I don't mind paying for decent coffee.
I generally order a triple shot mocha because I like the fat, sugar, and chocolate that comes along in a nice caffeine kick. I'm not an expert at choosing coffee, but I know what I like.
And, and a general rule of purchasing, I try to buy local. I like to support local enterprise because I believe it is a sound choice from an economic standpoint.
I used to frequent Java Nation on Douglas in Old Town. The nice lady who owns the place made a decent cup of coffee and the scenery was pleasing. The place is also conveniently located close to my place of employment. However, she has apparently changed her hours of operation. Java Nation (a COFFEE shop) is not open for business weekday MORNINGS. Since I am no longer "hip", I don't really care to drink massive amounts of caffeine at 10:30 pm when, wonder or wonders, Java Nation IS open.
In light of this, I was forced to find another local place for coffee. I was eating lunch at The Anchor (also on Douglas close to Old Town) and saw that they have an espresso bar. So, a couple of weeks ago, I swung through and grabbed a mocha. I was pleasantly surprised. It was a nice balance between the espresso and the milk / chocolate. In my advancing age I have noticed that if the coffee I drink isn't fresh or brewed properly I'll pay for it in stomach acid later. The first mocha from The Anchor was very nice. Plus they're open in the FREAKING MORNING!
This morning, I realized the I needed a swift caffeine kick in the ass. I swung into The Anchor again and bellied up to the bar to order my triple shot mocha to go. The same barista dude from the last time makes it for me. I tip him a buck and cruise into work. It tastes like they swept up the bar floor detritus, dumped the ashtrays into a Bunn and had some homeless people urinate into filter basket. It is completely the opposite of the first one.
I drank it anyway. I am not about to throw away all that stupidly spent money. I'll probably give The Anchor another try sometime in the future. I'm hoping it was just an off day for barista dude.
It's either that or Starbucks. And Starbucks is way out of my way.
Supporting the local economy through sloth.