First things first: If diet coke and espresso form a rather less-than-the-sum-of-its-parts mix, diet coke and cold press make something so much better. It's like chocolate sparkly dessert coffee, or something like that. It's so good you almost won't be ashamed to admit it, sipping it behind the counter, insisting to anyone that asks that you're just drinking iced coffee - nevermind the bubbles you think you see. You still won't put it on the menu, though; if for no other reason than admitting to creating (and having to name) the abomination.
Be thankful for that conversation, that will never happen. And while we're at it, be thankful for other things as well. Be thankful for pour-over cones, single cup trends, and lighter beans. And be thankful for the overly-sweet stuff that actually makes you money. Mostly, be thankful for the source of that money, the customers - who are really much more than that. There are surely other things as well, specific to you. But I wouldn't know anything about that.
But I do know about myself, and the things I'm happy about, this random day in November.
- That this blog has supplied me with free beans, to such an extent that I've not paid for a bag in... longer than I can recall.
- That anyone reads this, honestly.
- That I'm getting to play coffee bar manager, on a daily basis. And no one is making me stop.
- Latte art. I can do it.
- The races I ran, both the positive results and the negative. You learn from all of it, maybe more the latter.
- The trails out at Clinton Lake. I haven't had a bad run there, and every race goes better than I had hoped.
- That this isn't the end of anything. I can, rather unbelievably, call myself a coffee bar manager and ultramarathon runner (well, I ran most of it...). But the coffee, running, and writing, will all get better.