Zoka Coffee Responds To FDA Warning Letter

Zoka Coffee Responds To FDA Warning Letter

Yesterday, we reported how Seattle-based coffee seller Zoka Coffee had received a warning letter from the FDA regarding an April inspection that discovered more than a few rodent feces. After the story was posted, Zoka reached out to Consumerist to give its side of the story. [More]

FDA Warns Seattle-Based Coffee Company That Rat Poo Is Not Part Of A Seasonal Blend

FDA Warns Seattle-Based Coffee Company That Rat Poo Is Not Part Of A Seasonal Blend

UPDATE: Both Zoka and the Washington State Dept. of Agriculture have responded to Consumerist regarding the situation.
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Women Who Drink Coffee Have 20% Lower Risk Of Depression

Women Who Drink Coffee Have 20% Lower Risk Of Depression

According to a new study, women who drink caffeinated coffee showed a 20% lower risk of depression than non-coffee drinkers. [More]

Starbucks CEO Emails Customers, Recruiting Them To Stop Washington Gridlock

Starbucks CEO Emails Customers, Recruiting Them To Stop Washington Gridlock

The CEO of Starbucks emailed customers on Friday asking them to join hands with him and other business leaders to urge Congress to stop the nihilist political gridlock and get on with fixing our country. Tuesday night at 6pm he will host an online townhall meeting. At the same time, he’s also set up an online petition where businesses can “pledge” to withhold campaign contributions as well as promise to start hiring employees. Is this the start of the “Coffee Party”? [More]

Starbucks To Place Single-Cup Capsules In Stores In November

Starbucks To Place Single-Cup Capsules In Stores In November

Eying light coffee drinkers who don’t want to brew entire pots in the morning or lug themselves out to coffee shops to get their fixes, Starbucks will sell coffee and tea in single-cup Keurig capsules starting in November. The coffee giant aims to place the packets in all manner of marketplaces, including food, drug stores and department stores. [More]

Coffee Prices Finally Stop Hopping, Start Dropping

Coffee Prices Finally Stop Hopping, Start Dropping

Percolate on this: After months of popular brands of coffee rising at grocery stores, a downward turn in coffee futures is causing those prices to dip back down again. So now you can get a jolt in your system without having to complain that coffee is so expensive. [More]

Addicted To Caffeine? Here's How To Wean Yourself

Addicted To Caffeine? Here's How To Wean Yourself

Once you’ve gotten to the point where you need caffeine to transform into a semblance of a normal person each day, it’s probably a good idea to try to distance yourself from the drug. [More]

Judge Tosses Gorilla Coffee's Suit Against NYT For Posting
Workers' Walkout Letter

Judge Tosses Gorilla Coffee's Suit Against NYT For Posting Workers' Walkout Letter

A popular Brooklyn coffee shop’s lawsuit against the New York Times just got chucked. The paper’s City Room blog had reprinted the letter penned by eight employees who simultaneously quit over working conditions, and the owners of Gorilla Coffee felt that the Times’ action was defamatory and an “intentional infliction of emotional distress.” A judge disagreed. [More]

Man Finds Camera Hidden In Starbucks Bathroom, Doesn't Even
Get A Free Coffee For It

Man Finds Camera Hidden In Starbucks Bathroom, Doesn't Even Get A Free Coffee For It

A plumber is pissed after finding a camera hidden inside a Starbucks men’s room. First it was the camera, then it was the employees’ blase attitude, then it was the police seizing his laptop. And he didn’t get a thank you from Starbucks for his deed, not even a free coffee. [More]

Want A Starbucks? Use Jonathan's Card

Want A Starbucks? Use Jonathan's Card

Jonathan is letting anyone who wants to use his Starbucks card. He’s posted a scanned copy of the mobile-app code on his Starbucks card and invited anyone who wants to to have a cup on him. The crazy thing is that it’s working like “leave a penny, take a penny,” with some people adding onto the card’s balance after they grab a brew. [More]

Starbucks Responds To Alleged "Attack" On Gay Worker

Starbucks Responds To Alleged "Attack" On Gay Worker

After a woman’s story about a Starbucks worker she allegedly saw getting forced to hand in his keys while being told by a shift supervisor his co-workers didn’t want to hear about him being gay anymore went viral, the coffee giant has pledged to investigate. [More]

Surprisingly, Panera Bread's "Pay What You Can" Model Is Working

Surprisingly, Panera Bread's "Pay What You Can" Model Is Working

Panera Bread has been trying out a donation-only “pay what you can” model at three locations for the past year, and says that it’s working. The chain says that 60% of people put in the full retail amount in the box, 20% put more in, and 20% put in less. Panera’s founder says it all works because “people are fundamentally good” but I’d like to see how well one of these stores located in an area where greed, theft, and self-interest above all is glamorized — like Wall Street. [More]

The Best Flowchart For Proper Office Coffee-Maker Etiquette

The Best Flowchart For Proper Office Coffee-Maker Etiquette

Does someone in your office not know proper coffee-maker etiquette? This flowchart will guide them through the decision-making process they should go through upon encountering a coffee pot. Installing several of these in high-visibility areas should help reduce the number of times you walk into the break room only to encounter a stinking hunk of boiling black sludge. My favorite part is where it says “Do you drink coffee? -> No -> Walk away -> But I want to turn it off!” and it just keeps looping back to walk away… We mocked Comcast when we posted their internal policy regarding making coffee, but maybe they were actually pretty forward-thinking. [More]

Consider The Mighty Coffee Cup Lid

Consider The Mighty Coffee Cup Lid

For an item so ubiquitous, tossed without a care, and that costs only pennies to make, a ton of engineering and thought has poured into the design of the plastic coffee cup lid. Take a moment to look down the next time you grab a cup of Joe and see which sort you have before you, as there are all manner of species for all manner of purposes. [More]

Pickpockets Target Starbucks Customers

Pickpockets Target Starbucks Customers

While you’re taking a break with a relaxing Trenta of Pike’s Peak Roast coffee at Starbucks, a thief could be silently snagging your wallet, reports the New York Times. [More]

Magic Metal Beans Keep Your Coffee Hot For Hours

Magic Metal Beans Keep Your Coffee Hot For Hours

I would trade a cow for these magic beans. Seriously. “Coffee Joulies” are a new invention that are stainless steel “beans” that keep your coffee at the perfect temperature for several hours. Hours. [More]

Want Milk In Your Coffee? At Some McDonald's, You'll Have To Buy A Whole Carton

Want Milk In Your Coffee? At Some McDonald's, You'll Have To Buy A Whole Carton

McDonald’s wants to be your caffeine pusher of choice, and promotes their inexpensive brewed coffee and frozen creations as quick, convenient, and cheap. $1 is the price point advertised on billboards. Cheap! What they don’t mention in these ads, though, is that price applies if you want your coffee black or with cream or half and half. If you prefer milk in your coffee, some franchises will accommodate you, but at others, you’re going to have to pay for a half-pint carton of milk. [More]

Starbucks CEO Laughs At The Notion That His Coffee Costs $5

Starbucks CEO Laughs At The Notion That His Coffee Costs $5

Katie Couric recently interviewed Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on CBS Sunday Morning and asked him if he thought the company had a “tin ear” to what people were going through with the recession. Perhaps, she suggested, they couldn’t afford to pay “$5 on their coffee every day.” Schultz’s response was to laugh. You see, Starbucks coffee only costs $1.50. [More]