Finds Best Coffee Houses
enjoys a mocha at San Fernando's House of Brews
By Eduardo Pardo
College multimedia instructor Christine Hanson who prefers to be
called by her artistic name Xtine recalls that it started with
a yen for a cup of coffee during a visit to New York.
Here I was in SoHo, this community with such an artistic spirit
and an identity as a hip, creative place...but I could not find a coffee
house other than Starbucks, she said.
From small disappointments, revolutions can be born.
that the small, independent coffee house was in danger of going the same
route as the independent bookstore: toward extinction. Thats when
she decided to create Delocator (www.delocator.net),
a website dedicated to helping people find neighborhood coffee houses
alternatives to the big-chain java shops.
She explained how Delocator works while sipping an iced blended mocha
at House of Brews, an independent San Fernando coffee house that appears
on the Delocator site.
Just punch in your zip code and Delocator gives you the names and addresses
of independent coffee klatches within a five-mile radius of the zip code.
In addition to finding a coffee house, you can also recommend one and
include your personal comments about it.
In the first two weeks after Delocator was launched, visitors recommended
nearly 3,000 independent coffee shops to the site, said Xtine. There are
more than 4,000 now. She estimates that over 70,000 people have visited
[ Click image for Delocator site ]
And its fame continues
to grow. To date, articles about Xtine and Delocator have appeared in
the New York Times, Orange County Register, Minneapolis
Star-Tribune, USA Today, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
the Chicago Tribune and several others. More recently, Xtine was
a guest on National Public Radio, discussing Delocator.
Xtine takes pains to explain that she has nothing against Starbucks in
particular. (In fact, she revealed she once worked at a Starbucks.)
Its more anti-corporation than anything else, she said.
Delocator gives people alternatives to the plastic or
pre-packaged coffee house experience.