Slow Coffee

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It began at — or rather, over — a McDonald’s. Carlo Petrini, an Italian political activist, was incensed that the fast-food giant was opening a stone’s throw from Rome’s Spanish Steps. What Petrini termed “Slow Food” was at once a cri de coeur against the standardized fast food offered by the chain, and a surprising… Read more...

“Craft” and Coffee: What’s in a Name?

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Like a lot of people, I admit to being enthusiastic about KitchenAid’s coffee products. Generally speaking, the company’s products, from their iconic stand mixers to simpler stuff like immersion blenders are triumphs of industrial design. They combine reliable function with lovely late-modern form. They’re sleek, streamlined, and a joy to use. What’s not to love?… Read more...