This note was jotted down after a particularly fun coffee adventure. I personally prefer my coffee slightly above body temperature. I drink coffee for caffeine. If it is too hot, then I must wait to drink it. This is a horrible tease and one that stretches the limits of my patience. This is the strongest evidence I have that I am not as old as I feel after working a Saturday double shift.
The theory I have developed is that after 60, the proper temperature you would like your coffee served at is 3 times your age. At 60 this is somewhat reasonable. By 71, it is impossible by the laws of physics. Here is the story:
An older guest asked for coffee. It was just finishing brewing when I poured it and ran it directly to the table. She called me back 30 seconds later and said it was “lukewarm.” I went to the back, preheated the coffee cup with hot water, poured the coffee again from the insulated container, and brought it back. This time I had to hold the coffee by the handle because the cup was too hot. Again, she said it was not warm enough. She asked me to put it in the microwave for her. I did, but I also got a thermometer from the chef. They aren’t completely accurate when they are that close to maxing out, but it was well over 200 degrees. I brought it back and warned her it was hot. She took a sip, looked up, and said, “This will do.”
Next time, maybe she should just order coffee flavored steam.