Coffee is a critical component of my day. And it's delicious.

Hot coffee on wooden table

I'm not a huge fan of coffee chains and think that they prioritize the flavored, sweet, gimmicky coffee and ignore the basics. The basics mean, the coffee should taste great black. Add some sugar if you want, maybe a little cream, but the mark of a great coffee place is how the roasted, ground bean tastes without anything to dress it up.

The cup of coffee and beans
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