I hate being one of those people, but the truth is I drink an insane amount of coffee. In recent years I’ve chosen to embrace this aspect of myself because nourishing the inner perspective is all about standing in your own truth. I feel like literally a whole new person after one DROP of caffeine. I can’t stand energy drinks though, in my head coffee is so much better for you in comparison, but I have a suspicion that might just be pseudo-science. Who knows at this point though?

But not only do I need coffee. I love the taste. It’s rich, comforting and just a great start to my morning. People are always asking me about recommending kinds of coffee and different ways to drink it. I like to keep things simple normally, but I do have a few preferences that are not up for discussion.

  • Whole milk: no exceptions or substitutions. Don’t ever come at me with your soy cappuccino. In order to make a cap, it needs to be with real milk. I try not to drink half and half or skim because of the complicated processes they put milk through in order to create new kinds of milk. Just stick to the original or have black coffee.
  • Cold brew all the way: I love a great big iced coffee in the afternoon. There’s something about the cold brew* that has a nicer and smoother finish. It’s almost nutty. Plus it mixes with milk much better that way. Trust me, just try it.
  • Short pull espresso: A ristretto shot is pulled right before the water starts entering the picture. Short pull takes the sweetest part of the espresso shot and just creates the most magical latte. This is particularly great if you’re doing shots, but I like it in my lattes as well. Just ask your barista to pull a short pull for you when they’re making your drinks. TRY THIS.
  • Get whip with your mocha: The whipped cream on top of a mocha is what sets and emulsifies a caffe mocha. Otherwise it’s just a latte with chocolate. If you don’t want the whip or want it nonfat, just have a glass of water.
  • Cashew or coconut: I can’t stand processed soy milk. Maybe because I’m Vietnamese but if it’s not fresh, I might as well drink a glass of salt water. I tried to like almond milk, but it just makes terrible lattes so I can’t deal with it. Cashew milk is actually creamy enough to be an acceptable substitute and coconut milk is great if you like matcha lattes or chai.

Maybe one day I’ll be able to ween myself off my daily intake, but right now it’s a glorious part of my daily routine.

*Please don’t just brew a pot of regular hot coffee and throw in a cup of ice and call it a day. It will not only melt the ice and you’ll have luke-warm half melted cubes and you’ll be stuck with watered down coffee. Unacceptable. 

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