“To me, the smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the greatest inventions.” -Hugh Jackman
I have what many would dub as “OCD” or Obsessive Coffee Disorder. I am also quite the coffee snob and would go as far to consider myself even a coffee connoisseur. I have worked formerly as a barista at Starbucks (surprise, surprise) and it has even been known to be called my second home. I like to think of myself as “Norm”…it’s where everybody knows my name! (If you don’t get the Cheers reference, I’m sorry for you!)
“You’d have coffee on a drip if you could, wouldn’t you?”
― Kristina Adams, What Happens in New York
The answer is, “Yes, yes I would!”
I enjoy my coffee many different ways. Not just coffee, but espresso is amazing too! I do NOT, however, enjoy the price tag that comes with Starbucks these days! So, I have gotten to the point where I do a lot of brewing at home. I buy the Starbucks espresso, and have an individual espresso maker. I have even got a frother. I make my coffee, iced coffee, tea, iced tea and espresso/lattes from home about 75% of the time. I even have gone as far to buy my syrups from Starbucks, if so desired. (Not everyone knows, but they will sell them to customers, just ask!) I have figured it out and my price tag on this habit has gone way down since making it from home! Honestly, I just CANNOT afford a twice a day habit otherwise!
“It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.” -Dave Barry
So, how do I like my perfect cup o’Starbucks? Yes, I am indeed one of those folks that does not order plainly. I like a quad shot, iced Venti, caramel macchiato, with two pumps of vanilla, soy, extra caramel and light ice. Yes, this will not only keep me running for days (or at least a good hour) but it is probably enough calories for days also! So, I do not get this but on a rarity. Now, a normal brew for me looks like a dark Starbucks roast with some cream and touch of sweet (perhaps a flavored cream or a touch of coconut sugar). What about you?
“I don’t know how people live without coffee, I really don’t.” -Martha Quinn