Drinking Coffee as a Kid
I invented Starbucks as a kid. Okay, not really, but I wonder if I could’ve. Back in the 1980s, before gourmet cafes became all the rage, I liked to mix up elaborate drinks. Sometimes I wonder, if I were older, would I have founded a major coffee shop chain? Probably not, but its still fun to pretend.
I drank coffee from a young age. Very young. I can’t remember the first time I tried it, but I remember enjoying it. Of course, it wasn’t my parents who gave it to me. They were too responsible for that. No, it was my grandparents introduced me to it. I have fond memories of sitting at their kitchen table, with my grandma baking cookies and my grandpa smoking a cigarette and complaining about the weather. I liked sitting there making concoctions out of coffee, chocolate syrup and ice cream. (My mother claims that I once mixed root beer into my drink, but I don’t remember that.)
The time spent with my grandparents gave me a true appreciation for coffee. Not just for the flavor of the drink, but for the routine and ritual of it. It’s an appreciation I hold dear to this day, even if I didn’t make a million dollars selling elaborate concoctions.
Coffee drinkers, How old were you when you started drinking? Let me know in the comments.