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Tuesday, August 01, 2006
A coffee rant

What compels so many to hit the drive thru on the hottest day of the year to order to get their usual fix of boiling hot coffee? This doesn't just include people driving in their air-conditioned cars to their air-conditioned offices, but people just like the guys I depicted in today's cartoon. Sweaty people who you see lounging all over the place, strolling with cup in hand, or even riding their bike one handed while holding their coffee in the other.

Jack, a colleague of mine at work always goes across the road for a coffee between 11 and 12. He asks if I ever want anything brought back knowing I'll just say no thanks. Yesterday I reminded him that it was 35°C with a humidity level making it feel like it was 55°C. That still didn't faze him. He still felt compelled to cross over the baking hot tarmac of Main Street for his habitual need for coffee. Mind you, he doesn't go to closest Tim Horton's to grab his coffee, he goes further to the Fortinos supermarket where he spends a few extra cents for their "gourmet" coffee. I respect that. He's not like the other sheep who flock to Tim Horton's on the hottest day of the year to satisfy their addiction to what Tim Horton's calls coffee, especially at roll up the rim season.

I like coffee, but I like good coffee, and I like it strong. I don't need 8 cups of coffee like some people do to get through the day, and often it will be days or weeks between the occasions when I have a coffee. Most of the time, I grind the beans and brew my own rather than plonk down $1.25 to have it served in a brown cup. When I do splurge and buy a coffee I go for the the flowery sounding ones that usually end with 'accio' with cream and real sugar. I usually part with a 5 dollar bill when I order a good coffee, and it won't have a Tim Horton's logo on the cup. Yeah, I'm a real coffee snob, but you won't be seeing me downing one when it's 35°C out... especially a Tim Horton's coffee...not like the 35 million other Canadian Tim Horton's coffee addicts.

Nay, I'm addicted to something else:

Posted at 10:35 am by Graeme_MacKay

Commuting Hamiltonian
August 3, 2006   01:52 AM PDT
 
Maybe you could start up a "Tim Horton's Gallery" on your page too. There's been some good ones over the years.
Graeme
August 3, 2006   08:26 AM PDT
 
a "Tim Horton's Gallery" -- good idea -- coming soon -- thanks commuter.
 

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