As I was writing this post yesterday morning, Scott was actually at Starbucks and he bought me the French press I've been wanting. Here's to new coffee adventures!
If you have a Keurig, what setting do you use? I used to be 8 oz all the way. Then I realized how much better the 6 oz setting tasted.
I'm pretty sure the reason why we don't use a regular coffeepot is because I'm afraid of messing up the proportions. I have no idea how to measure out coffee; the refillable K-cup does it for me.
My preferred coffee choice is whole beans from Trader Joe's. When we go to TJ's, we usually buy 6-8 canisters and those last for quite some time. I'm just patiently waiting for a trip to Denver (an hour away) so I can stock up. Until then, I found Peet's at the commissary and I like it well enough. Our fallback (when nothing else can be found) is Dunkin Donuts. I found a canister of Folgers in the fridge here, which must have been left over from when Scott's dad was visiting a few weeks ago. I asked Scott what such a thing was doing in my fridge and told him I would just throw it away. He said, "Noooo…that's wasteful". But what do I DO with it? I mean, I can't drink it.
I prefer Coldstone Sweet Cream from International Delight. I've been adding a lot lately, maybe 2-3 tablespoons, but if that's my biggest nutritional vice, I'll take it.
Depending on the day, I enjoy 1-2 cups in front of The Today Show. It's a relaxing way to start the day and why I insist on getting up extra early. I need that time to unwind before work.
When I'm out and about, I usually seek out a Starbucks or Panera for coffee. I used to drink the gas station cappuccino (i.e. Sheetz). It was cheap, tasty, and kept me warm on those cold Pennsylvania and Alaska mornings before school or work. Then I realized it was all sugar, so I put a stop to that habit back in 2010. I was never crazy about regular coffee. Then I discovered GOOD coffee and realized the problem wasn't coffee, it was the kind of coffee.
At Panera, my go-to is a non-fat caramel latte. They can make a non-fat latte taste rich in a way that Starbucks can't. My favorite coffee really is Panera because of the flavor and richness. Their iced coffee? To-die-for. Black with a shot of caramel drizzle. You have to ask for that caramel drizzle and they'll give you a weird look at first, but once they get to know you, they'll see you coming and put extra caramel in for you. Or so I'm told.
At Starbucks, I'm all about non-fat white chocolate mochas in the winter. They're still pretty sweet, but I'm not crazy about Starbucks' regular coffee. Their "light" lattes taste like cardboard, and I often try not to eat/drink fake sugar. So I just stick with the non-fat option and call it even. No whip.
My preferred Starbucks drink is the non-fat caramel frappucino. I could drink 2 a day, everyday. And then I'd be heavily in debt. The "light" versions of the frappucino are pretty good, but sometimes I'm too lazy to ask for it. Depends on my mood. Again, no whip. They put whipped cream on mine last week and it completely threw me off. I don't like the flavor/taste it leaves in your mouth. Also, no one needs whipped cream on their coffee. Once you start drinking without, you don't even miss it. Promise.
So there we are. My coffee habits. What are yours?