‘Can I have a filter coffee?’
‘That stuff’s not fresh. You can have some of the other coffee.’
‘What kind of coffee is that?’
‘It’s bean coffee.’
‘Oh, OK, I’ll have some of that then, thanks.’
At least, I thought he had said ‘bean coffee’, which sounded rather nice, until I tasted it. Then I realised what he must have said was ‘It’s been coffee’ – way back in the distant past, before it had turned into tar.
There are some places where Starbucks and its kin come in and trample over a whole unique local coffee-drinking culture with their homogenised American product. And there are places where that would be a welcome relief…