Decaf, Soy, Skim, Lite, Weak, Regular, Double Shot, Triple Shot, 2%, 4%, Caramel, Hazelnut, Mocha, White Chocolate, Iced, Spiced, so many variations where will it end?
What happened to enjoying a classic cup of espresso coffee, touch of milk, touch of sugar, perfect..............
I'm not saying we should revert to the bland old days of filtered coffee, God knows I'm the first one to order tea on a plane, but I am beginning to wonder whether a plethora of coffee options is reflective or even partly responsible for the general populace of Sydney's need for over stimulation and lack of commitment.
So you stand in line for 10 minutes, in need of your morning caffeine hit. You get to the front of the line and the Barista asks "What can I get you?"
You look at them blankly and have no idea what you want.
"Just a coffee," you say.
The Barista looks at you with disdain, (they're very busy you see, so many docile people in need of caffeine) and asks "What type of coffee would you like?"
"Flat White thanks," you answer.
"What size?" they ask, as if addressing a dim witted child. "Any sugar, have here or take away?"
Now these are simple questions, why do we find it so hard to answer them even after waiting 10 minutes in line and listening to the Barista ask the 5 people in front of us the exact same questions. Is it a matter of too many questions, too many choices, too many things to think about?
The World is a serious place and full of many life altering decisions, but coffee is not one of them. So, the Barista has to wait an extra 3 seconds until you decide what you want? That's fine. If Sydney and the rest of the planet have indeed gone mad, and coffee among other things can be served in a million and one ways, let's embrace it. Why can't we choose to have a triple shot, soy, white chocolate mocha, with a hint of hazelnut and 2 equals? Lets channel all those choices into positive energy and think of how lucky we are not to have to drink powdered coffee anywhere other than our Grandmother's kitchen.
So next time you're queuing for your morning coffee and pondering the day's serious decisions be bold and celebrate the madness. Once you get to the front of the line and you don't know what you want, try something different, look up at the menu board, and randomly pick your morning caffeine hit.