Posts Tagged ‘Coffee’

You reap what you sow

May 24, 2013 3 comments


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“Good morning!” said a woman, as she walked up to the man sitting on the ground.

This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life.

Her coat was new. She looked like she had never missed a meal in her life.

His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before.. “Leave me alone,” he growled….

To his amazement, the woman continued standing.

She was smiling — her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows.

“Are you hungry?” she asked.

“No,” he answered sarcastically. “I’ve just come from dining with the president. Now go away.”

The woman’s smile became even broader. Suddenly the man felt a gentle hand under his arm.

“What are you doing, lady?” the man asked angrily, I said to leave me alone.”

Just then a policeman came up. “Is there any problem, ma’am?” he asked.
“No problem here, officer,” the woman answered. “I’m just trying to get this man to his feet. Will you help me?”

The officer scratched his head. “That’s old Jack. He’s been a fixture around here for a couple of years. What do you want with him?”

“See that cafeteria over there?” she asked. “I’m going to get him something to eat and get him out of the cold for awhile.”

“Are you crazy, lady?” the homeless man resisted. “I don’t want to go in there!”Then he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him up. “Let me go, officer. I didn’t do anything.”

” This is a good deal for you, Jack” the officer answered. “Don’t blow it.”

Finally, and with some difficulty, the woman and the police officer got Jack into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote corner. It was the middle of the morning, so most of the breakfast crowd had already left and the lunch bunch had not yet arrived.

The manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by his table. “What’s going on here, officer?” he asked. “What is all this, is this man in trouble?”

“This lady brought this man in here to be fed,” the policeman answered.

“Not in here!” the manager replied angrily. “Having a person like that here is bad for business..”

Old Jack smiled a toothless grin. “See, lady. I told you so. Now if you’ll let me go. I didn’t want to come here in the first place.”

The woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled. “Sir, are you familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down the street?”

“Of course I am,” the manager answered impatiently. “They hold their weekly meetings in one of my banquet rooms.”

“And do you make a godly amount of money providing food at these weekly meetings?”

“What business is that of yours?”

I, sir, am Penelope Eddy, president and CEO of the company.”


The woman smiled again. “I thought that might make a difference.” She glanced at the cop who was busy stifling a giggle. “Would you like to join us in a cup of coffee and a meal, officer?”

“No thanks, ma’am,” the officer replied. “I’m on duty.”

“Then, perhaps, a cup of coffee to go?”

“Yes, maam. That would be very nice.”

The cafeteria manager turned on his heel, “I’ll get your coffee for you right away, officer.”

The officer watched him walk away. “You certainly put him in his place,” he said.

“That was not my intent. Believe it or not, I have a reason for all this.”

She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest. She stared at him intently. “Jack, do you remember me?”

Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes. “I think so — I mean you do look familiar.”

“I’m a little older perhaps,” she said. “Maybe I’ve even filled out more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through that very door, cold and hungry.”

“Ma’am?” the officer said questioningly. He couldn’t believe that such a magnificently turned out woman could ever have been hungry.

“I was just out of college,” the woman began. “I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn’t find anything. Finally I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment. I walked the streets for days. It was February and I was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat.”

Jack lit up with a smile. “Now I remember,” he said.. “I was behind the serving counter. You came up and asked me if you could work for something to eat. I said that it was against company policy.”

“I know,” the woman continued. “Then you made me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that you would get into trouble. Then, when I looked over and saw you put the price of my food in the cash register, I knew then that everything would be all right.”
“So you started your own business?” Old Jack said.

“I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually I started my own business that, with the help of God, prospered.” She opened her purse and pulled out a business card. “When you are finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons. He’s the personnel director of my company. I’ll go talk to him now and I’m certain he’ll find something for you to do around the office.” She smiled. “I think he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your feet. If you ever need anything, my door is always opened to you.”

There were tears in the old man’s eyes. “How can I ever thank you?” he said.
“Don’t thank me,” the woman answered. “To God goes the glory. Thank God. He led me to you.”

Outside the cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at the entrance before going their separate ways.

“Thank you for all your help, officer,” she said.

“On the contrary, Ms. Eddy,” he answered. “Thank you. I saw a miracle today, something that I will never forget. And, and thank you for the coffee.”

God is going to shift things around for you today and let things work in your favor.

If you believe, send it. If you don’t believe, delete it.

God closes doors no man can open and God opens doors no man can close. If you need God to open some doors for you, send this on.

Have a blessed day and remember to be a blessing.


No to McDonald’s Iced Coffee!

April 24, 2012 17 comments

So last night I spent my meal break with my team at McDonald’s along Emerald Avenue at Strata 1000.  I noticed that they have this ad about the McDonald’s Iced Coffee and I wanted to try it out.  It says there you can get your drink upgraded to Iced Coffee.  You just need to add 10 Pesos (Medium) and 15 Pesos (Large) for Regular Iced Coffee and 20 Pesos (Medium) and 25 Pesos (Large) for the Vanilla variant with a value meal.  I mean seriously?  Just to put ice on your coffee you have to pay that much?  Then why not order the regular meal with coffee and just ask for ice?  Hahaha!  Now if you don’t wanna be thrifty as me you can buy it separate.  It would usually cost from 39 to 55 Pesos.

Upgrade to Iced Coffee

Upgrade to Iced Coffee

Buy it separate

Buy it separate

As I’ve said… why would I pay 10 Pesos to have ice put on my coffee that comes free with the breakfast meal that I ordered?  Are ice cubes worth 10 Pesos or even 25?  So I asked the lady if the one on the ad is the Regular Iced Coffee or the Vanilla Iced Coffee.  Here’s how the conversation went.

Me: Miss is that the Vanilla Iced Coffee on the picture or is that the Regular Iced Coffee? (obviously I know it’s the Vanilla but had to double check)

Cashier Lady: So you want to upgrade to Ice Coffee sir?

Me: NO!  I’m asking if that’s the Regular one or the Vanilla (cause I wouldn’t want to pay 25 Pesos for them to just add ice on my coffee)

Cashier Lady: 25 Pesos additional po for Iced Coffee.

Me: Nevermind!  I’ll just have the 2 piece pan cake meal please. (scratching my head)

Obviously she doesn’t know what she’s selling or she wasn’t just paying attention.

The Iced Coffee Ad

The Iced Coffee Ad

I also don’t understand why the McDonald’s Philippines website doesn’t have a Nutrition Chart nor is it available in any of the stores of McDonald’s.  I found this on their US website and I think all fast food restaurants should come up with such.

I researched further and found a few blogs that describes the horror of drinking this coffee.  Good thing I didn’t buy it!   After reading an article about it I might just not want to drink their coffee period.

Ingredients for McDonald’s Vanilla Iced Coffee:

Premium Roast Coffee. Light Cream: Milk, cream, sodium phosphate, sodium polyphosphate, DATEM, sodium stearoyl lactylate, tetra sodium pyrophosphate, sodium hexametaphosphate, sodium citrate, carrageenan. CONTAINS: MILK. Vanilla Syrup: Sugar, water, fructose, natural (plant source) and artificial flavor, caramel color (with sulfites), potassium sorbate (preservative), citric acid, malic acid. Ice.

What the heck are these?

I’ll spare us from checking the list for the sugar-free version. Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients for a Vanilla Iced Coffee, shall we?  (The information sources are linked to the chemical names.)

sodium phosphate – it is “used to treat constipation and to clean the bowel before surgery, x-rays, endoscopy, or other intestinal procedures. Sodium biphosphate and sodium phosphate enemas are also used for general care after surgery and to help relieve impacted bowels.”

Doesn’t it make sense now why so many people are complaining that McDonald’s Iced Coffee gives them diarrhea?  People are getting sick left and right, but they tell themselves it’s due to extra caffeine, and continue drinking it since they like the taste.  It is not the caffeine!  Don’t let this happen to you!

sodium polyphosphate – adds texture and used as an emulsifier to prevent ingredients from clumping together.

DATEM – an acronym for Diacetyl tartaric acid ester of monoglyceride, and it is used for emulsification and foaming.

sodium stearoyl lactylate – a solid powder irritating to eyes and skin, and hazardous in case of inhalation.

tetra sodium pyrophosphate – when ingested it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

sodium hexametaphosphate – the Material Safety Data Sheet warns “do not ingest.”  Synonym of Sodium Polyphosphate (above).

sodium citrate – includes diarrhea as an adverse reaction. It should also be “used with caution in patients with cardiac failure, hypertension, impaired renal function, peripheral and pulmonary edema, and toxemia of pregnancy.”

Look, I’ve only gone through about half the list, but I just cannot bear this anymore.  The reason these chemicals are in the “Light Cream” is because they cost less than real cream, and people instinctively think that real cream is bad for them because of the fat and calories.  The truth is McDonald’s Iced Coffee is not a drink with simply coffee, milk, and sugar.

Let’s stay out of the drive through, all right?

Note:  To be fair to McDonald’s if your PR team is reading this I’m available to listen to your side.  You may email me using the email in my contact page.


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