I love coffee. I drink it all day long and I rarely go anywhere without it. It’s my comfort food and it’s my trademark. It must run in the family. My Mom and Dad were big coffee drinkers too. In fact, my earliest memory of drinking coffee was with my Dad from the time I was about 4 years old. He would pour a little coffee in a cup and fill it with cream and sugar and I’d sit there with him for as long as I possibly could feeling very special and very grown up. Memories…
It’s no doubt that coffee has become the social beverage of choice over the last several years. Who would have thought that people would flock to local coffee shops to sit in comfy chairs and drink $4.00 cups of java? Not me. Don’t get me wrong. I have spent hours and hours in comfy chairs in coffee shops. I’ve surfed the Internet and visited with friends. I’ve even had a business meeting or two in there BUT I HATE the coffee. Instead I am forced to order some complicated concoction that I can barely pronounce that is laced with enough calories to last me a week. I’m convinced that REAL coffee lovers feel the same way that I do. The coffee…in its purest form…black…no cream or sugar (or other foreign flavor)…is simply not fit for human consumption. It’s too strong…too bitter…too bold…too nasty. I’m not totally convinced that they don’t wash somebody’s socks in there before it’s served. Ignorance is bliss.
As I ponder the the madness surrounding me spending $4.00 of my hard-earned money on a cup of bad coffee I can’t help dwelling on the poor taste of the java. Perhaps the economy is taking its toll on my thought process. Perhaps I’ve become far too focused on the quality of the things that I consume these days. Either way, I’ve become obsessed.
For instance, it just occurred to me that that the coffee that we are willing to pay $4.00 for is made with TAP water that we wouldn’t otherwise dream of drinking. What sense does that make? We’ll buy bottled water from the cooler in the coffee shop to avoid drinking tap water BUT we’ll pay ridiculous prices for “The World’s Best Coffee” made with chemical laced tap water???? What??? If that makes sense to you, perhaps you’ve been adding more to your coffee than you care to admit.
I think I’ll refrain completely. You can’t beat my store bought coffee made with ionized alkaline water and there’s just no place like home. I’ll save a comfy chair for you.