tschmidlin, you built a coffee maker for starbucks? Surely there's some more to tell there? :-)
Not really. I spent a couple of years in Starbucks R&D, developing and/or testing equipment. We didn't do any of our own manufacturing, but partnered with various companies and developed our own specs for grinders and coffee makers with the goal of improving the end product (ie the drink). For that machine I got to spend a week on the Isle of Man visiting pubs (and a heating element manufacturer), a week in Cologne visiting pubs (and a trade show), and a week in Luzern visiting pubs (and Bodum).
We also did stuff like build a mobile coffee shop for Lilith Fair, and try to figure our a way to make what is now called Via. I was more on the retail equipment side though. Oh, and of course everyone in R&D was conscripted onto various tasting panels (coffee, ice cream, frappucino, sandwiches, etc), which was how I ended up on the Redhook Double Black Stout reformulation panel.
It was fun . . . until it wasn't.
Well, I guess there was a little
more to tell.