If you know me, you know that I love coffee. Unfortunately, I come by it honestly. My mom’s mom used to drink it all day long. She was an LPN (nurse) so her hours were so sporadic that she decided that coffee was her jolt of energy for a day, whatever time her day started. When I was at her house, I would see the instant coffee, yes, I said instant, on her kitchen table, and watch her on a regular basis pour boiling hot water she heated on her gas stove into the cup and stir. She drank it black.
At about age seven, I begged her for a cup of coffee. So she poured the hot water in a cup and I have been hooked ever since. I of course, didn’t like it black and in fact at that time the sweeter the better. For better or for worse, cream and sugar have become staples in my coffee. Or I should say half and half and real sugar.
Working in politics and having lived in Washington, DC, my coffee habit increased substantially due to commuting to work by Metro and having to be at work early. Living there, temptation was on every corner literally and it was called Starbucks. It was very easy for me to pop in one especially right off of the Metro. I guess I also was enamored with the “coffee shop” setting where I would meet colleagues and friends to talk over a cup of coffee. The social experience was one I could really get into. Nowadays, it’s more like chatting over coffee and WiFi, but that’s a whole different story. I can truly say that coffee is part of my overall daily business routine. It has been for many years. I do meet friends and colleagues over coffee on a regular basis.
I make coffee at home on the weekends only, because I am always scrambling to get out the door. I can’t tear myself away from the “coffee shop” stop every morning, even though I have to drive to it now. I also, since moving back home to Birmingham, have opted to try many new coffee shops that have cropped up in our city’s economic Renaissance. An interesting article about all of the coffee shops here in Birmingham came out last week and my goal is to try them all. During the summer and in more recent years, I have developed a taste for iced coffee. When I say iced coffee to folks some turn their nose up as I did once. I have grown to appreciate it especially during these hot summer days.
All in all and the best news of late and luckily for me, my niece started working at Starbucks in Auburn; Imagine if you will, my excitement when I received a text from her that she was bringing me a surprise home. Can’t wait to brew it!