-Capital Coffee, 10:00 A.M.-
Wearing his usual outfit of white t-shirt, olive green cargo pants, and black boots plus some spending money contained in a pouch in his right cargo pocket, Leonidas entered a local coffee shop named Capital Coffee. He had heard talk about it in his neighborhood and since he was fond of coffee he decided to pay the coffee shop a visit. Maybe it could become a go-to place for a decent cup of coffee between jobs or on slow days when he just did not feel like working, but that depended on how his first visit to the place went.
Leonidas looked around at the interior of Capital Coffee and noted how clean and modern it looked. To the right of the entrance was a small seating area with small square wooden tables occupied by young twentysomethings drinking their choice of coffee from a white styrofoam cup. Leonidas looked left and saw a large seating area that included white pod chairs facing the windows on all three sides. In front of him was a wooden counter with a large menu above and behind the counter that listed everything Capital Coffee had to offer.
Also in front of Leonidas was a line of twelve people. They looked to be all twentysomethings and most of them were young women with a few young men among them talking about what kind of coffee they were going to order. It looked like Leonidas was going to have to wait awhile to get to the counter, but that was fine with him. It was not like he had anything urgent to do today.
-At the counter, forty minutes later-
Leonidas had expected to wait an hour or more to get to the counter because some of the people in front of him were unable to decide on what coffee to get until the last minute, so it was a surprise to him when he had gotten to the counter under an hour. Now he was looking at the menu and trying to pick which drink he wanted. It did not take him very long to decide.
"Hi there and welcome to Capital Coffee! What coffee would you like to order today?" A brown-haired young woman with blue eyes asked Leonidas. Leonidas made eye contact with the employee. To his surprise she did not flinch when he made eye contact with her, but that could be because he was going to be a paying customer, not because she found him attractive even with the facial scar.
"I'd like a single espresso, please." Leonidas replied with his order. While he ordinarily drank plain coffee with nothing added to it, today he would try a single espresso just to try something different. He was in a new country, so he might as well try a new type of coffee.
"All right then. A single espresso it is!" The employee cheerfully recited the order to him. Leonidas then paid for his beverage and received his receipt. He then stepped off to the left side and waited for his drink to be made. As he waited for his single espresso he had gotten a favorable impression of Capital Coffee thanks to its clean interior, upscale look, and good customer service, but the real test of the coffee shop's mettle would come when he received his drink and got to taste it. All the fancy interior decoration in the world could not make up for awful coffee.
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