Oct 17, 2017

The high-end trend coming for coffee

Barista Eviana Dan holds espresso beans at Millcreek Coffee Roasters. Photo: Rick Bowmer / AP

One new trend to watch: high-end coffee. The Wall Street Journal's Charles Passy writes, "Americans have long moved past the ho-hum cup—first embracing the higher-end brews offered by Starbucks and now enjoying what is called the 'third wave' in coffee, with emphasis on farm-to-table sourcing and alternative brew methods."

"To justify eye-popping prices, high-end java spots use rare beans, fancy machines, elaborate preparations and heaps of hyperbole"

"Eleven Madison Park, the Michelin-starred dining spot [in New York] ... just began offering a $24 cup of joe. Maya Albert, the restaurant's coffee director, spends about 10 minutes preparing the beverage tableside.""She uses her Silverton 'dripper,' a brewing apparatus that resembles something out of a chemistry lab. She carefully times each of the three stages of the process, including the all-important 'bloom' period when the ground beans first make contact with the hot water.""In Southern California, $55 ... will ... get a special cup at Klatch Coffee, which plans to roll out ... Esmeralda Geisha 601 [next month]. The '601' refers to the price per pound that the coffee sold for at auction."

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Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in San Antonio last night with his wife, Jane. Photo: Eric Gay/AP

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Jim Clyburn with Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

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Why it matters: Clyburn's comments echo fears from many establishment Democrats, who worry the House majority they won in 2018 by taking moderate seats carried by President Trump could be at risk with Sanders at the top of the ticket.