The Delocator

by The Scarlet Harlot on April 7, 2005 · 15 comments

in Uncategorized

Coffee drinkers unite, here is your chance to contribute to the mom and pop industry.

The Delocator requests a zip code and will find your local non-corporate cafes. The Delocator will bring up a list of local coffee shops with some direct location and contact info.It will also give a comparison list of Starbucks in your area; so if you are not down with supporting the little people, then you can trip right over and order yourself a Vente Triple Shot Non-Fat No Whip Mocha, like I do.

[B]Why Delocate?[/B]

[I]”Cafés are vital social outposts that have historically provided subjective, social, local, and at times, irrational interaction, inspiration, and nourishment to artists, hipsters, musicians, activists, intellectuals, radicals, and others alike. Currently, independently owned cafés around the world are under aggressive attack; and their numbers have been sharply decreasing for many years. is a means to preserve these local businesses.[/I]

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  • .alphamonkey.

    I heartily disagree with the characterization of Starbuck’s as a local-business killing company. If anything, Starbuck’s creates MORE customers willing to pay 4 dollars for coffee.  Customers that would otherwise would have never wandered into whatever local hipster dive in your neighborhood. You can’t argue that massive customer base was there before Starbucks.

    If anything, Starbucks is actually great for smaller markets (like Kansas City), where the number of independent coffee houses has actually INCREASED since Starbuck’s came to town.

  • Cananopie

    All the same people need to stop freaking out over Starbucks. I see their faces. Daily. They’re not human. Starbucks isn’t for people who want to go to local coffee shops, it’s for everyone in suburbia who wants to walk in looking chic and trendy to their job/school/meeting/wherever and act like they’re sophisticated by ordering “Half decaf Double tall nonfat with whip no water extra hot Latte.” Some people say “Oh my God! I havent seen a Starbucks for miles! It’s SO amazing you’re here”

    I agree Starbucks is only so popular becuase it’s trendy now. But people STILL shouldnt go to it. Not religiously like that.

  • .alphamonkey.

    You misinterpreted my remarks.  It’s got nothing to do with trendy and everything to do with having the resources to build a brand image.  Joe’s Coffee can’t afford the advertising/branding necessary to make the average consumer care.  Starbucks can. 

    Having worked in coffeeshops (as well as frequented many a local shop), I still go to Starbucks almost by default.  Not out of being trendy (or even brand loyalty), but because I’m guaranteed to get halfway decent service, without being accosted by hipsters and hippies.

  • Cananopie

    I wasnt necessarily disagreeing with you, just speaking my feelings about it. The problem with me is I work at a high volume location with less pay and more expensive prices and I’m owned by a seperate company. What they expect us to act like is unreal. We can get your drink out and ready to you in less than a minute but don’t expect us to be asking you how your day was at the same time. Corporate standards are ridiculous and they curb the tendancy for people to act like themselves. Not necessarily rude or anything… but we shouldn’t be forced to upsell, and we shouldn’t be forced to make conversation with the customer. I can’t speak for a Starbucks with regular traffic and owned specifically by Starbucks- maybe it’s different for them. But I can assure you, using Starbucks product, our bean isn’t necessarily “quality” anymore than any other shop. It’s mass produced, sitting on shelves for months before it reaches your cup. People pretend they can taste the difference but on accident I’ve given the wrong cup (tradition instead of mild and visa versa) before and they’ll take a drink and worship it and say “That’s the Sumatra I was looking for” when it was House blend or something.

    And just something that extrapolates at an uncontrollable rate is something I dont want to really contribute to or condone. They might seem alright now- but so did Wal-mart. The USA Today yesterday had a section on them: “The Waltons invited the press into their homes to try and rid the negative image Wal-mart has been recieving as of late. CEO blah blah defended his company’s practice which has been in hot water lately because of worker treatment issues saying that ‘if Wal-mart doesn’t do it, someone else will, it’s all about the cheapest product for our customers.’

    I dont care if it’s Starbucks or any other corporation- once you get on a global level, so much as you’re “sure” to get excellent service is going to be the places where you find the most disgruntled employees because they have no say in how anything is run. Everything comes straight down the ladder no matter how wreckless, stupid, or pointless it is. Employees are nothing but replaceable pawns. Maybe that’s not a big deal to anyone else, but to the millions they employ it is. Just because you’re not rich doesn’t mean you should get shit on 100% of the time.

  • Shadow Stalker

    Having worked in a Starbucks affiliate too, I agree that most people don’t know one blend from the other.  But if you drink them a lot, like I do, you can tell the difference.  Same with decaf and regular.  I probably couldn’t name every blend in a blind taste test, but I know when I didn’t get the blend I asked for.  Not that I’d complain; I’ve done it many times myself.

    That said, you’re right that there is nothing special about Starbucks coffee.  They use quality beans, but they always use a very dark roast.  I usually enjoy that, but it can destroy the subtler flavors of single origin coffees.

    I usually only go to Starbucks when my wife wants a drink (she only drinks the white mocha), I need to study, or I can’t get a space in front of Broadway Cafe.

  • The Scarlet Harlot

    Starbucks coffee rules!!! I love it, I know when I hit Starbucks that I am going to get a quality bean and not some crappy store bought stuff. Now, not to say that I have not been into my fair share of local shops that stocks a good bean and a friendly smile, but I’m sure to get the same thing at any Starbucks in the world. I’ve become such a coffee fiend in my aging years that both the local shops and Starbucks knows my name and order by heart.

    I agree with that Starbucks may have helped the whole fancy shmancy coffee phase, but it doesn’t hurt to give the little guys some of the dough too. That’s why I like this little gadget, it shows you both little people and corporate.

  • The Good Reverend

    So, cafes are “social outposts for” blah blah blah.  You know what?  Starbucks has done all those “musicians, hipsters, activists”, etc. a favor by leeching off the consumership of the soccer moms, yuppies, and other people that won’t be living in a van down by the river when they’re 60.  Now this vanguard of intellectualism can truly have their local coffeeshops back so they can be strictly among others as self-important as they are.

    If I’m paying $4 for coffee, I want the best-tasting coffee and the best atmosphere.  My choice is Broadway cafe because they make the best mocha and have DJ Shadow coming out of the speakers.  If they didn’t have the best coffee, I wouldn’t for a second suffer a shitty espresso just so I can support the hang-out of a bunch of kids in emo-gear thinking they solved world hunger.


  • Shadow Stalker

    Broadway Cafe’s espresso rules, and their daily blends are awesome too.  I just wish they had better parking.

  • .alphamonkey.

    Room 39 has the best espresso in town, in my not-so-humble opinion.  Elegant atmosphere, good food, great coffee.

  • Shadow Stalker

    Where is that?

  • .alphamonkey.

    39th and Bell, across from Mama’s.  Where the rightfully closed Muddy’s used to be.

  • Shadow Stalker

    Oh, so it’s new.  I’ll have to try it.  But how dare they open down the street from a poor, defenseless Starbucks!

  • Souped_up_on_Jihad

    All right, I’ve made my rounds on the coffee circut. I harbor no ill will towards the local places, I enjoy coffee at both Starbucks and the local places, and want both to have success. Most of the time, the local place and Starbucks serve two different customer bases. Starbucks made coffee big, and without them, many of the smaller places would not be in business now. The thing that kills me is the “rivalry” between the two. You are competing for different markets, serve your customers and STFU.

  • .alphamonkey.

    Well said, Soup.

  • How To Run A Coffee Shop

    More info please…. Your topic about The Delocator needs more comments. I\’d like to spend me Saturday nights reading about how to run a coffee shop

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