Posted Fri Jun 28, 2002, 2:01pm Subject: Through the Cafe looking-glass
This forum is great, like Alt.coffee, but I think that one critical thing is missing. Alt.coffee, like coffeegeek, is one highly technical page, devoted to the finer points of the physical processes of the brewing experience and the accoutrements associated with this process. What is lacking is the human experience in Cafe. That is, the experiental side of espresso and coffee with the sociological confines of the Cafe and the home are being completely overlooked. For example: I do a lot of travelling with my wife. When we are in a strange town, or going to a new place, I always research the local joe joints before I get there in hopes that I may have a positive social experience and experience the local color. While in Portland, Oregeon, shortly after 9/11, I commiserated with a complete stranger, a woman who was in for her first coffee of the day, over the tragic events. We discovered what we had in common and why we ended up at a Peet's Coffee House that particular day. I think other peoples experiences make for stimulating reading and take us a step further beyond the dry recitation of boiler types, brew groups and marine brass. Sure, coffee is a journey, but stop, from time to time, and enjoy the view! Cheers, Colin Newell coffeecrew.com
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