There are about a half dozen bottles of coffee creamers in my refrigerator.
Everything from those new holiday blends with pumpkin spice and cinnamon crème, to my favorite mocha, hazelnut and French vanilla.
Before flavored coffees and lattes became the rage, I rarely drank coffee. These days, you can’t pull me away.
A hot mocha or a pumpkin spice can drag me up from my most groggy and sleepiest of mornings on a cold day.
Though I’ve tried to convince my husband to spice up his black coffee, he won’t add a drop of anything creamy into his daily cups. “Too sweet,” he always says. “I can’t taste the coffee.”
I tried to help him understand my affection for creamer, even going so far as to record an International Delight commercial on our DVR. In the commercial, a woman pushing a cart loaded with dozens of bottles of pumpkin pie spice creamer approaches the counter where she almost lovingly places each bottle onto the conveyer belt.
I turned to my husband and said, “It’s just that good.” He looked at me with the same puzzled expression the cashier in the commercial gave the creamer-addicted woman.
It’s a much better alternative to my pre-recession Starbucks’ habit. These days I rarely drive into pricey coffee shops and pay $4 or $5 dollars for a cup of flavored coffee when for about $3 I can buy one nice bottle of flavored creamer at the grocery store.
Flavored or not, coffee drinkers in general make up a huge portion of the general population.
Some 56 percent of adults in the U.S. drink coffee each day, according to the National Coffee Association. Of those coffee drinkers, 86 percent prepare their coffee at home and 26 percent buy it in other places. Of the coffees people drink, about 40 percent are gourmet coffees.
A couple of years ago, I ordered a fancy, platinum coffee brewer and 50 coffee K-cups from QVC. I tried it out for a month and enjoyed it, but my husband continued to use our old, worn coffee machine. He didn’t like the new brewer because it did not offer single serve cups in his favorite local coffee brand, and he didn’t think the coffees were strong enough.
I sent it back before the end of the 30 days and got a refund. In the meantime, we continued using the old tried and sometimes not-so-true coffee machine.
Only recently did we upgrade it to a new brewer with a stainless steel body that brews his favorite coffee and dispenses it a single cup at a time. He loves it.
The coffee machine also includes a detachable syrup pump. I filled it with French vanilla, and now I add a few drops of non-flavored creamer into my coffee and couldn’t be happier.
Now that’s what I call bringing the coffee shop home. Drink up while it’s cold. I will.
Chante Dionne Warren is a freelance writer. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.