Inside, the swirls in his mind were still interlooping with hers. They were shared swirls that leaped across from her conscious world to his unconscious one. Categories fell away. Tenderness was out of control. His ability to interpenetrate the soul of others increased. His relation to her at this moment was direct. There were no analytics, no reservations, no ambitions, no future desires or past difficulties. It was just I and Thou. A unity of being. A higher state of knowledge. A merger of souls. At this point his questions about the meaning of life were no longer asked, but were answered. – Social Animal, David Brooks
Fictional Coffee Morning
6:30AM: Mr. Coffee drip brewer makes a pot of the black stuff
7:15AM: out of the shower, half dressed, slam a messy pour into your car mug
7:30AM: mug in hand, shoulders up to your ears (its much colder out here than you thought it’d be), into the car
7:45AM: damn, still too hot, won’t taste lunch now, commute halfway over, what do I have to do today?
8:00AM: slam back the last of the black stuff, teeth gritted, bearing a painful smile as you power up the laptop
Fictional Coffee Evening
6:15PM: laptop screen slapped down, not taking it home tonight, not… taking…. it… home… tonight, I have plans
7:00PM: arrive at XYZ favorite specialty coffee house, what band is that playing? I like it. Wonder if John and Jane are here yet?
7:03PM: hey man, yeah just got off work, you been well? Great, ohh, yeah I’ll take a cappuccino. Flick a card, start a tab
7:05PM: brrrr, brrrr, groom, tamp, extract, whrrr, whrrr, swirl the steamed milk, pour the velvet rosetta upon the espresso, serve
7:07PM: warm cappuccino in hand, like the white porcelain cup, take a quick sip, salty front, velvety approach, rich espresso flavor, nice
7:10PM: a conversation between three friends. There is a premise for the meetup, but that holds for about 5 minutes and then the hours pass by
Coffee has always been a part of American culture. It has not always been a community epicenter. Specialty coffee houses have become the secular churches of our times, a place for friends/acquaintances to meet and converse. The shops cared about their ambiances first. As they matured they started caring about their coffee. They crafted, inquired, experimented, improved, regressed, learned and still pursue the better cup of coffee to this day. The coffee doesn’t make our friendships any stronger, but it can be a great conduit for conversation.
Foundry Coffee Company is going to use 2013 to help pursue that better cup of coffee. We hope you use the year to pursue better relationships… and perhaps to invite a friend or two out for a cup of coffee…
Happy New Year, may it be grand.