A hundred years ago, you could send your children to buy coffee and be fairly sure of what they’d bring back. Not anymore. Your “global village” store, which of course includes the web, offers a bewildering array of choices. Now you can go for an international brand or try a local blend. You can buy soluble coffee, pods, ground coffee or roast beans.
If you don’t want to make the coffee yourself, you can get it from a restaurant, fast-food outlet or coffee house, and some of them will sell you coffee products to take home too. You can even get it in a can from a vending machine. You can drink your coffee with caffeine, decaffeinated or “half caff”. Choose Arabica or Robusta or a blend of both. Specify a region like Java or Ethiopia.
Specialty coffee roasters will provide coffee from a specific farm.
Your coffee can be certified as fair trade, environmentally responsible, shade grown or even bird friendly.
And that’s just coffee on its own. You can get delicious flavoured and mixed coffee drinks like cappuccinos, lattes and frappes.
Whatever your choice, one thing is certain: coffee is full of possibilities.