Saturday, June 16, 2012
Where's the Coffee?
It must be the economy. Our local coffee shops seem to be disappearing. We are now down to one or two. It seems here in West Central New Jersey, people don't seem to be much in need of a place to sit down in the morning, say anywhere from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and have a nice cup of coffee and a nice accompaniment such as a muffin, bagel, danish or related item. The places that style themselves "coffee shops" such as Starbucks (which we don't have) serve a kind of coffee we really don't like. It seems strong and bitter. No amount of milk will lighten it and since we don't take any kind of sugar, nothing will sweeten the taste. I, myself, like a good restaurant or diner cup of coffee. Unfortunately, our last diner burned down over twenty years ago. Someone is building a place they call a diner but it is still under construction. Our Borders closed its doors, folded its tents, and left. The coffee was terrible but at least we could look at books. There is a Barnes and Noble about 12 miles away but that is a little far to go just for a cup of coffee. We have been roaming the neighborhood now looking for substitutes for the recent closings. One place wasn't bad but we had to eat peach pie in place of a danish. A little odd in the morning although the pie was good. I must add that none of the places have any "ambiance." Yes, coffee shops can have ambiance. This is a very scenic county, all green rolling hills, lakes and streams. Is there a little coffee shop overlooking the views? No. If they overlook anything, it is a highway. We are somewhat particular about where we go. Not that crazy about Dunkin Donuts or any kind of fast food place. We miss the beachside little "holes in the wall" of Florida and Cape Cod which serve delicious drinks and treats, sometimes served along with a sea breeze and a peek at the ocean. Of course, those places are designed for tourists. I guess we local residents, not being tourists, can just lump it and go home to put our own kettles on. Many times we do just that and sit looking at all the work that has to be done in the garden. Sometimes we really miss New York City. The coffee wasn't always good there either, but New York has other things.
Posted by Shirley E. Watson at 8:36 PM