When Did Coffee Become a Status Symbol?

Odds are when you go to the grocery store, you see many people with a Starbucks coffee cup in hand. At some point, this has made it to almost a “right of passage” to get into the grocery store.What’s funny about this is most of these cups are filled up with low-quality “coffee” beverages which are mostly made up of sugar and chocolate. Those who have one of these cups in their hand probably wouldn’t be able to tell a cup of coffee from Starbucks from a cup of your regular old gas station coffee.Another thing that gets lost in this is why not support the local guy? While Starbucks, Dunkin and Tim Horton coffee chains boom, there are many local coffee shops that provide a better product at a similar price. Plus you are helping someone in your community build and maintain their business, which can often be their livelihood. Sure, you may have to get out of your car and actually go into the store, but when you taste a delicious latte from a local coffee shop it will delight you. Their goal is to make a drink so good that you will be back for more. Not to push out thousands of cups to customers zooming through their drive-through on a daily basis.While you may not look quite as cool with your unbranded coffee shop at the grocery store, maybe someone will see your cup and wonder where you got that strange-looking cup that is missing the Starbucks logo. Or possibly they see your cup and say to themselves, “It’s good to see there is someone out there that knows where to get a good cup of coffee.”I promise you that if you go get a cup of coffee from the local coffee shop it will surpass the expectations you have built up while going to the big coffee chains. If not then the coffee shop will probably not be around much longer. Most local coffee shops are owned by people who have been in and around the coffee industry their entire lives. They are chasing something that is their passion and when that is the case it almost always results in a better product.I always make it a point to go and check out a local coffee shop when I am traveling for business or work. It’s a great place to learn about the local culture, network and most of all – to grab a great cup of coffee.

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Should You Get A Ragdoll?

If you are looking for a new pet to love and care for, then you might want to consider a cat. If you decide to get a cat, then all the other pet animals are out of the picture. But then you will have to make another decision: what cat breed do you want?
In this article, we are going to talk about one cat breed that is very great and unique, that is the ragdoll. And if you decide on a ragdoll, then you will be able to receive all the benefits that these cute cats can offer you. But what exactly are the benefits to ragdolls? Before we answer that question, you should first know that it is a good idea to get a ragdoll from a ragdoll breeder because they focus on the health of the ragdoll and its parents, the care and love of a new home, and all that.
So with that in mind, here are some of the best benefits that ragdolls can offer you?

1. Ragdolls are the perfect companion. You might have heard that cats are not loving at all, unlike dogs. But that is not altogether true. There are many cats that are very loving. And you can be sure that the ragdoll is one of those cat breeds. And because of its love for you, it will be a great companion when you are feeling lonely. Ragdolls are also very loyal, staying by your side no matter what. So you can trust that this benefit will be yours to enjoy with ragdolls.

2. Ragdolls are very low maintenance. They do not need much exercise. They do not need much special training. They do not need much care. Of course, it does not mean that you totally abandon all of this. It only means that you do not have to worry when you are away the whole day. It can be easy to worry that your cat is very bored and sad when you leave it alone. This can produce great stress and worry. But do not worry. You can be sure that ragdolls know how to be alone and, since they are low maintenance, you do not really need to exercise them or indulge them all the time. A little can go a long way with ragdolls.

3. Ragdolls can get along with other animals. If you have other pets aside from your ragdoll, then you do not need to worry. It can be easy to worry about having both a cat and a dog as a pet. They might fight all the time. But you can be sure that ragdolls are actually very peaceful cats. They will not try to pick a fight with the other animals. They will even try to befriend these other animals. So if you get a ragdoll, you can rest assured that it will blend in well with your other pets and even befriend and play with it, whether a different cat breed, a dog, or any other pet animal you might have.

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