a couple weeks ago i decided to become a coffee drinker. not a decision taken lightly, after all coffee is addictive and many financial advisers suggest cutting out your latte expense. would i have the resources (time and money) to support such a habit? and with all the coffee choices available, what brand and flavor would i buy into? and i really didn’t want to think about the coffee stains on my teeth! but yeah, that was something to consider as well.
it started during the month of november when burger king started brewing seattle’s best coffee (owned by starbucks), as a promotion they gave away free coffee on fridays during the month of november. free? okay, i was all in. as a novice coffee drinker i went on my knowledge of how my sister drinks her coffee. i requested four sugars and 4 creams. not bad. i liked the way the coffee made me feel, and this basically started my explorations into coffee.
in my undergrad years at UT in austin i discovered caffeine pills, something to get me through late nights of studying and keep up with the joneses (all the other little overachievers), but the caffeine pills often make me sick. perhaps too much caffeine at once. coffee? not so much.
so the seattle’s best coffee from burger king was free, but was it something that i was willing to spend my money on? it was good, yeah, and only $1.00. however, i am not the type to just go with the first choice. i needed to know and explore my options.
mcdonald’s coffee was up next. once again, four sugars and 4 creams. but something happened at mcdonald’s that didn’t happen at burger king. they put the four sugars and 4 creams in my coffee for me. this may not seem like a big deal, but in the mornings when you are pressed for time every moment is valuable. as a novice coffee drinker, either i like it or i don’t. i have no deep explanation of why like it or dislike it. thumbs up for mcdonald’s coffee.
growing up my mom always drunk coffee. it wasn’t an all day thing, just one cup in the morning. maxwell house was her choice, and still is. as a kid i tasted coffee, and it was yuck…as a kid. and as an adult i just never got into drinking coffee. i told my mom about how i am now drinking coffee, and that i’ve decided i would drink it two times a day. one before work and one after. she gave me no warnings, just a coupon for a free small coffee at 7-eleven.
once again, i love free. at 7 eleven i got more than i bargained for. i go in and the line at the check out counter is long, and this is discouraging to see in the morning. at what i guess is called a coffee bar there are tons of coffee pots, and coffee freshly brewing. you are responsible for pouring your own coffee, and customizing it with the options available. i ask the lady working near the area about the coffee, she sort of looks at me like i have something growing out of my chin but when she realizes i am clueless she tells me basically to not touch the coffee pots with the coffee streaming into them. yeah, ok, right. quite a few minutes later i am still at 7-eleven when i should be almost to work. i did not like 7-eleven’s coffee. and the whole pouring it yourself thing i didn’t like either.
on to the mecca of coffee! starbucks. i am a huge starbucks fan, but i didn’t buy their coffee. i only use to get their frapuccinos. since i am clueless when it comes to coffee i went with what they are currently advertising, a coffee called pike’s place roast. they call it one of their most popular blends. i really wanted to like it, but i didn’t. i am confident i can find a blend of coffee at starbucks that i like, so i will definitely go back for more. but while at starbucks i bought a thermal coffee cup because…
i did the math and if i drunk coffee two times a day and i bought it by the cup i would be out at least $10.00 a week! $520.00/year! at the least. don’t think i will be willing to spend that much on coffee so at my mom’s coffee pot i found myself pouring maxwell into my new thermal cup. i am yet to find my own coffee identity, but for now maxwell house will do as i explore more options and find my perfect cup of coffee.
the past couple weeks i’ve enjoyed my altered state. a little bit more pep in my step. a bit more energy to do all the million different things i attempt to do!