New York Leaves the Dark Ages of Coffee; Waverly Inn Mural Personalities Revealed

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• New York is in the midst of a full-blown coffee renaissance, placing us in the ranks of progressive java cities like Chicago and San Francisco. [NYT]

• Meanwhile, thanks to the economy, McDonald's is having trouble with the rollout of espresso-based beverages at some of its franchises. [WSJ]

• A new book out this week reveals the identities of the 43 artists, writers, and other notables depicted on Edward Sorel's mural at the Waverly Inn. [NYP]

• Critic Jay Rayner gets to eat at el Bulli after seventeen years of waiting, and he has a lot to say about it. [Guardian UK]
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