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When in Parkhurst, Have an Espresso

Espresso.jpgA search for excellence will elicit no qualms from this quarter. President Kim obviously likes high-end coffee: so much so that he had a special 240v electrical circuit put into Parkhurst for the commercial grade Italian espresso machine that was installed in his office. No word yet on whether he is drinking Haitian coffee — the history of which mirrors many of the ills of that country — or whether a wine cellar for Chablis and a cheese room for Brie was included in the Presidential investment program.

There has long been a Keurig coffee machine in Parkhurst’s kitchen, and the new espresso machine could have been installed there, too, so that everyone in the senior administration could enjoy un caffé di qualità — but that would have cost President Kim a measure of social privacy.

Note: In my own experience as a management consultant in the Third World, it seemed that members of the international aid community always had a particularly refined sense of the better things. White LandCruisers with charity logos were a constant feature in high-end restaurant parking lots from Cameroon to Tanzania. Whether discerning taste was a reflection of the national origin or the education of these dedicated servants of the poor, I don’t know — but sure as shooting, nobody was paying for haute cuisine out of their own pockets.

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