So...Coffee...I know some of you love the stuff, and I'm curious as to whether you ever changed up how you drink it...A little back-story, if you will...
I started drinking coffee when I was relatively young (pre-teenage years), but I attribute that to the Brazilian side of my family. My grandmother always had a pot of coffee going for my grandfather, and my mother had a penchant for the stuff as well. My grandmother always drank espresso, but the rest of the fam would drink regular coffee. I never liked the smell as a kid, and didn't like the taste much either.
Then, while with the WASP-y side of the family, I tried coffee ice cream. *the heavens open up - light shines down upon me - angels sing* Yeah, it was that good. I loved it. So, I started drinking coffee here and there. But, I'd put something like 5-6 teaspoons of sugar in it, and about half the cup was cream. (a la coffee ice cream) This persisted throughout my teens and into my (early) 20's.
And then, somewhere along the line, it was too sweet. So, I started cutting back on the sugar. Then, the cream was too much, so I started cutting back on that. To be honest, I probably would have consumed much more coffee than I did for the simple fact that I hated "coffee mouth." That "oh-so-disgusting" aftertaste brought on by the mix of coffee and dairy. (I've always hated milk products anyway, mostly because of that aftertaste - the fact that I'm lactose intolerant simply pushed that envelope over the edge.) So, yeah...Also, I developed a preference for espresso over regular coffee. I can only assume this was due to my grandmother and her thing for espresso at midnight. (Yeah, coffee doesn't keep me awake at all.)
Lately, due to having so many friends that love the stuff (coffee) and mention it at every turn, I've been craving it. So, I dusted off my little Bialetti pot & bought some espresso for myself. I made some last week and started fixing it my "usual" way - sugar, cream, etc. And...it was gross. Not the coffee, but the dairy. So gross, I actually dumped the cup and made another pot. This time, just sugar...and voila! Perfect...
So, I was wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience. Have your coffee tastes changed over time? Did you start out liking it one way, but now like it fixed completely different? Or has it always been the same for you? Inquiring minds want to know!
Oh, and yeah...Black, two sugars, please!