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…

Artist Julius Eastman – Natural Mystic

We can all look at the same thing and see something different. We can stand under a single row of power lines that gape against the sky, right on the edge of the desert, and some of us will see an ending: The end of city pavement, a last row of homes set as a…