Did Coffee Kill Beer Soup?

As world beverages go, coffee is a neophyte – not steeped in a long history, as it were, but as of now still fresh brewed and in the first flush of its aromatic, world-conquering glory. Did you know that the recorded history of tea goes back three thousand years earlier than the history of coffee?…

Thank you, Arabica!

In the 1970s, the arabica coffee bean emerged as the dominant force in American coffee and changed everything. Up to that point, robusta beans were likely to be what you’d sip in diners and dive-bars – and at home too. Café culture played a big role in flipping the script in American coffee by introducing…

So there is this glass…

The poets have written about the world as a space that the mind fills up like a glass that we fill with water. It exists, objectively, but it only means what we make it mean. So the objective world becomes filled with our ideas of it… Wallace Stevens was particularly involved in exploring how the…

A Little Coffee & Transcendence

…this fascination with time could be highly personal, but it isn’t. Looking at the ways that the past seeps into the present, spinning there like an undertow, even while the present washes out to sea whatever sandcastles we’ve cobbled on the shore – the act of swimming against the tide could be us trying to…