I first started drinking coffee when I was probably around 14 years old. I would pour a cup from what my mom had made earlier in the day, re-heat it, and add Carnation hazelnut non-dairy creamer to it. It was the powdery kind. When I was 16, my friends and I discovered StageRight coffee house in downtown Omaha. I started ordering hazelnut lattes there. StageRight was everything a 90’s coffee house should have been. Smoky, and full of “alternative” kids. They played a lot of Tori Amos, too if I remember correctly. A few years later I started going to 13th Street Coffee Company more often. This is also in downtown Omaha. The following years have brought me through many coffee experiences, from helping a friend open a coffee house in South Carolina, to working at 13th Street for a couple years, to being a coffee buyer for Whole Foods and getting to go to Chicago to tour Intelligentsia’s roasting facility, and now I’m back in coffee again, at one of the more popular local coffee houses.
I could really go for a re-heated cup of hazelnut flavored coffee about now, too.