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Shots of espresso and politics

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on Jan. 20, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
January 20, 2009 3:03 pm

Blogger/copy editor Kelly Davenport shared a scene from this morning:


At Satellite Coffee in Tacoma’s Stadium District, customers gathered around a laptop on the counter streaming a live video feed from CNN.com. From desktop speakers that usually blast Motown and soul hits boomed the voice of the new president giving his inaugural address.


Barista Magdalena Ramos timed her espresso shots – punctuated by the loud crunch of the coffee grinder and the blast of the steam wand – to lulls in the broadcast so as not to interrupt. On screen, Obama thanked President George W. Bush for his service, and the D.C. audience applauded – though it seemed subdued.


“Golf clap! Golf clap!” joked shop co-owner Pat Brown.

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