I love coffee as much as the next guy (who loves coffee). Two or three really strong espressos a day is not unusual. I’m also someone who can drink a strong coffee minutes before bed and still sleep like a baby.
But, as we all know, there is a lot of crap coffee out there, most of it perpetrated on society by the Borg-like chain store coffee houses like Starbucks and Gloria Jeans. Well, my friends, salvation (and good coffee) is at hand!
Delocator.net, or the Starbucks Delocator is a project encouraging the use of independent coffee houses. Here’s their opening spiel:
Caf??s are vital social outposts that have historically provided subjective, social, local, and at times, irrational interaction, inspiration, and nourishment to artists, hipsters, musicians, activists, intellectuals, radicals, and others alike. Currently, independently owned caf??s around the world are under aggressive attack; and their numbers have been sharply decreasing for many years. delocator.net is a means to preserve these local businesses.
What a great idea! And better, they provide their entire site code and db schema for download so you can run your own Starbucks Delocator node!
However, here’s the rub. Given the risk of corporate smackdown by the coffeehouse giants, they dare not use the name Starbucks Delocator, so boingboing and Stay Free! Daily are encouraging a Google campaign to link to Delocator.net by the preferred Starbucks Delocator.
I think we need an Aussie version, I may just set one up. Anyone want to offer some free LAMP hosting and a .net.au domain?