Thursday, January 18, 2007

I drink my coffee black

I'm not sure there is much more to say than that. I drink my coffee black - what else can I say?

Probably like most people, I started drinking coffee in high school and with some sugar and cream - because it just seemed like that was the way to drink it. Doesn't everyone put cream and sugar in their coffee? Otherwise why would you be asked every time you ordered?
Eventually, though, I weaned myself off of cream and sugar - I believe it was more of a caloric issue than a taste issue, however, now I love. love. love the flavor of coffee and can't get enough of it.

I like rich, deep, dark, s.t.r.o.n.g. coffee. The darker the better.

I am not a huge fan of flavored coffee. I ocassionally enjoy a flavored creamer, but I'm not a fan of flavored coffee.

I do, however, enjoy a teeny, tiny sprinkle of cinnamon in my coffee from time to time. And by teeny, tiny, I mean barely a sprinkle. I've tried doctoring my coffee with the fun stuff they provide at Startbucks and it turned into a train wreck - I put too much of this in, so to counteract that, I'll add some of this.... the cycle repeated itself until I eventually crawled back to the counter begging for them to dump it out and give me a new one.

My favorite place to purchase coffee is from Trader Joes. Over the holidays I was drinking their winter blend which was a mixture of medium roasted whole beans with whole green and red peppercorns, whole cloves and whole cinnamon sticks. It was delicious.

Now my new favorite brew is Trader Joes' Bay Blend. It is a perfect immitation of Starbucks for a much, much cheaper price. Dave is also very much enjoying the Bay Blend.

My absolute favorite coffee, though, comes with a friend. Whether it is at my kitchen table with Dave on Saturday or Sunday morning for an hour or two, at my kitchen table with my girlfriends, at BFWW's island for 4 hours, or at a restaurant with a friend over breakfast or dessert, the best coffee - regardless of brand and additions - is the kind that comes with a friend (I would really like it if my coffee came with BFWW in Chicago on a daily basis... hint, hint).

So I drink my coffee black. And that is it - no cream, no sugar, no machiato, no latte, no whipped milk, no frappacino (although, those are very yummy once in a while), no tall, venti, or grande. On the very infrequent trips to Starbucks, I order a large decaf, black. Period. The barrista will say, "A venti?" And my response is, "Yeah, whatever - large decaf, black." Thats all I want.

If you drink coffee, how do you like it best? Are you particular? Are you a coffee snob or is Maxwell House just fine with you? What is your favorite Starbucks drink?

getting to know me in 100 days - day 23


Mommy Brain 9:26 PM  

I like my coffee black too. I was adding flavored creamer to mine because the girlfriends all did...but eventually I admitted to them that I prefer black coffee and that's the way I'm gonna drink it.

My favorite coffee is Dunkin Donuts though...not a big Starbucks fan though...I'll drink it but I prefer DD. Hate Maxwell Seatle's Best...and I really liked the TJ's Christmas blend as well.

You should come join us on Wednesday mornings...we usually make at least 24 cups of coffee and you are free to drink it any way you like.

Jen 8:47 AM  

Coffee ick. I tried really hard to get into it in college like everyone else. But I just couldn't.

I am a tea drinker and I also do love a good hot cocoa this time of year. I love Starbucks Caramel Apple Cider in the fall.

kkoois 8:53 AM  

i like my coffee across a table with jana

Kary 2:00 PM  

I have often wished that my BFWW would drink coffee. . .I did try to bond with her once and ordered a Caramel Apple Cider from Starbucks. I don't know why I didn't realize that it didn't come with caffine~I wasn't much fun to shop with after that.

Anonymous 7:07 PM  

cute post!

i like a pumpkin spice latte anytime!!! my favorite! i like strong coffee with lots of cream.. i'm lighter on the sweet side than i used to be unless it's a pumpkin spice, of course. oh yes - grande for me.

like you, though, i think coffee is BEST served with a plate of friendship. :)

Anonymous 7:21 PM  

I'm not a big coffee drinker, but when I do have it, I must have cream (non-dairy) and sugar. Black coffee is naaaaastyyyy!!! :)

Unknown 9:16 PM  

HI! I LOVE my coffee BLACK! Yep, no creamers in my hot coffee ever. I don't like how they leave my mouth tasting weird and feeling weird after drinking them. My favorite coffee brand is Starbucks and I like to buy their House blend from Sam's club. It saves me a little money and I get the flavor I like. If for some reason I get something different I love the Carmel Frapaccino from Starbucks!

Becky 9:35 PM  

I love coffee, but black??? Ugh.. I can't stomach it. More power to you! I like it with lots of flavored creamer! My favorite thing to order at Starbucks is the White Chocolate Mocha! And yes, coffee... whatever the variety, is best with a friend!!!

Anonymous 11:22 AM  

Great post! I LOVE my coffee too...I get a coffee from a coffee shop once a week. That is my "mommy break" although I am typically drinking it with kids in tow. Like Jana, I love black coffee. Interestingly though, my favorite Starbucks drinks are very sweet. I like mochas with coconut. I started drinking those as a nurse back in 95 when they put the first coffee stand in our lobby. I've been hooked ever since.

We have Beaners here in Michigan. They have excellent coffee. I'm not sure how to compare the taste to other brands, I just know what brands I don't like. My cupboard has Meijer brand columbian supreme...not as good, but a cheap substitute for daily consumption. date sometime we're in your area??????????????

Doni Brinkman 2:07 PM  

So what should I make of this? Does this make you the BIGGER coffee fan since you will regularly drink it straight up? I am at least happy that you know the appropriate lingo now. If we show up in Starbucks together, I will gently raise my eyebrows at you for your oh so boring order but I will also add a cute grin for good measure...just because you agreed to go with me:) !

Lisa @ Heaven Sent 2:21 PM  

At home.. Decaf Folgers with Jewel-brand Hazelnut or French Vanilla creamer. I like a little coffee with my flavored creamer thank you very much! ;o)

On special days (and every Tuesday on the wa to work)... Grande Decaf Soy Carmel Macchiato from Starbucks. Yummmmmmmmmo!!!

Anonymous 5:22 PM  

you know, i've actually decided i do NOT like the flavored creamers. they always taste chemically to me, leave an aftertaste, and even settle with a little acidity. not nice. :) i like flavored syrups but REAL dairy cream or milk... sometimes i even like a soy latte though!

and i looked up trader joes after reading this since we don't have them here. i found mixed reviews - but it led me to lots of anti-starbucks comments. one place said they are too old before they even get to the shop. long story and a few links later i heard about intelligentsia - VERY fresh from pick to roast to home - or so they say. the descriptions of el diablo and eros got me so i'm trying 1/2 lb of each. we shall see!!!

Anonymous 8:32 PM  

If you drink coffee, how do you like it best? I drink my coffee at home with 2 splendas and fat free 1/2 and 1/2, at restaurants black. Not sure why?

Are you particular? Are you a coffee snob or is Maxwell House just fine with you? I prefer MJB but they have a new look and I wonder if they have new beans also... I will drink Maxwell House /Folgers whatever as long as it's a dark roast or columbine blend.

What is your favorite Starbucks drink? STARBUCKS.....euwwwwwww :( ick. I like a place here called Dunn brothers or my favorite is Caribou and it's Sam's favorite too. Every Tuesday Sam and I drop Eric off at kindergarten and go have "coffee" together, I get my large dark roast (in my own cup) and he gets a 'red' drink. (smoothie)

Carol 8:00 AM  

Coffee --- mmmmm --- I like my coffee, I like it black, I like it with cream & equal, I like it with fat free french vanilla creamer, I like it strong, I like it with friends, I like it by myself, I like it in the morning, I like it in the afternoon with a protein chocolate bar, I like it in the evening after supper, I like Aldi brand, I like Maxwell House, I like Folgers, I like Dunkin Donuts brand, I like Starbucks (Grande Vanilla Light frappacinno in the summer & pumkin spice latte on a snowy day!), I like Caribou Coffee, I like coffee. MMMMmmmm--- coffee ---- Yum!

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