Episode #57

Coffee and E-Cigarettes

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

No heavy subject matter this week. Instead, we're diving into two subcultures that have been transformed by tech: Coffee and cigarettes. If you've never heard of a burr grinder or cartomizer, this podcast is for you. 

What's disruptive in the world of coffee? For one thing, there's a boatload of new ways to make a cup of joe. 

"The techniques are relatively new," says food writer Oliver Strand. "They're counter-intuitive. They're coming from unexpected places."

Plus, WNYC's Ilya Marritz investigates the largely unregulated $2 billion e-cigarette industry. He introduces e-cig terminology: Vaping anyone? And explains where e-cigarettes fall on the good-for-you-or-bad-for-you spectrum.  

    Music Playlist
  1. City Riding: Morning Coffee
    Artist: Bottlesmoker
  2. Cigarettes and Coffee
    Artist: Otis Redding

MAP: The Coffee Fueling New York City's Tech Sector

It seems like every time we report on a tech company or coworking space in New York City, there's a great coffee shop around the corner. Check out our map to see where the hippest coffee joints in the city are in relation to tech hubs. 

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