What is coffee?

My fifth attempt to answer “What is coffee?”

Coffee is  . . .

  • liquid wisdom (mug)
  • liquid sanity (mug/meme)
  • not just a drink, it’s a lifestyle (mug)
  • a gift (me . . . and a whole lot of other people)
  • autocorrect for my brain (meme)
  • daytime wine (mug)
  • my cup of tea (decoration)

Coffee Deliveries . . . of the future . . .

I recently stumbled upon the following: Coffee Drone Could Predict When You Need Caffeine–and Deliver It.

This delivery system is in new technological terrain. It would not just have a drone, instead of a physical person, delivering your coffee, it would have a smart system connected to you to be in tune with your exact caffeinated needs. Nifty.

Now, I’m a bit of a late-adopter when it comes to technology.

I didn’t get a Kindle account or a read a book on a device until about 3 years ago. I didn’t listen to audible until this year. I like older model cell phones–the kind that still fit into my pocket and have been paid off for years. So, the idea of an app connected to my body monitoring my caffeine routines doesn’t sound like fun. I won’t even wear a FitBit for my steps, heartbeat, or sleep patterns–I don’t want all this information documented or shared with me, my brain is full enough.

Furthermore, I still kinda like people. Kinda.

I still want some human interaction.

Yes, I truly believe we are robbing ourselves, slowly, of the remaining opportunities to practice conversation and basic human decency with strangers. It bothers me. So a drone? Not for me. I either want to order my coffee and speak with the barista, or thank the delivery person.

This is not for me, but maybe it’s for you. What do you think?

Would you want a coffee drone delivery system in your life?

How long should I stay?

Quite a number of years ago, before I was a passionate coffee drinker, I read this article in the New York Times: “How Long is it Okay to Linger in a Cafe or Restaurant?”

The question and commentary stuck with me for some time, and obviously still resonates with me.

Two years ago I really started making the local coffee shop my work space and personal space. I started drinking coffee to relax my mind and take a break from life. I started taking online classes and made the coffee shop my place to study, write, and learn. Throughout this development, I monitored my time, not out of this article’s inspiration per se, but out of a genuine feeling that a couple of hours was enough time for me.

Recently, as I have started researching and doing more business in coffee shops, I have still paid attention to the length of my stay, but now out of appreciation–I want to make sure that I am a fair and polite customer.

In this pursuit, I wanted to determine what exactly “fair” and “polite” looked like–especially given that I started to take note of others’ behavior.

“7 Rules for Coffee Shop Etiquette” and “How to Work on Your Laptop Without Being a Jerk” summed it well.

Basically, I have followed a standard that is appropriate and amenable. I have been on the right track, my instincts were on point.

How long should I stay?

  • Well, as long as I purchased something reflective of my time there–one hour means less spending expected, four hours means more purchasing expected–I am good.

How long should I stay?

  • Well, if I ‘ve been parked in my seat for some time and it’s empty, I am welcome to keep sipping my cup or sitting next to my empty cup for a little bit longer. If my seat is needed and I do not plan to purchase anything else, I should relinquish my seat, or buy something else, out of courtesy to the business and other customers.

How long should I stay?

  • Well, allow me to defer to my own high expectations. If I were a business owner, how long would I expect a person that bought a $5 coffee to stay?

This concept, this rule of thumb, this etiquette lesson, is my own guiding outline. There are no hard and fast rules, but generally speaking a coffee shop is a business, it’s not your home and it’s not your office, so make sure to treat it with respect and patron appropriately.


If there are other considerations or input to this etiquette question and lesson, please feel free to comment–often times there are multiple ways of answering behavioral questions.

What is Coffee?

My fourth attempt to answer “What is coffee?”

Coffee is  . . .

  • my boyfriend (mug)
  • a drug  . . . a warm delicious drug (meme)
  • an essential part of my ‘responsible’ grown-up disguise (meme)
  • all you need (me . . . and a whole lot of other people)
  • liquid patience (meme)
  • my motivation (me . . . and a whole lot of other people)
  • a pleasure (me . . . and a whole lot of other people)

Keurig v. Coffee Pot?

This is a work-related question:

Which is better for the workplace: the Keurig or the coffee pot?

Benefits of the Keurig:

  • Individual taste preferences more readily available for all
  • Everyone can bring their K-cups and use their own K-cups
  • No clean-up required
  • Depending on the Keurig, there may be options for various serving sizes

Benefits of the coffee pot:

  • More coffee available at one time
  • More people know how to use it–it amazes me how many people need constant direction on a Keurig
  • Arguably less wasteful–I have read and heard that the K-pods are considered wasteful due to their single-use nature
  • Arguably cheaper–think the cost of a big tin of coffee v. a pack of K-pods

This is a simple question that led to an extended discussion and no definitive answer–so I ask, which is better for the workplace: Keurig or traditional coffee pot?


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