Celebrity Grub

Kawhi Leonard Gets Banned From Local Coffee Shop In Los Angeles

Update w/Apology: Alfred coffee has formally apologized, saying that the ban was a joke and “No one has been or ever will be turned away from Alfred.”

Update: Clipper fans have taken to Yelp to completely trash every Alfred Coffee location. Countless 1-star reviews popped up over the last couple of days, and Yelp has posted an “Unusual Activity Alert,” on the Alfred Coffee review pages. An Unusual Activity Alert occurs when a business stirs up controversy in the news and a sudden burst of negative reviews start being posted.

Probably the best part are the attempts to make the reviews sound legitimate, with cries of bad service and high prices.

There is a lot more star power making its way to Los Angeles, courtesy of the NBA and a slew of superstar free-agent signings. A couple of those superstars, however, chose the Los Angeles Clippers as a destination instead of the Lakers.

That isn’t sitting well with Laker fans, and apparently a popular L.A.-based coffee shop isn’t taking it too well, either.

After the Clippers announced the acquisitions of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, Alfred’s Coffee allegedly posted on their Instagram, “We reserve the right to refuse service to Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and anyone else affiliated with the Clippers organization.”

It’s not unusual to see in-state sports rivalries get heated among fans, but for a business to potentially split its customer-base within its own city is something else.

While Clipper fans are few and far in between, some still made their way to Twitter and posted their displeasure with Alfred’s coffee.






We can imagine fans took to Instagram as well, seeing how Alfred disabled its comments on there.

We'll see if Alfred's will stick to its guns, or apologizes to the Clipper fan base. It'd be even funnier if the Clipper team actually did show up to a location to see if they'd really keep their word.

Hit-Or-Miss Humor

Coffee Shop Expertly Trolls Customers Into Being More Polite

With app ordering, and even curbside service, big coffee shops like Starbucks keep incorporating ways to get you in and out with as little human interaction as possible. However, this little Roanoke, VA shop is encouraging the opposite.

In a hilarious attempt to get its customers to interact, or at the very least be polite, Cups Coffee & Tea put up a deal that benefited those who said more than just “One small coffee.”

The deal was those who mindlessly ordered their coffee in that manner had to pay $5. If they added a please, which should be the bare minimum anyway, the coffee price reduced to $3. If the customer went all out with their barista acknowledgement with, “Hello, I’d like one small coffee please,” the price dropped dramatically, to $1.75.

Not being a jerk pays off at this little coffee shop, and all it takes is a little common courtesy.


6 Infuriating Coffee Shop Habits Built By Starbucks Culture

We’ve gotta hand it to Starbucks. We instinctively look to them for Coffee 101 lessons. Accessible just about everywhere, from Target to Disneyland, it’s a welcome sight for coffee fiends from all walks of life. Although sometimes, you will actually encounter areas where the only brewed selection isn’t courtesy of a green goddess. This is where we often fail as consumers, as Starbucks has ruined our perception of caffeine-laced beverages. How? Well, for starters . . .

1. Ordering by size is a language barrier.


Do you want a large? Then stop requesting a Venti elsewhere! It’s an ugly habit that’s tough to kick, especially when you have a favorite potion. The phrase just rolls off your tongue. Many places don’t even offer more than two size options, making this exchange especially awkward. Speaking of size . . .

2. Requesting beverages by name may yield other results.


For example, a macchiato ordered in Starbucks has multiple sizes. In non-Starbucks territory, it yields a single espresso size. Before you go chewing out your barista for incompetence, stop to consider the possibility that they’re actually assembling the norm. Now take a deep breath before your next move.

3. New, fancy drinks aren’t exactly new.


Starbucks recently introduced a Latte Macchiato. Consisting of espresso layers, steamed whole milk and even more espresso, it’s the kissing cousin to their new Flat White. However, Flat Whites have been around in Australia since before you were born. Brush up on what’s listed on another joint’s drink board, and try not to look like an douche when it’s your turn.

4. Coffee shops don’t all offer frequent buyer cards.


Everybody may know your name at the local ‘bucks, but at the independent spot, they will give you a blank stare if you attempt to pay with an app. Remember, these places thrive in an indie-minded environment. That may mean a wall of mismatched mugs belonging to regulars. What it doesn’t mean: Attitude over their differences. This is especially apparent if you  . . .

5. Ask about WiFi (DON’T).


Connecting to their internet should not be considered a right. Believe it or not, many shops want you to put your phone down and communicate with those around you. Lugging in your laptop and setting up office for an afternoon may generate a lot of stink eye in your direction. If it isn’t obviously available, just chill for the time being and do something cray like read the news from an actual paper.

6. Your expectations run low for everyone else.


Go ahead and play favorites, but remember that Starbucks used to be just another place to get a hot beverage. Less corporate coffeehouses make up for a lack of festive branded cups with kick ass latte art and board games. Who doesn’t want a complex, steamed milk design with your Jenga competitive streak? And remember to drop a tip in that jar; many can’t afford to offer things like health benefits. Supporting local only makes you look good.






How Krispy Kreme Will Transform Into A Legitimate Starbucks Rival

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When you go to Krispy Kreme, you’re probably not going to sit down and chill with all your friends, having those riveting conversations about your work day. Chances are you’ll grab your box of donuts and roll out, immediately.

While that type of model wasn’t a problem for Krispy Kreme in the past, sales are quickly dropping and they’re now trying to shake things up by keeping customers in-store, Starbucks-style.

When you go to a coffee shop, you’re likely to grab your food, pull out your laptop, listen to some tunes and surf the web. That’s why a North Carolina Krispy Kreme just incorporated a coffee shop-like wooden interior, some inviting vintage signs and even free wifi, according to Business Insider.

continuing-the-coffee-shop-vibe-the-seating-area-has-been-reworked-to-be-more-modern-and-invitingKrispy Kreme workers are now making the coffee fresh and even calling themselves baristas, according to Bloomberg.

They’re even taking customers names with the orders, probably misspelling them and doing their best Starbucks impression.

Do you feel like you’re at a coffee shop yet?

Over the years, Krispy Kreme has tried to put a stronger focus on their coffee.

In 2011, Krispy Kreme launched their own line of signature house blends in an attempt to make their way to your kitchen.

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They even give away cups their coffee every September, hoping you’ll come in and give it a shot, but the brew has still been secondary to the glazed treats, making up only 5 percent of its sales.

Bloomberg charted out Krispy Kreme’s falling stock over the past 12 months as people seem to be losing trust in the doughnut shop.

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However, they have a mega-chain in Starbucks they can use as a guide. If this North Carolina store actually gets people in the shop, sitting down, chillin’ on their laptops, it could be a game-changer for Krispy Kreme.

We’ll be able to add them to the list of hangout spots and think of them as more than the doughnut shop we occasionally slip into just to watch the “glaze waterfall.”


Here’s Why This Coffee Shop’s Obscene Name Might Finally Come Down


Apparently there’s little coffee shop in London that’s been getting away with having a four-letter word cleverly inserted right in their name.

Fuckoffee, as it has been known for about a year now, got a pissed off letter from the landlord’s lawyers, asking to take down the shop’s sign.

Fuckoffee was obviously bummed as they posted the notice on Twitter, with the caption reading, “No humor please, we’re British.”

Well, maybe a little humor as they drew a cartoon penis on the notice.

The letter said Fuckoffee has until October 27 to remove the sign, or it will be done forcefully.

Fans of the shop are not taking this quietly as they’ve created a Change petition to keep the name as is.

We all know always leads to big changes, so we’ll see how this all ends.

h/t mashable


PHOTOGASM: This Cafe is Shaped Like a Giant Vintage Camera


Calling all vintage/photo-loving foodies: there’s apparently a giant camera in South Korea that doubles as a nifty camera-themed cafe.

It’s called the Dreaming Camera, and according to blogger Messy Nessy Chic, the small mom and pop, located just east of Seoul, is owned by a former air force helicopter pilot and designed to look like an oversized red Rolleiflex. Inside, the walls are lined with an assortment of books, panoramic windows, and vintage cameras, and outside, two round windows on the first and second floors serve as the camera’s “lenses.”


Anyone lucky enough to live nearby can check the cafe’s Facebook page for hours, location, and some gorgeous (of course) photography of the owner’s family and grounds. The rest of us, meanwhile, will just be sitting here, consumed by our envy and photo-lust, wah.


PicThx Dreaming Camera


Shirtless Male Baristas Will Serve You at this Coffee Shop


If you’re looking for a cup of hot coffee served to you by shredded shirtless male baristas, then you might want to check out Hot Cup of Joe. The coffee shop in Spokane, Washington, features an all-male staff of baristas who make coffee to order without shirts on.

The idea was a response to the recent openings of bikini coffeehouses that have been making the news. Hot Cup of Joe felt that the female population needed their own place to enjoy their coffee just as much. They even offer their male patrons a $1 discount whenever they place an order.

“This is something the women have been crying out for for a while,” Chris Mullins, 28, Hot Cup Of Joe’s owner, told The Spokesman-Review. However, Mullins continued to say, “We’re not going to be wearing thongs.”

Sorry, ladies.

Picthx Hot Cup of Joe


NYC Tries to Pass off $7 Bougie Licorice Latte


New York, why must you troll the rest of the country with your outrageously priced food items? Sure, you’re the home of some pretty epic creations, case in point: the Cronut, but just trying to keep up with the food scene could drive a hipster into bankruptcy. Now, you’re trying to pass off $7 lattes as a thing. It’s bad enough I have to pay $4 for my beloved Zebra Mocha but you’re trying to tell me that it’s okay to charge nearly double that for a latte that’s licorice flavored? Listen to me carefully, no one likes licorice. No one.

Budin, a new coffee bar in Brooklyn, is charging $7 for their fancy licorice latte. Sure, they say it’s expensive since everything used for the drink (minus the milk) is imported. The coffee beans come from Ethiopia then get shipped off to Norway for their roasting process while the star anise and licorice powder come all the way from Denmark.

The cafe is defending their product’s price due to the “high caliber” of each component in the drink but some coffee enthusiasts aren’t buying it. Still, I guess it’s a better alternative than the $47.30 priced Quadriginoctuple Frap from Starbucks.

H/T + PicThx Gothamist