Why Our Blogger Loves Coffee
I developed an interest in coffee at a very early age. Living abroad in Japan as a military brat, I was constantly surrounded by vending machines. They are a big part of Japanese culture and are fairly ubiquitous there.
These vending machines served everything from sandwiches, to phone cases, to hot and cold coffee. I guess Tommy Lee Jones was doing an advertising deal at the time with Boss Coffee, because I remember they had his face plastered all over the vending machines.
Anyways, I would buy a hot can of coffee and put it in my jacket to keep me warm on my walk to the bus stop. I eventually started drinking them and developed a strong, healthy coffee addiction at the ripe old age of 13. My parents must have loved me so much…
6 years later, I was in the military. I was stationed at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii. (I know… what a drag.) I used to go to a place in the Ala Moana Center called Island Vintage Coffee. They used real sugar, and pure Kona coffee. It was heaven in a cup. I still have the mug from there as a souvenir. To this day, my personal favorite coffee is Kona coffee. Its bold, earthy, and delicious. I highly recommend it.
When I moved to Austin TX, there was a huge coffee culture. I used to go to a bar by my apartment called Buzz Mill. They served specialty beer at night and coffee 24/7. This was a great way to continue getting dehydrated after they shut down the bar at 2AM. I could order espresso, cold brew, and nitro (which was on tap). That was when I first learned about nitros specifically.
There was also another bar in Austin called Cuvée Coffee Bar. They sold canned nitro coffee called Black & Blue at the 7-11 by my old place. I knew I had to visit to get it on tap. It’s basically rocket fuel: no sugar, great caffiene boost. The starting flavor is smooth and bold. The finish was tart, but palatable.
Before I moved to West Springfield, VA, I was living in Charlottesville. I visited a local place called Snowing in Space coffee, located on one of the main strips of town. The nitro I tried called Big Blue Thing had a light roasted blueberry and chocolate flavor. Unfortunately, the flavor did not translate well to cans.
Here's the surprising part, though: Out of all the places I have tried nitro coffee, WEGMANS (yes, the grocery store Wegmans!) had the best nitro I have ever had to date. It was the smoothest, creamiest nitro ever. It also packed the respectable caffeine punch you'd expect from a nitro. I remain thoroughly impressed with their coffee.
Now at 28, I have consumed just about every type of coffee imaginable. From the desperate college years of community coffee, to the more adventurous coffee choices such as Vietnamese and Turkish coffee (which both have my personal recommendation). If I could count how many different shops I’ve been in to try an espresso, or a cold brew, or a dirty chai, or boba (Vietnamese coffee with tapioca), I'd say hundreds.
From age 13 until now, I have averaged about 2 cups a day every day (a conservative estimate). This puts me at nearly 11,000 cups of lifetime coffee consumption so far. I can honestly say that life has taken me in some interesting directions. I don't claim to have everything figured out, but it’s obvious that one thing remains constant…
About The Author
Austin Kirk is a US Air Force veteran and an audio production graduate from the Art Institute of Austin. He spent his teenage years overseas in Japan and now works as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Podsworth Media. His love for audio has driven him to produce music for many local artists in the Austin, TX area, including his own band, MACRO.