I decided that there was enough coffee-related news to justify a blog reboot. There are two notable cafe openings in the near future. Fiddleheads is opening a location at Bayshore Town Center, and a still-to-be-named cafe is to open in the Flatiron Building on N. Water St. in Milwaukee. The first is about a block from my parents' house, and the second is about three blocks from where I work. I also have a few anecdotes to share, one being that I was in Canada on vacation in August and had a lot of great coffee there. They have a fantastic chain called Second Cup, with many locations even open 24 hours. I had a couple great coffees at 1 a.m.
With the persistent troublesome economic climate marked by especially by rising food prices, I think the need for clear thinking about arguments for and against large chains in the service industry is greater than ever. A local coffeehouse that I frequent in the far northern suburbs is plagued by supply chain problems and other issues; last Saturday, I wasn't able to order food at 5 p.m. That doesn't concern me for my own sake, but seems like a waste of opportunity for the coffeehouse—and a bit unfortunate for consumers who are, I feel, sometimes hectored into patronizing pricey local food and drink establishments. I wonder if these coffeehouses are using the local business associations to share best practices and all of the innovations that have become commonplace in the wider business world.