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miss maggie ([personal profile] bossymarmalade) wrote2015-03-21 06:38 pm

mr. coffee nerves

Upon rewatching Pulp Fiction, I realized during a scene with Esmeralda Villa Lobos drinking coffee in her car that when this movie came out and I was graduating high school, if you wanted to take coffee with you somewhere, you used a thermos and drank out of the cap. And how when coffee shops first started cropping up, it was confusing because we were all like, "Why would you ever go to one of those places and just sit there with coffee when you could go to an actual place with food?" We didn't have Tim Hortons out in Vancouver back then, heh.

And in other nostalgic coffee ruminations, we've been watching Family Ties on Netflix and in one episode Alex boldly stated (at age 16 or 17) that he would drink a cup of coffee with his uncle. And his mom told him, "Okay, but half milk, honey, because you haven't had coffee before," and I was like, fuuuuuuck. Remember those days? When you had to be OLD ENOUGH to drink coffee? My parents very occasionally allowed us weak half-milk instant coffee, full of sugar. That was it. When I was a teenager coffee was such an adult beverage, and now elementary school kids trot around with Starbucks. The world I growed up in is gone.
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[personal profile] lilacsigil 2015-03-22 03:10 am (UTC)(link)
Wow, really? That's so strange! Coffee shops - not chains, though - had been a thing in Melbourne since my parents' generation. If you didn't live in the city you took the thermos and it was a cause for celebration when a country town had an espresso machine (my tiny town didn't get one until 2004). But I had the cultural knowledge of "cool/urban people go to coffee shops". Maybe it depends on where there were a lot of Italians?
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[personal profile] spiralsheep 2015-03-22 11:08 am (UTC)(link)
Posh non-chain coffee shops over here still usually serve Italian roast coffees (and have been doing so since the 1950s). Italian incomers also used to be responsible for most of the best ice cream parlours. /Brit

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[personal profile] lilacsigil 2015-03-23 06:55 am (UTC)(link)
Must be the same wave of immigration! The 1950s coffee shops here weren't necessarily posh, though - your average pizza place or tiny cafe had the good coffee (and the good ice cream!)
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[personal profile] spiralsheep 2015-03-25 11:55 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, yes, the 1950s coffee shops weren't generally posh. My mum used to hang out in one sometimes, hee! I just meant that the surviving non-chain specialist coffee shops today tend to be more upmarket than coffee chains or general cafes.