Coffee is in the news. There is a lot of talk about providing a gourmet experience for consumers. McDonald’s is the latest to join the coffee experience bandwagon. Discretionary income is down, but the enjoyment of coffee continues to proliferate.
The inherent problem here is that we are seeking an experience with coffee, as in the corner coffee shop and the wrought iron outside chairs that give you 50 yard seats at the game that is happening right in your neighborhood. The taste, the smell, and the aura of the coffee creates a sensation in us that we can’t quite pinpoint. There is something about that place, about that experience, about that drink that connects us to the other coffee connoisseurs. The Italians get it. The French get it. The British get it (they just drink tea). And the Americans are figuring it out.
But just as Americans tend to figure everything out, we are requiring it in two and a half minutes. We want quantity, quality, environment and experience and we want it for less than a dollar and we don’t want to get out of our cars. McDonald’s is going to provide it for us, and they can do it without having to roast the beans on the premises. How convenient. All of our wishes and desires wrapped into a convenient package and served piping, scalding, skin-graph-required hot for our sipping pleasure.
This is a great country, with great people. But slowing down for a few minutes might give us some insight into what it is we were looking for in the first place.