Espresso in Platonic Form

If there is a Platonic form that represents the ideal espresso, it exists in a ceramic cup, a demitasse. Glass is also good, but definitely not a paper cup. Paper cups are, by their very nature, disposable, intended for low quality products and low quality experiences. Espresso deserves better and the vessel it is served…

French Presses and Prejudices

On my first day at the corporate coffee company I worked at for over a decade, the manager and assistant manager who hired me sat me down for orientation. Along with new-hire paperwork and orientation materials, they handed me a little book that resembled a passport. They each had one as well. Theirs had stickers…

The Too-Honest Homeless Poet

When I lived in downtown Annapolis, I spent much of my free time in coffee shops or sitting by the water, reading philosophy books and writing poetry. I met some very interesting people during that time, not the least of which were the local homeless people. There was one in particular with whom I would…