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A New Cafe in Buena Vista

ChannelBV just posted a news release about the new Global Cafe opening this weekend in Buena Vista. It’s always exciting to have a spat of entrepreneurship in town. The owners are also working on building a brownstone complex of some sort just off Main Street. Even with economic downturn in the country, this town is becoming more and more lively with quite a few people sticking their necks out to encourage smart growth and attentive development. Chef Eddie Sandoval has turned the Evergreen Cafe into the Asian Palate in the evenings, complete with Sushi on Wednesday. The Orpheum Lofts are incipient – a multimillion dollar mixed use project on E Main Street. Next weekend is the grand opening of True Value’s new 20,000 square foot building. Of course, last year we saw the arrival of Mother’s Bistro and more recently Real Subs and Salads. The list goes on and on. If you are in town, stop in the Buena Vista Roastery on E Main and ask about what’s happening. And check out the Global Cafe, just across from K’s Dairy Delight.A

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Starbuck’s closing

A blurb in Fortune talks about Starbuck’s closing hundreds of stores, Starbuck’s has a Bitter Plan. It’s interesting to watch a transition away from the huge conglomerate into something less huge, both in terms of the drinks offered and the taste of an espresso.

The K Cup Phenomenon

Does anyone use K Cups for their morning coffee? My father in law now uses them, and they are available on-line. You can buy coffee from a few larger roasters, as well as teas and cocoas. The way it works – take what looks like a large creamer container from the diner down the street, only it’s filled with your drink, and costs about $0.55 each. Stick the ‘creamer’ in the front of the brewer. A spear pierces the top and bottom to create two holes. Water passes through, steeping the coffee and fills your mug. Viola, a hot cup of coffee. The only clean up is tossing that little plastic creamer container into the waste bucket. With friends over, just use a few more K-Cups. You never have to make another pot of coffee.

It’s a heck of a marketing campaign – you have to use the Keurig specially-designed K-Cup brewer. They’ve got the lock on the $200 piece of equipment that anyone who wants this luxury item has to buy. Plus, any roaster who wants in on the game needs to invest the capital in a K-Cup packager. I don’t know how much those cost, but imagine it’s several thousand. It also takes any roaster out of being a specialty coffee roaster, in my opinion, which is not for us at the Buena Vista Roastery.

Brewing a K-Cup is extremely easy with little clean up. Still, there seem to be too many health and environmental concerns for us. Besides I enjoy watching our spent grounds turn to compost. But it appeals to a great number of people and I understand the allure, especially as we all are running around from place to place. As Adam Smith said, when demand is there, the supply will follow. There is also demand for the small batch, hand roasted coffee by people in touch with the nuances of the bean as it roasts. I’ll try a K-cup when I can, and in the meantime I’ll ask my father in law about how the butteriness in his K-Cup Sumatra compares with the body and sweet finish in ours.

Chicory Coffee

Cafe du MondeA couple of us from the roastery traveled to New Orleans for some recon on coffee and music festivals. We spent a couple days at Jazz Fest to prep for our humble music fest in Buena Vista, and a day touring the French Quarter – the FEMA enhanced section of town following Katrina. It was here we stumbled upon the Cafe du Monde’s chicory coffee and beignets (bin-yeahs)

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