[Dixielandjazz] Ah, hah!

Jim Kashishian jim at kashprod.com
Mon Oct 19 02:48:08 PDT 2009

Ah, hah!  Caught you all!  Lots of strong comments about likes & dislikes
about coffee....thereby exposing passion!  
Naturally, in all good things there is passion.  There is passion in our
love for jazz.  There is passion in our love for coffee.  What we should not
allow is for OUR passion to make demands on someone else's passion.  THAT
was my message & my reason for bringing coffee into this discussion.
I'm struggling to not fall into my own trap of not being openminded here,
but I must still make a complaint about those big paper cups with plastic
bubbles on the top & a straw coming out of Starbucks.  
Granted, it may be refreshing.  Granted, there are most likely many lovely
concoctions.  Granted, they have exotic names.  I would guess, though, that
there is only a hint of coffee flavor in them.  A coffee shop (chain, in
this case) shouldn't sell itself on coffee if it's main draw is something
other than.  Much like a band (or a festival) shouldn't bill itself as jazz
if it is really something else. 
To include those mixtures as if to say one should accept them as coffee,
just as one should accept all styles billing themselves as jazz, stretches
the argument a bit too far....and only shows the power of marketing, not

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