A couple cool things. First, I visited the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room. For lack of a better term, it is the Willy Wonka factory of coffee shops. You might be thinking to yourself: But Morgan, your staff spotlight from the College of Continuing Education says you prefer any coffee shop that isn’t Starbucks? You would be correct. I do prefer any local shop over the behemoth that is Starbucks. I of course still go there rather frequently as they are more than convenient. Now…much like other people have mentioned this Starbucks is of another breed. All of the coffees here are ones you don’t typically find in regular stores. All of the Reserve coffees are roasted here and it means that the coffee here doesn’t taste like your regular Starbucks. It’s much better.
When it came time to order a coffee, I looked at their brewing options (there are 6) and I settled on the one that I had never heard of or tried. Siphon brewing. The barista that was helping me actually said “Okay, now let’s SCIENCE! some coffee!” He may have been a bit over-caffeinated with all that surrounded him, but he took his time in explaining the process. Rather than expounding on it here, if you want to know more, check out the video on this page that explains the whole thing.
The second cool thing, Google Photos. I sent the pictures I took with my camera to my phone which automatically backed up to Google Photos. As I was leaving the store, I got a notification on my phone that the Assistant had created a new animation from my photos. That’s where I got this. It blows me away how far technology has come in my lifetime that I can get stuff like this on the fly. It makes me excited to see what will happen in the coming years.