Most folks in the workplace function better with their caffeine of choice. In Cornie’s Kitchen, the caffeinated beverage of the morning is a blend of caffeine and decaf coffee. I prefer to ease into awareness, rather than take a rocket ship ride to full alertness. Then again, I like to wake up early enough to give myself this extra time.
When I was young with a child at home, mornings were much more hectic. My caffeine was full strength and I had a big to go cup also ready for our dash out the door. We usually ate a toast or bagel in the car.
What happens to people’s need for their daily dose of caffeine and community when a hurricane hits town? If people have been hunkered down at home or in shelters, they’ll be itching to get out to see what’s left of their town, to support one another, and start the cleanup process.
That is a job for coffee, my friends!
To gauge Hurricane Irma’s impact on Miami, some won’t be watching just the weather; they’ll be tracking Cuban coffee consumption.
Cuban-style espresso, or cafecito, is a staple of daily life in Miami. Former Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate says how fast Cuban coffee stands reopen may indicate how the city is faring.
Fugate led Florida’s emergency management division during the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons. At that time, he used the Waffle House restaurant chain as a gauge of the storm’s impact.
Waffle House is known for being open all the time. Thus, a closed restaurant was a very bad sign. There are no Waffle Houses in Miami, so Fugate suggested Cuban coffee as an alternative.
He says if Cuban coffee stands are closed, “it is bad.”