Did anyone else’s parents tell them that coffee stunted their growth? Mine did! And because I was a basketball player, I needed all of the inches I could get, so I never drank coffee or soda. I didn’t want the caffeine to make me short! Because of that, I had my first cup of coffee when I was 21 years old.
I remember like it was yesterday. It was 2011. I had just graduated from Boston College, I was living in Nashville, and I met a co-writer out for a coffee shop to talk about the song we were going to write. She ordered a coffee and asked if I wanted one. I said, “Sure, I’ve never had one but I’ll have what you’re having.” She ordered me a latte with just a dash of sugar. I put the frothy cup to my lips and took my first sip. I will NEVER forget the taste of my first coffee, and the feeling that it gave me afterwards.
The Results Of Drinking My First Cup Of Coffee…
Not to sound like Lionel Richie, but I felt like I was “Dancing on the Ceiling.” I felt a jolt of energy! My “fight or flight” kicked in and I felt like I could out-sprint an Olympian. And I don’t remember, but I think the song we wrote was written in under an hour. If it wasn’t, it sure felt that way in my mind. The next day I bought my first drip coffee machine. I put it in my little apartment and since then, I have consumed, purchased, or made cup of coffee every morning.
I used to drink coffee with one cream and one sugar. But over the years my pallet has changed. I now drink it black with a dash of sugar in it or a cold brew, just black. I prefer dark roasts over medium or blonde roasts and I also support organic brands and companies that buy or grow organic beans because I think they just taste better (and it’s way better for you). Call me a coffee snob, but I think I know what I’m talking about after 12 years of drinking coffee. That’s why I consider myself an expert and can “expertly review” Tom Hank’s new coffee brand, Hanx For Our Troops.