was inspired by the importance of a scientific approach towards developing comparative reviews of espresso. But this somewhat clinical approach can at times take a little of the joy out of the espresso-sipping experience.

Which is why I am oddly inspired by the purely linguistic constraints imposed by a Melbourne, Australia blogger: Five word coffee shop reviews « My Opinions Are Important. Using five-word reviews, this approach — suggestive of haiku — is universally applied to describe the quality of the coffee at over 100 purveyors in Australia.

For those with a particularly ancient, arcane knowledge of the Web, they remind me of an old Web site of my own: the many terse album review entries in the Quick Fix Music Review List (which, due to personal neglect, sadly disappeared from the Web in 1996 … and yet lives on, like a phantom limb, in a handful of broken links around the Internet).