I've thought since I was about fifteen that I was addicted to coffee. I joke about it -- I drink coffee so that I don't shoot heroin or something, hahaha. I have an addictive personality, but only to coffee, hahaha.
But here's what I realized this morning, as I was debating the merits of a local coffeeshop versus the merits of Starbucks. I was rolling the facts around in my mind, noting that the coffee at the local place is MUCH. BETTER. but I had best have ten minutes available to wait for the barristas to circumnavigate their attitude just so I can get a toasted bagel, and god help me if I ask for whipped cream on my mocha. But if I get my morning mocha at Starbucks, it tastes assembly line. Because, well, it is. The atmosphere is shiny, the people are shiny, the coffee is shiny.
And I realized, all of a sudden, I don't give a crap about coffee. In fact, I hate coffee. I think it tastes like crap. It tastes like licking the inside of a trash bin. Mochas are a chocolate milk delivery system for grownups. I let them put coffee in the cup so I can pretend I'm really an adult, but really, I'm more thinking about all the times Mom said I had to drink "real" milk with my cereal.
What I'm completely addicted to is the coffeeshop culture. The Starbucks Democrats and the Dunkin Donuts Republicans is not such a bad generalization. Like every generalization, it falls down if you look at it too hard, so it has limited value, but if you want to make a sweeping statement about the lines upon which society breaks down...it kind of works.
I have nothing more interesting to say on this point, but here we are. :)