Starbucks Corp. plans to start grinding and brewing coffee more frequently in U.S. stores to ensure fresh batches are always available.
Baristas will refresh each container of coffee about every 24 minutes, said Sanja Gould, a spokeswoman for Seattle-based Starbucks. As stores typically have three batches going at once, a new pot could be ready as often as every eight minutes, she said.
The current system of making new coffee every 30 minutes includes about a minute of downtime when some customers have had to wait for a fresh pot. The new system, which includes grinding coffee beans before every brew, will be rolled out nationally next month, Gould said.
Starbucks is emphasizing coffee quality as McDonald's Corp. and other rival chains offer coffee-based drinks at lower prices.
Recall: Sweatshirts sold at Macy's stores
Macy's is recalling about 33,000 Epic Threads and Greendog hooded sweatshirts for children because a drawstring at the base of the hood poses a strangulation hazard. The sweatshirts, which came in several styles and colors, were sold nationwide at Macy's stores from July through March. The garments cost $32 to $50.
Consumers should remove the ties from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard or return the garment to any Macy's for a refund, according to the recall announcement by Macy's and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. No injuries have been reported, the statement said. Information: (888) 257-5949 or go to Macy's online. (Click here to connect.)
Not cutting back on dentist visits
Americans may be cutting back on computers, books, washing machines and jewelry, but they're still going to the dentist. Sageworks, which collects data on private companies, said the average dentist office saw 6.9 percent sales growth in the 12 months through April.
Oral hygiene isn't the only area with sales gains in the recession, Sageworks said.
Among the service and product providers seeing revenue gains: Accountants tallied 10.2 percent higher revenue; storage companies' sales rose 9.6%; building contractors, such as electricians and plumbers, had sales gains of 4.6 percent as homeowners focused on remodeling; grocery store sales receipts grew by 6.7 percent; and personal-care shops, such as hair salons, barber shops and skin-care providers, saw sales increase 4.5 percent.