Saturday, February 17, 2007

Humboldt Coffee Wars?

I would of thought that the coffee business, here and everywhere else, is pretty competitive. Nonetheless, you don't often see coffee houses in the county going out of business, despite having even two Starbucks in Eureka now.

I guess there is some nastiness going on in the background, though, as the Times- Standard reports this morning. Kind of reminds me of some of the cyberstalking that goes on in the Humboldt blogosphere, with some people following others around and constantly attacking them.

In this case the "stalkers" got found out and sued. I suppose it's good to be able to get some sort of justice, but I have to wonder just how many people visited the web site in question?

I guess it doesn't really matter. If someone jerks you around without any real provocation, it makes sense to jerk them around as well.


At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What should I do? I am conflicted. I work nearby and go there almost every morning. I love their coffee. However I have a real problem with what Mr Dominick did. And I absolutely despise his attorney. Should I stop going there? Help me Fred!

At 2:47 PM, Blogger Steve Lewis said...

If Dominick's guilty he should pay with loss of customers. If not, keep going there but with the lawyer he's retained I wouldn't count on a innocent verdict of innocence showing up soon.

At 3:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you want to be part of the problem or part of the solution? With the exception of Los Bagels, just about everyone serves better coffee- and conduct their business with integrity. Maybe sacred grounds could use this publicity for sales. Sacred Grounds the official coffee of thr Republican party, for example. Just a thought.

At 3:22 PM, Blogger Rose said...

That is a ridiculous stretch.

At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Rose....

As we have all learned hereabouts, some people just won't pass up a shot even if it is a cheap shot.

At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no idea what you're talking about, should republicans be offended?

At 8:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sacred Grounds has been going downhill for several years as it is. I've disliked the attitude of many customers there--the loud, you-must-listen-to-me-even-if-I'm-inane-and-tedious self-described agents of 'free thought'--
for a while; only some of the employees come close to being nice. Seriously, this was the final nail in the coffin; I see no reason to give those folks my money. It's one thing to talk trash in private; it's another to employ excellent products and service to win customers; it's weak, pathetic, and cheesy to use the tactics that man was found guilty of using.

I'd rather give a buck to a corporate thug--at least they're honest about their greed. I despise greedy, mean people who pretend to be nice liberals.

At 2:17 AM, Blogger hucktunes said...

What a sleaze. I'll never buy their coffee, that's for sure.

At 4:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a topic.

Slumlords and how they affect our community. It is off topic however something which has not been addressed any where in the Blogs.
Two unethical entities which dominate rentals in Humboldt County are PPM (Professional Property Management) and Squires properties. In future discussion we should look at their impact on our community. A Rent amounts B. What THEY allow, not the owner of the property owners. C. How they manage their properties. D. How they impact HUD monies and dictate who gets such funds. E. The impact on Humboldt County population of people who have difficulties due to legit disabilities and those who simply rent and work in the community. D. Elder Abuse and violations of the ADA Act. E. Where to go to file complaints.

At this time a civil suit is about to filed against PPM for fraudulent business practice. Squire issues have been covered in the papers; however, no one seems to be focusing on the Heroin Hotel located across from the Shanty in Eureka and the drug dealing in open view.
Good Citizen

At 8:44 AM, Blogger Carol said...

Here is a little ditty that can be sung as a round:

Coffee is not for me
It's a drink some people wake up with
That it makes them nervous is no myth
Slaves to a coffee cup
They can't give coffee up!

Also JS Bach wrote the "Coffee Cantata", but I sang it in German.

At 9:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out
for updates on the previous post and current happenings.

Good Citizen

At 6:39 PM, Blogger Rose said...

Good Luck, Good Citizen. Will check it out.

At 7:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being "progressive" doesn't negate following the local tradition to success.

After a few years in Humboldt, anybody who's ambitious gets the message that using gossip, smears and dirty tricks to promote your economic interest is proper and acceptable here. Thats the history of the area.

The same things are happening with the North country fair, kinetic sculpture race, and reggae on the river.

At 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent 7:49 you nailed it. Although the 3 circumstances are different, the issue is the same: MONEY. It sucks bigtime, but isn't surprising; the 60's kids imploding.

At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Citizen get your own blog...

Dominik being in the coffee business (for awhile longer anyway)probably doesn't mind his name being Mudd. I for one will never buy Sacred Grounds coffee nor knowingly drink it if my usual establishment serves it-will pick another establishment. That just sucks. Boycott Sacred Grounds for unethical and mean business practice-if you can't produce a better product to get customers you don't deserve our business anyway.

At 8:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dominick the dick.


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