Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH
I would also like to add that some of the reasons I think the espresso has declined is due to jaded baristas. I get it, it is a job and when you have been doing it for a while and such you go into cruise control, but I really think less of the newer baristas truly give a shit as well. I think they see busy, hip joints and know they are going to get decent tips and don't want to work for starbucks.
I think another factor related to the jadedness is something the article also touched on: the sense of discovery or honeymoon period with 3rd wave uber-dosed espressos has kind of passed. You can see various shops trying to keep up the novelty factor with manual lever machines, single-origin espressos, etc. but after a while the newness goes away, and you have continue making good drinks rather than just different drinks. It takes a certain kind of OCD personality to do that well on a long-term basis (one obsessed with process), and it doesn't seem like there are many of those around.
In general, the novelty factor in coffee has been kind of high, and I think you are now starting to see the serious people really separate out as they start to investigate more deeply further on up the supply chain instead of just finding yet another brew method (which is really the only lever most coffee places can pull, and most of the time, that lever just destroys the bean).