With Father’s Day around the corner, I wanted to share one of the favorite memories of my grandparents – their morning coffee. I should back up and mention, they met over coffee. As the story goes, my Grandma was working at her sister’s restaurant. Upon my Grandpa ordering his coffee, my Grandmother asked if he wanted any sugar. At that point, he took her finger, put it in the cup and said, “It’s sweet enough already.” Whether we were sleeping over at my grandparent’s house, they slept over at our house, or my aunt’s – they never went a morning with out their coffee. I remember waking up seeing my Grandma reading the paper, the whole house smelling like coffee. I also remember her saying she didn’t like the taste, but loved the smell. My parents do not drink coffee, so they always enjoyed some Nescafe at our house – but it was never quite the same aroma as fresh brewed. And so, as I grew up and entered college – I began a love affair with coffee, similar to my Grandma – the smell over taste. Well, until lately. I admit, I have my preferences – particularly because I often order decaf – which tends to be a milder flavor than the regular. In New York, we had fun checking out some new coffee shops. What we found was some delicious coffee – that could beat Starbucks or Peets any day. Our favorite can be found at Jack’s. We hit up locations in Amagansett and in the city. While we ordered a variety of drinks over our time there, our favorite was the Iced Decaf with Soy milk. Probably the best iced coffee we’ve ever had (even next to Dunkin’ Donuts!) We also tried Coffee Tauk in Montauk, which online reviews tauted as good. It was, but not like Jack’s. A graduate school professor once commented on the routine of getting coffee in the morning, as more desirable than the actual coffee – and I couldn’t agree more. The experience of trying new coffee shops, in a different city, and as a break from our day’s events is incomparable. A time to regroup and re-energize with some warmth -I can see why my grandparents started every day with a cup (and even switched it for tea later in the day).