If you visit the Handlebar Coffee Roasters website, a photo of a handsome, smiling couple will greet you. Don’t be fooled. This company is apparently ruthlessly litigious.
So incensed that a couple of Seattleites on bicycles were peddling—and pedaling—their coffee around the city under the name Handlebar Coffee that they had their super fancy L.A. lawyer send a cease-and-desist letter to a couple of dudes on bikes selling their coffee nearly 1,200 miles away.
Alex Johnstone and David Rothstein, heroes in the eyes of Seattle’s coffee obsessed, have agreed to change their company’s name—lest they be confused with their law-mongering counterparts. The company is planning to announce its new name soon, according to Eater
Recently, The Stranger
called the artists formerly known as Handlebar Coffee “Seattle’s best caffeine pedalers
Clearly they’re the nicest, too.
Which coffee company do you think came out best in this spat, PR Daily