While in Baltimore, I poured a cup of coffee for myself and my dad one morning, decaf for him, sweet heavenly caffeinated for me.
Not paying attention to the task at hand, I picked up a container of half and half to doctor his cup when I looked down and realized-
(Wall-EE.) (Really? Am I the only one who gets reminded of a cartoon robot when I see this picture?)
- I had no idea which was which.
I checked the color. Same. The amount of bubbles to see if that would tip me off. Same. Even the thickness of the liquid as I slowly sloshed the coffee around like I was conducting a science experiment right there in the middle of the hotel lounge with only the other 7 AM'ers around for an audience. As my daughter loves to say whenever she matches anything, "Same, same."
I was at a loss, and didn't have enough time to taste test since my dad and I had to catch a train into DC. (Otherwise, I would have poured him an extra certified and notarized cup of decaf and settled back with my real and freebie cup of bliss for a morning of blog hopping.)
Sure, I could have tried to wing it, but one misstep in Latte Land and my dad may be wired while I would have to go wireless.
Sure, it would be amusing to see my dad chat up the squirrels, (which he did later anyways...) but me without coffee? Caffeinated coffee?
I had to ditch these two cups, sorry to let go of precious Joe, but I made two more cups, careful this time to add the sleeve to the decaf and drop a straw into his lid, a sure indicator that the jolt would not be in his paper cup.
Why hasn't anyone looked into changing the color of decaf? Seriously? I would not mistake pink! Even green! Purple may be overkill, but color changing decaf could be the wave of the future!
Let's get on that, shall we?