Third Wave Coffee is all the rave in Manila right now. Depending on who you’re asking, many people have different views on what it really is. In my opinion, however, it primarily involves the appreciation of specialty coffee.
According to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), coffee which scores 80 points or above on a 100-point scale is graded “specialty.” Specialty coffees are grown in special and ideal climates, and are distinctive because of their full cup taste and little to no defects. (Wikipedia)
I read somewhere that, “Third wave is all about education, not attitude.” And rightly so. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. When a regular coffee aficionado has been initiated to specialty coffee, snobbery might ensue. He might go through the stage of bashing and boycotting Starbucks. And instead of telling people about the good news of specialty coffee, he simply shrugs in disgust at the ignorance of Starbucks-loving folk. Read why this guy thinks Third Wave Coffee Is Killing Itself,
I’m tired of the attitude of the people who make it. I’m well enough known, to my great chagrin, that people rarely give me attitude to my face, but I have eyes and ears. I watch as people are lectured and mocked for not understanding the coffee shop’s manifesto. Last week, I watched a man in front of me in line receive a condescending jeremiad, air quotes and all, about the difference between their macchiato and Starbucks’ “macchiato”…
Lose the attitude. Lose the condescension. Lose the superiority. Third-wave was supposed to be about education; it was supposed to about opening your eyes to the idea that coffee, like wine, has terroir that’s destroyed when you load up your cup with sugar and milk.
In the same way, when someone is first introduced to the Doctrines of Grace, otherwise known as Calvinism, two things happen: they either reject it or embrace it altogether. Those who profess the Doctrines of Grace, more often than not, enter what most theologians would call “The Cage Stage“. R. C. Sproul writes,
Cage-stage Calvinists are identifiable by their insistence on turning every discussion into an argument for limited atonement or for making it their personal mission to ensure everyone they know hears—often quite loudly—the truths of divine election. Now, having a zeal for the truth is always commendable. But a zeal for the truth that manifests itself in obnoxiousness won’t convince anyone of the biblical truth of Reformed theology. As many of us can attest from personal experience, it will actually push them away.
Sad, but true. I have to confess that I have been in the same position before. Instead of winning people over, I have pushed them away. I have unjustly marginalized those who are not “in the know”, forgetting that I myself have been in the same position as they were prior to be being “enlightened”.
Just as snobbery is antithetical to the specialty coffee industry, theological elitism should have no place in the Christian life.