Coffee Snobbery

The New York Times dining section has an outstanding article about coffee in the big apple. Even if you're not a New-Yorker, it's worth a read.

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It's worth putting into perspective, though. The author names about 15 cafes in Manhattan and Brooklyn that serve either outstanding or notably good coffee. But for every one of those cafes, there are hundreds of Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Tim Hortons, McDonalds, and other run-of-the-mill, mediocre places to get your caffeine fix.

So sure, New York is a coffee town, but probably upwards of 90% of the coffee sales still come from the same handful of big corporate fast-food chains.

On a related note, if I ever acquire the skills necessary to develop a smartphone app, my app will be called "Coffee Snobs" and will be a directory of snob-approved coffee shops in all the big American cities. Why? Because I find it very frustrating to travel to a foreign city and have to drink a bad cup off coffee because I don't know where to find the good stuff. And frankly, there are a lot dumber apps out there...

2 comments:

    Sounds like a good app.

     
    On March 12, 2010 jes said...

    I would pay for that app!