A Fresh Cup

Written by Lori Thiessen

There is the old saying that when life hands you lemons you make lemonade. Well, the caffe culture twist on this is: when life grinds your beans,  make coffee! And boy, let me tell you, in the last few months life has ground my beans to super fino espresso powder. But enough about me.

I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who has dropped by this space over the last few months. Your interest in the cafe lifestyle is much appreciated.

This blog will still cover everything to do with the artier side of the coffee shop lifestyle, very fun and frothy but with an underlying intellectual kick. Everything from how to make a great cup of coffee to investigating coffee houses around the world and through the ages will be discussed here.  There will also be reviews of coffee houses included in upcoming posts. Stay tuned!

Caffe Culture is the sister blog to “Coffee Shop Office” which talks about how the coffee shop has become the alternative or even preferred office of people from all walks of life and business.

So look for new posts, new fun facts and a new insight into the cafe lifestyle!

Until next time,

May your coffee always be freshly brewed!



2 responses to “A Fresh Cup

  1. Could you please help me by providing the list of leading coffee chains (like Starbucks) in US or Europe?

    • Hi Toni

      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Here are two lists, one for US chains and one for European chains. There is no prioritizing in these lists (ie largest chain to smallest chain). These are just lists of 10 of the major chains in US and Europe. These lists are also not authenicated in anyway. I’m not that familiar with solely European coffee chains so the European list may have not included all of the more prominent chains in that region.

      So here goes!

      Major chains for the US are:

      1. Starbucks
      2. Caribou Coffee
      3. Tim Horton’s
      4. Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
      5. Coffee Beanery
      6. Seattle’s Best
      7. Peet’s Coffee
      8. Tully’s
      9. Dunn Bros. Coffee
      10. Port City Java

      Major chains in Europe are:

      1. Costa Coffee
      2. Caffe Nero
      3. Coffee Republic
      4. Lavazza
      5. Coffee Company
      6. Starbucks
      7. McCafe (owned by McDonald’s)
      8. Espressamente illy
      9. Pret a Manger
      10. Segafredo

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