I'm a coffeeholic..and proud of it!
My love affair with coffee
To say I like coffee is an understatement. Years of getting up at 4AM to work at a restaurant teaches you that you need to wake up fast, and a good cup of coffee does the trick. Sometimes it takes 2 or 3 cups...My earliest memory of coffee is waking up to the smell of coffee and the sound of perking.My father was the early bird in our family and always made the first pot. He would fill the silver pot with water and put four scoops of coffee in the basket, even though my mom said two. The coffee would start to perk like an old car starting, slow at first and then the constant blub, blub....I always asked for a sip and sometimes got one. My dad would put some of the coffee in a saucer and blow on it to cool it down. The coffee was poured into my teacup. "This'll curl your hair" he would say as I took my first sip. The dark bitter taste stung my tongue and the smell woke me up. My affair with coffee had begun. And I always checked the mirror to see if my hair was curly yet...
I go to Dunkin' Donuts because it is open early. It's not my fav place for coffee. Service tends to be inconsistent. Sometimes good sometimes horrible. If you drink coffee with cream, get the cream on the side. They tend to put too much in. The flavored coffees taste really sweet and have an aftertaste. A frozen Caramel Swirl Coffee Coolatta has 990 calories. Most of the flavored coffees are up there for calories. The fav DD of mine is on Main Street in West Lebanon. The manager is nice and always there and makes a good coffee!
I don't go to Starbucks. If I want to watch a production of how to make coffee, I'll watch You Tube. And the Italian names for the sizes don't make it better, just confusing. The calorie counts on these special drinks are in the hundreds. The staff isn't usually that friendly and always act rushed'''
I do like Dirt Cowboy in Hanover. What you see is what you get. You pick a coffee, they make it and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Parking sucks but if you're in town it's a good choice. All the pastry is made there, not shipped in frozen and are delish!
But my fav place will always be the Four Aces. The waitresses are making coffee constantly and you can drink as much as you want for under two bucks. It's real coffee with no additives and they give part of each cup to a charity. (Can't remember which one..) If you want to brew your own go to the White River Coop on North Main Street. They have a good selection that you can grind yourself and it's always fresh.