Here’s my brief coffee story: I’ve always loved the smell of coffee, but didn’t develop a taste for it until college, when I needed to stay up late to write papers but the sugar in Coke was playing havoc with my stomach. This is around the time that espresso carts started to appear everywhere in Seattle, and I remember giving my dad shit about him needing to stop at the Nordstrom espresso cart when we went to the mall. Then someone bought me a mocha, and I was hooked (yes, I’ve always leaned toward the sweeter drinks). Being on a college budget, I approximated this newfound pleasure by getting a 4-cup Mr. Coffee, some off-the-shelf French Roast, and a vat of hot chocolate mix, which kept me going through graduation.
Since then, largely due to living in Seattle, I’ve been drinking espresso-based drinks for years. (Staying up late with coffee was the inspiration for naming my company Never Enough Coffee Creations.) I don’t order mochas anymore because most places put way too much chocolate in them… ideally, I want a latte with a hint of chocolate, but something gets lost in the translation from “light chocolate” to the six spurts of syrup that coagulates at the bottom of the cup. So I mostly just drink double-tall lattes now. (What does that make me? Consult the Starbucks Oracle to find out!) Of course, I also brew my own at home and at the office.
All this is to point out that I love coffee, I enjoy coffee, but I’m nowhere near the level of the folks at CoffeeGeek. It looks like a great community site, and I’m looking forward to spending more time exploring once I have some more free time.