Everything is changing—again. That’s the thing you need to know about coffee in the United States, right now. After an astonishingly productive decade, one that left the landscape utterly transformed, it looks as if we’re going in for another round. This is exciting.
Just a few short years after so many American towns and cities were first finding themselves dazzled by the bells and whistles of what’s been referred as third wave culture, by lighter, more balanced roasts, by the notion of sourcing, by the latest behind-the-counter gadgetry, the bar is once again being raised.