There’s nothing like coffee one-upmanship to make the blood boil.
“You’re still drinking lattes? With actual milk from a cow? Good grief, where have you been?”
Nowadays though, it seems that coffee one-upmanship is no longer enough to secure the seemingly coveted “hippest person in the café” crown. Now that portable devices are actually portable, cafés and other public spaces seem to be prime territory for people keen to show off their technological gadgetry.
I’ve been keeping an eye out during my recent café trips – doppio, natch – and usually around half of the customers are tapping away on notebooks, ultra-portables and tablet devices. This is, admittedly, in tech-enamored Tokyo, but the use of truly portable and network-capable machines is clearly going to increase as specs go up and costs come down. Cafés are...