I have a confession to make. I don’t like coffee. I know, I know. It is the nectar of the gods, the cure of all ills, and it smells like heaven itself. Believe me I wish I liked coffee. It is the culturally acceptable drink of adults. I’d love to walk up to the barista and request something fancy like a Sumatra Dark Roast or Komodo Dragon Blend. Instead I quietly creep up to the counter and ask for hot water and directions to the tea bags. Or worse, a can of Dr. Pepper.
I have never developed a taste for coffee. I want to drink it. When my husband brews a cup of cappuccino I always ask for a sniff. Its scent is so exquisite. Rich and dark, it smells the way that chocolate tastes. But every time I sample the lovely liquid, my tongue revolts, my jaws clench, and I have the urge to spit. I just don’t like the taste. Please, don’t hate me! I’m already a coffee pariah.Deep comfy chairs for sipping and visiting. Fun funky art that brightens the walls, and cozy nooks perfect for reading or writing the great American novel. Who doesn’t love a good coffee house? I can’t resist them. Even on a recent road trip to
I look for charm, comfort and good food. Three local independent coffee houses have made my list of delightful places to spend the afternoon. The first is Crooked Tree Coffee at 559 First Capitol in Old St. Charles. Housed in a 1800's storefront, the coffee shop has an original tin ceiling, a great choice of herbal teas, and really fabulous selection of wraps and sandwiches. The mandarin orange chicken salad is guaranteed to make you smile.
The provide a gathering spot for friends, a venue for musicians and artists, and of course a serious cup of coffee for those with sophisticated taste buds. As for me, I will be forever a coffee wannabe. But at least the coffee crowd lets me hang out at their wonderful stores. Thank you coffee shop owners of the world. You make me happy!
And readers - please let me know about your favorite coffee shop. I'm always looking for a new adventure.
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