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Melissa Allison follows the world's biggest coffee-shop chain and other Seattle caffeine purveyors.

January 7, 2010 at 8:12 AM

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Gone fishing until January 19

Posted by Melissa Allison

While I'm away, Bryant Simon will read from his book, "Everything But the Coffee: Learning about America from Starbucks," at Elliott Bay Book Co. on Thursday, Jan. 14. And the Food Network will air a show about "black and white delights" on Jan. 18, 19 and 27 that includes footage of latte art being poured at Seattle Barista Academy. Show times vary.

More fun reading:


  • The online copy of CoffeeTalk's 2010 State of the Industry.

  • Rooibos tea espresso? Seriously.

  • Also Java-Log, firewood made from coffee grounds.

  • A pretty cool graphic with coffee basics, including the often-quoted "fact" that coffee is the world's most-traded commodity after oil. I'm still trying to get a commodities exchange to confirm.

  • Even cooler graphic comparing the size of a coffee bean to a red blood cell, viruses and other tiny things.

  • For the Starbucks crowd, check out this comparison of Starbucks wages from baristas to store managers to software engineers to.... well, it suddenly refused to share more unless I anonymously posted a Starbucks salary.

  • Internationally, there's a 2005 photo making the Twitter rounds of a Starbucks in Dubai, and customers in South Korea are griping about a Starbucks price hike.

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