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January 8th, 2002
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Second cup
I was going to the kitchen here at work to get a cup of hot chocolate. For no particular reason, I decided to try a cup of coffee.

First, the selection. We have one of those fancy brewers where you put the little cup-thing of coffee in the thing and it instantly brews it, and there are lots of choices for flavors of coffee. I chose something called Vermont Country Decaf, which, among other things, claims to be "mellow". I'm reminded of the first time I tried beer, which someone told me was "smooth" and that "people who don't like beer like this beer." I hated that beer. Of course, it wasn't as bad as the sip of Guinness that I had when I was making Welsh rarebit. The rarebit was great; the sip of Guinness almost made me puke. The coffee isn't as bad as the Guinness, but even with some milk and 4 packets of sugar, it still tastes like the first cup of coffee I ever had. That was back during the summer after my junior year in college, 5 1/2 years ago, I guess. I was at Robbins Air Force Base in Georgia, doing my "Operation Air Force" shadow program. I was there with some other ROTC cadets, and we were hanging out with an officer who was showing us all sorts of different things around the base. It was a very fun experience. I got to sit inside a B1, I got to see (and hear. Man, was that loud) an A-10 take off, and I got to see the prototype F-22 stealth fighter in a hangar. However, one late morning I had a pretty bad migraine headache, and I was looking for some caffeine. The only source available was some room temperature stuff that had been sitting around all morning that some of the other cadets had brewed up. I drank a cup of it for the caffeine, but it tasted awful. When I have told coffee drinkers this, they have said that it would be better hot and fresh and all that. They are liars. All of them. This tastes the same as that first cup. I just don't like the taste of coffee, and that's all there is to it. I think I'll force myself to drink this whole cup. I just hope I don't get used to it and start drinking it on a regular basis. That's what happened with grapefruit juice. When we were living in Texas, I had bought some frozen lemonade concentrate. I took a drink of it, and it had gone bad. Actually, it was grapefruit juice; if you're not paying enough attention, the pictures of grapefruits on the can look a lot like the pictures of lemons on the can. So, just because I had been so stupid, I finished that container of grapefruit juice. And now I like it.

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Date:January 8th, 2002 07:08 am (UTC)
I couldn't finish the cup. I dumped it out and replaced it with some hot chocolate. Much better.
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Date:January 8th, 2002 09:01 am (UTC)


coffee and guinness are wonderful things.

As long as I have my coffee and beer driking buddies, I can survive the tea drinkers of the world.
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Date:January 8th, 2002 10:05 am (UTC)

work coffee

All coffee taken from the kicthen where one works is horrible, no matter how they try to dress it up. Most people who drink coffee settle for this sort of nasty, nasty stuff. I never touch it, nor mass-market, ground-last-year brands like Maxwell House et al. I even steer around Dunkin's when I can.

This isn't going to convince you of anything, but it is a true fact that good coffee and typical coffee taste entirely different.
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Date:January 8th, 2002 10:56 am (UTC)

Re: work coffee

I might be willing to try a third cup of coffee, if it had the coffee addict's seal of approval as tasting absolutely nothing like work coffee. I'll bet it won't taste much different to me, though. There seems to be, in my vast, two-cup experience, this bitter taste that just is coffee. I dunno. I wonder if I'm some sort of mutant, because most other people seem to actually like coffee, and many other people seem to actually like beer. Maybe I have mutant taste buds.
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Date:January 8th, 2002 02:09 pm (UTC)

mutant taste buds

i can see it as a sf horror flick: the mutant taste buds that took over new york. no one can get beer or coffee anywhere. work grinds to a halt...

(don't like either beverage myself)
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