by Nicki Wood
In a coffee emergency last week a quick stop was necessary to halt rapid decaffeination.
At the bottom of the list is office coffee. Industrial sludge made from the lowest grade beans, hacked with dull blades into a rough, utilitarian, workmanlike grind that brews up weak and tepid and with the overtones of the hard water residue. Even in an emergency, it's not coffee that you'd want to resort to.
So on a day with time running short, a quick stop somewhere on the way to work was the only solution. Gas station coffee: there were two choices. Bengal Trader and Daily's. Invoking Carrington's "no left turn" policy, Daily's won out.
As emergency coffees go it could have been worse. It wasn't burned like the coffee at work, and didn't have the dirtlike overtones of cheap coffee. A success but not enough so for an encore. In an emergent situation what is the best alternative for coffee? Is it possibly a non-coffee option?