I'm back in Kyoto, one of my favorite cities in Japan, for a series of meetings this week. While I haven't had a chance yet to explore much of the city, one trend seems clear: Starbucks is taking over. Last time I was in Kyoto -- about a year-and-a-half ago -- I struggled to find a single Starbucks (A Tale of Two Starbucks). Tonight, however, I've already seen four of them. I still prefer the Cafe in my hotel, the Hotel Granvia Kyoto, where they prepare coffee in large, glass beakers and heat it over a contraption, pictured here, that looks like it came from Frankenstein's Lab. What next, Breakfast in a Petrie Dish ...?!?