Trending in 2020: Coffee porn for the masses


Traditionally, the word ‘porn’ has been associated with taboo sexuality, but according to the Oxford dictionary, the word ‘porn’ can be used to describe love for inanimate things (presumably in a family-friendly way).

PORN: Oxford dictionary definition #2: Television programs, magazine, books, etc., that are regarded as emphasizing the sensuous or sensational aspects of a nonsexual subject and stimulating a compulsive interest in their audience.





We’ve heard about weather porn, food porn, even architecture porn or real estate porn, but coffee porn—not so much. Despite the fact that coffee in all its iterations is beautiful---from the bean to the brew---when you google ‘coffee porn’ it’s all about the intersection of obvious sexuality and coffee, with coffee relegated to a prop. That’s not what I’m talking about. 





I was standing next to the coat room at the Montclair Art Museum last Friday evening, at the coffee vending machine, which is an elegant, highly functional, beautifully designed machine that dispenses Americanos, lattes, cappuccinos, and other hot drinks---for just $1.00. I spend a lot of time at museums, and I really appreciate a museum that makes it possible for me to drink coffee (for $1) and eat delicious food from the food trucks, while perusing beautiful art exhibits, listening to jazz bands, and chatting with my friends and neighbors.             
                   

Some of the most stunning photography I’ve ever seen features coffee.  Whether it’s black coffee, espresso drinks with little hearts on top, red and green coffee beans, coffee being force-streamed from a silver spout, kiosk coffee sitting slightly tepid in a paper cup, coffee with cream, coffee with oat milk, coffee with hazelnut whipped cream, coffee, coffee, more coffee, and some coffee to go with it.

Coffee is beyond beautiful. It is a life-giving, morally and spiritually uplifting, beautifully sensuous elixir. We should cherish it and accept in in all of its iterations. And while we’re at it, let’s make ‘coffee porn’ a thing.


Would love to see your favorite coffee photos. Happy Valentine’s Day!


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