Who Would Have Guessed, I Love Coffee?

Looking back to High School Freshman Marina, she hated coffee. She hated everything about it. From the smell to the bitter taste, it just wasn’t her cup of tea {ha, get it}. But then High School Junior and Senior Year Marina, well she started to get a liking for it. She stopped almost every day on the way to school for an iced milky way. If you don’t know what that is {if you’re not from Nantucket, you probably don’t}, it is basically a iced mocha coffee that has slim to none coffee taste, but still gives you the beautiful caffeine rush.

Looking to today, I would never order that stuff as I actually like the taste of coffee and I try to stay away from overly sweetened things. Today I have set drinks that I order when I don’t know what to order. My typical drink anywhere I go is a Vanilla Latte with skim milk. This could be iced or hot {and yes, I am one of those weird coffee drinkers that don’t just stick to one or the other and switch with the seasons}.

When I go to Starbucks, I order an iced Caramel Macchiato with coconut milk or a hot Vanilla Latte. When I’m at home, I stick to the Vanilla Latte, iced and hot. If you’re not into coffee {or just not in the mood}, get a Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher. With this, I add a splash of Lemonade or if I’m home a lemon slice.

My orders aren’t super complicated. They’re simple and now I know, not so hard to make. I really hope to find some cool recipes while I work at Starbucks and maybe even create a few {Barista’s have been known to do that}. I know there is one called something like the Flu Buster and tried and approved. It is citruses and lemony and you can even add peppermint if the store has it. Starbucks is just full of surprises.

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I think coffee is a way of life really. My Mom lived off of coffee {dark roast with whole milk and sugar or a double shot macchiato all foam}.  I never saw her without coffee with her or on her {don’t worry I get that messy gene from both my parents}. My Dad loves coffee as well {black dark roast}. My sister is obsessed with her iced hazelnut with cream and sugar. And all my friends {and Phi Sig Fam} even say yes whenever I ask if they want to come on a coffee run. Coffee is a way of life, it’s a bonding experience and it’s a hot sip on a cold day. Does anyone else remember their first taste of coffee where you swore you’d never be like your parents and drink something so bitter? Don’t worry we almost all grew out of that stage in time. Coffee dates have made me some of my best friends and only leaves me with fond memories.

How do you like your coffee? What are your favorite Starbucks drinks? 

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