Just the other day, I was in my neighborhood Starbucks, waiting for the post office to open. I was enjoying a chocolatey cafe mocha when it occurred to me that to drink a mocha is to gulp down the entire history of the New World. From the Spanish exportation of Aztec cacao, and the Dutch invention of the chemical process for making cocoa, on down to the capitalist empire of Hershey, PA, and the lifestyle marketing of Seattle’s Starbucks, the modern mocha is a bittersweet concoction of imperialism, genocide, invention, and consumerism served with whipped cream on top.  Sarah Vowell

Photo Sandy Sage

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5 Responses to

  1. Barbara Estinson says:

    Hmmm …. I may not ever drink another mocha without thinking of this quote. Interesting indeed!

    • Sandy says:

      I found it very interesting. How do you like the picture?

      • Barbara Estinson says:

        I had to look at the picture again to notice that the cup was suspended in midair. One of your magic tricks? I don’t think I learned that one.

  2. Sandy says:

    It is suspended from a pole so no magic 🙂

  3. Jesse says:

    Hmm I wonder if this would make Starbucks charge more or less for their coffee? 🙂

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