C is for COFFEE! I love coffee. I mean really-truly-can’t-live-without-it love coffee. I start everyday with a cup and often have another during the day. As a grad student I feel that coffee is necessary for survival.
Many of you know I worked at Starbucks for a long, long time. But my love of coffee predates this. When I was in high school my mom used to get me hazelnut lattes (and later just flavored coffee for me). When I worked at Starbucks I learned to make all sorts of yummy and sinful treats. But then I went through a no-caffeine streak. Working 40 hours a week in a coffee shop allows the caffeine to enter the body through the skin (of this I’m convinced).
I returned to my love of coffee after graduating college and quitting Starbucks. Nothing makes a desk job more enjoyable than a steaming cup of coffee. I take that, nothing makes the job more enjoyable than the run-to-the-coffee-shop break.
Coffee still works as a treat for me, especially in lecture or seminar. I rarely attend a class without coffee. I’m more prudent now and most days brew my coffee to save a little cash. (We have an awesome Keurig brewer so it’s always a fresh cup for me. If you also have one, I highly recommend the Amazon subscription, you get coffee delivered monthly and receive a 15% savings. You also continue to brew your favorite local beans with the filter rather than the pods.) I pour that coffee into my travel mug and try to prepare myself for the input of entirely too
much information. However, once a wee
k my friend (and neighbor) and I make a Starbucks run before class. Every other week I splurge and indulge in a pumpkin scone (why are they so good?), but normally I stick to a soy latte.
Truth be told, I really just love a black cup of coffee. I don’t need sweetened creamer or flavoring. A hot cup of joe suits me just fine. It also helps me stay awake longer to cram in reading that extra book or grading that last stack of papers.
Oh grad school… you increase the profits of coffee purveyors everywhere.
**Update: I wanted to add this Sarah Vowell quote (one of my favorite writers & public radio personalities) to end this post: “I no longer drink nearly as much as I used to but, still, my motto is Sine coffea nihil sum. Without coffee, I’m nothing.” So true, Ms. Vowell, so true. **