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pointed out that they just have skimmed milk for the adults and full fat for the kids at home, so maybe it is me who is out of date.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?