We All Have A Happy Place, And Mine Is Coffee

We All Have A Happy Place, And Mine Is Coffee

Some may say I have a caffeine addiction, I say that it is my oxygen.

11
views

Picture this, the sun is shining you feel the warmth radiating through the window of your favorite coffee shop. You feel whole from the inside out. The Lumineers, Hootie And The Blowfish, and The Beatles are on loop. The shop decorated with paintings, tapestries, and records. It smells of coffee beans and sugar. This is my happy place.

It is a simple place, not the typical answer of the beach or travel. But for me that is it. No matter the location, if there is a cute little coffee shop to read and write in, I am insanely happy. No matter the day I have been having.

I am fortunate enough to live on a campus where I have multiple happy places. I have tried every single coffee shop on Main,and they all have something to offer. However, my favorite cup of coffee and scene is a tiny hole in the wall place; Brewed Awakenings.

Do not get me wrong, all others are fantastic for special drinks and food. But a classic black and bitter cup of coffee, with just a splash of almond milk, well thats best from Brewed Awakenings.

The best seat in the house is near the window. It is not the hottest of commodities on campus, but that is part of what makes it so special. I sit by the window allowing for the light to shine in, I get to peak out and see all the commotion of students yet the calm in the shop.

They serve you with the cutest of mugs, all different and unique in their own way. It's quiet but not too quiet to the point where you can hear a pin drop or your mind racing. It is just right. You hear the muffles of the machines and soft coffee house playlist through the speakers.

It sounds cliche, however, no matter the day I have had when I get out of the house and just sit in a shop my day is instantly better. And here is why. It is an escape. I can sit at ease writing, enjoying my very own company.

Life gets hectic and when things get difficult we have the urge to run. If I could hop on a plane to Italy right now and avoid the majority of my responsibilities, believe me I would! Unfortunately that happy place of mine, will have to wait. But a coffee shop, is everywhere and for that I am grateful.

No one should settle for bad coffee and negativity. I want everyday to be filled with my favorite fuel, beautiful sunshine, and loving people. And everything from the Brewed Awakenings window; appears that way.

Some may say that is remaining naive, I say its the "happy place". I have always said when I am older, grayer, and more settled into life; I will open my own coffee shop. A place with live music, an ambiance that creates a safe space, coffee that is strong, and a place where people can escape just like I do.

Perhaps one day "The Happy Place" will be the name of my shop. All yellow decor, open windows with warmth beaming through, and smiling faces filling the sea of stained couch cushions. And a happy place will no longer be a feeling but a physical entity.

Popular Right Now

12 Starbucks Iced Drinks You NEED In Your Life This Summer

Must-try beverages brought to you by your local barista.
240048
views

Be kind to your baristas, they can make you some pretty great drinks. With the temperature rising and the days getting longer, it's approaching the time to find your summer staple to keep you cool (and caffeinated) over the next few months.

Starbucks offers a wide variety of cold beverages that really hit the spot during the summer months, from espresso drinks to fraps, smoothies, teas and refreshers. As a Starbucks barista, I've had the opportunity to taste most drinks on the menu and receive feedback from customers on the do's and don'ts of cold beverages.

While this is not an exhaustive list, I pulled together some of my favorites to give you, the "Ultimate Starbucks Iced Beverage Bucket List for 2017" that you MUST try this season:

1. Pink Drink

Three words: Basic white girl. If you want a photogenic drink that tastes like a Starburst and makes baristas happy, the Pink Drink is for you. It's a pretty simple beverage... this Strawberry Acai Refresher combined with Coconutmilk is sure to satisfy your hipster needs.

2. Iced White Mocha

This sinfully sweet iced espresso drink is not only one of the most popular beverages on the menu, but sure to wake you up at any time of day. Jazz it up by asking for half white chocolate, half mocha sauce, topped with a mocha drizzle, and you've got yourself an Iced Tuxedo Mocha!

3. Doubleshot on Ice

If nothing else, this quick pick-me-up looks classy while giving you the energy boost you need to get through the day. With two shots of espresso, a bit of milk and classic syrup, this drink is easy to enjoy in little time... it's like a caffeine I.V.!

4. Iced Caramel Machiatto

Surprise, surprise... Caramel Machiattos are actually made with vanilla syrup. Nonetheless, these espresso-topped beverages are absolutely delicious at any time of year, but summer calls for ice! Want to change things up? Ask your barista to make it with half vanilla syrup, half toffee nut syrup to make an Iced Salted Caramel Machiatto!

5. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

A sister to the Pink Drink, the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher is a fruit juice-blackberry combo that makes for a pretty chilled beverage to enjoy on the go. The caffeine content is minimal, making it a great option for any time of day.


6. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Cold Brew is basically Starbucks' version of a smoother-tasting iced coffee with more caffeine. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is a standard drink topped with vanilla-flavored heavy cream to create a sweet taste and a marbled appearance in the beverage. Want something with flavor, but not in the mood for vanilla? Try the Toasted Coconut Cold Brew!


7. Mango Black Tea Lemonade

The Mango Black Tea Lemonade is one of the most popular drinks on the menu. Iced Teavana tea mixed with mango syrup and lemonade makes for the perfect combination

8. Iced Chai Tea Latte

Iced Chais - sound so sophisticated, yet so simple to make. If you order this drink, there is a 10/10 chance that your barista will love you for it. Milk mixed with a sweet and spicy chai syrup makes for a classy drink that can be enjoyed at any time of day.


9. Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto

The identifying characteristic that makes a macchiato, well, a macchiato is that the espresso shots are poured on top of the milk and flavoring. Starbucks' Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto is a combination of cinnamon dolce syrup and almondmilk topped with espresso shots, a caramel drizzle and a cinnamon dolce topping to create a delicious dairy-free option in the macchiato family.

10. Sunset Refresher

This secret menu drink is fairly simple to make with a cool lime base, lemonade, lime slices, and ice topped with black tea. When finished, the drink will have an ombré appearance that makes it totally picture-worthy!

11. Iced Caffè Americano

Calling all espresso lovers: Americanos are a Starbucks signature. The drink itself is pretty simple - espresso and water topped with ice, but if you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can mix things up with a flavored syrup. This drink is sure to wake you right up, no matter the time of day.

12. Strawberry Lemonade

Want something cold but not feeling coffee or a frap? Frozen Strawberry Lemonade is definitely worth a try! While this drink is not on the menu, most baristas are happy to make it upon request. Just ask for a combination of strawberry flavoring, lemonade, and ice blended together for a slushie-like beverage!

Cover Image Credit: FoodBeast

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

The Best Starbucks Drink For Each Of The Four Season

Each season I tend to switch up my Starbucks drinks, it just doesn't feel right drinking mint in the summer.

123
views

I am a huge Starbucks fan, there are times I have gone to the one on my college campus three times in the same day. It's kind of embarrassing and yes some employees have remembered my name. Each season I find myself drinking a different drink but I have some personal favorites for each season.

Autumn

fall trees

Pixabay

In the fall, I am not huge into pumpkin spice like everyone else. I'll drink it for sure but I tend to lean towards anything with apple. The caramel apple spice drink is to die for. It has me excited for the leaves to change. It's perfect for the slight cold breeze outside but not too chilly. Perfect drink to sit outside and sightsee all the pretty fall sights going on around you during this beautiful season.

Winter

snow

Public domain

In the winter, I am very basic. The peppermint mocha is by far the best drink on that entire menu. I honestly could drink it all day. Iced or hot you really cannot go wrong with it. This drink has me in the perfect mood for the holidays, aka the best time of the year. I find myself very cheerful around the holidays. I love the season of giving and spending time with my whole family. The drink just wraps it all together and makes this time of the year even more perfect.

Spring

Pixabay

With the current season being spring, I find myself drinking iced strawberry white tea lemonade infusion, and sweetened with raspberry. It's complicated, I know but its so worth it in the end. I don't even know the last time I drank coffee because I am physically addicted to this drink.

Summer

beach

Good Free Photos

In the summer, I drink a lot of the peach green tea lemonade infusion, also sweetened. Absolutely addicting. It's the perfect drink to go along with your hot summer day out with your friends. It is so refreshing, for how humid it can be outside.

Related Content

Facebook Comments