Monday, September 16, 2013

Drinking Coffee as an Autumnal Rite of Passage

                Martha’s Vineyard ferry boats, idyllic Jersey Shore beaches, summer stock theater, watching movies under the stars on warm nights, going for a midday swim at the town pool. Good bye to all of that (at least for the next nine months)!

                Remember the (very recent) days of surfing warm waves on a boogie board, cooling off in mountain grottoes and riding the subways late at night without the benefit of a “just in case” sweater? Well until next summer, those days are over. It’s mid-September. Summer is gone---though that doesn’t discount an oddly sweltering afternoon, quickly followed by a cool evening, now and then.

                And though we must say goodbye, at least for now, to beach balls and maillots and destination t-shirts, fall brings its own joys. Sweaters and squash, matzoh balls and maple syrup, academic calendars and extracurricular activities…And one of the very best things of all: Fall brings an all-out, no-holds-barred commitment to drinking hot coffee and espresso drinks (as well as chai, hot chocolate and tea).

                Starbucks has reintroduced its seasonal fave, all things Pumpkin Spice. Pumpkin spice brewed coffee, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice instant Via coffee, and  comforting slice of pumpkin loaf to accompany any of those choices.

                Hot coffee, cold mornings, good health---they all go together. So here’s wishing you a very happy, grounded, laughter-filled, hearty and active, apple-picking-trick-or-treating-fire-building-foliage-watching season.