A still from one of my daughter’s apps…
T.S. Eliot, quite possibly the greatest English language poet of the 20th century, oh-so eloquently reflected on the passing of time by saying, “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” So have we Thomas, so have we. From the borough of Brooklyn to Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Tokyo, and every other hub buzzing with creative productivity, we suspect that if they’re not all jump starting their days with Nespresso at the crack of dawn, they’re fueling their weary world with the rich, velvety, caffeinated goodness of some damn good direct trade, shade-grown beans roasted on vintage gear, pulled by an expert hand.
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In 1650, St. Michael’s Alley, London’s first coffee shop, placed an ad in a newspaper. That ad — archived in the British Museum, and Internet-ed by the Vintage Ads LiveJournal — extolled the many Vertues of the newly discovered beverage. Which “groweth upon little Trees, only in the Deserts of Arabia,” and which is — despite and ostensibly because of its Vertues — “a simple innocent thing.”
What’s amazing about the ad — besides, obviously, its crazy claim that coffee can prevent Mif-carryings in Child-bearing Women — is how flagrantly its copyrighters flung the Vertues they extol. Per these 17th-century Mad Men, coffee could be used to aid and/or prevent: indigestion, headaches, lethargy, drowsiness, arthritis, sore eyes, cough, consumption, “spleen,” dropsy, gout, scurvy, and — my personal favorite — hypochondria.
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Don’t know why “Coffee - drunk generally throughout all the Grand Seigntors Dominions” never really caught on.
Where I’ll be tonight!* Great music and great coffee. Done.
*Unless you’re a stalker, then I’ll be somewhere else entirely.
Don’t miss the We/Or/Me concert at Heritage Bicycles General Store tonight! Unless you have a shark rodeo planned (and if you do get us the address ‘cause we’re totally there after the concert) this is the best way to spend your night tonight.
When: Thursday, February 23, 7-9pm
Where: Heritage Bicycles General Store, 2959 Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL
Before they were grandparents, they were taking a much deserved coffee break.
When you think about mining back in the day of our grandparents, you immediately think of tough, hard working men putting their lives at risk to raise a family. Most of the men in my east coast family were miners and were very proud of their jobs. And I’m proud of them.
Maybe I’m sentimentalizing a bit, but I imagine that coffee must have tasted so. good.
So who’s seeing a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises tonight?
Just finished watching Dark Knight. Heath’s performance just floors me.
If you don’t feel like visiting a beautiful shop that makes tasty, tasty coffee and I-have-to-ride-that-or-my-head-will-explode bikes then don’t look at these pictures.
I have so many memories of this exact image just different hands, different people, varying qualities of coffee, different diners, restaurants and states. Road trips, pre- and post-concert gatherings, late night talks…there was always something about a girl that runs her sleeves up onto her hands…
Best coffee in Evanston, Coffee Lab on Noyes. Each cup is individually ground and then poured with its own filter. Plus they ring you up with an iPad so it appeals to my geek side.