By New Times
By Robrt L. Pela
By Lauren Saria and Heather Hoch
By Deborah Sussman
By Robrt L. Pela and Amy Silverman
By Kathleen Vanesian
By Eric Schaefer
By Heather Hoch
These days I snort with contempt as I drive past the old hangout on my way to the new. I doubt it mourns my absence. It's always packed. Obviously, many people would never dream of looking elsewhere.
Now, there's another new place on the horizon -- the California-based Coffee Bean, soon to be popping up everywhere. Those who have been there speak of it with a reverence usually reserved for sites of religious importance.
I'm willing to give it a try. Who knows? One day I may even defect. There's something for everyone out there. Coffee drinkers are a nomadic tribe, easily lured, easily distracted. There will always be something new and entirely different just around the corner.
John Roark is a freelance writer whose aversion to pigeons has left him cowering under tables. Given time, medication and weekly therapy, he may one day feel safe drinking his white chocolate mocha outdoors.