Bye, Bye Diedrich Coffee?

This is not good news. Late last week it was announced that Diedrich coffee had sold most of it’s stores to Starbucks in order to “focus on wholesaling coffee to restaurant chains, specialty stores and offices.” Now don’t get me wrong, more of my money goes to Starbucks than to Diedrich’s — but only because there are three Starbucks locations within two and a half miles (two on my commute route) and the nearest Diedrich Coffee is just over two and a half miles away. And in the wrong direction. But when when I do visit them I’ve found that the coffee — and their prices — are better than at the more convenient Starbucks. And most of their local stores offer free wifi while Starbucks sold their customers to T-Mobile.

Anyone know of a good alternative offering good coffee and free wifi in Orange County — particularly in the Orange, Tustin and UCI neighborhoods?

5 Comments so far

  1. omar c (unregistered) on September 17th, 2006 @ 10:52 pm

    Not to tute (toot?) my own horn but I put together this thing for squeezeoc –

    Earth Cafe’s my favorite in the UCI area. Also near UCI, in University Plaza or whatever it’s called, where the Diedrich is on campus, Cha for Tea offers free wi-fi and I’m pretty sure they have coffee drinks there too.

    In Orange, as long as you spend $3, wi-fi is free at The Ugly Mug. There’s also the Panera Bread locations in Orange & Irvine.

  2. substitute (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 1:00 am

    Panera has free wifi, lots of power outlets, and decent coffee & food. There’s one at Bison & MacArthur and a new one opens this week on 17th in Costa Mesa, a stone’s throw from the original Diedrich.

    Throw another stone and you’ll hit Martin Diedrich’s new operation, Kéan, which is at Irvine & Westcliff. Roasted in the store the way he did it when Diedrich meant good coffee and not a wannabee Starbucks, and prepared by serious baristas.

  3. Rusty (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 11:18 am

    How is this acquisition not a blatent antitrust violation? Coffee People, in the Portland area anyway, is the closest thing to competition for Starbucks’ virtual monopoly. How can the FTC allow this?

  4. omar (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 11:19 am

    Kéan coffee’s awesome but no free wi-fi : o

  5. LipLash (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 12:00 pm

    This is just so sad. I love love loved Coffee People when I lived in Portland and love love Diedrich now that I live in Anaheim. Will there be any left? How many Starbucks’ does the county need anyway? Pretty soon they’ll be opening a Starbucks in my very own living room — I won’t even have to leave the house for my Java!!


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