I come from Washington State which is pretty much the state when it comes to drinking coffee. At least on the west coast in Seattle area. But, until yesterday, I had never actually tried Starbucks coffee. Of course, I had purchased drinks from Starbucks. I’m a huge fan of vanilla frapuccinos and chai tea lattes. But I’d never actually ordered coffee at Starbucks until yesterday.
The reason is that I’ve never been a big fan of coffee. Everybody in my family loves the stuff, although I’m pretty sure my parents switched to decaf a while back. I just never liked it because I just never drank it. Sugar is for me a much better stimulant, and when I need to study for tests, I am more likely to go out and buy a huge bag of sour patch kids.
My first coffee ever was about three years ago when I went to Athens for the first time. It is very Greek to go to a little coffee house and order an iced coffee, so that is what I did. I did manage to drink it, and although I thought it was a bit bitter, it wasn’t that bad. But caffeine was too much for me, and since I drank that coffee at 4 p.m., I wasn’t able to get to sleep until 2 a.m. although I tossed and turned for 6 hours. So not the best experience for a starting up coffee drinker.
My next experiences with coffee were in Italy. I was staying in a hostel in Rome and got a free Cappuccino with a croissant every morning for breakfast. I wasn’t about to turn down anything of the free food nature, so I drank it and found, to my surprise, that I quite liked the taste. After all, Cappucinos are pretty much foamy milk with a hint of coffee.
I still didn’t really care about coffee. Still don’t actually. But I decided that as of this year, I would develop a taste for it. I have no desire or need to develop an addiction to it, but at the very least I will be able to relate better to my family and to humanity in general. For this reason, I’ve been drinking coffee sporadically over the past couple of months. But yesterday marked THE DAY: My first Starbucks Coffee.
Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks. My brother and my sister would be so proud. And I must admit, it was delicious.