A good cup of coffee is hard to find
*Title inspired by one of my favorite short stories, A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor.
A good cup of coffee is hard to find in the United States. I mean the slogan “America runs on Dunkin'” should tell you something. Dunkin’ has perfectly good brewed black coffee; you could even drink several cups a day without making a dent in your wallet. But America doesn’t recognize Dunkin’ Donuts for what it is: The King of Fast-Food Coffee. I find that Dunkin’ Donuts coffee does redeem itself a little when you brew it at home yourself, but that’s besides the point.
The point is: a bad cup of coffee can ruin my day. I was worried about having to walk over to Starbucks every morning before class. I scanned Main St frantically on my first day, looking for a cozy local café. I was ecstatic when one of the girls on the program introduced me to the Brew Ha-Ha on my first morning in Newark, Delaware.
The café’s friendly staff, warm colors, baked goods and large selection of coffees kept luring me back. I was there almost every morning.