.

Let me preface this by saying I hate coffee. Pearl Cup rocks.

They must be doing something right to get a simple, yet glorious, review like that.  Way to go!

It probably doesn’t hurt that D Magazine voted their “Pearl Latte” the best latte of 2009.

If you’re in Dallas and in need of a decent cup of coffee, you might consider dropping in.

The Pearl Cup
1900 N. Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

SB's Espresso Happy Hour: Lubbock, TX

August 10, 2009 · Filed Under Espresso, Gimmicks, Lubbock, Publicity, Retailers, Texas Retailers · Comment 

Via Facebook:

Sugar Brown’s Coffee is feeling generous. Espresso happy hour – take a break from your back-to-school shopping with a free espresso macchiatto Tuesday from 1-3 pm!

You heard it here.  What a great way to promote new customers to try them out.  Also a great way for existing customers to try a real macchiato, risk free.

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