I was traveling (again) this weekend to attend a couple of weddings, one in Nashville and one in Atlanta. The natural wedding gift from a coffee evangelical like me was a French press coffee maker. The night before I left I went by Williams-Sonoma, but they only had one ridiculously priced model. This was no problem — I figured I would have no trouble picking one up when I arrived in Nashville.
I was wrong. When I bought my own press many years ago, they were easy to find in lots of department stores. This no longer seems to be the case. I was at a mall and went to about five different stores, none of which offered a French press (I eventually found one at a housewares store in Hillsboro Village). Instead they all carried the new, expensive pod-style machines like Nespresso makes. They’re an inferior way of making coffee, but they have a much higher mark-up and they sure do look fancy, so that’s what the stores have shifted to carrying and what customers will see as the best coffee makers.
Conclusion: I hate capitalism.