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Kevin Wolf

My sister-in-law, who is a fine cook and a coffee freak, has a dream of running her own coffee shop. She'd be damn good at it, too.

This little scene would never play out with her...


Talking about Chatham Provisions? Man, do I miss that place and its french donut muffins...


That's a sad story, Lance. Before you write the place off, are you tempted to talk to the owner and tell her what you observed? In a friendly, helpful way like the last customer?
Some people stiff waitstaff over poor service that may or may not be their fault. I always seek out the management to explain why I'm pissed. If met with an indifferent response, I don't go back...


You scanned the whole scene perfectly. There are lots of people in jobs or with businesses where they are totally unsuited by temperament to be working in those jobs or businesses. It always feels like a sad waste of a human being.

And then there are people who are just plain twisted and hateful. I saw one on a bus yesterday in San Francisco, a nasty, obese Irish-American lady in her early 40s with glittering blue-green eyes who looked at everyone else on the packed bus with hatred and suspicion and who was doing her best to make her three daughters sitting next to her look at the world in the same way.

I'm not sure there's a distinction between the two types, but it made me thankful not to be trapped in their world.

Uncle Merlin

Yes I have to agree with Lance completely, our morning coffee place has lost its MoJo. I've lost most of my sense of taste this summmer but I can tell the coffees are very watered.
NOW I spent 20 years in the restaurant business and your greatest profit margin and profit generator is Coffee ( in America). You don't screw with the receipe, At all , you just brew it continually fresh if you want that impulse dollar coming in in between meal times.
We've had to move down the street to the evil coffee house.
( I got bilked out of doing $1500 work for the original owner and her friend years ago. So even though they are long gone owing alot more money around town than to just me, I still have resentment,even though the current owners have nothing to do with the incident. --See: Hagar the Horrible about grudges and what people can do with them!)

In search of good coffee in Chatham.

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