Whole Latte Trouble


Seattle rolls toward its referendum on a dime tax on espresso drinks, oblivious to the fact that the premise of the tax is deeply flawed. It is clearly designed to function as a kind of luxury tax—"regular" coffee is exempt—on fancy drinks no one really needs.

Last time I had both eyes open wide enough to tell, coffee houses are no longer the redoubt of the leisure class. Those construction guys sure look like they need their redeyes, ditto the EMTs trying to wind down after a call with a decaf latte.