Since it should be granted as a given that I am open to new experiences (oh, just to give an example, say picking up and moving with the family to Paris), I decided to take this opportunity to test again one of my most cherished chestnuts – I don’t like coffee.
I have had this philosophy since my age was in the single digits. My dad, before going to work, would make himself a cup of java. At times, I would wake up early enough to watch him in his morning routine. One of those times, while watching him pour his coffee into his cup, my curiosity finally peeked through and I asked my father if I could sample his brew. He said I could and I completely regret his decision.
My father put nothing in his coffee so my young taste buds, which so enjoyed anything from the sweet side of the taste spectrum, absolutely recoiled at the bitter beverage that went down my gullet.
It was from that point on that I knew that coffee was not the drink for me.
Well, now it was time to validate again that tenet and so I trooped down to a local Starbucks for a cafe beverage. Now, since that time with my father, I knew that people put lots of stuff in their coffee (milk, sugar, cream, etc.) to make the drink more palatable. So, with that thought in mind, I ordered a vanilla latte.
After placing my order and giving my name, I placed the frothy liquid to my lips, swallowed, and…
…realized that coffee still stinks.
I would love to know who was the first person to get it into their head that they could take coffee beans, grind them up, filter water through that product, and then drink it.
Actually, I would be more curious to know who was the second person who actually took the risk to taste the black bitter beverage offered to them by the “inventor” of coffee.
To bring it back to now, my wife and I are in a battle for the coffee souls of our children. She is trying to turn them into the latest members of the Coffee Generation and my stance is that our children can have coffee as long as their first taste of a cup-o-joe has no milk, cream, caramel, sugar, etc. in it.
As for me, let me throw out my recyclable Starbucks cup and grab a soda.