I didn’t drink coffee until I was in my late 20’s. It was the year I moved in with my husband, and it was completely his fault. My husband drinks a lot of coffee and Starbucks was a minimum 4x a week habit at the time. I would go with him and I always felt like such an outsider. I would hear all of these people asking for “skinny” this and “venti” that and I was just standing there like, “So, ummmm, what can I get that’s not coffee?” I rotated through hot apple ciders, hot chocolates, and teas until one day the barista said, “I can make you a white mocha latte with toffee nut if you would like to try it. I think you’ll like it.” She was right. I liked it.
I guess over the months that we had visited she’d started to figure out that I like sweet nutty flavors and I don’t really care for the taste of coffee. I do not understand those of you that can drink it black. Have you ever heard someone tease another person by saying, “Would you like a little coffee with your cream?” 🙂 That’s me. I’m the person being teased. I like my coffee cream-heavy. People tell me I’m “killing the taste of the coffee.” but you know what? Being honest? I hate the taste of coffee. I love the taste of the creams and the syrups with a lingering hint of coffee but straight up coffee coffee? I’ll pass. I’d drink tea or something instead.
Every coffee shop nearby knows my order by heart, but grabbing coffee on the go gets expensive so last year my parents bought us a Keurig. Now, my husband goes through about 2 boxes of coffee pods per week and is happy as a clam. I, on the other hand, have had a bit of a struggle on the coffee front. I have learned that I tend to like cold coffee better than hot coffee, Keurig has some pretty awesome tea pods available for their machine, and Tazo offers a really amazing teas. It just took me a while to find my Keurig groove. My husband adapted to it right away.
We tried everything to get me in to coffee at home. We tried tons of different coffee pod flavors (including some a couple of awesome shipments from Mixcups!) One of the things I realized is that I can’t tell the flavor of the coffees apart. Can you? My husband can. At first I didn’t believe him so I kind of messed with him a bit. I’d do stuff like
- Brew half-caff even if he asked for regular coffee
- Brew Toffee Nut instead of Hazelnut
- Brew French Vanilla coffee with regular cream instead of regular coffee with French Vanilla cream
He always knew. To me, it all tasted the same. Then, I found my at-home coffee favorite. I found Gloria Jean’s Butter Toffee Coffee Pods and brewed it with International Delights Southern Butter Pecan cream. Y’all, it’s heavenly! It’s also the only way I will drink coffee at home. I hoard boxes of those pods so my husband doesn’t use them up and I always have at least two bottles of that cream in my kitchen and another one at work.
Now that I’ve found a coffee flavor I love (and can make at home) and I can actually tell the difference between it and something else I’m becoming far more interested in all of those coffee recipes I’ve pinned on Pinterest. I am thinking about trying those homemade coffee milkshakes I’ve seen and maybe trying to make my own coffee syrups.
Have you done that? Have you ever tried to make your own syrups or creams? Any favorite coffee recipes to share?