Blog posts tagged "vancouver"

Blueprint for a New York Coffee Boutique

January 17th, 2006

Tony has a bit from this morning’s Brazilian auction

When the digital smoke cleared, the last bidder standing was the coalition of Australia’s Instaurator and Vince Piccolo of Vancouver’s Caffe Artigiano paying a record-demolishing $49.75 a pound (about $79,000 for the 12 bags).

A bold move that will have some scratching their heads, but Vince and his crew plan on selling the coffee exclusively via their recently obtained Clover at $5 a cup.

I’ve been pondering that a kiosk specializing in exactly this kind of thing, would probably be smash hit in Manhattan.

Specialized, small space requirements, appeal to the city’s snobbery. Hook it up to a decent online engagement strategy, communicating and blogging around daily specials, cuppings, and general coffee education. I think it would be a hit. And avoid most of the pitfalls associated with starting a coffee shop (especially in a high rent city) In fact, I even fantasized about starting it, until I thought hard about the initial outlay. And it dovetails nicely with my not so secret desire to see the quality of NYC coffee rise if I’m going to be living there.

“It might seem crazy that we were prepared to pay that price,” said Mr. Piccolo, a 40-year-old former fine-dining restaurant owner. “But when you break it down by the cup, it is about the same price that people would pay for a mediocre glass of wine.”

Actually it’s still considerably less then you’ll pay most places in New York for a mediocre glass.

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Back at the Desk

June 8th, 2004

Thanks to everyone who sent condolences. It doesn’t currently look like insurance is going to cover any of it, but hope springs eternal.

Other then a few rough spots it was a lovely week, kayaking around in the San Jauns was beautiful (I’ve got some pictures on my camera which wasn’t stolen, but will have to wait to be uploaded until I get a laptop to download then to), and Vancouver was interesting, much more urban, and diverse feeling then Seattle, and very lovely. I have to say though just mentioning you’ve been robbed in Vancouver brings out a well of similar stories; the people behind us at the coffee shop had had their backpack stolen the night before, we’ve met a number of folks who’ve experience car breakins, etc..

I recommend Vancouver highly, but as an international traveller (rental car with foreign plates, or large backpack) I think I would recommend operating on developing nation travel rules, at least as regard to property.

Voice mail is working again, but I still don’t have a new phone, email will reach me, but I’m digging out of a week backlog, and only at work. If I haven’t replied yet, I will soon.

For the record we were parked in a busy part of Stanley Park, and we weren’t gone for long. Also if you’re passport/birth certificate gets stolen, some sort of photo id, and your police filing number are recommended for getting back into the country.