I also see this as an opportunity for IT shops to improve the quality of their coffee in their break rooms. I mean, what would it actually cost to set up a "coffee club" where you bring in one of those decent automated Keurig coffee machines with different flavors, or a pod-based easy-cleanup espresso machine and share the cost among a group of people, or contribute based on the honor system? Keep your IT workers happy with good coffee and keep them at their desks.
And if you're an independent coffee roaster, if you haven't done it already, set yourself up with a Cable Modem/DSL line and free Wi-Fi for your customers. Starbucks charges for it and it always makes me think twice about going into one when I know I need my email and Frappuccino fix.
And for God sakes, Corporate America -- Mini Moos do NOT have an unlimited shelf life, ok? When they curdle in coffee, it's time to get new ones.
If your local Starbucks is closing, what do you plan to do about it? Talk Back and let me know.