August 30, 2015

The Making of Coffee

Three spoonfuls in—measured, but heaping to the stained basket that mother bought some Christmas past. Careful to fill the carafe to the crack but no more, […]
July 24, 2012

Confessions of a Barista

It was always curious, the way he walked by the sagging bay window. Not curious, really. Repulsive. I was a coffee-slinger in downtown Boston in those […]
June 27, 2012

A Touch of Sienna

Imagine this: the sultry, clandestine meeting of an 18th-century French ladies parlor and the ritzy know-how of a smoke-filled Vienna coffeehouse on Wienerstraße. It’s a sight […]
March 23, 2012

For the Farmer, and for Me: 1913

Somewhere north of the Rhine River, in the fog that hangs between fall and winter, a farmer stirs coffee with friends. The beer is too bitter, […]