I love this photo! I took it the first time we went to our “new local” Starbucks. Reg is clearly loving his hot cup of coffee. Me? At the time I was still struggling for the perfect iced coffee and theirs was way too strong for me.
So yes, I have become addicted to coffee with caffeine again. During the move, there was no way I could do all that I had to do without chemical stimulation and inspiration. Thanks to the summer heat, my obsession with ice coffee only worsened and thanks to eating on a budget, we ended up at Tim Horton’s for a hearty breakfast more times than I can count.
Sadly, no matter how many different ways I ordered an iced coffee from their massive Broadway and Heather location, I never enjoyed it! Even though I asked for sweetener and a couple of shots of hazelnut, it always tasted weak and not very sweet.
On the weekend sometimes we would splurge and go Denny’s and the last time we were there I ordered a frozen coffee. Which sounded delicious! But again, fairly bland flavour with not enough sweetening. Bummer!!!
On days that we were in a hurry but needed a little sustenance, Reg and I got Blenz‘s mocha protein shake. Filling, quite delicious but I could taste the protein powder which, for these kinds of days, was just fine.
With a Starbucks right in our hood with free wifi… I was determined to find a beverage I did not dislike. I finally decided to get a latte instead of an iced coffee with two shots of hazelnut and sweetened with Splenda. Normally I would never use an artificial sweetener but it dissolves very easily and gives me the sweetness I need.
You know I am crazy about McDonald’s McCafé Coffee Frappé so every time I went to McDonald’s that is what I got. Until… I got curious about their vanilla iced coffees and ordered one. There is some sweetener with the vanilla syrup but once again, I found myself adding Splenda to sweeten it.
In the end, I prefer to make my own iced coffee with decaf and Almond Fresh Coconut Milk. But! There are times when you are out and want a liquid treat to cool you off on a hot day. I hope this post gives you a glimpse at all the different ways I have tried to enjoy coffee for International Coffee Day.
I would love to hear your own recommendations. How will you be celebrating with coffee today?