(Our post-yoga coffee after Salutation Nation last year. YUM)
It would seem that Lulu and Starbucks are a dream made in heaven (although you'd be REALLY cool if you drank direct trade and bought eco-yoga gear... just sayin').
In light of Beth's (My Plastic-free Life) recent post from an Anonymous employee of Starbucks in the States, I thought we could chat about one easy change when it comes to coffee.
Ask for it in a to-stay ceramic mug.
No really, that should be the first sentence you say- "I'd like my order in a for-here ceramic mug please". If you are sitting down to drink that coffee, why do you need a to-go, disposable and wasteful cup?? (and if you can't stay- bringing your own mug not only saves the planet, but keeps your coffee warmer, longer. Just make sure you request they don't measure in a disposable cup first).
My biggest pet peeve when I enter coffee shops is seeing all the people sitting, chatting, obviously NOT to-going and drinking out of disposable coffee cups. Lame. I have this scary feeling of marching up and informing them of their uncoolness. But that gets squashed by my social-norms monitor (NOT socially acceptable! Let it go!).
My problem is that I have good intentions and there are times they are thwarted (mostly whenever I go to Starbucks) by the baristas and their company's wasteful, lame-o habits.
Possible scenarios to prepare for- (cuz if you're not prepared you'll probably take that to-go cup).
1. The barista says: "I'm sorry, but our mugs are all being used at the moment"
Answer: "Thanks, I'll take my business elsewhere."
(no really, unless there is NO other elsewhere, you should bring your business to a place that has enough mugs to service their customers. Even Tim Horton's offers for here mugs).
2. The barista says: "Our mugs are just in the washer right now." reaches for to-go cup...
Answer: "Stop!! (ok, maybe not shouting stop) That's ok, I'll wait for it to be done. May I have some free water IN A FOR HERE GLASS while I wait?"
3. You hand the barista your reusable mug and say: "I know this is weird... but I would appreciate it if you didn't measure it a to-go cup and pour it in my mug. Thanks!"
This may need some explaining. Honestly, if the barista is incapable of making your coffee the way you'd like it, it's not worth your time yogic time.
And there you have it! You are prepared for your for-here post yoga mug experience!
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