Staff Writer: Jonathan Galicia
The idea of the morning person aside, morning commuters seem to fall into one of two categories: the Caffeinated and the Un-caffeinated—the latter category being those who intend to consume coffee, but haven't quite gotten their morning java yet. And they're easily recognizable as such. The Caffeinated are bright-eyed and engaged with the day's events already—they're reading their morning papers, or checking email, or reading for pleasure. They're sometimes armed with travel mugs or Ventis from their coffee shop of choice. They rattle the ice in the clear plastic beverage cups from mobile vendors on summer days. They walk a little faster in the early hours having long left last night behind.
This is not the case for the Un-Caffeinated. This group sleeps through the AM commute both on the commuter trains, subway, city bus or while they are driving their personal cars. They're bleary eyed. Materials they intended to review lie unattended in their laps while they linger in the previous night. They only thing that keeps them awake is the occasional alert from an incoming text message. Which reminds them they are not sleep. They walk more slowly up the stairs and are more irritable when you hurry them along—or hurry by them. They stroll, they trudge, they linger.
I sometime sit and wonder as I am firing up the roaster in the morning, are the ranks of the caffeinated coffee drinker growing? Will we soon be overrun by some new beverage that doesn't include the coffee seed as part of the morning delight? I drink Joe Fizz Soda in the morning, coffee fizz is what my kids call it. This is my coffee style, "What's Yours?"