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"My manager and my assistant manager are under constant pressure to make more and more profits, [pressure] which they pass on to us."
OMG! How could a company do this?
Well, who works for a company that doesn't do this? Sounds like these are finally legitimate jobs just like mine.
The French, the Italians, and even the Persians ... they all have centuries of historic wine-making and long-standing traditions of wine pairing with the local food. But when we look to the original coffee cultures of Ethiopia, Yemen, Turkey, etc. - the concept of food pairing is alien and all but absent.
Is this by accident? Hardly. But some people have got it in their heads that if you are particular about the origins and production of what you consume, you must shoehorn it into a wine equivalent -- which means doing ridiculous things like coffee pairings. We like a good cigar too now and then, and there's a reason why cigar pairings with food are also not present in history.
Fortunately, curious novelty fades and common sense prevails. In the meantime, I suppose this is mankind's way of trying to recreate the events that lead to the first humanoids that ate artichokes ... or who removed the seeds from coffee cherries, burnt them, crushed them, and suddenly thought brewing that with water was an interesting idea. Coffee pairing will undoubtedly never make it any further than it did with our ancestors centuries ago.
Chowhound has always turned me off, before and after CNET. The insufferable, self-indulgent posts that marinate in self-righteousness and indignation over minor defects in their posters' gluttonous orgies are the modern day version of Marie Antoinette's fictitious, "Let them eat cake." So it's not self-righteousness, BENZENE, it's disaffected gluttony.
We had better hope that the One Laptop Per Child program never makes it to impoverished kids in central Africa. Otherwise reading Chowhound will raise a generation of people who feel justified in strapping on vests and blowing up our fair citizens.
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