April 6, 2006 |
Naming the coffeehouse was easy, a piece of sour-cream cake. "I wanted the cafe to be the high point of people's day," says owner Meg Hagele. In no time at all, months really, that's precisely what the cozy shop has become. The High Point Cafe is the sort of place a neighborhood never knew it needed until it appears, and then the neighborhood realizes it can't do without. It's Cheers with caffeine. In July, the small shop - eight tables, 19 chairs - opened in West Mount Airy, the northwest Philadelphia neighborhood tightly knit around the 33-year-old Weavers Way Co-op and all matters political, especially issues that list left.
February 16, 2005 |
Starbucks? Or Three Beans? That is the question. For nearly nine years, two coffee shops have dominated and coexisted in Haddonfield. Each one thrives - booms, in fact. Yet, aside from one obvious similarity - both sell coffee - the shops are completely different. And each has a fiercely loyal clientele. Starbucks, in the center of town, at the corner of Haddon Avenue and Kings Highway, is one of 8,949 Starbucks worldwide, part of a chain that had revenues of $4 billion in 2004.
December 2, 2004 |
Don Lavin was in town on business not too long ago and was oh so glad he was staying at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue. For right there, a few floors below, was an oasis. "OK, so maybe I'm a living 21st-century cliche, but I need my Starbucks every workday morning," said Lavin, a pharmaceutical supply salesman from Chicago. "I don't know what it is, but it gets me going and puts on the smile. " Well, we know what "it" is. A recent analysis of the caffeine content in six brands of coffee done for The Inquirer by Central Analytic Laboratories, of Metarie, La., revealed that Starbucks coffee had 322 milligrams in a 16-ounce cup, about 20 percent more oomph than second-place Illy (265 mg)
October 7, 2004 |
What price hike? Jennifer Silver didn't even notice yesterday that Starbucks charged her 27 cents more - including tax - for her usual morning jolt, a Triple Vente Soy Caramel Macchiato. "I never pay attention. I always just figure it's $5 with tip," said Silver, a regular at Starbucks on Main Street in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia. The price of her brew jumped from $3.85 to $4.12. A small cup of regular coffee at Starbucks now costs $1.61 with tax in the city.
July 29, 2004
Announcements of new medical findings or miracle drugs often leave us fighting bouts of skepticism. Seems something deemed healthy for us one day becomes the bane of our existence the next. Which brings us to caffeine and diabetes. Researchers at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center this week said having caffeine with meals has a negative effect on the blood sugar and insulin levels of Type 2 diabetics. In a country with an estimated 17 million Type 2 diabetics you might think this is big news.
May 21, 2004 |
The whole hipster slacker cafe aesthetic - hanging around with a friend or two, inhaling espresso drinks and nicotine - gets celebrated, oh-so-coolly, in Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes. A series of 11 vignettes that range from instantly forgettable to simmeringly sage, Coffee and Cigarettes offers various oddball encounters that touch on themes of celebrity, physics, physic (as in the art of healing), professional jealousy, music and miscommunication. And in just about every black- and-white short, the titular provisions of caffeine and tobacco are put to some use. (Being Brits, Alfred Molina and Steve Coogan, who star in one of the stronger pieces, "Cousins?
April 20, 2004 |
Around midnight on Friday, after six solid hours lecturing on computer-aided music production, Lorin Ashton gathered up the records he had scattered around a Northern Liberties rowhouse, and set out for his DJ gig. "I'll be back around 2:30," he told the nine headphone-wearing people huddled over laptops on nine tables in the living room. "We can go as long as you want. " The night before, his students - participants in a free, five-day crash course sponsored by the Red Bull energy drink company - were still banging out beats at 5 a.m. "The thing about this stuff is, it can be addictive," Ashton, 26, said the next afternoon.
August 27, 2002 |
Caffeine may help prevent skin cancer, according to scientists at Rutgers University. Experiments with mice showed caffeine seemed to fend off the formation of squamous cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer, by helping kill off precancerous cells. But before you pour yourself a second cup of coffee or tea, you should know that the best results came not from drinking caffeine but from direct application to the skin. If it proves to work as well in humans, caffeine or some similar compound might someday be added to cancer-preventing lotions or creams.
July 30, 2000 |
It was 11 a.m. and already the wait was three deep at Perk's Place. "Love Train" by the O'Jays was the song of the moment on Oldies 98, and the Human Percolator himself was lip-syncing and doing a little bounce step while clipping 9-year-old Patrick Leach's hair. "They say, 'Didn't you used to be Billy Harner?' " said the Human Percolator with a hearty laugh. "Then they say, 'I saw you in 19-whatever.' And I say, 'I remember you. I saw you there, too.' It makes them laugh. It makes them feel better.
September 10, 1999 |
Long before there was a Starbucks, and before cappuccino, latte and espresso were coursing through our veins, there was Horn & Hardart. The Philadelphia restaurant chain, world-famous for its coin-operated Automats and straight-up coffee, was a mainstay through the Depression and World War II, when creamed spinach, macaroni and cheese, and Salisbury steak clogged our veins. Eventually, Horn & Hardart succumbed to the rise of fast food, closing the last Philadelphia Automat in 1968.