I have never had a blog, but right now writing a blog entry on barista exchange is the only option. Why? Because I am in the midst of a coffee crisis. Well, not in midst, I guess, because I am currently enjoying a tasty cup of Papua New Guinea Kunjun that I picked up from Trabant earlier today. But I am definitely on the brink of a crisis here, because soon it will be gone.

It is 3:20am. The first day of my KEXP internship is today and starting in less than two hours. I'm catching a bus to the station at 4:09, and I have not slept because I decided it wasn't worth it to try seeing as though I tend not to go to sleep until 2 or 3am most nights anyway. I have never been in a position where I have had to get up this early, except to catch a plane or two, and I haven't pulled an all-nighter since finals in college. I am not used to this fuzzy-brained feeling that comes from staying up all night and knowing that I won't be able to crash until... at least 8 or 9 hours from now. And during that time I will be assisting not just any DJ, but one who I have been listening to since high school and admire a great deal; I will need to do things right today. On no sleep.

Which brings me to the problem, which is this: I have to be at the station at 5am, and probably will be continuously busy until 10 or so, and there is no place where I can get coffee that opens before 6. I am almost out of the coffee I already made, and I have no travel mug to bring it in anyway. I think I am going to be forced to stop into one of those 24-hour diners out of desperation, when what I really want to do is break into Trabant (and by "break in" I mean unlock the door with my key during closing hours) and make myself a latte with many, many shots, but thankfully I am not yet sleep deprived enough to think that this is a feasible plan. I foresee wandering around downtown in the dark and probably stumbling into the Hurricane, where reviewers on yelp have reported having the worst coffee of their lives.

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Comment by Alex Negranza on May 1, 2008 at 2:33am
Mmmmm...Diner Coffee. Emily, my best advice is to RUN AWAY! Orrr, pick up one of those nifty travel mugs that Trabant now offers (if you haven't already) and get yourslef a good french press with some of our tasty El Salvador or PNG. Yum.

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