Ace reporter and newest Center of Excellence fellow Sam Fellman last week blew the lid off of the burgeoning gourmet coffee dependence among thousands of carrier crew members.
The story, posted on the Navy Times website, exposed that carriers throughout the fleet were training SHs to run espresso machines, opening gourmet coffee shops and offering the highly addictive substance to sailors.
“You have got to be sh****** me!” one Facebook commenter said.
“Fancy coffee on a warship? We had to drink motor oil passed off as coffee in my day serving on the Independence. I hope sailors these days know how good they have it.”
“If that’s their definition of Navy coffee, they’re not sailors.”
Sure, it’s easy to poke fun at the idea of a fancy-pants latte available on a United States capital warship. But should we really begrudge our sailors a pumpkin spice latte while they are underway for months at a time? Soldiers are chowing down on Whoppers in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Brits offer their sailors alcohol underway, for crying out loud.
At least one sailor voiced his approval on Facebook:
“Last week was my first time underway on the Bush. Love having the Starbucks coffee.”
What do you think?