Today’s Problem – Coffee Spills
Everyone feels the pain of these unfortunate mishaps at some point. Us Millennials are not alone in this one. Coffee spills. Those horrible monsters. They can really put a damper on an otherwise good day. And they strike at the least likely of moments. Well maybe not so unlikely. I mean you do have to purchase or make the coffee first. So I guess there’s kind of a “spill window,” a window in which you are more likely to spill coffee on yourself than others. Based of course on the sole idea that you have coffee immediately available to spill on yourself. Little known fact: everybody knows you can’t spill coffee on yourself if that coffee is actually a combo raspberry/banana/guacamole smoothie.
I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that I feel the coffee spills pain more often than the average individual. Why, just the other day I experienced a coffee spill. I was walking back to my place of work after having purchased a cup from my favorite coffee selling establishment (which I will name later on, but for now it’s a mystery!). I was doing pretty well keeping the warm beverage inside its container. Then for one reason or another, I decided to take my attention off my spill-free goal for a second. Before I knew it, I felt the coffee dripping down my hand. Just one small misstep had led to this. And while I love the smell of coffee, I don’t particularly like it lingering upon my hand. I suppose I was just lucky that it didn’t end up on any article of clothing, as it has many times before. Those types of coffee spills are usually more painful.
Also little known fact: coffee can burn you.
Solving The Problem
Basically, nobody is alone in having this coffee spill problem. It happens to every coffee drinker, and if you haven’t experienced one yet, just wait. It’ll come. It’s inevitable. You simply have to do your best to minimalize the damage that results from these spills. Here are some helpful pointers for doing so.
- Drink it through a straw: This could potentially be viewed as a lame solution to the coffee spill problem, but it’s effective. There’s a very low chance that you’ll have a mishap if you drink your coffee this way.
- Keep a change of clothes at the office: This will come in handy if a coffee spill occurs and ends up on your clothing. Nothing worse than an early morning coffee spill that leads to pointing and laughing for the rest of the day.
- Use a coffee stopper: You know, those plastic stopper things. Looks like a small stick with a circle on the end. Usually found near where you pick up your coffee from the counter. They’ll block your coffee from bouncing out of that pesky little hole in the lid. Use this tactic for your travel back from the coffee shop.
Personally, I like to refer to that last tip as “the Gandalf maneuver”.
No I Don’t Need Room For Cream
I always drink my coffee black. I feel like it helps give an appreciation for the flavor of the coffee. Plus I’m just not a milk and cream kind of guy. Just doesn’t tickle my fancy. Anyways, if you look below you’ll see a list of some coffee shops, and what I prefer to order whilst I’m there. But only if you look below. Otherwise you won’t see it. Obviously…. Please look below… Everybody’s doing it!
- Nicholas Coffee Company: A.K.A. my favorite coffee selling establishment (I told you I’d tell you!). This place is just awesome. The coffee is top notch and the shop itself always smells spectacular. I like to choose from Nicholas’ ever-changing lineup of “coffee of the day” flavors. Perfect for those of us who love keeping our options open.
- Starbucks: Have to include the coffee retail giant. I rather enjoy the Caffè Americano.
- Bruegger’s Bagels: You can never go wrong with a good dark roast!
In case you read my post from last week about my Ordering Anxiety, yes I am able to actually order coffee at these shops. And if you didn’t read my post, shame on you! Go read it now. Please. I’m practically begging. But not groveling. It hasn’t reached that point yet…
Have a coffee spill story of your own? Want to share? Please do!