Java. Joe. Espresso. Brewed. Latte. Cappuccino. Mocha. Drip. French press. Melitta. Black. Breve. Cream. Sugar. Light & Sweet. No matter how you serve it, coffee is definitely something I could NOT dream of living without. With reckless abandon, I ignore any medical advice telling me to cut back. I tried that once, with disastrous results (in a night my college roommate, Emily, and a poor waitress will never forget!).
Do you know what I love about coffee? I mean, aside from that first sip that touches your soul and makes everything right with the world?
It is a great equalizer. Everyone drinks coffee, loves coffee, needs coffee, hates coffee, or sometimes is just apathetic about coffee. Regardless, everyone knows something/has an opinion about coffee and it has absolutely nothing to do with your socioeconomic status, the color of your skin, where you went to school, who you choose to love, or any thoughts you may have on religion.
In all my travels, I have yet to come across anywhere that does not have at least one coffee shop (even my tiny hometown smack dab in the middle of Texas). There is a reason Starbucks is $80 billion company. They are everywhere and always busy. In airports worldwide, there is almost always a Starbucks—except perhaps Minnesota, where Caribou Coffee is king—and there is always a line. Even in Dubai airport, there is a Starbucks—and even at 2am there is a line of people getting coffee.
But it’s not just about the big guys. And if you’ve come here because you love all things Starbucks and are hoping that I will extol the divineness of the lovely siren’s coffee, boy are you in the wrong place! But stick around, you might find something you love more…or equally as well…or not.
Every where there are small artisan coffee shops popping up and building a loyal following—and they have been doing so since 1530, when the first coffeehouse appeared in Damascus. By the late 1500s, coffee and coffee houses made their way to Constantinople, where it became such an integral part of life that a wife could divorce her husband on the grounds (pun intended!) that he did not provide her with an adequate supply of coffee! I mean, it certainly would be for me!
So tell me, what are your thoughts on coffee?