I’m a blue-collar worker outside of WBOB.
I work with my hands and at the end of the day, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. That being said, I’m already at work by the time most people are just waking up, and 5 AM comes quick when lights out is usually around midnight.
Every minute of sleep is precious, so that means sacrificing the time it takes to make that first cup of coffee before leaving the house.
Down the street from my house is a Cumberland Farms, and guess what? Their coffee is only $1 so why not give it a try? Heck it’s only $1 and it’s not like it’s a binding contract with the only java distributor in Rhode Island.
Besides, I’m a regular coffee kinda guy. I’m not into all that “extra foam” “drizzles” or “skinny” nonsense. Just get me a damn coffee.
Literally all their coffee is $1 and you have to make it yourself, which to me is one of the things that places like Starbucks has over Dunkin Donuts when it comes to straight up coffee.
For me, if you take your coffee regular (standard amounts of cream and sugar) then coffee shops that put the cream and sugar in the coffee are fine. Sure, you can ask for it with extra cream, extra sugar, with a sweetener, however you like it, but it’s really not the way you want it. It’s close, but for $5 and up, it should be spot on. Other than a mistake, it’s not the person who’s making the order’s fault. They’re just following company guidelines as to what “extra sugar” or “light cream” is.
The setup is pretty good, and it allows customers to enjoy a decent amount of elbow room, which is important when everyone in the vicinity is getting coffee at the same time.
When you take the whole thing in you realize that you’re getting more for your buck than you might think.
For the average coffee drinker, you have options for the coffee itself. There’s Bogota Sunrise, Columbian Supremo, Farmhouse Blend, Farmhouse Blend Bold and Farmhouse Blend Decaffeinated. Like I said, I’m a regular coffee kinda guy so it’s farmhouse blend hands down.
Sure, you have your standard coffee condiments, milk, cream, sugar, raw sugar and variety of artificial sweeteners to add as you so desire which, as I said before, which for me is a huge plus. I know exactly how much cream and sugar to add, and if it’s not how I like it I can start over and I’m not holding up anyone.
But wait, there’s more.
They also have flavor shots if you like that kind of thing. Sometimes I do and today I went with coconut. They also had some flavored creamers available, but I just covered that with the flavor shot.
Speaking of shots, for those of you who like add espresso shots to your coffee you can add Stok Caffeinated Black Coffee Shots instead. They deliver 40mg of caffeine per serving, the same as one espresso shot. What the heck, it’s going to be a long day.
I give my coffee a stir and take a taste. Yup, it’s a good cup of coffee made... just how I like it. Oh, and no funky taste from the caffeine shot either. I pop on the lid, saunter up to the counter, hand the cashier my dollar plus applicable taxes and head out to the truck.
One dollar and five minutes spent on an enjoyable cup of coffee. I’ll take that over a four dollar, ten minute, “it’s ok, I’ll just drink it” cup of coffee any day.
Score: 5 out of 5 Bobheads
Allan Giberti is the host of RI Red Radio on 990WBOB.com. You can listen to Allan live on Mondays at 7pm and Tuesdays at 8pm. All times Eastern.
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