I started drinking coffee when I was a senior in high school — mainly in an attempt to impress the college boys that hung out at the diner where my friends and I went — it was about a mile from the university. We thought we were pretty cool in those days.
But when I really discovered a love of coffee was in Sicily. I was stationed there when I was in the Navy — and I discovered cappuccino and espresso and from there my love for coffee took off! I loved going to the local pasticeria and ordering a cappuccino with a dusting of cinnamon. And when I worked nights at the commsta, we would stop on the way to work and down a double espresso — that kept me going for those 12 hour shifts.
I love the smell of coffee, I love grinding the beans, I love good conversation with coffee, I love good chocolate with coffee — there are just so many wonderful times of my life associated with coffee.
I drink my coffee with half and half. During the holidays I buy the peppermint mocha creamer as a treat. It is about the only flavored creamer I like.