coffee? Ask the Delocator
enjoys a mocha at San Fernando's House of Brews
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.
realized 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
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 the site.
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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
BY EDUARDO PARDO