My Life (as told by my morning coffee) #CoffeeJourneys

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If you want to get to know a person, just have a look at their coffee.

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I have vivid childhood memories of my mom’s coffee. She would drink coffee at the office, and at home, too, and every cup would end with about 1/2″ of cold coffee in the bottom of the mug. Sometimes, I would ask if I could have it. Sometimes she would say yes, and sometimes I would sneak a big sip. She took it with artificial sweetener and milk, so it was oddly sweet, creamy and just forbidden enough to make me feel like I had caught a glimpse of what being a grown-up was like.

I didn’t become a real coffee drinker until I started working at a local donut shop after high school. I was there about a year, and I worked the 4am shift – a time when the alarm clock is your enemy, but the heavenly scent of fresh donuts and just-brewed coffee is definitely your best friend. Extra cream and sugar became my calling card.

Then, there was college. I experimented with a little bit of everything, as you do in college, trying on black coffee and espresso shots the way I tried on outfits. The phase didn’t last, and I eventually landed in the latte comfort zone. It was during these days that fell in love with older professors, warm mugs, sprinkles of cinnamon, thick books of poetry and dark coffeehouses full of finger snapping and intense conversation.
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But, as all things do, those college days eventually ended and I ran directly into a corporate cubicle. Again, my coffee changed. Life was hectic, my schedule was overwhelming, and my morning coffee became nothing more than fuel for busy days and long commutes. Projects and meetings took over, and grabbing coffee in the office kitchenette became something I did, but didn’t think about. On the other hand, $5 coffee confections also became a favorite as I developed spending habits that never felt quite like “me.” Macchiatos were many.

And then there’s the now. As I enter a new decade of living, I can’t help but think maybe I’ve found myself. As a mother. As a writer. And yes, as a coffee drinker. I know what I like, and I’m smart enough to know that I don’t have to go far to get it. My home is my coffee shop now!

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I try to create my ideal cup whenever I can, mainly because nobody around here steals my coffee the way they do the food on my plate. Some homemade creamer made with real organic cream, a hint of hazelnut, and a generous hit of whipped cream that makes every morning feel like an occasion. And it’s just not complete without a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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But really, no matter how you dress it up, your morning coffee is only as good as the beans you start with. Millstone® is a super-premium coffee made with 100% Arabica beans, and it’s a new family favorite. With blends and flavors to suit any taste, it’s the first step in creating the perfect cup of coffee in the comfort of your own home. And you can get it at your local Walmart!

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Every coffee lover also need a convenient, reliable coffee maker that won’t leave you hanging, and the Mr. Coffee® 10-Cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal Coffee Maker is it! We just got one and it not only works great, but it matches my stove, too!
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A few reasons to love it:

  • Brews 10 cups in less than 7 minutes to ensure thorough extraction and full bodied flavor, which is considered by coffee experts to be the optimal time for extraction.
  • Pour a cup of coffee while the coffeemaker is still brewing using the Pause n’ Serve feature.
  • Ensures your coffee is hot and fresh when you need with the Fresh Brew timer.
  • Coffee is kept hot with the vacuumed-insulated stainless steel carafe.
  • Eliminates calcium build up is easy with the special cleaning cycle.
  • Maintains the temperature of your carafe by using the removable water reservoir.
  • Reduces chlorine in water by up to 97% with the built in water filtration.
  • Fast and easy filling and cleaning with the side mounted removable filter basket

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And, since Miss E knows that we now have the best coffee maker ever, she insisted that we pick one up for you, too! Your chance to win a new Mr. Coffee coffee maker! #CoffeeJourneys #shop

(Well, one of you, anyway… :)One lucky reader will win both – a great way to embark on some new #CoffeeJourneys of your own. Win with Mr. Coffee® and Millstone®! #CoffeeJourneys #shop

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  1. I would never make it through life without coffee. I buy coffee out at Dunkin Donuts far more than I brew it at home, though. Mostly because I am lazy…..
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  2. We’ve never tried millstone, but I love a great cup of coffee. This is a fantastic giveaway and I loved how you told your childhood story of your mother’s coffee.
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  3. I take my coffee from the store :-) I love Latte’s and the foam that comes with them :-) I am going to have to try this millstone because your coffee looks delicious!
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  4. I must have coffee every morning…I just have half n half, no sweetener. This looks like a nice coffee pot too!
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    • It was a little odd to me at first because you can’t see through the pot, but I really like it a lot. It’s so easy to use and my husband says it’s never leaving out counter!

  5. I absolutely love the way you weaved in your personal history of coffee to this post. It made me think of my childhood, when I hated the taste of coffee but loved the smell when my father drank it. Now I couldn’t get through a morning without a cup.
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    • Isn’t it funny how those memories happen? And how our tastes change as we mature! The aroma of coffee is pure heaven to me now!

  6. Can I tell you how much I love your first image?
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  7. I Have Mr Coffee Can’t Go Wrong With It I LOVE My Coffee Too Can’t Think Without it!
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  8. ok, now I want some coffee!! I can not start my day without my morning brew. :) I started drinking coffee when I started teaching kindergarten. Oh boy were those the days! Now, I also get my coffee from the house. It’s my favorite!
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    • If there’s one thing that requires coffee, it’s a day full of kindergarteners! Haha…I bet they keep you on your toes!

  9. This sounds delish. I have mine with non-dairy creamer and sweetner

  10. I’m super weird. I use flavored creamer as my sugar/sweetener and I only use just enough to cover the bottom of my mug. Then I use milk as my ‘cream’ and I put a good inch or so in my cup. THEN I fill it up with coffee. YUM! We make about 3 pots a day.
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    • That sounds like a great way to build a cup of coffee! And I always put my creamer in first, too. I’ve actually had a lot of people comment on it when they see me pour my coffee!

  11. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    What a nice post! I’ve never heard of Millstone but I’ll look for it. I take just nonfat milk in my coffee and I have two cups in the morning. Sometimes I’ll have a latte in the afternoon

    • I just have one cup a day unless I’m really, really dragging, but I makes sure that one cup is a doozy! :)

  12. Love this post and I love coffee :)
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  13. Maria Oller says:

    I’m a tea person but my husband I a coffee addict, I we are always in the lookout for a good coffee thanks for the heads up!

  14. I actually don’t drink coffee, if you can believe it. I never acquired the taste. My husband on the other hand will drink a whole pot of it by himself :)
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  15. I don’t drink much coffee, but the rest of my family loves it. I will ask them if they have tried Millstone!
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  16. Both of my parents are addicted to coffee. Growing up I watched them drink one coffee cup after another. Me, I only drink it every now and then. I prefer tea!
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    • I’m a big coffee fan, but I definitely keep it to one cup a day for the most part. And I do loooooove tea, too!

  17. The way I take my coffee varies. If I’m dieting I like a dark roast and will drink it black. If I’m not dieting, I prefer a little milk and sugar, sometimes some flavoring (If I’m getting coffee from a coffee shop).
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  18. Looks amazing #client YUM!

  19. It really is nice how so much can be done at home these days. It also saves tons of money.
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  20. I’m a tea drinker but I love the smell of coffee!
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  21. Great pictures! Sometimes I think I would like to stay in bed and sleep longer. Then I realize if I get up I can have coffee! Coffee always wine!
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  22. Not a coffee drinker myself, but I’ve been known to add hazelnut and whipping cream to my hot chocolate. I love it when you can make a restaurant-quality drink at home!
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  23. I love my coffee with extra cream and sugar! Your pictures are making me so thirsty for a coffee!!
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  24. I do a very bad “more creamer than coffee” kind of thing… yes, it’s not even coffee and I’m working on it. Slowly cutting back on the creamer, and even using a sugar-free one right now. Coffee has become my morning ritual though.
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  25. Ugh what would we do without our morning coffee? My love for coffee also started very early in life and also because of my mom, I can remember drinking her coffee as early as 5 years old and she took hers the same way (sweetner and milk) so now that’s just how I like mine. :)
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  26. Jessie C. says:

    I take my coffee with soy milk.

  27. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I take mine with cream and sugar.

  28. I like black coffee without sugar

  29. One of my first coffee memories…sitting on the porch sharing iced coffee on a summer afternoon with my grandmother. Sometimes it is the little things that make you smile..
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  30. I can barely make it through the day without coffee! Great giveaways!
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  31. I’m not a coffee drinker, but my husband is. I bet he would love to try this brand.

  32. Lesley M says:

    I like the expensive lattes and cappuccinos, unfortunately. I am working on taking it black, in hopes of saving money :)

    • Oh, I definitely like them too! But I’ve found that with the right ingredients, I can really duplicate that indulgent feeling at home! It’s saving me a fortune, really, and I don’t feel like I gave anything up! Although I still do treat myself to coffee out on occasion.

  33. Thomas Murphy says:

    I like lots of cream and sugar.

  34. I wish I could have coffee that looked like that every morning! I’d love to win this! This is a new style!

  35. Sandra VanHoey says:

    I take my coffee with french vanilla creamer and sweet n low

  36. I really love all your pictures that you shared with us. I loved all the ways you took your coffee. There is nothing like a warm cup of coffee to make you happy. the aroma is wonderful as well. Congrats on your new coffee pot.
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  37. I like light coffee with a splash of hazelnut creamer.

  38. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Like My Coffee With Cream And Sugar.

  39. Janice Cooper says:

    I don’t drink coffee but my mother-in-laws loves it. She drinks it with cream and sugar.

  40. Sherrie C. says:

    I take my coffee strong with 2 splenda and sugar free Italian Sweet Creamer.


  41. Anne perry says:

    With raw honey and organic soy creamer.

  42. christine jessamine says:

    I love my coffee extra hot and black

  43. Rebecca Parsons says:

    I like my coffee with creamer.

  44. Julie Fields says:

    Hot coffee with vanilla creamer and sugar.

  45. My hubby is our coffee drinker. He takes it with cream and sugar.
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  46. latanya says:

    with a lot of flavored creamer and a little bit of sugar

  47. Heather Dawn says:

    I like my coffee with Stevia in it.

  48. Susan B says:

    An aunt tried to convince me to drink Postum when I was young, and for a long time I thought coffee would taste just as bad. I discovered that it was a whole different thing as I grew up, but I still prefer flavored coffee with plenty of creamer and sweetener. My late husband teased me about my beige coffee.

  49. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says:

    I drink mine black.

  50. Annette says:

    I take my coffee with cream and stevia.

  51. I actually prefer iced coffee! Yum!
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  52. Ashley Tucker says:

    I put a little coconut milk creamer in my coffee.

  53. Hi Wendy! Thank you for sharing your beautiful coffee memories. Took me back to my own childhood and the first time I had coffee. I think Mr. Coffee and Millstone are a match made in heaven. PS: Your daughter is absolutely precious!

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