Sometimes when I think about writing this blog, I want to write about things that aren't really related to coffee. I love learning about the production of all ingredients and things we eat. I recently learned the difference between regular and extra-virgin olive oil, and I'm dying to tell people about it.
Is that cool? Can I tell you guys about things I learn that are only peripherally related to coffee? Or things I think about while I'm drinking coffee? Well, let's try it.
I've been thinking a lot about restaurants lately, since I've spent the past 4 years doing marketing for them. I've read soooo many critiques of the restaurant industry, that it's inherently oppressive, unsustainable, a shell game of debt and depressed wages. I agree, and I wonder at the industry's persistence. I think the act of making food or a beverage for someone, even for money, is inherently loving. It's different than the cooking we do to feed ourselves--we're tasting intention, earned skill, levels of history.
Can we do it differently? Can we honor restaurants as important cultural gathering places, as part of our collective self-care? Can we acknowledge these places need to be here, but that they also need to be better?