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Tim Castle, Past President of SCAA, offers his thoughts on tipping. What say you, coffee people?

Tim Castle, Past President of SCAA, offers his thoughts on tipping. What say you, coffee people?

By Tim Castle, Author & President of Castle & Co. Supposedly, the term “TIP” first came into use shortly after the founding of London’s Lloyd’s Coffeehouse in 1688. Perhaps apocryphally, the word is said to have been an acronym signifying “To Insure Promptness”, and may have even come into use first at Lloyd’s. It is chilling then, to think that today’s coffeehouse could have christened, if not helped to foster, such a retrograde, unwholesome, and widely practiced custom. Why am I criticizing tipping in its modern-day form? Let me share an anecdote… Many years ago I was invited by the Ueshima Coffee Company to present a paper at a coffee conference that they were sponsoring. Upon arrival at the Osaka airport there was a porter waiting to help me. When my host’s representative located and took me to the taxi, I attempted to tip the guy helping with my bags. He immediately r...

Full article: http://www.scaa.org/chronicle/2012/08/14/the-gestalt-of-g...

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