I am out of sorts….. I shouldn’t be. It’s the last day of my vacation. I’m home now, and it’s a Monday so the rest of the world is at work, but I won’t be until Tuesday. Perfect day to waste farting around. We went grocery shopping yesterday because we’d been out-of-town and the fridge was empty. I’m stocked up. I don’t need to go anywhere until 8pm. So I put on some coffee this morning, and guess what??? No cream in the fridge.
Let me put something out there. I’m a coffee snob and I’m not. I’m not a coffee snob in the sense that I don’t have a French Press, and I don’t drink my coffee straight (I require lots of cream and sugar), and I’m not above drinking flavored coffees (just the opposite, I LOOOOOVVVEEE flavored coffees…… BTW for all my Canadian friends, it’s just easier for me to spell flavour the American way. You’ll also note later that I’ll do the same thing with favour). I’m a coffee snob in the sense that if you come into my home and I offer you a coffee, I have the necessary accessories to fulfill this request, and the necessary coffee brewing skills to do it right, so that you WILL enjoy your coffee here. Part of that is having cream in the fridge at all times. It’s amazing to me how many homes you can go into where they offer you coffee and don’t have half the shit you need to make a good cup of coffee. Quite honestly, I’d rather not go down that road with you. If good coffee isn’t important to you, then don’t offer it. Chances are I’m not visiting with you first thing in the morning and a caffeine jolt is not the issue. Make a drink that you’re good at making, or offer (COLD) water, which everyone who has a fridge or ice cubes is good at making. If you want to be the type of person that offers coffee to people who come over, then make that $5 investment per 2 months (which is how long it usually stays good in the fridge), and have some fucking cream! BTW, if I can help you with the math, $5 over 2 months is about $30 a year, which is a small price to pay to have a good reputation among coffee drinkers.
I’m not suggesting that it’s a true necessity of being a good host to have great coffee at your place, just as I would never expect you to have good beer at your place, or good wine, or good anything. I just think people need to know their limits as hosts, and stay within them. If I come over asking for a coffee, then it’s my own problem if your coffee is shit, but if you’re offering, then I’m assuming it’s good.
A good parallel might be if I wanted to borrow your car which really had a bad muffler problem, and you’re kind enough to lend it to me, I should really tolerate that issue, and perhaps think twice before asking to borrow your car again. Now if you’re OFFERING me that car to borrow for the day, I’d be much happier if it were in good repair. NOW it looks bad on you. The message is ‘do me a favor and don’t do me any favors’. Don’t offer me your broke down car, and don’t offer me coffee if you don’t have the first sweet clue how to brew a cup (or have cream and sugar).
Having said that, I have no cream in the fridge right now. I’m not going back to the store on principle alone, because I was just there yesterday. Right now I’m choking down some otherwise lovely coffee from Vienna……… with milk. Some of you think that’s an acceptable substitute. I’m here to tell you it’s not.
Coffee without cream is like Andrew Ridgeley without George Michael, like the Boston Red Sox without Terry Francona, like 1985 without neon, like running without scissors, like KISS without the makeup, like bumper stickers that aren’t hilarious, like biographies with no controversy, like party mix without cheesies…. ok, you get it.
I do realize that other people have worse problems than this, so I’m very fortunate that the worst thing that will probably happen to me today is that I had to have milk in my coffee. Still though….. it’s horrible.