As much I appreciate some righteous bean at home in the morning and after a restaurant meal, I'm pretty cavalier about office coffee. Perhaps it's that I'm so super-glued to my desk that even a stroll to the break room seems positively exotic, but I've never been someone prone to making a 'Bux run part of her workday.
It's more maintenance* than anything, so I've made my peace with pod coffee - Flavia, Senseo, Keurig, whatever's on offer in the automatic hot beverage delivery system - but I've developed a little ritual to sate my inner food fusspot. I make a "Faux-mericano," which entails poking a button to draw a strong, espresso-esque shot of the darkest blend on hand, top with hot tap water (huzzah, how it foams!) and add a dash of half-and-half.
Over the years, I've polled colleagues on the topic and it turns out a sizable segment dolls up their drink in some way. One added ice, cream and a slew of sugar packets. Another pulled two strong shots, then poured in skim milk, holding his other hand next to the cup until the liquid's color matched his skin. Still another dropped an espresso shot into a cup poured at standard strength and chugged it straight, no milk or sugar. She was...perky.
Yes, in an ideal world, we'd all take a leisurely mid-afternoon lope to La Petite Cafe Fetishista for shade-grown Kona, brewed in a Clover coffee rig that costs more than cars I've owned and topped with latte art renditions of Vermeer portraits, but then we'd miss the daily grind of our private ritual.
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*Yes, I have tried repeatedly to ditch caffeine. It's not humane to the people around me.