Those who know me well are probably now scared out of their minds, due to the fact that I am wired enough as it is. Caroline on coffee just takes everything to another level. However, people forget that I'm always caffeinated- I just have always obtained my usual morning caffeine fix through Diet Coke. And honestly, I probably wouldve been just peachy continuing on with that habit but Big P & Jan kept pushing for me to give coffee another try.
Sounds kind of crazy, right? What parents urge their child to get hooked on something as addictive as coffee? Welllll.....let me explain
You see, my parents literally live for coffee. I honestly think one of the reasons why Starbucks has been able to keep their doors open through our current economic downturn is because of my father's unwavering commitment to them & his daily coffees. I'm not exaggerating. If you ever have the distinct pleasure of joining him for coffee, I would be willing to place a $20 bet that the Starbucks staff Will not only know his name, but also his order. It's incredible. Even more amazing is that my $20 wager probably applies to at least 3 different Starbucks locations that I'm aware of. Getting coffee with Big P feels like your either with a local celebrity or in a Cheers episode by EVERYONE knows his name.
|Big P & I during Christmas|
But I digress... Okay.. So- my personal journey of finding a new BFF in coffee has truthfully occurred because I absolutely detest being cold in the mornings. Obviously, diet coke does sbsoutely anything to help when I'm freezing to death while fixing to leave the house on these Winter mornings. Actually, drinking that delicious goodness just made me feel even more like an ice cube. I thought by implementing the use of a koozie might help with this problem, due to the fact that my fingers/hands wouldn't be as cold drinking it while driving to work.
Well, that was a negative. All the koozie helped me accomplish was perfecting the look of a raging alcoholic bc a diet coke covered up by a koozie looks remarkably like a beer. Huge fail.
|I swear on everything that is holy that I'm holding a Diet Coke. Promise|
Soooo I happened to mention to Big P how much I enjoyed the White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks, but I have them put in nonfat milk and leave off the whip to make it less caloric. And it also was starting to get to be an expensive habit at like $3.75/day. Big P comes back with something like "ummm hon? You realize if you like that, you probably would like real coffee too?"
I balked at the idea & proceeded to tell him that even if that were true, I didn't even own a coffee maker. Even worse? I HAD NO EARTHLY IDEA HOW TO MAKE COFFEE.
|White Chocolate Mocha... sooo delish. Sooo Pricey.|
Pretty incredible, right? What 26 year old has never made coffee or tried an actual cup of coffee out of a normal coffee pot? Me. Oh wait- my husband falls into this same category. Clearly, it was not our mutual love for caffeine that brought us together, as was probably the case for Big P & Jan ;)
Like I mentioned earlier, my parents love for coffee runs pretty darn deep... But even I was surprised when my Dad said "Actually Caroline, you do own a coffee pot, along with filters & s scoop. I keep one in your pantry to make coffee for when I come & visit."
ummmmmmmm...... SERIOUSLY?!?!? Only my father.... gotta love him.
So, sure enoughh, sitting in a box at the very top of my pantry was this little guy....
Mildly psychotic move played by my parents, but yet how gratuitous was that for me and my new found
|Yum Yum Yum|
Wait........ What? You're completely jealous of my coffee mug? Yeah, I don't blame you. I'm sure you wish you had a personalized Looney Tunes coffee mug too- I hear they're a pretty hot item these days. Along with scrunchies & stirrup pants. Ha.
Sidebar- When we took trips as a child, my parents always tried to buy me a momento from every trip we took so I could have something to remember that particular trip. Unfortunately, "CAROLINE" was not a popular name & none of my trip trinkets have my name on it. So, when I found that beautiful piece of tableware at a six flags when I was 16, you better bet your sweetness I purchased it. Immediately. That mug has made it through 4 years of college, and 3 moves after college. Its kind of like an Ancient Artifact... minus that whole high value factor thing. Hmm. Oh well.
Soooo, since I am complete coffee novice, I now need all the suggestions I can get.
SOOOOO First off- What's the best coffee maker to buy? Do I buy a fancy Keurig single cup since I'm the only one drinking it? Or do the old person thing & get nicer 12 Cup-er, so I can serve coffee when I have gatherings at our house? Although, now that I think about it, I have yet to attend a party with our friends where coffee is being served. At what age does that start to happen? 30? I just need to know to be prepared for that transition. Hahahaha
Second novice question- What type of coffee do y'all prefer? I still really like sweet coffee versus super bitter/black cups. I've been pretty happy w/ my vanilla infused Starbucks, but I'm down to try anything yall recommend!
Anyway, I'm thrilled I've now had the chance to introduce yall to my new BFF. I have a feeling this is the start of an absolutely beautiful and long term
Soooooo with that- thats about it for now!