October 30, 2012 |
The goldfinches have long since devoured the sunflower seed heads in my garden. Time to get out the feeders and go buy birdseed. Estimates are fuzzy, but at least 55 million Americans join me in this effort, says George Petrides Sr., managing director of the National Bird-Feeding Society. And we spend a hefty sum doing it. Expenditures on seed, feeders, birdbaths, birdhouses, and the like come to $4.5 billion a year, he said. Helping birds doesn't have to stop there. Two other consumer choices are important - paper products and coffee.
February 28, 2014
J AMES FAYAL, 23, of Rittenhouse Square, is founder of Zest Tea Company. The company has developed four high-quality tea blends that have more caffeine than coffee without the unwanted side effects. In July, Fayal, who's also controller at NextFab Studio, raised nearly $10,000 through a crowdfunding competition. He began selling tea from Zest Tea's website last month. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Zest Tea? A: A friend and I are tea drinkers and discussed ways to make tea more caffeinated without the side effects of coffee.
November 8, 2012 |
YOU PROBABLY give little thought to the mug that holds your morning cup of joe. For some, that vessel is a work of art unto itself. On Thursday morning, the Clay Studio, a gallery and retail space in Old City dedicated to handmade ceramics, hopes to change the way some local coffee drinkers think about their own usual mugs. During the studio's Guerrilla Mug Assault, volunteers will gather at six secret locations to surprise morning commuters by replacing their usual cup with a one-of-a-kind handmade mug. Five hundred mugs crafted by 50 artists, many from the Philadelphia area, will be given away.
March 8, 2016 |
For Kathy Jordan, cats are like potato chips. You can't have just one. It's a motto that led the 58-year-old financial adviser to adopt her first cat in 1991, and to rescue another just years later. It led to establishing Green Street Rescue, a Philadelphia cat adoption center, in 2005, and along the way, to fostering hundreds of cats of her own. This weekend, it again led the Fairmount woman to perhaps her most crowning achievement: opening Philadelphia's first feline cafe.
May 29, 2014 |
Have it your way. No, not your fast-food burger. Your prayer. In an age when convenience is king and religion is often ridiculed, some churches looking to widen their outreach efforts are embracing what community banks and pharmacies have utilized for decades: the drive-through. The latest to offer a bit of spiritual uplift in the comfort of your car is Hope United Methodist Church in Voorhees. "People go to Dunkin' Donuts for coffee, not because it's the best coffee, but because it's the most convenient," reasoned Hope's lead pastor, Jeff Bills.
December 8, 2011 |
The design came to her in a dream. Just as Keith Richards came up with the riff to "Satisfaction" in his sleep, Cupcake Lady Kate Carrara woke up one Sunday in 2009 and quickly grabbed crayons to record her vision of a cupcake truck. When she brought the drawing of the white box truck sprinkled with giant jimmies and lined with a metal flounce to a car detailer, he said he could do everything except the giant cupcake springing from the roof. "Go under an overpass and you'll knock that thing right off," she remembers him saying.
July 1, 2016 |
A restaurant may not be able to be all things to all eaters, but there is a new breed of eateries in the city that are giving it a go - offering meals morning, noon, and night. Unlike the traditional diner, these breakfast-lunch-and-dinner restaurants of the moment not only offer more ambitious cooking, but they often visually transform over the course of a day. Hungry Pigeon, a charming storefront in South Philadelphia, starts out as an airy cafe serving morning coffee and biscuits with sausage gravy, then moves to salad and wine lunches.
January 17, 2016
5 million products produced in 2015 450,000 miles flown by Pop! Promos team annually 4,500 cups of coffee consumed by staff annually 500 product renderings created a day 2 office dogs
May 25, 2012 |
By Lanny Morgnanesi I've become free of a drink that controlled too much of my day and punished me with physical pain if I ignored it. It's fun to joke about coffee. But I'm not joking. I'm the type of person who gets incredible headaches from caffeine withdrawal. If I was running a little late in the morning, unable to make or purchase coffee, I'd arrive at work wondering when and how I would get my coffee. If I decided to wait until after a morning meeting, and the meeting ran long or something else came up, I'd missed my chance, and a monster within me would put a clamp on my brain.
January 15, 2016 |
Yes, it's true, coffee fiends: Even in the long-ago days before pour-overs and latte florettes, before single-origin beans, small-batch roasters, soul-patched baristas and all that artisinal obsessiveness, coffee was essential stuff. People drank it to wake up in the morning, to pick themselves up in the afternoon, to keep going through those graveyard shifts. And nowhere was coffee more of a force - and a fuel - than on the soundstages and craft services tables of the Hollywood studios, where actors had to throw on makeup and costumes before dawn, where takes and retakes required constant reinvigoration, where the pages of shooting scripts were marked with coffee cup rings and splashes of java.