[Homeroast] Balzac's Pleasures and Pains of Coffee

denis bordeleau bomerlo at yahoo.ca
Mon Apr 26 16:17:25 CDT 2010

Hi Ray,      After your Barzun and Balzac triggered neuronal antewheelum monoclonal  synapsis connection, why can't we not remember about the Bela Bartok love for Turkish Coffee when he spat out his famous quote:" Competitions are for horses, not for artist."
Have a great evening!      Denis
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Date: dimanche 25 avril 2010 22 h 44

Holy Cow!

The name Balzac triggered some deep, dark memories of  high school reading
class exercises  in the 50's. Read scads of articles of the form, "Barzun on
[this or that social convention or iniquity]"

*Jacques Martin Barzun,* born 30 November, 1907, has not, as yet, been the
subject of an obituary. Little that he wrote had much connection with

Unlike Balzac, Barzun is usually out of bed by 6 am and brews the coffee.
[Foulgers is doubtful for the Franco- American] reads the San Antonio *
Express-News*, exercises for forty minutes, and heads for his study to read
and write.

I really think the true Barista is an artist.
To quote Barzun: "An artist has every right - one may even say a duty - to
exhibit his productions as prominently as he can."

and- "Art distills sensation and embodies it with enhanced meaning in a
memorable form - or else it is not art. "

Most employees that claim the title of "barista" have no more to do with the
ultimate flavor of the drinks they brew than an offset web press operator
can claim literary talent and authorship of the copies he prints. The
employee's drinks engender the same sensation as when finding a political
flyer on the windshield at the mall-

Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!

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