Thursday, February 14, 2008

Cafe Au Coocoo

Insanity: Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result than previously witnessed. **

I stopped at the gas station filled my tankand purchased a cup of coffee on my way to work this morning. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it. Not so much. I knew better but I did it any way. Never believe the “decaf” label on the carafe. It is a blatant lie. The people who make coffee at these places probably brew the same regular coffee and put it in the decaf carafe. I hate them. I think this happens at your local greasy spoon as well. They probably don’t think it’s a big deal. For those of us who should not have caffeine it is a very big deal.

Caffeine makes me shake and cry. Yep, you read it right. My hands shake my heart races and I cry. I’m not sure what the crying is about. I understand the caffeine elevates my blood pressure and causes my heart to race – but the crying, who knows.

Anyway, I frequently risk drinking something that will completely unhinge me.

I put my physical/mental well being in the hands of the dishwasher at the Stop & Slop. That’s how make the coffee at those places, the guy who also sweeps. He ain’t reading the packages, he couldn’t care less if it’s caffeinated or not.

MyKiddo and Tipsy laugh at me when we’re out somewhere and I order decaf coffee. If the coffee looks suspect, too dark, or smells really strong, I question the waitress about it. “Are you sure this is decaf?” To which they always respond, “Yes maam, it’s decaf.” Hairnet wearing liars!!!!!! I can’t comfortably drink the coffee after this exchange. I look at it, stir in loads of cream and sugar and sip some. I never finish it…..not even half of it. C'mon people give me real decaf!

I know this insanity is self-inflicted. I realize that. But I continue to order decaf coffee. I do it because I like coffee and I don’t think it’s such a big deal to brew a pot of decaf - and I want some!

**(I don’t know who the hell the author is, but I’ve hear it a lot, so I‘m using it!)


West said...

I guess the downside of making your own would be that it isn't hot whenever you get a hankerin' for it?

People with certain allergies and sensitivities are, as you say, at the mercy of food service professionals who are often anything but professional in manner and ethic. The best response to this, in my opinion, is for us to do what we can to become independent of such people.

I hope you're able to do that. Shaking and crying in-public doesn't sound all that fun.

James Burnett said...

have 'em drop some whiskey in your coffee. that'll mute the caffeine. it does for me.

Mandi said...

Yeah West you may be right but I think I like James' idea about the whiskey better. I know damn well I'm not supposed to drink coffee, but if whiskey is dropped in it, "accidentally", per say, then that changes EVERYTHING!!!

Angie said...

I'd love to try the whiskey idea - but ya'll know I'm on "that shit"
: )

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