Office coffee

It’s -9 degrees outside in downtown Milwaukee, where the university I teach at is located. Because it’s a downtown campus, I walk from building to building to teach different classes. To stay warm, I have my fluffy down jacket, several hats, cycling lobster gloves, big boots, and a good thermos of hot coffee.

I was 4 years old when I had my first cup of coffee. My Grandma made it for me; when she gave me the mug (which was probably full of hot milk with just a touch of coffee), she told me that coffee’s good for you–she said It puts hair on your chest.

I consumed coffee through my adolescence, growing up in Seattle, maturing as the coffee culture developed. When we moved to Milwaukee, we found Colectivo, my favorite local coffee roaster. They have a Blue Heeler roast that is out of this world, a combination of “…regular and dark-roasted Sumatra Highlands – Organic Fair Trade to create a blend worthy of Mina’s namesake. It features a floral, earthy aroma with a full body and a spicy, smoky flavor.

When I get to my office, I use an AeroPress to make a cup of brew. If you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for that special someone, consider an AeroPress. They are amaaaaazing.

So, if it’s below freezing cold, and you have to walk outside to teach another class, I suggest you have some AeroPressed Blue Heeler with you. It will keep you warm, and, it will perk you up for your next class discussion.

My favorite portable thermos.

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