Check out this article, and my first signature drink on someone's menu!

I recently ran across this article that was to tell me how Starbucks is good for small coffee shops. I was, indeed, interested their reasoning. I also issued a rebuttal in the comments, and stand by the comments wholeheartedly. I believe it as much today, as I did five years ago. Here's the article link:
Also, you may know that part of my job is creating coffee and espresso programs in restaurants and bars, and the coolest project I was able to work on recently was a new three story club that opened up here in downtown Charlotte called HOM. Anyway, I helped come up with the menu, did the training, and was also honored to have my personal signature drink chosen to be on their menu. It's a drink I have held onto for many years, waiting on the right home for it, and there it is, right on their menu. Mocha Diablo. Beautiful. When I read it I was like a proud papa. Grinning from ear to ear. It's a good job what I get to do, heck, what we all get to do, let's not forget it. This coffee life is a good life.

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Comment by Jason Dominy on February 5, 2008 at 7:00am
No problem Loren! Nice link!
Comment by Loren Anthony on February 5, 2008 at 6:57am
Oh This isn't the same article that showed up on MSNBC did anyone read that one? Here:

BTW , Hi Jason thanks for adding me !
Comment by Jason Dominy on January 20, 2008 at 12:49pm
That's crazy! That's what should drive you to be the best you can be.... You can set the standard!
Comment by nik orosi on January 20, 2008 at 12:43pm
the problem here is no barista community, so i have only 3 real coffee friends here to talk and learn and share, thats why im on the net all the time, to win championship here is to know our coordinator, im first who won without being on his side with his coffee, as for starbucks, hope will bring more of quality matter in terms of preparation cos again, even we have long culture of coffee, tamping, dosing, grinding etc is not as i would like to see around, me, im slighlty overdosind and corser grinding, here, everybody is sticked to italian 7g or less, i know bar who is making 200 cups from kilo!!! how stupid is that?
Comment by Jason Dominy on January 20, 2008 at 12:38pm
No worries Nik. Hope all is well in Croatia. I think Starbucks will make the small coffee shops over there better, and thats a good thing!
Comment by nik orosi on January 20, 2008 at 12:35pm
just now, btw, 'starbucks' is comming just now to croatia and i dont feel upset at all, or should i be? your plates are explaining what i think about them. as for my comment, it was kind of a joke, no hard feelings on my comment...
Comment by Jason Dominy on January 20, 2008 at 12:27pm
Why would I change my plates? Did you not read my comments on what I feel about said company?
Comment by nik orosi on January 20, 2008 at 12:14pm
so will you change your number plates?
Comment by Jason Dominy on January 20, 2008 at 11:45am
Gotcha, just wanted to make sure I wasn't off base. I agree, as an "Op-ed" it was amusing, at best. Just should have been stated as more of an opinion piece...
Comment by Joe Stormer on January 20, 2008 at 11:41am
Ha, oh sorry about that. It was definitely Salmon's rant that I found to be "fun, if flawed". I fully agree with your your response.

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