Only once in a blue moon does a barista express their political beliefs to unsuspecting American citizens via a steaming hot Cortado. Well, this moon must be blue as the damn sky, because I think a barista knowingly imprinted their Commie beliefs into my steaming hot beverage's frothy milk!
The Soviet Union fell in 1991, but there are still countries out there who uphold the political system. China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea, Vietnam. I can't remember if my particular barista was from any of those countries, but who's to say he doesn't support Karl Marx's idea of a classless, egalitarian society.
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Exhibit A: take a close look at the picture I posted of the cortado I bought from a local coffee shop. Is this $3.50 drink topped with frothy milk or the Soviet hammer and sickle? To the untrained eye, perhaps it's nothing more than a coincidence, but who's to say there isn't bit of socioeconomic commentary in my drink.
I'm not one to point fingers, but I do like rattling cages.
Probably my imagination, to be honest.
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Jeremy Glass is a writer for Thrillist and can be contacted on Twitter: @CandyandPizza