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In case I ever get nostalgic for bad coffee
So I had my physical the other day, complete with all that entails. The worst part for me isn't the body cavity search or the ripping out of hairs when the EKG sensors are removed, but the fact that I have to starve myself. I'm a morning person, and I usually eat breakfast by 5:30. So when I'm sitting there at 8:30 without having eaten, I'm starving and grumpy. And then they take my precious blood.

So, naturally, I walked next door to the Burger King, as it was the only place I could count on getting food in my system before falling down. The sandwich was fine for what it was, but the coffee? Holy crap, that was the worst cup of coffee I've had in years. I've gotten spoiled now that McDonalds is offering Newman's Own (and at $1 for a large), and with McD's, Dunkin, and Starbucks all on my walk to work, I'm generally guaranteed at least a decent cup of coffee. Hell, even the occasional 7-11 cup is passable.

But that cup I got at Burger King? Unbelievably awful. It's basically the same crappy coffee BK and McDs were serving years ago (although the cup claims that the beans are from Seattle's Best, which I suspect borders on libel). In fact, it might actually have been brewed years ago. I suspect that BK treats coffee the way folks in Flea Bottom treat vats of brown, letting it simmer for years and occasionally adding a stray pigeon or corpse to add some flavor.

So, yeah. I'd forgotten how bad coffee can be. In The Killing Dance, Anita Blake says, “I'd never met coffee that wasn't wonderful. It was just a matter of how wonderful it was.” I used that as my sig file for a while (back when sig files were a thing, which was back when email was a thing, but before Facebook was a thing*). I don't think I could utter that with a straight face now.

*Also back when Anita Blake books were kind of a good thing.
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haikujaguar From: haikujaguar Date: May 18th, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
My current twitch is bad espresso. It's painful to pay $2 for something that comes in a four ounce cup that tastes like sour grounds. :P
yendi From: yendi Date: May 18th, 2012 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
*Shudder*

With coffee, I at least get it. It's not a gourmet thing, it's something every restaurant and convenience shop is expected to stock, and it's easy to mess up.

But offering espresso implies that you know how to make it. It requires investing in extra equipment, and theoretically training people. If you're going to offer bad espresso, just don't even offer it.
haikujaguar From: haikujaguar Date: May 18th, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, exactly. You can have the most impressive machine in the world, but if the barista is clueless, you get two ounces of drek. :P


(Also, I miss being excited about a new Anita Blake book coming out. )

Edited at 2012-05-18 02:27 pm (UTC)
greylistening From: greylistening Date: May 18th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was going to say how much I miss being excited over Anita, too. Well, I guess I am saying it.
haikujaguar From: haikujaguar Date: May 18th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's like a relationship that youu didn't quit before it got awful, and now you feel trapped without closure, and you feel bad about leaving them. :P

Anita, when will I quit my remainder table love for you.
yendi From: yendi Date: May 18th, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sadly, my being excited over a new Anita book lasted even past the point of the books being good. I kept holding on to the memories of when the series was good and being disappointed. Sadly, that coincided with the series switching from MMPB to hardcover.

I did finally drop the books, but 'song still grabs them at the library.
haikujaguar From: haikujaguar Date: May 18th, 2012 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I also get them at the library, in the vague hope that some horrible catastrophe will kill off two thirds of her harem and leave me a cast small enough to keep track of, much less care about...
greylistening From: greylistening Date: May 18th, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
*gigglechoke*
haikujaguar From: haikujaguar Date: May 18th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG! Your escape key is escaping! *is tickled!*
greylistening From: greylistening Date: May 18th, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Isn't that fun? I could not resist when I saw it.
jcfiala From: jcfiala Date: May 18th, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm generally pretty fond of 7-11 coffee, myself. But yeah - Burger Kings around here are in such sorry shape to begin with that I never go in them anymore.
yendi From: yendi Date: May 18th, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it's safe to say I won't be revisiting them any time in the near future.
greylistening From: greylistening Date: May 18th, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm starting to feel that way about chocolate. If I'm going to eat chocolate, I'm going to eat the best chocolate I can find. I've tried getting emergency chocolate recently, and it was dreck. I didn't even want to eat it.
yendi From: yendi Date: May 18th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
*nod* Since the diabetes diagnosis, I'm extra picky on that front.
greylistening From: greylistening Date: May 18th, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I bet! As someone who is trying to prevent diabetes in my family, I shake your hand.
phantom_wolfboy From: phantom_wolfboy Date: May 18th, 2012 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
They say it's Seattle's best . . . but do they say Seattle's best what?
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