My relationship with coffee started way back when I was in my first year of high school. Back then, I used it as a way to socialize with classmates during breaks in between classes.
Then, when I entered college and had to spend countless hours studying and doing homework, the relationship evolved to a more intimate level: Coffee became my partner-in -crime: The one that would accompany me through sleepless nights of homework, or the one who would greet me every morning and made sure I was alert for my first class. And of course, coffee was my one special friend who would always be there to cheer me up and give me a boost of energy to power through finals week and finish strong.
Througout my time at college was also when I experimented and got out of my comfort zone with coffee. This was also around the time when Starbucks was starting to become popular; so this facilitated my discovery process. It was in these years that I tried my first latte, cold brew and cappuccino; all of which have now a special place in my heart.
Over the years, I have developed a taste for how I like to drink my coffee, to the point where I now drink it black (meaning: No cream and no sugar), preferably sourced from the Guatemala or Ethiopian regions and prepared as pour-over style. Although, depending on what time of day it is or what the temperature is outside, I may also go for an iced-latte.
There is much more I'd like to share about this special relationship, but this is where I'll leave it tonight.