Cof­fee, like almost every­thing else these days, is a sport. Every­one has a favorite team (or cof­fee mak­ing method or polit­i­cal affil­i­a­tion or design style or TV dra­ma or rap­per or com­ic book), dis­cuss­es tech­niques and relives great moments with oth­er like­mind­ed fans, and argues with fans of oth­er teams. The pro­lif­er­a­tion and diver­si­fi­ca­tion of media over the past 35 years cre­at­ed thou­sands of new sports and bil­lions of new teams.

The scourge of coffee

I’m not sure I agree 100% – Kot­tke may be talk­ing about the dom­i­nant cul­ture of play in the US, which is intense­ly com­pet­i­tive – but cer­tain­ly, cof­fee cul­ture and many oth­er diver­sions are won­der­ful exam­ples of play hap­pen­ing in all areas of life.

Hat tip goes to Matt Jones.

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Kars Alfrink

Kars is a designer, researcher and educator focused on emerging technologies, social progress and the built environment.