26 Jul '18, 12am

Bad Coffee: Why Do Good People Love It?

Bad Coffee: Why Do Good People Love It?

When I was 18 and had just started working at the newest Third Wave cafe in Edmonton, a woman came in and asked for a large black coffee. Innocently, I explained that I could make her an americano or a Clover (a kind of automated reverse French press, prepared by the cup and now owned by Starbucks). I added that the espresso we were pulling that day was from a small farm in Costa Rica, and that the best offering on Clover was the Kenyan, which tasted like fuzzy peaches. She said she didn’t go in for fancy coffee. She was a cowboy coffee girl: “Tastes like a campfire with a bit of grit in the bottom. Makes your hair stand up.” I don’t remember how I responded to her announcement, but this woman’s preference for bitter, muddy coffee is not uncommon. As a barista working in progressive cafes, I’ve offended countless customers by being unable to provide them with what some mig...

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