Oh Lord . . . let’s see:
- Milk, which within that category has a whole mess of options (cashew, almond, 2%, soy, etc.)
- Lemon, a nice thin slice was an obsession for me for years
- Chocolate, a drizzle or some shavings
- Whipped Cream
- Caramel drizzle
- Ice cream
- Alcohol, this option alone can make this post pages long
. . . and my personal favorite: nothing.
Over the years I have tried almond milk, cashew milk, soy milk, whole milk, half and half, sugar, Baileys, Kahlúa, lemon, cinnamon, chocolate, caramel, mint, whipped cream, and sprinkles. I either requested the addition, the addition came automatically with the order, or I saw it available and thought to myself, why not?
Interestingly, this list is not exhaustive. I hadn’t heard of some of these options until I researched and asked for added input from friends. I’m also hyper-aware that sometimes culture influences not only what kind of coffee is served, but how it is served. Perhaps if I went to another part of the world I would get a whole new list of items.
At the same time, while I learn about current possibilities, I also know that baristas, coffee enthusiasts, and coffee connoisseurs are constantly testing boundaries. The next craze, the next element of allure and sophistication, is waiting to be discovered.
This list will never be complete.
For now though, at home, I’ll take my coffee in its purest form: black. It’s the easiest, and the cheapest. Any additions I’ll leave to the expert baristas and coffee shop owners to create, offer, and provide for me. It’ll make the experience away from home feel all the more different and all the more special.