Like most New Jerseyans, the morning crew starts every day with a hot cup of coffee.

For us, it's usually at the office as we're heading into work before most places are open. But when I'm on the road traveling around for meetings and events or heading out of state, I have a go-to place.

For me, it's Tim Horton's at the Somerville circle. Not only is the dark roast delicious and consistent, but they have these egg bites that are a delicious omelet in a "pop-able" bite.

Coffee is more than a habit for most people to get the morning started. It's a strong part of American culture and many people would give up just about anything but their morning coffee. I gave up coffee a few years ago for a couple of months.

A couple of things on that. First, it did save me a lot of money as a $3 coffee once or twice a day adds up. The problem was the caffeine withdrawal. Yup, that's real. Had a headache for a week.

One last point on the coffee places listed as the favorites of the morning crew. Just because a store is a part of a national chain doesn't mean it's run by greedy, out-of-touch elites. Many are owned and operated by small business people that saved every last dine to invest in an opportunity to run a business with a successful plan and good products.

Board Op Kathy — Starbucks (anywhere in NJ)

Producer Kristen — Rook in Red Bank

Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow — Dunkin Donuts (anywhere in NJ)

News Anchor Eric Scott — Small World Coffee in Princeton

New Jersey Traffic South's Jill Myra — Rook in Freehold

New Jersey Traffic North's Bob Williams — Wawa (anywhere in NJ)

The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Spadea. Any opinions expressed are Bill's own. Bill Spadea is on the air weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m., talkin’ Jersey, taking your calls at 1-800-283-1015.

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