I was warned that Seattlites LOVE their coffee. Which is generally true even here on the penninsula. There are coffee stands all over the place. Nearly each one has a gimick. For example, one is shaped like a tug boat and is across the street from the marina.
When I saw one advertise "Family Friendly", I started to wonder. I mean, what makes a tiny drive up coffee house "family friendly"? Really good hot chocolate? Free hot cider to kids?
Then we figured it out, though I must admit, I was a bit naive.
Across the street is Fantasy Espresso and a stand called the Natte Latte.
At first, I chuckled, thinking, "Wow, they are desperate to sell their coffee. Using sex appeal? Really? How sexy is coffee?"
Apparently - very sexy -
When it's served by women in pasties and thongs.
Yup, that's right. Drive up to the tinted windows (which are cut especially low so the girls have to bend over to take your order and give your coffee if you're not in a jacked-up truck) and you too can get flirted with and an $8 coffee.
While I enjoy Pastries rather than Pasties with my coffee-style beverages, I must admit, the whole idea made me chuckle. I mean - seriously?! I guess it speaks to the...er... stiff coffee competition out here that you have to resort to that in order to sell your product. It causes quite a stir in newspapers and the like, but I get a chuckle out of it. If there wasn't a market for it, it wouldn't be open every day.
Anyway, I thought it was funny, so there ya go!
Anyone for some sexpresso?
I grew up in Washington when the coffee boom started...I must admit they didn't used to have to resort to gimmicks to sell coffee, but they have so many brands up there now it's crazy. I can't remember the name of the stands, but they have girls dressed in sexy costumes everyday (and a woman owns the chain) selling coffee - apparently the girls make some darn good money on tips and I suppose there are worse ways to make money :). It's pretty humorous to me too.ReplyDelete