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Canine Coffee

Yesterday I mentioned that I had coffee [1] at a coffee shop a few metres away from the Civic bus interchange. The coffee shop in question was Coffee At Helen’s which seems to have had a minor refurbishment since the last time I was there. Unfortunately the refurbishment seems to have brought with it a rather peculiar drop in the level of service.

Me: Could I get a flat white and a custard tart to have here please?
Shop Attendant (in an almost thick accent): Yes, would you like the cuppy mug please?

Unfortunately my brain, due to the accent of the shop attendant, heard one of the Cs as a P, which meant that what I heard was:

Shop Attendant (in an almost thick accent): Yes, would you like the puppy mug please?

Needless to say, I was perplexed.

Me: I’m sorry, what?
Shop Attendant (in an almost thick accent): Cuppy mug, cuppy mug please?

I thought about it for a moment and decided that the question must be whether I wanted the coffee in a cup or a mug.

Me (with some hesitation): A cup please?
(Awkward pause)
Shop Attendant (in an almost thick accent): Ahhh…..cup?
Me: Yes please.
Shop Attendant (somewhat confused): Yes yes, um OK yes.
(Shop attendant walks over to cash register and battles with it for a few moments)
Shop Attendant (in a not so thick accent): The forty-five please…err zero…um four fifty

Surprisingly after that exchange, the coffee and custard tart were quite good…and I didn’t have to drink out of a cuppy mug, which I can only assume is a dog’s bowl with a handle attached. I was almost expecting to end up with coffee on a plate and a custard tart in a cup, especially when the shop attendant took a plate to the coffee machine.


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#1 Comment By Frankster On July 16, 2008 @ 6:28 pm

I’m just glad they figured out the custard tart was something you eat and not something taking its place each night at the local brothel 😉

#2 Comment By padders On July 16, 2008 @ 7:24 pm

I go (when I can get a table that is) to the Gourmet Deli on the ground floor in the new part of the Canberra Centre. They all speaka da English, the coffee’s great, and cheap too.

#3 Comment By Samuel On July 20, 2008 @ 11:55 pm

I’ll have to visit it at some stage in the coming weeks.