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I’m Learning To Love My Latte

March 11th, 2010 6 Comments

The best way to start your day is with a glass of room-temperature water followed by a green juice.

But, so what?!

I’ve blogged a lot about coffee lately because it’s made a resurgence in my life, and I’m loving every minute of it.  Why, you ask?  Well, I’m finally realizing why people say Starbucks doesn’t serve coffee beyond just the complaint about burned beans.

I’m far from being proficient in the banter, but I’m enjoying the education.  Much like my experience with food and wine, I perceived the people involved to be snobby about their passions, when in fact the opposite is true.  Baristas and coffee connoisseurs want to spread the good word about the french press, steamed milk, and different roasts.  There is more to each cup than the pretty design atop your latte.

The Times published an article yesterday entitled “New York is Finally Taking Its Coffee Seriously” that states, “the difference between a cup of coffee from these new style coffee bars and what was available before is striking.”  As the piece continues, it outlines different tendencies of each spot that awakens your senses just as fresh beans would.  I encourage you to click through to read the article in its entirety, and seek out one or more of the top coffee “places” in New York.

Now, for those of us who don’t live in New York, where are your favorite coffee shoppes and what is their specialty?  Your turn to spread the good word and share in the comments below. If you have a tip for making coffee at home, we’d love to hear that too!

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  • Julie Cook

    Whenever I make coffee at home, I always give my grounds a hefty sprinkle of cinnamon before brewing.

    • Hey Julie-

      Good tip! Sometimes I really wish I had cinnamon coffee instead of regular.

  • Renae

    Monmouth Coffee Company based in Borough market London is magic.

    • Renae-

      Most of London is magical ;)

      I miss it terribly!

  • Jennifer

    I’m partial to the Dante Cappuccino at Caffe Dante in NYC. So good. I think the coffee at Think Coffee is pretty good too.

    • Jennifer –

      Megs and I like Think too. It’s probably the best chain in NYC.