Let’s discuss Pumpkin Spice and why the PSL is in the Philippines

#shareyourkape #pumpkinspicelatte #pumpkinspice #autumnlove

The Philippines’ franchise of Starbucks just recently announced that Pumpkin Spice drinks are once again available. Of course their Pumpkin Spice Latte (or PSL) has a large (cult-like) following in the states which makes sense since, well Autumn/Fall along with Thanksgiving Day is such an important period of time in the year for Americans. Why, though, is it still selling in the Philippines?

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Luckin Coffee, the Coffee Chain that wanted to be more

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I am fascinated about studies on how big companies fail, I guess it’s from the years of working as a credit/financial analyst. I especially like the most recent ones that are supposed to involve technology startups that, when you really think about it, are not really technology startups. Although it seems to have started its recovery, Luckin Coffee’s saga in my opinion falls under this bucket.

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A coffee brewing bar, not Luckin Coffee
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My (unqualified) thoughts about the Aeropress

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Not breaking new ground with this one, I’m sure. The Aeropress has been around for a long time and has kind of a cult following – it has its own world’s championships and movie for heaven’s sake. There are many ways to make coffee with it and it can even make something near to espresso. There are several reviews and brew guides with the Aeropress as a subject, mostly by people who actually know what they’re doing, but I have nothing else to write about and have been using my Aeropress exclusively as of late so it seemed fitting.

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Yes, the Aeropress.
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How long will it take before our coffee is actually going to cost too much?

#shareyourkape #coffeeprices2021 #uggycafe #lifeneedscoffee

I have not had enough time to study the global coffee prices situation of 2021. Based on what I’ve read recently, supply from Brazil and now Vietnam (major coffee producers) are affected enough to make a lot of news outfits worry (guess they love their coffee).

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A collection of the small number of beans left in each finished bag of coffee
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The shareyourkape Home Coffee Station Hierarchy (totally not a thing)

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I’ve overhauled my coffee station at home to become somewhat minimalistic. Currently, it only has one scale, manual grinder (along with its accessories), an electric kettle, a couple of carafes, filters, an origami dripper, and of course coffee beans. Why? We recently had a couple of bouts with flooding in two months, so I decided to keep it simple to lessen the number of perishable items I need to bring up when rain falls too heavy for our own good. Just to clarify, I didn’t get rid of the other stuff, my wife just helped me arrange upstairs so I can have a storage space for coffee things I am not currently using (like the Hello Scale).

So we won’t get confused like this set-up (a sort of hybrid between two tiers)
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