Would you like fries with your latte?

I used to be a proud non-coffee drinker.  Couldn’t stand the stuff. I really wondered what the fuss was all about .

My husband disliked coffee as well so when coffee drinkers came to our house they were out of luck.

When I gave a party if a guest offered to bring something I would ask for coffee…

and filters….

and the coffee maker…

and most important of all…. a person to make the coffee.

And then it happened, gradually but it happened.  I  fell off the non coffee band wagon .

It would be easy to blame Starbucks.  I was feeling a bit left out.

It seemed like everyone was meeting at Starbucks, drinking coffee, connecting in person and via laptops.

It was the “cool” place to be.

It was cool to act like “Sally” from “Harry Met Sally” and order a venti, non fat, whip, light foam, double shot, hazelnut latte.

To order a tea seemed so , mmm, ordinary, uncool.

I spent ALL of my adolescence being  “uncool” with a VERY cool older sister so NO I was not going to be the “uncool” one again.

I discovered with enough milk, sugar, and flavoring,  a latte was palatable.

My favorite drink rolled off my tongue like I was born at Starbucks and had lattes in my baby bottle.

The caffeine grabbed me and wouldn’t let go.

My husband was starting to think I might need a 12 step anti- coffee anti- caffeine program.

No worries.  After  an amusing incident this summer I am climbing back on the non-coffee wagon.

I discovered McDonalds is serving specialty coffee  as in “would you like fries with your latte?”

So in a “I have no other choice but to get my latte at McDonalds” moment  I  ordered a latte at the Golden Arches.  Twenty minutes and much confusion later I walked out with an iced coffee iced dishwater.

Ding, ding, ding…an “aha” moment for me.   A few nuggets from my noggin to…

McDonalds...stick to what you do best…clogging arteries and contributing to the obesity epidemic.

Starbucks….do NOT start serving burgers.  Do what you do best …draining peoples wallets and pushing caffeine.

As for me ( and possibly some of you) I am going to stick to what I like and do what I do best.

Oh and if you come to visit you may want to bring the coffee….and filters…and ….coffee maker.

I am going back to tea.

Shhh..don’t tell my sister..I hear it’s the next “cool” thing!

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  1. Yay! A new post!!!

    First of all, I’m with you on the no coffee thing. I generally only have coffee if I’m working on less than 4 hours of sleep. Otherwise the caffeine makes me jittery. If I need just a little pick-me-up I’ll have either tea or (my sinful indulgence) hot chocolate.

    Second of all, Starbucks does not make the best coffee. It’s generally burnt and bitter. Add to that the fact that I don’t think their lattes are anything spectacular, and I can see why you’re not so big on coffee. Go to a small, family owned coffee house. Order and white chocolate mocha. Your world will change. Oh, and make sure you stir it up before you drink it. That will help.

    Third, tea is the new hip thing to drink. It’s much healthier and it generally tastes better. I’d stick with tea.

  2. Susan Hudson says

    Okay….be nice. I can’t help it if you thought I was cool. And for your information, I was drinking tea before it was “cool”. Now your “cool” nephew has taken it a bit further….he and his friends go out to Jim’s studio and drink tea. They do the whole ceremony thing with a special pot, cups, a boat?, etc. I nearly died when I found a big box in his room full of mason jars filled with what looked like weed to your “cool” sister. They were all labeled too with names like Chinese Black, and other more exotic nomenclature. Tea my #$$! But it was. He even showed me the whole procedure and invited me to join him. It was fun, and rather relaxing. The biggest key to my relaxation was the realization that it was tea, expensive tea….but tea. Oh, my poor kids…having parents who were raised in the sixties and seventies, they can’t get away with anything….and we are such a suspicious lot for the free love generation!