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麥當勞的故事

五. ☕️ 咖啡

香港麥當勞提供咖啡的種類比美國麥當勞賣的咖啡種類多很多。除傳統美式咖啡外,香港麥當勞還有優質即磨咖啡、意大利泡沫咖啡、焦糖鮮奶咖啡、冰凍咖啡、…,當然還免不了提供港式奶茶及以黃豆奶為配料的 soy milk mocha 。但是我最喜歡的則是有特色的綠茶豆漿冲的豆奶抺茶(soy milk matcha),光聽名字就很感到養生保健。

因為沒有抽菸的基因,香菸、雪茄或菸斗完全引不起我的興趣。我不曾抽菸,但是並不介意別人抽菸,反而覺得有些人抽菸的樣子很美,看著飄空的淡淡菸雲,別有仙氣,甚至心嚮往之。

我與警衛相處融洽,反佔中運動時,有兩位好心意的警衛離職前一天要買杯咖啡送我。我婉謝並說我不太喝咖啡。他們很吃驚地說好像每天都見我買杯熱咖啡。我的確常買咖啡,借此機會跟員工交談。

其實我不常喝咖啡。旅美多年幾乎不近咖啡,但是喜歡聞聞咖啡散在空氣中的味道。雖然不喝咖啡,我能從咖啡的飄香,判斷咖啡的品質。買了麥當勞的套餐,偶然把剩餘的咖啡倒入馬桶,既消毒,又可為空氣添加清神解腦的元素。

在田納西當工學院院長時,有天清潔工看著黑灰色的馬桶水,還透出咖啡的氣味,緊張地以為我身體不適。我反過來安慰她,請她放心:「我沒有喝咖啡的基因,剩下的大半杯倒入馬桶,便於消毒。」


The McDonald's story

A5. ☕️ Coffee

The coffee at McDonald's in Hong Kong is more varied than the kinds served in the US. In addition to the usual American coffee, or caffè Americano, other drinks are served, such as freshly brewed coffee, cappuccino, caramel latte, iced coffee and of course Hong Kong-style milk tea and soy milk mocha. However, what I like most is the soy milk matcha with green tea powder. Just the name itself sounds healthy.

As I don't have the relevant genes, I have no interest in cigarettes, cigars or a pipe. I have never partaken but I don't mind the habit in others, which I admit can look rather elegant with some people. In fact, I harbour a kind of longing when I see the drifting curls of tobacco smoke.

Moreover, coffee is not really my drink, either. I almost never touched the stuff when I was living in the US. But people might think otherwise. During Occupy Central, two kind-hearted campus security guards with whom, like all our campus guards, I enjoyed a congenial relationship with wanted to buy me a coffee the day before they retired. I politely declined, saying I didn't usually drink coffee. They were surprised. They thought they'd seen me buying coffee every day. Actually I did, but only for the opportunity to talk to staff.

What I do like, though, is the smell of coffee. I reckon I can tell a lot about the quality just from the aroma. But since I don't drink this beverage, I have been known to disinfect the lavatory, and thereby refresh the air, by flushing away the coffee that comes with a McDonald's set meal.

This habit can have some consequences, though. When I was Dean of Engineering at the University of Tennessee, a cleaner became concerned when one day she spotted the darkish water in the toilet bowl and the pervasive scent of coffee. She thought I must be sick. I assured her I was fine. "I have no genes for coffee," I said, "and I dumped the contents of my mug for sanitising purposes."

 

11 January, 2021

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