Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 11:14 AM.

Most folks enjoy coffee in the morning. “Most” is accurate.  According to statistics, about 100 million folks in America are daily coffee drinkers; percentagewise, that is over 50%.  Therefore, “most” is accurate.

It seems like a lot of people have turned to those single serving coffee machines with the little plastic cups that not only allow you make coffee on a whim, but also tea and hot chocolate.  I have one of those, but the cost still bothers me a little.

I’m one of those people who will check the coffee pot for leftovers late at night and if there is any, I’ll put it in the microwave.  I’ve also heard of folks keeping leftover coffee in the refrigerator.  That makes sense, but I will usually drink it all by the end of the day anyway.

At work, it’s a different story.  The fellow who made our coffee finally retired.  You know how it is; there is usually one person who is in charge of the coffee making.  Sometimes, it’s a matter of pride or possibly even job security.  The retired fellow’s coffee was actually not good.  I’m not being honest – it was terrible, but I drank it.

After he was gone, I found that “things can get worse.”  The next person in charge of the coffee made much worse coffee than the gentleman who retired.  It was so bad that it forced me to another floor of my building.

The folks one floor below don’t mind me coming down there; new paying customers are always welcome in an office coffee pool.  There will always be those who don’t pay.

There was the added bonus that the downstairs coffee was only 20 cents.  Their coffee is really not that good either, but I do not think that it will cause as much damage as the stuff on my floor.   Also, the clientele one floor below is a little more interesting.  They are more reclusive than my co-workers on my floor of the building.  In other words, they let you get your coffee and get out rather than engaging you in a conversation about politics or planar fasciitis.

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