My wife and I just returned from a trip through Rochester, NY (the area we stayed in was impressive! Beautiful old houses and flowers upon flowers!) to Ottawa, Canada and back. Here are some photos of coffee establishments we visited: first, Glen Edith Coffee, Rochester. Nice setup. Barista was new but engaged in his work. Had a good but not great (hey, I am prejudiced) cup of pour-over Peruvian.
Next, Ministry of Coffee, Ottawa. What a great name–but it would not mean anything in the U.S. Here I had a fine cup of espresso; real depth–geological layers, as the specialists say–some sweetness in the cup, long finish.
And I will mention but will not name another coffee place in Ottawa where I asked the barista about pour-over; he turned to another guy working there and asked what a pour-over was. Needless to say, the drink I did get there wasn’t very good.
Finally, a photo not related to coffee, from the Eastman Museum in Rochester, of one of the first Kodak cameras ever made, 1888. Cost at the time was $25, not a small sum then. Several years later, George Eastman figured out how to get the cost of a Kodak down to $1. Then, wow, the camera really caught on; e.g. all 7 members of the tsarist royal family had one before 1914.