To start off, here are a few photos of the lovely beverage (coffee and espresso based drinks included):
(Source: weheartit, Tyler's Tumblr, A Beautiful Mess, my own.)
Next, I wanted to list my top 5 favorite (and maybe your's as well) coffee/espresso based drinks:
1. Americano ( espresso + water, current favorite, iced or hot.)
2. Latte (espresso + milk +flavoring if you would like. Iced or hot.)
3. Dirty Chai (chai latte + shots of espresso. I only enjoy mine iced.)
4. Drip Coffee (brewed coffee, iced or hot.)
5. Cappuccino (espresso + a tiny bit of milk + lots of foam. Hot always please!)
Lastly, I wanted to encourage everyone try new coffee shops, new drinks, and new techniques of making coffee. There are handfuls of adorable coffee shops out there in the world just waiting to be discovered. Every week or so I try to go to at least one new coffee shop (there are quite a few around my college), or a shop that I haven't been to in awhile.
I always enjoy trying new drinks, although my taste in drinks have become less, and less sweet over the years so I usually stick with something that doesn't contain a lot of sugars, but exploring is always fun and is a great way to figure out what kind of coffee/espresso based drinks you like the most. And finally, don't be frightened to make your own coffee. There are dozens of ways to make drip coffee (coffee makers, french presses, AeroPresses, Chemex coffee makers) and each way offers a new experience, and generally a different taste. So don't be scared to venture out on your own and try something new. Next time your in a coffee shop, might I suggest that you ask for a french press pot of coffee (generally will serve between 2-8 cups depending on the size) and enjoy my favorite way of making (and drinking) drip coffee.
Ok, back to spending time with my family!
PS What's your favorite coffee drink? Not a coffee drinker? What kind of tea do you like (if so)? Favorite brewing method of coffee?