good coffee: sexist, racist, generationist, hedonist?!

November 12, 2007 – 3:28 pm

this blog has yet to thoroughly peruse middlebury college’s economics discussion paper no. 07-11, but slate scribe tim harford is already pondering out loud the ramifications of a coffee movement that, apparently, makes women wait longer than men, “blacks wait longer than whites, the young wait longer than the old, and the ugly wait longer than the beautiful.”

does that mean an “elite” coffee experience, left to its devices, naturally veers toward inequality? at the very least, the data would seem to point out just how crucial the distinction is between aesthetic preeminence that excludes people, and that which draws people in.

UPDATE: oh, to be an aging, white, male studmuffin. you’d experience the ultimate in coffee service! but really, how many of those kinds of people do you see in a cafe?

UPDATE: annnnnnd, the all-male reaction from coffeed patrons is predictably split into two camps — cavalier agreement and vehement manly outrage. it’s either, “well, duh” or “pseudoscience”!