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30 Dec, 2009

Please finish this sentence:

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Please finish this sentence

Coffee is …




35 Responses to "Please finish this sentence:"

1 | andrea

December 30th, 2009 at 9:37 am


… something I need to drink every morning. And it’s always the same. We buy beans from Bridgehead for our espresso maker. I foam up some milk and add one packet of Splenda. It’s probably the equivalent of two coffees in one and it’s a slice of heaven.

For some strange reason it’s never as good if I make a second one in the afternoon, so I drink tea instead.

2 | Krista

December 30th, 2009 at 10:06 am


…the elixir of life. I always have 2 cups in the morning before everyone else gets up.

3 | Mike Levin

December 30th, 2009 at 10:07 am


ready, thank goodness

4 | Kaitlin

December 30th, 2009 at 10:36 am


best served hot, fresh, and early.

5 | Kristina

December 30th, 2009 at 10:36 am


…the devil. (A la Waterboy, haha!) Seriously, I love the smell but I can’t drink it, and I’m kind of glad for that, actually.

6 | Roz

December 30th, 2009 at 10:46 am


…my blood type

i can’t help it – i worked at second cup for 6 years…

7 | Just An Ottawa Dad

December 30th, 2009 at 10:48 am


a perk. (No pun intended.) Although it isn’t needed (for me at least), it is one of those things that helps make a day special. I can live without it, often go for along time between cups, but it is the comfort food to come back to. 2 cream, 1 splenda please…

8 | Miss Vicky

December 30th, 2009 at 11:11 am


sounding really good to me right now. No Splenda, thanks. I’m sweet enough.

9 | Hellcat13

December 30th, 2009 at 11:17 am


best when it’s fresh, hot, and black. No cream or sugar, thank you very much.

10 | sherry

December 30th, 2009 at 11:21 am


a necessity to my well-being.

(Actually Krista used what I initially thought – the Elixer of Life. So true!)

11 | Elaine McEwen

December 30th, 2009 at 11:49 am


a wet, warm, wonderful addiction.

12 | karen

December 30th, 2009 at 11:56 am


something I’ve never had.

13 | vicki

December 30th, 2009 at 12:02 pm


a recent discovery for me.

Sitting here in Belgium just having made a decaf cappuccino with my Bielatta (sp?). Haven’t figured out how to make not quite so strong! I’m a decaf-only girl though!

14 | Gliding through motherhood

December 30th, 2009 at 12:04 pm


not optional.

I can’t get through the day with as little sleep as I get without it.

15 | ImogenSky

December 30th, 2009 at 12:16 pm


is a necessity in the early AM before the 2 and 3.5 year old wake up…I have just one cup right now (I’m pregnant) but its the best cup every morning :)

17 | Loukia

December 30th, 2009 at 2:24 pm


something I enjoy every morning after I arrive to work – with a bit of cream, and 2 Splenda’s, it makes my morning go by a lot smoother! It is also great to drink when trying to lose all those extra holiday pounds! ;)

18 | LO

December 30th, 2009 at 2:26 pm


da bomb!!!!!!!!!

19 | Christine

December 30th, 2009 at 4:30 pm


not as good as tea!!!

20 | Café

December 30th, 2009 at 4:41 pm


…an addiction of mine. I keep saying I’ll kick it and drink green tea but it hasn’t happened. I really really like coffee. You should ask “where can you get the best cup of coffee in town?”. I like Bridgehead coffee (Peruvian).

21 | Hilary

December 30th, 2009 at 6:43 pm


…something I am very passionate (and very picky) about.

I’m the same – coffee isn’t the same in the afternoon. I have my one Americano with milk (but not too much) in the morning and I’m onto tea after that.

22 | coffeewithjulie

December 30th, 2009 at 7:11 pm


…an integral element in Maslov’s Hierarchy of Human Needs.

23 | Shannon

December 30th, 2009 at 7:23 pm


…crucial. And so very yummy.

24 | Marla

December 30th, 2009 at 7:42 pm


…one of the great privileges of being a grown-up, along with refusing certain vegetables, occasional altered consciousness and the odd smutty thing.

25 | Alison in Ottawa

December 30th, 2009 at 8:17 pm


smells great but tastes nasty. Lady Grey Tea for me please.

27 | betsy mae

December 30th, 2009 at 9:14 pm


is what I wake up to each morning. For close to ten years Bert has made my coffee for me every morning. One CREAM (never milk) and 1/2 tsp sugar.

Btw, I can’t believe how many Splenda users there are in this group! What’s wrong with good old fashioned sugar?

28 | Carly

December 30th, 2009 at 9:21 pm


a drink I’ve never tasted because I can’t stand the smell.

29 | Sean

December 30th, 2009 at 9:30 pm


God’s gift to beverages.

30 | Nadine C.

December 30th, 2009 at 9:44 pm


that thing that enables me to talk in the morning (sad, but true!)

31 | Ginger

December 30th, 2009 at 10:10 pm


…the thing that makes me sick to my stomach if I even have a sip…but I do love the smell!

32 | Trea

December 31st, 2009 at 1:08 am


… I hate myself for this, but – only good in the form of a Decaf Grande Mocha from Starbucks. Gah!

33 | mrsgryphon

December 31st, 2009 at 3:08 am


… not my favourite drink. Twinings Earl Grey tea for me, please!

34 | andrea

December 31st, 2009 at 9:36 am


betsy mae: Splenda in my coffee tastes the same as sugar (at least it does to me) and saves a few calories too. I don’t really like it in my tea though …

35 | jennyjag

December 31st, 2009 at 1:26 pm


hubs (non coffee drinker) would say it’s always spilled. to me, coffee is needed to get the day started.

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