Ever noticed how during emergencies and stress, coffee is one of the most constant companions. Considering how the caffeine affects some by giving them the shakes (at this point they may have had too much caffeine), the loved ones waiting to hear good news about the patient often turn to a cup of joe to keep them company during the long, cold wait to hear good news.
If you are lucky, they have a coffee vending machine that actually turns out a decent cup. More often than not it is a barely passable facsimile of the brew we all love. Hopefully there will be bottled Frappuccino from Starbucks available.
Often the hospital has a canteen or a cafeteria where you can get a slightly better cup. Often, though, the pot isn’t as fresh as can be. This is usually your basic pot of drip coffee. Most feel that it will do. Don’t complain if that’s all there is right?
If you are going to be at the hospital a while the coffee might need spicing up. A good trick to improve the taste is to keep your favorite add-ons in little packets in your bag (make sure they are tightly sealed packs or bags so that they don’t make a mess in your bag). Cinnamon sticks or a small bottle of nutmeg can perk up your coffee but won’t be too heavy or bulky.
Thankfully your friendly neighborhood cafes are usually near to hospitals nowadays, if not actually in them. Keep an eye out. It might just be on a different floor from where you are. If you are lucky, they may even deliver so you won’t have to leave the side of your loved one even when you crave a cup of joe to steady your nerves.
[tags] coffee,coffee flavoring,coffee shops [/tags]
Originally posted on November 28, 2006 @ 9:52 pm