An Espresso Analogy

2 05 2010

So I came across an article titled What Happens During an Espresso Extraction by Erin Meister of Counter Culture Coffee and Nervous Cook. It’s an excellent primer for coffee newbies on what makes an espresso an espresso. But it’s this that caught my eye:

“Espresso sure is a complicated elixir for being so small. Like Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity, a high-quality shot can be multilayered and complex: rich, sexy, sweet, but also fast and smooth—maybe even a little dangerous—with a hint of a bitter edge.”

I don’t know about you, but rich, sexy, sweet, fast, smooth, bitter, and dangerous is how I have my espresso everyday (especially the dangerous part, as it is my middle name as well). But Barbara Stanwyck and Double Indemnity? What the? Well, here’s the writeup according to Netflix:

“Smitten insurance man Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) plots the perfect murder with femme fatale client Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck): staging her husband’s “accidental” death to collect double indemnity on his life insurance and absconding with the loot. But before their scheme can pay off, the lethal duo must first get past a crafty claims investigator (Edward G. Robinson) who senses something isn’t kosher.”

While it does have a rating of 4.1 stars on Netflix, I wonder how many readers out there has even heard of this gem from 1944? Certainly not I. Erin, may I recommend this instead?

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3 05 2010
Cladrite Radio

My head is spinning! I would hope ALL of your readers have heard of DOUBLE INDEMNITY! If not, they’ve got a treat in store, as DI is an all-time classic, truly one of the greatest movies ever made. Not only does it star Ms. Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, and Fred MacMurray, but it was directed by the immortal Billy Wilder and the screenplay, which is based on a James M. Cain novel, was co-written by the great Raymond Chandler, the best hardboiled fiction writer who ever lived.

That’s a lot of greatness in one picture.

Time to expand those cinematic horizons, my friend. There were many amazing movies made before 1970, and DOUBLE INDEMNITY ranks with the best of them.

14 05 2010
lavazza coffee

1970 that’s a bit out from my generation but as long as it got a good message that I can learn from, I’ll look it up. it must be a black and white, kids will have a fill day giving it to me but I’ll take your word on it and watch it.

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