coffee drinkers anonymous.

23 Jul

I have a confession. I am a full-blown caffeine addict. It didn’t happen overnight, this addiction was nursed over several years. I grew up hearing my dad profess the glories of a cup or two of freshly roasted Starbucks but always thought he had to have been on something stronger than caffeine to be that obsessed with such a bitter drink. I liked the smell of coffee, but stuck to the sugary concoctions and coffee-free fraps during my younger years (My Oak Park cohorts know the delight of a Peppermint Patty Kid’s Blast from Beanscene, am I right?)

I managed to get through my freshman year at Berkeley without picking up the habit. When I moved into my sorority house at the start of sophomore year, however, the addiction blossomed. I was living with way too many people, getting into the school routine a little more, and realized that I liked the taste of coffee (or maybe I was just seduced by the “third home” and sophisticated vibe of Starbucks). From there on out, my relationship became more than a mere dalliance. I’ll always remember July 4th of last year when, after several hours on the beach, I had to traipse to Starbucks so my headache would dissipate or when I was ordering double-shots and red-eyes left and right to get through LSAT class.

Over the years, I’ve refined my tastes (grande bold drip? Yes. Carmel Macchiatto? No) and have experienced many different “good” cups of coffee, from Starbucks and elsewhere. Here’s what I’ve learned:

Nothing beats Starbucks iced coffee…well, maybe an iced coffee with an add shot does, but that’s the addict in me speaking.

The best coffee I’ve had in recent months is from San Francisco-based Blue Bottle.

Berkeley’s very own International House’s coffee was rumored to be infused with crack. Mmmm.

I expanded my horizons in Barcelona when my go-to drink was a “cortado” or a “tallat” in Catalan. It’s a shot of espresso with just a little bit of milk. Perfect…

Lastly, my family and I swear by this device for super-fast cups brewed one at time. But we’re not coffee snobs or anything…

Where’s your favorite coffee spot? And what do you order when you go?

3 Responses to “coffee drinkers anonymous.”

  1. Steve July 23, 2010 at 8:46 pm #

    Moral of this story: Dad rocks.

  2. Chadd July 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    Jenn posted this blog’s link facebook, inspiring me to click on this and evangelize about the best type of coffee in the world: cold brewed coffee. (I hate Starbucks coffee, but I won’t be too pretentious here about why THIS is the best iced coffee)

    It is: higher in caffeine, better for tasting all of the notes in coffee, less bitter and less acidic, and perfect for summer.

    The details: or

    Aside from the 12-hour brew time, it is the easiest process in the world. Every roast brings out its own flavor profile in a much greater depth, and it is unbelievably good.

    You’ll thank me after you try it.

    • gillian July 26, 2010 at 10:21 pm #

      Wow…Thank you for commenting! That sounds absolutely amazing and I’ll have to try it asap…You had me at “more caffeine”

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