July 08, 2007

Kevin, the selfish hippie

Paper cupIn the last few years, I've made an effort to be a bit more Earth-friendly. I own a hybrid (have I mentioned that?), I carpool, I raise baby polar bears, etc. Just yesterday, I walked 2 miles (well, roundtrip anyway) to get some food at the local farmer's market. On the way, I stopped to get some coffee at the local fairtrade coffee shop, to fuel my righteous journey. I ordered a single espresso to go, as I thought about what a great Earthaterian I was becoming.

I had the following conversation with the barista:

Kevin: I'll have a single espresso to go, please.
Barista: A single, to go?
Kevin: Yes, please.
Barista: Are you so busy you can't stop to drink one ounce of coffee in a ceramic cup?
Kevin: Uh, um... yes?
Barista: Okay, tree killer, one single espresso, coming up.

Dammit, he had me. Here I was, all smug about my earth-hugging ways, and it took about 8 seconds for him to put me back in my place.

I took my Bambi-killing paper cup, and left. Out of guilt, I sipped on that espresso for the next half-mile, and then used the cup four more times before finally discarding it. Thanks for keeping me humble, Barista guy.

Posted by Kevin at July 8, 2007 07:31 PM

Go back there next time, and do the same thing. Here are a few options for a response:

1) "Shut your piehole Barista guy, it's not for me. It's for my grandmother."

2) "Oh, you're right, how silly of me" Drink the espresso out of the ceramic cup and then throw it away in his garbage can.

3) "Thanks tree-hugger, and can I have an extra cup to insulate my hand from the hot espresso. Make it snappy."

4) Stay in the store and repetitively ask for free refills.

5) Take the ceramic cup, take a sip, and yell "HOT!!!" and drop the cup to the floor, and then ask for another one, this time To Go.

Posted by: B at July 27, 2007 01:26 PM


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