Anyone who knows me well knows that I enjoy a good cup of coffee, especially when shared with others. Several weeks ago my son Mark and I went out for a cuppa at Leopard Forest in beautiful downtown T.R. (Travelers Rest, for those of you not familiar with the Greenville area.) We both got a Snow Leopard, their most popular beverage blended with white chocolate, caramel, and macadamia nut. I'm sure it contained some coffee too. It was delicious, but I also realize that some fancy coffee drinks have the same caloric content as an entire meal! I figure the occasional splurge like that probably won't kill me. Actually, I most often drink my coffee black, enjoying the taste of the coffee itself without the calories and fat grams that I don't really need.
Since I normally order black coffee, I even have a hard time remembering what the difference is between a latte and a cappucino and feel like a dolt when I have to ask. I found the following picture online of the make up of various coffee drinks. I should print it out and review it for those little splurges several times a year.
I was surprised, though, when I stumbled across an even more detailed chart of coffee drinks. Click on the image below if you want to see a larger version of it.
Our daughter Nora was a barista at Starbucks a few years ago and I loved having her stock my larder with different kinds of coffee. I enjoy some of the coffees from Starbucks, but I have to say that some of them taste either burned or bitter to me. Does anyone else have that reaction?
Many people were surprised when, for its 40th anniversary this year, Starbucks changed its logo. Here's a picture of the history of the logo.
I guess they assume that their "siren" (the woman in their logo) is so recognizable now that the words in the outer ring are no longer necessary.
However, Starbucks has actually had to customize its logo in the past in parts of the world to cater to local sensibilities — the siren was not highly esteemed in Arab countries. Here's what the logo has been changed to in Saudi Arabia, at least until now.
I found what someone projects the new logo might look like in the Arab world, based on this history.
I'll end with something I found online that made me chuckle. An article in the NYT projects what the Starbucks logo will look like as it becomes more and more miniminalistic.
How about you other coffee drinkers? Are you into designer coffees and coffee drinks? How often do you indulge in high-priced, high-calorie coffee drinks? Do you prefer them hot or cold?
"People give to what they treasure." — Drew Conley
What do they call a coffee break at the Lipton Tea Company?
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