Don’t trifle with my drug of choice. Ever.
Coffee is and always has been a significant part of my life. I grew up with a little coffee in my milk, which I think it made me feel like I was connecting with my mom. She literally required a minimum of 2 cups prior to her feet touching the floor each morning. I bet my husband would argue that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree because as I have scribed in the past, I need vast amounts of morning joe myself. Our beginning-the-day ritual involves me showering and then promptly joining my puppy on the couch with my first cup.
I don’t limit my intake to mornings. A cup of coffee after a relaxing meal is the perfect finish. I’ve also been known to drink a cup in the afternoon after lunch. This was the case recently as I stepped into (gasp) Starbucks for an Americano and some quiet time. I order my tasty beverage and wait patiently by the counter until they call my drink by name. But wait, there’s a problem. Clearly this can’t be my fix, because this drink is slumming in a go cup. I quickly survey the ‘lounge’ in hopes of clearing things up and realize that the rest of my fellow addicts are all drinking out of similar go cups and like me don’t seem to be ‘going’ anywhere. What’s up with that?
And so my issue: Why do coffee shops today serve in paper? Is it more eco-friendly? I can’t imagine, considering Starbucks cups are printed from 10 percent post consumer recycled fiber. What about the other 90 percent? (Even more egregious is the fact that Starbucks served my Americano in not one but two cups to ensure I wouldn’t burn my hands.) 2.6 billion cups found their way to a landfill in 2006 alone. Imagine what the 2011 numbers will be.
Ummm, ever heard of a mug, guys? How hard would that be?
I’m all about the environment and everything, but let’s not be disingenuous. I hate coffee in paper. It seems wrong. It is wrong. Just like I want good stemware for my vino, I want a real damn cup for my coffee. Am I the only one? I don’t think so. This is one thing on which He Said and I are in complete agreement.
What do my leftist Portland friends think of this? How are the baristas dishing it out up there?
This isn’t just a criticism of Starbucks, because this is an ugly trend that seems to be spreading. And I don’t like it one bit.
I love all my independent joints (Rue de la Course, The Bean Gallery, The Orange Couch, Fair Grinds) that are still doing it the right way, so I guess I just need to make sure I’m heading to the right spots to get my necessary. Or I could start carrying a personal mug and demand they fill it. I wonder how that would work out?