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I was amazed when I moved here and discovered that the high school had an espresso cart. Kids bought and sold coffee, for crying out loud---something you would never have seen in the southwest US. Sure, we gave some of our more hyper kids a cup of coffee from the staff lounge in the morning (in lieu of Ritalin---and with parent blessing)...but lattes and mochas?
There is definitely a coffee culture here in the northwest. Don't let the cliches fool you. And if you need any more evidence, take a look at this article about how the district administration offices in the Edmonds School District have a new $15K espresso machine, even as jobs are being cut. The machine will eventually generate some revenue for the district, but in the meantime, this seems a bit of a PR slip. School districts all over the area are having significant budget issues. Somehow, enabling our caffeine habit via tax dollars seems like a sure way to mainline some trouble.