robin & coffee don’t mix.
this week at work we are having a training for elementary school teachers. our education department has curriculum compatible for math and science teaching standards in washington state which teaches students heart healthy living. they do anatomy exercises, nutrition activities and learn about stress relievers. this week the elementary school teachers are here… next week it’s middle school.
in preparation for this event i have been buying every possible heart healthy snack for their breaks. among the grapes, veggies, apples and hummus on my list was coffee. not necessarily heart healthy but we do live in seattle! i reminded my coworker i probably shouldn’t make the coffee (since i never have in my whole life) and if i were going to buy coffee i would need very explicit instructions.
so there i was. the coffee aisle at costco. to my horror coffee lined the entire left hand-side. this wasn’t going to be the in and out job i had envisioned.
my instructions: medium blend, ground.
i stood with work money burning a hole in my pocket, staring at all the choices. french vanilla, house, decaffinated, starbucks, kirkland, exotic flavors. so many choices, and here i stood with no clue. despite the fact i had “free” money, i couldn’t justify buying starbucks roasted coffees… so i economized, buying the big tub of the only medium blend, ground coffee i could find – folger’s.
so this morning as we are setting out the breakfast snacks and getting last minute things ready, there appears to be a dilemma regarding the steamy beverage… a search commences as my co-worker tries to find coffee to brew. i point to the folger’s. she politely smiles and informs me that folger’s is the equivalent of grandma coffee and that won’t fly with seattle-ites. i was shocked and embarrassed. “but they have all those commercials!” i say, trying to justify why i thought i was making an “informed purchase.” she just laughed, said it was okay, then mixed half of the folger’s with the “seattle’s best french roast” we already had… so much for me buying coffee!