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A truck driver pulled into a truck stop late at night needing a caffeine boost. The waitress came to take his order. truck stop
“I need a large cup of coffee,” the trucker exclaimed.
“Sorry, honey,” she replied. “We don’t have coffee.”
“Oh. In that case,” he figured, “I’ll take an iced latte. I never drink lattes but I need some caffeine. Really.”
“Honey, we don’t have any coffee to make you an iced latte. This isn’t Starbucks!”
“That’s terrible! Alright, I’ll take an expresso. No, two expressos.”
“Honey, we aren’t Starbucks. No espresso,” the waitress heaved. “How can I explain this to you? I know, how do you spell “ice” in “iced latte?”
The trucker was stumped for a second. “I C E,” he retorted snidely.
“Good, honey. Now how do you spell “press” in “espresso?”
“Good God! That’s P R E S S.”
“Excellent, honey. Now, how do you spell “stink” in coffee?”
“For heaven’s sakes, woman. There’s no “stink” in coffee!!”
“Honey, that’s what I’ve been trying to tell you for the last five minutes! There’s no stinkin’ coffee!”

Just in time for those of us who doubted the healthy and satisfying benefits of a good cup of coffee, the University of California, Davis will host a research conference on March 11, coordinated by the UC Davis Coffee Center. Although the Center is homeless as yet, it can still appreciate the study of coffee.
After the conference, plans include building a greenhouse for coffee plants, courses that explore the issues of genetics, sustainability at every step in coffee production as well as the different sensory experiences of coffee drinkers with different kinds of coffee.
Earlier this year, UC Davis used the draw of coffee to teach students about chemical engineering and more recently added “The Design of Coffee” to the general education lineup, drawing 300 students.
Read more at UC Davis and NBC News.