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May 16th, 2009 (11:55 pm)

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. :)

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Posted by: Cap'n Fox (bodhifox)
Posted at: May 17th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
coffee

Most often, chain shop coffee tastes like an ashtray to me.

Local coffee FTW, around here anyways.

And yes, I read you here.

Posted by: Est0 (estheruth)
Posted at: May 18th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
caffeine opposite.

I love coffee. I started drinking it black, when I was 15. My favorite coffee is when doug makes it for me. I kinda hate going out for coffee.

Posted by: no one in particular (lucifers_girl)
Posted at: July 20th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)

I friggin hate mochas. Also, I stopped drinking lattes because of a very similar reason. My reason for the lattes was 'well I'm going that way anyhow so I can get a latte to start off my day'. And then I started getting Americanos, but to be honest starbucks coffee is so much worse than muddy waters or uncommon grounds, but I can't really get down there if I'm going somewhere, namely to hang out with my bestest 18 month old friend ever, so now I just wait until farmer's market. Oh and this is Laura by the way. In case you didn't already figure that out. We should hang out in muddy waters sometime.

Posted by: K (ariel_in_blue)
Posted at: July 20th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)

How can you hate mochas? That's like hating freedom. I hardly ever go to Muddy Waters...for some reason the atmosphere just grates on my nerves.

And hi! :)

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