Science, Magic and Starbucks

Science, Magic and Starbucks

So this weekend I’m catching up on a collection of blog essays — continuations and corollaries on the never-ending debate of what constitutes science and magic in the world of, er… speculative fiction1 — when what to my wondering eyes should...
Is Cream a Coffee Pollutant?

Is Cream a Coffee Pollutant?

There are millions who wouldn’t think of coffee without abundant cream and sugar. (Hello, New England!) And there are a precious, precocious few who would consider condiments of *any* sort anathema to the coffee experience. For them, the NYTimes offers this...

The Coffee Klatch Anti-Bad-Coffee Movement

Remember that note a few days back where Starbucks was closing up shop for a few hours to retrain its staff? The good folks at Coffee Klatch (Hi, Mike! Hi, Heather!) cleverly decided to offer free coffee while their neighborhood Starbucks shops were closed for a...
The Perfect Cappuccino – A Documentary

The Perfect Cappuccino – A Documentary

Over the summer (when it was warm and there was no snow on the ground… did I mention it’s snowing in Vermont today? Already? Again?) filmmaker Amy Ferraris dropped by to comment on a post (Where Are the Great Good Places?) and suggested a few places...
Fatty Cappuccino? Blame the Reindeer.

Fatty Cappuccino? Blame the Reindeer.

It’s fair to say that, on this side of the pond, Heather Mills doesn’t get much attention. Who? Oh, you know… married the Beetle. No, not that one. The other one. There you are.1 In the UK, however, Heather gets the same sort of air-time and intense...
Woz: Why Robots Will Never Make Coffee

Woz: Why Robots Will Never Make Coffee

What’s not to love about Steve Wozniak? Think of the steps that a human being has to do to make a cup of coffee and you have covered basically 10, 20 years of your lifetime just to learn it. So for a computer to do it the same way, it has to go through the same...