I love early morning coffee, and 708 Fulton Cafe is my favorite stop.

They roast all their beans in house. No pre-made bags, every cup expertly made and roasted to order.

My favorite? The light roast for a smooth, mellow taste that eases me to pleasant, zen-like alertness.

My problem? My favorite barista left for a corporate job at Starbucks. I can’t blame her. She had a degree and finding a higher salary is rare.

The new barista is still learning, but I’m impatient. She can’t get the flavor right, and I wonder just how much longer I can hold in my dissatisfaction.