Jeff Simmermon, a coffee drinker who knows how he likes his coffee, walked into Murky Coffee and ordered an iced espresso. The barista, David Flynn, who knows how to serve coffee by adhering to store policies, refused to serve the coffee this way. Apparently, this wasn't a Zen moment for either Jeff or David.
Jeff shared his side of the story and Murky Coffee shared theirs. The Washington Post had a few things to say about it. There's a heated discussion going on over at the coffeegeek forums and numerous blogs have made mention of this coffee controversy, taking one side or the other.
So I thought I'd add my voice to the chorus. Zen is the way of balance, of finding the middle road. Zen is the way of peace and harmony. Well, we all know that didn't happen.
The one thing that no one has considered is: What about the coffee? Coffee beans, by their very nature, are Zen-like and live in harmony. How do you think the coffee felt being pulled into this situation? The sole purpose of a coffee bean's life is to bring you the best cup of coffee it can, filled with its unique flavor. I'll bet the little coffee beans were trembling with fear at this confrontation, maybe wondering if they'd be devoured in an iced espresso or be held captive in the espresso machine. Poor little babies.
I'd like to hear what you have to say about this. Please keep in mind that this is a Zen site and we practice peacefulness here. Maybe we could all stir a little loving kindness into our coffee and take a peaceful Zen moment to meditate on our coffee before we say anything, both on this blog and in our everyday activities. Just a thought...