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An ad-man turned teacher recommends Starbucks VIA instant coffee

Ben Rothfeld on Cool Tools: “Since I switched careers from advertising to teaching, I only miss two things (besides the money): being able to go to the bathroom whenever I want and the coffee.” It’s not great coffee, or even good coffee, but it’s good enough and predictable in a pinch, he says.

A comrade-in-business-travel told me recently that she carries VIA in her luggage for similar reasons.

When I’m out of the house, I just drink whatever’s available. You can make just about anything drinkable by adding non-dairy creamer and Splenda.

And I know the coffee snobs will hate me for saying this, but Starbucks Pikes Place and Veranda coffees are actually very good. I drink good coffee black, no sugar, and that’s how I drink those Starbucks blends. Just don’t order “coffee black,” there without specifying a blend; that stuff is awful.

“Far below the Antarctic circle, I watch a woman cry real tears because she can’t get gluten-free toast.”

Maciej Cegłowski takes readers on a culinary tour of Antarctica.

Cegłowski’s latest essay, “Gluten Free Antarctica,” is part of an occasional series on his adventure cruise to the southernmost continent. It’s brilliant: dryly humorous and insightful, like all of his writing.

Cegłowski is a multiple threat: Talented speaker, writer, software developer and entrepreneur. He developed the social bookmarking service Pinboard.in (motto: “Social Bookmarking for Introverts”). It’s a lean, high-performance clone of the del.icio.us… bookmarking site from the 2000s, which was acquired by Yahoo and got bloated and slow. Eventually, Pinboard acquired the Delicious (as it was then called).