1. Starbucks has been ruined for you forever.
You’re back home now, and there’s 15 people in front of you at your local Starbucks. You wish they would start up a simple “brewed coffee” line, but other than that it’s no bother. Why? You remember the days of getting handed a cà phê sữa đá and waiting for the water to drip through the coffee grounds into the condensed milk. The days when the “phin” was more often than not half clogged, when you thought you had to use your fingers to press the water through and half of it ended up on the table. The days when you were left with about two teaspoons of coffee after all was said and done. But that was okay, because you worked for it, you waited for it, and it was some of the best coffee you ever tasted.
And now your coffee is simply a caffeine delivery mechanism, instead of a hands-on, Dirty-Jobs, good-things-come-to-those-who-wait experience. Sigh. But hey, at least it’s $4 and you get to wait in line.