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Hey guys I want to start getting into drinking coffee, and i was wondering if anyone could point me in a direction of how to start. Im a 20 year old college student. I've drank some of my dads when we would go camping or hunting, but he drinks really strong black coffee and it always made my stomach feel uneasy after awhile. I've always gotten overwhelmed in places like starbucks because there are so many different choices I'm not sure where to start.
Go to a coffee shop, (Starbiucks is fine) at a time when they aren't real busy, and just ask the Barrista - they whould be able to fix you up. You may even want to try the blended expresso drinks - such as a Mocha, Latte, Cappuccino, etc.
Matt, I know the feeling of that camp fire coffee or Cowboy coffee is what we usually call it; dark, gritty, and just plain mean. Don't drink that or any other coffee on an empty stomach and you can avoid the uneasy feeling. When I was in college, I had a mr. coffee drip machine and a 2-cup stove top moka pot. Thats about all you need for now. Go to HEB, experiment with their fresh roasted beans and use their grinder. If you like creamers, buy whatever you like or just use milk. That should hold you up until you finish school.
If you don't like my fire, then don't come around,
'cause I'm gonna burn one down.
Yes, I'm gonna burn one down.
I'm actually a barista at Starbucks, I didn't drink any coffee before I started working there and now I drink all kinds. When I first started I found that I liked medium roasted coffees, Dark roasted coffees were too much for me. I also still can't drink coffee on an empty stomach so I think that's pretty common. A big thing with coffee is pairing it with food, it really brings out notes that you might not notice before. My favorite coffee that starbucks offers is the Kenya blend. Paired with citrus-y things its great, starbucks has the iced lemon pound cake which is pretty good. Ask them to do a Kenya french press or pour over for you and get a slice of iced lemon pound cake. Try the coffee by itself, black then take a bite of the pastry and give the coffee another sip and think about the differences.