Small cafes holding their own

At least a half dozen articles in recent weeks have reinforced what we already know: well-run specialty coffee businesses are insulated from the economic recession. While Starbucks and its management problems are grabbing national headlines, small regional coffee...

Starbucks Value Meal

Just the words Starbucks Value Meal send a chill down my spine… a chill of reality perhaps, the acceptance that the chain really is just another fast food company. I’m quoted in the most recent Associated Press article this morning as saying...

The Perils of Free Coffee

A very interesting article from the New York Times Blog back in May ’08 that discusses the viability of free coffee promotions at Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks. Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics looks at these giveaway promotions from an interesting...
And in This Corner, the Price-Fighter

And in This Corner, the Price-Fighter

Josh Hyatt of CFO Magazine writes about the concept of “fighter brands,” or low priced alternative brands designed to capture market share during weak economic times… like now, for example. Although not strictly about coffee, the article includes a...