I like a tall skinny latte just like the next chap, but the time it takes to make can be a real pain if you are in a hurry. The guy behind the counter bangs and knocks away removing old grounds, the machine hisses, milk is steamed, and the queue just keeps getting longer and longer.
I came across this giant double-spouted tea pot at Canons Ashby House the other day, which made me think that things must have been better and a lot faster years ago :
Used by a railway company, each time a train packed with thirsty passengers would arrive, the 'char ladies' would be ready with row after row of mugs all lined up. I imagine these ladies would not have put up with the long-winded messing around of modern baristas, as armed to the teeth with these double-spouted tea pots, they'd bring tea and cheer to hundreds of passengers, probably in much the same time as it takes for my one skinny latte to be made.