Anecdotal Evidence: Coffee: For Science

Two great tastes...

Those rainbow candy sprinkles--those bits one puts on ice cream and/or cupcakes--are denser than coffee.

After a minute or so, the yellow sprinkles rise to the surface. An oily sheen appears on the surface of the coffee. Little bubbles of oil rise from the depths then stay on the surface.

Drops of oil bond to other drops of oil, yet remain distinct.

A closer look at the yellow sprinkles reveals that they are but husks; they have already lost most of their mass. They appear corroded--crumbling husks, the exoskeletons of crustaceans long since deceased.

Too late, I realise I should have picked up a spoon or a stirrer and brought it back to my desk. Most of the candy sprinkles must have settled to the bottom of the cup. As I sip into the depths, I have no idea what waits for me.

My coffee cup is filled with a mixture of coffee and candy. Looking forward to seeing the cup's bottom, I am filled with a mixture of anticipation and dread.

The coffee tastes the same as usual, until the last gulp, which is sweeter.

When I am done with the coffee, the bottom of my coffee cup looks the same as usual. Closer inspection reveals an oily sheen.

I do not think I will put the candy sprinkles in my coffee again.


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