After having, I think, a bit too much coffee on Friday and not sleeping well, I stuck with decaf over the weekend and slept pretty good on Saturday night and very good last night. I woke up at around 5:30 this morning, and feel pretty good about it. Here’s a relevant Diesel Sweeties comic. (My “night coffee” on Friday was supposed to be a decaf cappuccino, but I suspect they might have screwed up and given me a regular.)
I’m feeling kind of optimistic this morning, which is really unusual for a Monday morning. Maybe it was all the fresh air and exercise I got over the weekend. I should really get more of that.
The NY Times has chimed in on the Starbucks Rewards program changes, so I thought I’d post a link to that as a follow-up to my earlier post. They raise a few interesting points, such as how the “we like seeing you” philosophy of the current program, based on visits rather than dollars, doesn’t really make sense, since corporations aren’t people and don’t have emotions.
And, no, I’m not going to start going to Dunkin Donuts instead. Their dark roast actually isn’t that bad, but it’s still not as good as Starbucks.
When I decided to lose some weight a few years back, one of the big things I did was to stop going out to lunch every day. Now, I usually bring a modest lunch and eat it in the office. But that uses up only about 10 minutes of my lunch hour, and doesn’t get me out of the office, so I usually follow that with a trip to the local Starbucks for a cup of coffee.
So, previously, consuming too many calories at lunch time was a problem. Now, consuming too much caffeine and spending too much at Starbucks is a problem. Really, it’s not a big problem. If I feel like I’m consuming too much caffeine, I’ll switch to decaf for awhile, and I frequently get only a $2 tall coffee, which isn’t going to bankrupt me.
I’m a member of the Starbucks Reward program, too, so I get a free drink after every twelve, which isn’t much, but it’s something. Well, now they’re changing the program so it’ll be more like one free drink for every thirty. The details on the new program are here, and one (of many) media articles about the change can be found here. The new program will be pretty much the same for people spending around $5 per store visit, but for cheapskates like me who usually just buy a $2 coffee, it’ll take about 30 of those to get a free drink. There’s more about this over at Consumerist.
I do realize that this is a classic first-world problem, and the fact that I make enough money to spend $2 a day on halfway-decent coffee is something I should be thankful for. And I am. And I appreciate that Starbucks doesn’t have to give me any free coffee, so I should be happy regardless. But I am also an old man who likes grousing about how much money he’s spending at Starbucks, and how they’re making plenty of money, and they could really afford to give me a lot more free coffee.
Here’s a good article on coffee in NYC from the New York Times. Maybe I’ll hop over to one of these places the next time I’m in the city.
Peet’s cycling jerseys support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. (And they make good coffee too.)
Kopi Luwak coffee: I heard about this some time ago. It got a mention in News of the Weird this week. Still weird.
A have a little bag of coffee labelled “Cafe Noisette”. Now, I wasn’t sure what “noisette” meant, so I looked it up.: “A small round piece of meat, especially loin or fillet of lamb, veal, or pork.” Huh? Oh wait, meaning #2: “Made or flavored with hazelnuts.” That makes more sense.
My coffee maker died this week, after about 15 years of daily use. Assuming Krups still makes good stuff, I suppose I can justify the cost of this thing. While I’m waiting for it to show up, I can still make espresso with the old machine, so I should be able to get myself out of bed and off to work without too much grief until then!
From yesterday’s Times: Mighty Brew for the Do-It-Yourselfer. I prefer Peet’s, myself. I had never seen the coffee review web site mentioned in the article; it looks pretty interesting.
Will Caffeine Cause Health Problems? Lots of interesting discussion here, but who knows how much of it has any basis in reality. I’m doing about 3 cups of coffee a day right now, on weekdays, and maybe 1 a day on weekends.