Today a friend kindly sent me the second of two links to articles about cutting edge coffee places in London and New York….

http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/travel/28heads.html?ref=travel

  http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/food/2010/03/01/2010-03-01_coffee_wars_new_culthit_java_joints_are_brewing_a_big_city_rivalry.html

I became quite steamed up as I read them, it’s all about Espresso!  The world’s becoming a one brew town! If you read the majority of blogs about coffee there is an obsession with baristas and espresso coffee making. Lovely though the coffee is and great that there is a rise in small artisanal coffee roasters I lament the emerging universality of the espresso and the global dominance of trendoid coffee. Whether it’s an Americano, a flat white, a bumpy brown or whatever, I miss the diversity of brew and culture. In northern European countries coffee was usually taken with milk. Not a bloody latte but café au lait or kaffee mit milch and it was made by filter or cafetiere. The southern Mediterranean countries drank small strong cups of coffee without milk, using the stove top espresso or moka pot and eventually developed the espresso machine. In places like turkey and the Middle East they use the ibrik (also called briki or jesvah).

It was interesting to read a past article by George Sabadosin in a Coffee geek forum  http://coffeegeek.com/opinions/georgesabados/06-12-2007

“What is unique is that, outside Italy, the Australian and New Zealand café markets are the only other 100% espresso-based markets in the world! The US and other countries are dominated by filter style, or brewed, coffee. You cannot give filter coffee away in Australia or New Zealand. “

His article refers to the migration of southern Europeans to Australia, unlike the earlier migration to the States it took place at a time of the development of the mass produced espresso machine and so emerged the dominance of the espresso in Australia and New Zealand.

Sadly there are now few places where the espresso machine has not come to dominate.

 The NYDaily News article finishes nicely……

….….. “I’m not trying to be a hater, but dude, have some fun!” said La Colombe’s Wolfe. “Everyone’s so serious. It’s just coffee. They’re like, this is a single varietal from El Salvador and I’m using a $15,000 machine, and you’re going to give me $7 and we’re going to geek out.”
 
  

Oh what am I drinking today? Yemen Mocha Matari  ……Filter!!!

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