Monday, March 22, 2010

"Like Smoking Chocolate"

I love cafe culture.  I love sitting in a coffee shop and reading, being anonymous amidst the other nobodies, enveloped in the aroma of freshly ground beans and espresso.  

I'm not a picky coffee drinker.  I mean, sure, I can tell Starbucks from Nescafe, but I'm not fussy about my beans or the particulars of the techniques.  (It would be hard to be fussy in Bangkok, as Starbucks is often as fancy as it gets.)  I take mine black with a splash of skim and sometimes a sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon.  And, I love the routine of preparing my cup, then snuggling into a corner with the newspaper or a crossword puzzle or a good book (and sometimes with a smuggled-in homemade scone, which is much healthy, more delicious, and cheaper than a Starbucks' version) and pretending I am in a wintery place and it's Sunday.  Ahhh...

So, when I read about the year-old product, Le Whif, which offers "the taste of chocolate without the calories" and "the kick of coffee without the cup", I was kind of horrified.
The mere idea of chocolate or coffee without the full sensory experience leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  But wait.  It gets worse.  The company that produces these lipstick-sized whiffing sticks are working on an "inhalable three-course meal"!  Can you imagine taking a puff of particles to replace a morning coffee, a piece of chocolate, or even a leisurely meal with friends? 


Jocy said...

Drinking coffee is one of my simple pleasures, too. I stumbled upon your blog, and I am intrigued. I'm moving to Phnom Penh late next month (eeek).

Bangkok J said...

I checked out your blog and am intrigued, too! I'm sure you'll find plenty of cute cafes in Phnom Penh to while away the time.

So excited to read about your Asia adventures on Anchors Adrift!


Jocy said...

OH! You wrote back! Didn't see that till now. Ditto. I can't wait to follow along on your adventures.

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