Standing at the counter, gazing up at the endless choices available to me at a coffee shop, I find myself wishing for a time gone by when all I had to do was order “coffee, with milk and sugar please.”
I think Tom Hanks sums my conundrum up quite nicely.
“The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self.
—Tom Hanks in You’ve Got Mail