You may think that a post entitled "How I take my coffee" would be incredibly simple. Maybe you think it is narcissistic. Why is my coffee preference so important to tell the world about? To me, it is personal. What goes into my coffee is a story of my relationship with myself and my husband, as well as a story of me and my love of food.
First, there is the mug. One of the most important parts of a good morning coffee is the vessel that it comes in. There are two mugs that I will always try to reach for first in my cabinet (assuming they are not already in the dishwasher): my Minnie Mouse mug or my Lawyers Have Heart mug.
The Minnie Mouse mug was a souvenir that me and my husband got on our Honeymoon at Disney World. It is part of the set (the other mug, the Mickey Mouse, belongs to Alan). We decided on mugs as our souvenirs because it was the most accurate description of who we are as a couple. Nearly every weekend of our first year dating was spent getting coffees at this restaurant bar/ coffee shop in our college town called "The Artful Dodger." It is where we spent a lot of time talking, getting to know each other, and blossoming into a couple.
The Lawyer's Have Heart mug is a fundraising gift I received when I ran a 10K race in July 2011. If you know me, you'll be incredibly confused about that last sentence. Run a 10K? I always hated running and still do to this day. In fact, I didn't actually run a 10K. I ran/ walked a 5K (the race organizers shrank the course because it was too hot to run 10K). The mug doesn't represent running; it represents me being a lawyer and busting my ass through three incredibly hard years of law school.
Now for the blend. I go for the Whole Foods Pleasant Morning Buzz. I buy the whole beans so I can grind at home. I've tried so many blends, and this is the only blend where the coffee isn't too bitter for me and not too light for Alan. Once again, a compromise between the two of us. Of course I buy whole beans and grind at home, like a coffee nerd.
Finally, the add-ins. I used to laugh at people who took cream and sugar in their coffee. Why would they bother? Oh God, you're using Splenda?! I still, to some extent, maintain this attitude. People that put cream and sugar, to me, are not improving the taste of coffee, they are covering it up. Instead, I opt for cinnamon and almond milk. I add the cinnamon into the grounds, so that it is infused into the brewed cup without any sort of weird powder in the bottom of my cup. Then I add just a touch of almond milk for a nutty flavor. The combination adds a rich and nutty flavor and makes a great start to my day.
How do you take your coffee?