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Coffee on a hot day

July 23, 2014 - Pam Rodgers

I am a coffee drinker.

I grew up watching my mom and grandma drink coffee all the time. My fate was pretty much inevitable. The habit has definitely blossomed in my adulthood, with some variations. I enjoy my coffee throughout the mornings, and usually that is it. I will get the occasional latte from Starbucks in the afternoon but even then, I migrate more toward their frappuccinos.

At the beginning of this week, however, my coffee drinking habits were tested. I should specify that I drink hot coffee in the mornings. Most people do, I think. I am used the jolt it gives me, but when you walk out of your house and it’s already 80 degrees at 7:30 in the morning, the coffee in your hand doesn’t seem so appealing.

I know there are a few alternates for this problem.

The first is iced coffee. Unfortunately, I’ve never been a huge fan. I prefer coffee as a warm beverage. If it’s going to be cold, I prefer it to be blended, preferably with caramel or chocolate in it. However, I have never been able to master homemade frappuccinos. I could go to the coffee shop before work, but that would take extra time in the morning and it’s not something I’m going to give up sleep for.

Second option is to grab a pop in morning. I love soda pop. Once lunchtime hits, it’s usually my beverage of choice. But it’s like coffee in reverse. I just don’t like to drink it early in the morning. I can, I have, I did, but it’s just not my favorite.

The third option is an energy drink. I have found that a Mountain Dew Kickstart in the morning is a good substitute. It gets me going in the morning. However, I don’t want to drink multiple cans, so my mid-morning refill doesn’t happen. My caffeine dependency requires a boost around that time, but I can usually make it to lunch.

Now that the temps are a little less humid (for a few days at least), coffee can re-emerge as my morning beverage of choice. Perhaps this blog should really be a testament that I need to cut back on the caffeine.


I’m sorry, I don’t understand the sentence I just wrote. I need to go visit the pop machine — maybe that will help my brain process it :)



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