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Joe-ho-ho: Christy Thorns (left) and Katy Hogoboom are full of beans this holiday season.
Brett Amole
Joe-ho-ho: Christy Thorns (left) and Katy Hogoboom are full of beans this holiday season.
Not about a Restaurant

The issues surrounding coffee production are similar to those taken on by the Slow Food movement, which opposes the McDonaldization of the world and supports artisan food producers, a more authentic way of living and, above all, delicious food. Sure, there are Slow Fooders interested in nothing more than social one-upmanship, restlessly seeking out food novelties, building huge kitchens, buying elaborate gadgets, competing with each other at dinner parties. But at its best, Slow Food strives toward an integrity of taste that translates into integrity in living. And as I sip the nutty, perfectly balanced brew from Papua New Guinea and ponder the differences between vacuum-pot and manual-drip brewing, it's nice to know that while I'm feeding my coffee addiction, I'm helping maintain some equilibrium in the universe.

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