From the time I was a kid, I always have fond memories of smelling the coffee beans roasting. This was an everyday occurrence to me because my parents owned a little diner in small-town America.
Yes, that kind of exact place you see on TV shows where the police officer is always sitting at the bar, the star comes in and orders some pumpkin pie and a coffee… think EXACTLY THAT!
When I was young, I used to sneak a cup of coffee occasionally as I was helping my parents out and working after school and on weekends.
I’d sneak around back when nobody was looking and pour myself a cup and then disappear out to the store room to quickly drink it. I don’t know why I used to do that, but it was a little bit naughty so I guess that's just part of being a kid - rebelling!
The reason this memory is stuck so vividly in my head is that despite everything else at my parent's diner being amazing - yes. Really…
The coffee was terrible. Absolutely undrinkable. I literally don’t know how anybody ordered it or finished a cup, let alone asked for refills. Given this was my introduction to coffee, in my later years as I grew up, I stayed right away from coffee because this is what coffee tasted like in my mind.