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“I would like a cup of decaf coffee, please,” I say to the Starbucks clerk.
“We do not serve decaf after (insert an afternoon time here),” she says looking slightly apologetic. Then she goes on to say that they can make a mean decaf Americano for me (and I can dearly pay for that, thinks I). Now, if I were in London, Paris, or even Toronto, I probably would have no problem with this Americano stuff, but alas, being in the United States, I just want a simple cup of decaf. Maybe it is not manly to want decaf (oh right - I am a female) after 4 p.m., but the truth is, I really want one. I want the taste and not the heart-fluttering-keep-me-up-all-night regular coffee. Instead of shelling out a few extra quarters for the Americano, I remain stubborn and head over to Au Bon Pain, who happily provides me with a simple cup of decaf coffee.
This is a pattern that has repeated itself since January (when no Au Bon Pain is available, I have been known to go with 7-11 low-octane). Like the normal Starbucks coffee, I am left with a bitter aftertaste, especially after asking the latest clerk who I could speak to about the decaf issue and being told “no one would care.”
But, BUT, there has been a reprieve. I some how missed all the articles about the decaf lay-off back in January and therefore was not privy to one essential key element - coffee on demand at Starbucks. If they have the beans (even in the retail area) and someone requests a certain type of coffee, they can often french-press it. Yes, it takes an additional four minutes for the coffee to brew, but if you are prepared for it, four minutes is an acceptable wait (a prime opportunity to meditate).
This past Sunday I decided to see if this would work. I asked the clerk for decaf. She offered me an Americano. I asked if she could french-press my decaf. Rather than giving me a polite answer, she stormed off, found her preparation instructions, located the french-press, and after six minutes (two extra minutes for some passive-aggressiveness), I go my decaf.
For those of you wondering why I am taking up the space to write about this on a hypnosis blog (even if you are aware that I am a big coffee and tea drinker), here is my reasoning. Hypnosis is all about change, suggestion, and often behavior modification. Though I shall not hypnotize you (though I would love to pretend that my writing is that entrancing), a change is needed. Though I praise Starbucks for trying to conserve on waste (and expense), I feel that decaf drinkers are being treated very badly and Starbucks could use some encouragement in their behavior modification of dealing with my demographic in a more compassionate way. The more we do not give into the fancy decaf products (Amercianos, lattes, cappuccino, and the like) and just ask for decaf, maybe they will understand that we are as important as regular coffee drinker customers. I am one small person, but since January, I have spent over $50 in decaf at other places because I did not know that Starbuck’s would accommodate me.
Now for the suggestion part of the post - if you are a decaf drinker, please consider requesting a cup of regular decaf in the afternoon. The french-press makes it possible. You will probably have to request it.
Please join my crusade for decaf at Starbucks in the afternoon and evening. Blog about it, get the word out, and let the world know. If you do blog about this or have a decaf Starbuck story, leave a comment and I will follow up with some decent do follow link love.