09 Feb '12, 4am

On Washington D.C. becoming a coffee ‘monoculture’

Some five years ago we wrote about the problem of espresso sameness in the SF Bay Area. At issue is the challenge for local communities to preserve a diversity of quality coffee purveyors. On that subject, today’s Washington D.C. City Paper posted an article on their city’s growing quality coffee monoculture : How Did Counter Culture Coffee Take Over D.C.? Freebies – Young & Hungry . A regional diversity in roasting styles, bean sourcing, and even plain old philosophical approaches towards coffee (for example, industry-centric practices vs. being customer-centric ) is a prerequisite for any vibrant coffee culture to exist. Too much of one philosophy or approach without a foil, and it becomes hegemony — if not also a little monotony. Given this age of large corporate buy-outs and company financial failures — to which D.C. is no stranger — having all your eggs in one basket ...

Full article: http://theshot.coffeeratings.com/2012/02/washington-count...

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