Greg Duncan

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The doc says it’s OK, but my wallet doesn’t agree

When I first moved to Notre-Dame-de-l’Ile-Perrot about 12 years ago, one could rarely find a decent cappuccino or espresso in the area. Now, nary a day goes by without me laying out some cash for one at any of our many java outlets. No longer satisfied with a cup of regular Joe from some famous hockey guy’s place, I now need a daily fix that has some serious kick and I’ll find any excuse to get mine. A trip to the bank or to the grocery store can lead me inexplicably off path and directly to a mocha grande or a strong cappuccino. We’ve got these caffeine places so strategically located that if you navigate any of our main arteries to get in or out of town, you will succumb, I tell you. It’s not enough that I drink three or four cups of the stuff at home each morning before shaving and heading out. Resistance is futile.

I’ve been a coffee junkie as far back as the early ’80s, when I lived on the West Coast and when drip coffee was already on the outs. At the time, even scraggly tree planters could concoct a decent “cap” in the bush. And if you have ever been to Vancouver or Seattle, where there are Starbucks outlets on every corner, then you know that coffee keeps those towns ticking. It seems that the Off Island ‘burbs are really ticking now, too.

A new set of traffic lights suddenly appeared at the foot of Don Quichotte Blvd. a couple of years ago to accommodate an increased volume of cars going in and out of a certain drive-through, proving that even municipalities and town councils can be swayed by the lure of coffee. After all, gaining extra income via businesses that serve a caffeine-addicted populace can only be a good thing.

Now that we have at least three such major locations in Ile-Perrot, gauging line-ups for our hot beverage choices is a daily ritual for many and we simply access according to what side of the road we happen to be driving on at the time. Travelling Grand Blvd? Then it’s Second Cup most likely. Going to the Big Tiger? Starbucks is your destination. IGA? Timmy is your man. You can fill up your giant travel mug at any gas station, too, if you’re really having withdrawals, but I don’t recommend it. Even your favourite local bakery and pastry place can set you up right, no problem. In fact, it appears that baked items on display may merely be a clever ruse to tempt you with coffee. You get the drift… or jitters, as it were.

My main issue here is with my budget (I don’t have one) and I’m thinking I’ll need a part-time job as a barista if this keeps up.

What do you spend a day or in a week to get your coffee fix? Jittery minds want to know.

5 comments

  1. I’m a closeted caffeine addict… I hide what I do at home and as a matter of fact I believe you were over one day not long ago and I gave you a hit. Don’t deny it! Maybe we get our friends and family to hold an intervention…….. LOLLL!

  2. For me it has progressively gotten worse; I used to drink solely Starbucks Frappucinos, then I started to add an espresso shot. Now I add an espresso shot to every hot beverage I get anywhere, and have a Monster energy drink for dinner.

    It needs to stop!

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