My weirdest yet biggest flex when I snag a cup of joe with friends, is my love of and ability to eagerly drink a cup of black coffee.
Yes, I know it's not that cool, but for some reason people always rave over this ability and act as if it's an actual skill. Due to this, I have comprehended and emphasized my identity as a black coffee drinker since I picked up my first cup in high school. But, although i do have taste buds whom delight in your standard cup of coffee, college has led to an overwhelming influx in my coffee consumption, which has allowed me to unveil my love for flavored coffees as well.
In recent times, as I divulged in uncovering the foremost beverage in pumpkin spice market, I discovered my intense adoration for a pumpkin cream cold brew from Starbucks. This was new, as I had never before experienced more than a dash of oat or almond milk in my coffee.
The cold cream that graces the top of this beverage eventually dissolves into and flavors the coffee, mimicking a flavorful add in other speciality coffee. In following, I took to my favorite platform. Also known as the Starbucks app...
On here, I went to the menu to visually analyze what options were available as add ins for a regular coffee. My first seemingly "crazy" order was a grande iced coffee with two pumps of mocha sauce, a splash of almond milk, and ice.
At first I was a bit taken aback and sought the comfort of a hot, black coffee, but after I got past the unsettling chalkiness of the almond milk's consistency, I realized that I had now found a new sector of my favorite beverage. One which fulfilled my thirst for coffee and it's intricacies, as well as flavors that remind me of specific times in my life.
From that point on, I have tried different flavors, quantities, and mixtures, and am grateful to have found new delight in even the smallest of hobbies.