GK: Coffee: it used to be a cheap drink in truck stops ---- diesel exhaust, a cheese Danish, a cuppa java. And then it became a fine art. (ESPRESSO, SINGING NESSUN DORMA). I used to drink instant coffee, coffee out of vending machines, and was satisfied with it. And then ---- advertising created dissatisfaction.
TR (50s GUY): Ellen! (SPITS) What's wrong with this coffee?? My god it's awful!
SS (50s WOMAN): But I tried so hard!
TR (50s GUY): Do something about your coffee, Ellen. Then maybe I'll find you attractive again. (FOOTSTEPS, DOOR CLOSES, SS SOBS)
GK: Advertising introduced a new concept: that there was such a thing as bad coffee. And therefore, better coffee. We just drank coffee because that's what adults did: it was bitter, and so what? That's life. But advertising introduced the idea that --- if you pay more for coffee, then it mus be better.
TR: Mmmmm. What kind of coffee is this, Ed?
FN: It's (GIBBERISH). It's from Spain. The beans come raw and I roast them myself. (FLAME THROWER) And grind them in this grinder. (SFX) And infuse them into hot water. (ESPRESSO) It costs about $10 a cup but it's worth it.
GK: And suddenly everyone had their own coffee grinder. And people started talking about coffee.
FN (IVY): Well, I like that it has a big muscular bouquet. And it has a long finish and then an aftertaste of chocolate, persimmon, maple, and garbanzo.
GK: The journey of coffee: once a cheap drink of truckdrivers, now an aesthetic journey, a lifestyle experience. It's coffee. Would you want anything less?
Smells so lovely when you pour it,
You will want to drink a quar't
Lining up for it like cattle
On the streets of Seattle
Guatemalan or Brazilian
Makes you feel like a million
In a grande or a venti
Either one is more than plenty
Have a pot of it today
And I'm sure you'll say it's awfully good coffee. (BUTTON)
Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).