Please forgive my endless fascination with the evolution of the Avenew's dining, shopping, parking and non-existent entertainment options. Given the fire about BHS teachers, bond issues, "affordable housing", drought and high-cost rail, watching the Ave. can provide a little light relief on the Voice. Or not if someone gets worked up about the slowly dying Post Office building and the like. I stopped into the new Philz for my pour-over, $4.50 coffee recently. Being mostly a Bodum French press guy made at home, I was fascinated by the whole phenomenon.
Then yesterday's WSJ did a whole piece on "slow bar" coffee shops. That is the industry term. There are five methods--Chemex, French Press, Pour Over, Siphon and Aeropress listed in the article. The Journal describes the business decision between how long to make people wait for "slow coffee", how many staff to hire and how much to charge. Interesting stuff. They note that Starbuck's was the original gateway coffee to the hard stuff of pour over now in fashion. It will be interesting to see if Philz can maintain the momentum that Blue Bottle lost. The only time you don't wait in line is when they are closed!