Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Milk Snobbery and Politics therein

Am just back from lovely new Costa Coffee concession in Tesco's. Good coffee, nice cakes, and comfy sofa's. It should have been perfect but was lacking a serious element of coffee shops for me. It did not serve semi skimmed milk. And even McDonalds has semi skimmed milk these days. My friend K pointed out that they just have skimmed milk for the adults and full fat for the kids at home, so maybe it is me who is out of date. But...even then, if the full fat milk is to go in hot drinks (which it is) it should be semi skimmed, to be healthier for the adults.

Skimmed milk is lovely in tea, but too thin for a well balanced coffee, so what does one do? I asked the staff why, and they said it was company policy which milks to serve, on an area by area basis. I'm afraid I then suggested they thought Est Sussex was so chavy we only drink full fat milk, or even that we ordinarily drink full fat milk.

As a new - ish resident to East Sussex I find this quite offensive, although I do accept that Hastings in particular has a larger than usual population of smoking pregnant teenage mums waiting at bus stops. Also I guess a slightly larger then usual population of people drinking lager out of cans, or worse that bitter with tartan on it.

Anyway, have used the power of the internet to plead with Costa to change their milk policy here...oh, and don't even think about goats/non-dairy/anything else available in Hastings. Think they might have started to call me Down From London/Southern Snob if I'd even broached the subject.

So what do you think, am I justified in my pursuit of a decent coffee with milk? Or wrongly trying to change a cultural East Sussex issue to London - ify it?

7 comments:

spoons said...

Any milk in coffee is wrong! Good to see the blog coming along nicely... must give you a call soon!

Richard de pesando MA(RCA) said...

you can get coffee in Hastings???

Anonymous said...

They won't listen to you it's owned by Whitbread. Whitbread don't listen to their staff let alone customers! Its also a manager position not the companies. if the manager wants to they have an overide on the order system that alows them to cheat on the order technique.

Don't bother with the coffee go for the hot chocolate that way you can add extra cream and then it won't matter what the milk is.

tattyhousehastings said...

hmm, I'm with you spoons, specially as since I read once that 50% of milk is just pus (oh god, oh god) and antibiotics). just that I like milk, bit like my short lived attempt at veganism when I realised that I could do chocolate - the good stuff, but not pizza! just can't manage without milk in my coffee... but anyway how is your lovely dog? can't wait to meet her.

LannyLee said...

I thought it was only me who didn't like skimmed milk in coffee, my family all think i'm a little strange, but now I feel a bit better knowing i'm not the only one.

Anonymous said...

I don't blame you for wanting to chase up companies on their milk options, fair comment, but give Hastings a break. You made a choice to make a home here so I feel you should embrace all that is good about the area, and be more tolerant with the little things that don't quite meet 'city' standards. Making comments about smoking pregnant teenagers etc only hi-lights the negative.

Anonymous said...

I am a Brit living in Canada . We were over last month on holiday but oh The coffee in UK was gross ..I couldnt believe you cant get single cream for coffee at any outlet/coffee shop . North American coffee is sooo much nicer . Everyone serves cream there for coffee .The Brits should stick to tea which they do so well .