Street survey: What's your daily coffee ritual?



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    Angus J., 29, banker, Greenwich Village; Joni M., 29, journalist, Greenwich Village
    Joni: "I'll get one when I wake up in the morning, and then, when I feel like I wanna have another one later in the day, I'll treat myself. I definitely go out and get one in the morning, and if I'm a bit lazy in the afternoon, I'll make it myself. I usually come to Abraco, except on Monday, when they're closed. I normally order a cappuccino to go."

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    Cliff L., 22, investment bank analyst, Murray Hill
    "I wake up, and I go to work. I'm in the World Financial Center, so there's coffee there. So before I get in the office I usually get a cup of coffee. Cappuccino usually. I put sugar in it, and there's already milk in it."

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    Drena C., 68, retiree; Manasquan, NJ
    "I get up in the morning, make coffee, have it right away, have another cup a half hour later, and that's my routine. Unless I'm going out, and then I'll pick up a cup of coffee at a coffee house. [I drink] Maxwell House, and I don't grind it. I just buy it preground. [I take it with] cream and Splenda."

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    Eileen K., 26, psychologist; Crown Heights, Brooklyn
    "I have a cup when I go to work in the morning, and then I have one at work to keep me going. I make the morning one myself. In the afternoon I go to Starbucks. I order a medium mild with soy milk, and then I put some cinnamon on top. When I make it myself, I use different-country beans-whatever's fair trade. I'll buy them from different bodegas."

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    Liz C., 33, graduate student; Crown Heights, Brooklyn
    "Right now I'm not working, so I take the dog for a walk and I walk to Dunkin' Donuts to get a coffee. Either that or I make it at home. Usually, though, I try to take the dog out and get a coffee. I order a medium iced coffee. French vanilla, two creams, two sugars."

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    George M., 19, student, Gramercy
    "Normally if I'm going to class, I'll stop at the coffeeshop right downstairs from me. I usually just get something small and a water to go with it. And, like, I'm not too crazy about it, I just like a little pick-me-up in the morning. I also enjoy at night having a cup of coffee at a diner. A French roast sort of thing. It mellows me out more; I'm not like a caffeine-crazed type of person."

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    Greg S., 29, mechanical engineer; Syracuse, NY
    "I make it at home. We have one of those Keurig machines, so I just put the single-serve cup in, put it in a thermos and take it to work."

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    Jeffrey H., 21, UPS loader; Georgetown, Brooklyn
    "When I wake up in the morning and go to work, I need a cup to get me going. It's just corner-bodega coffee, light and sweet."

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    Martin D., 38, financial services, East Village
    "[I drink coffee at] breakfast and occasionally in the afternoon. It's pretty much always espresso from a shop."

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    Michal K., twenties, e-commerce project manager, East Village; Tal C., 29, founder of video-advertising company, East Village
    Michal: "Weekends, Abraco is our daily routine. Day to day, in the mornings it's La Colombe. They both have very good coffee."

    Tal: "And nice people."

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    Natsuki S., 30, compliance officer; Kew Gardens, Queens
    "I like to drink a latte. In the morning, though, it's usually black coffee. It's my first time [at Abraco]. I came here before, but the line was too long."

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    Neil C., 29, product manager for, Lower East Side; Matt C., 27, grad student, Lower East Side; Sophia J., 26, staffing services recruiter, Lower East Side
    Neil:"If I get up early enough, I will make a French press in the morning and drink it before work. If not, I'll pick up a cup on my way into the office. If I pick it up, I'll get it from Grumpy, which is close to my office. If I absolutely have to, I'll get it from Starbucks. I just get black coffee. [A day without coffee is] hell. Not a day I want to live."

    Matt: "For me, it's usually coffee at 7am on the way to the train station. After I get off the train, I'll pick up another one before I get into the office. [Friends laugh] No, I'm serious. And then usually one before lunch, and one after lunch. They're smalls. Just black coffee."

    Sophia: "I get my first cup at 9am as soon as I get to work. There's a coffeeshop right beside [my office]. It's usually around 10:30am when I get another cup. I normally buy it. The place next to my office has illy coffee. It's perfect in the mornings. I drink it with milk and sugar."

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    Nya K., 31, surgery coordinator, East Village
    "Every morning,  and 6 o'clock in the afternoon. Twice a day. I usually make [espresso] at home in the morning---sometimes a French press---and then at work I go out and get a short espresso. Basic, with a little bit of steamed milk. That's it."

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    Joanna P., 53, elementary-school teacher; West Virginia, formerly of Midwood, Brooklyn
    "Well, basically, I'm too lazy. I used to percolate coffee, and percolated coffee is so much better than the drip. But I just don't have time, you know how people are. And that French press, I want to learn how to make it because I hear it's quick, but I've just not gone that route. So I have my little timer on for, you know, 5:50, 5:45 in the morning and then I get up and have my coffee in the morning and check my e-mail, look out at the river and go off to work and really take it and sip it. Many people say they don't like to drink coffee, but I sip it all morning, I just have to have it with me. And then, let's see-eighth period I have a planned period, it's free, and I make my coffee, maybe have a little biscotti and take a walk in between classes. I usually can't-my body can't tolerate more caffeine, so that's it. If I don't have it at 1pm, then I'll have it at some other time in the afternoon. And it'll be black with sugar. I consider it my dessert. Recently I like, I think it's called Peet's, maybe...yeah, Peet's. It's really good. I love that, so that's the brand I've been getting recently and that's it."

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    Petra V., 20, student, Soho; Kyler B., 20, student, East Village
    Petra: "I have a weekly routine. I always get coffee after class on Wednesdays. I usually grab something near campus. I just get a cup of coffee with milk."

    Kyler: "I drink primarily espresso drinks, preferably a macchiato or cortado, just because I don't like too many fixings. I want to actually be able to taste the coffee, which is why I like places like [Abraco]. I was once a barista. I'm more of a tea person, to tell you the truth. Coffee is more of a special occasion for me."

    Petra: "It's more of a social thing for us.

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    Roberto R., 32, philosophy professor; Inwood, NY
    "I stumble out of bed and make some. That's it. I use whatever's at home. I just do instant."

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    Russel F., 26, advertising agency art director, East Village
    "I just want to get the best coffee I can. I usually stick to once a day. Just a latte. I get it from Abrao; I just moved to the neighborhood and discovered this place."

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    Sam F., 41, musician and Web developer, East Village
    "I live down the street here, so I get out of bed and I come [to Abrao]. This place has been open for a couple years, and [it has] really, really good coffee. I'm pretty simple. I'm not into that Starbucks-style ordering. I'm not into pumpkin skinny grande lattes with caramel or any of that shit. I normally get an Americano with a little bit of cream in it. I've tried everything over the past couple of years, but Americano is my thing."

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    Stefanie W., 24, graduate student, East Village
    "On weekdays I go up to school and get a cup of coffee before I go to class. On weekends, between 9am and 1pm, whenever I wake up, I come [to Abrao] and have a cappuccino. I'm pretty straightforward. The quality keeps me coming back."

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    Steve C., 61, artist, Lower East Side
    "I read The New York Times and drink my coffee. I brew it with an electric brewer. Sometimes a French press, but not generally. I grind my own beans, usually three days' worth. We're kind of coffee snobs [in my house]. We get Oren's coffee; other coffee, for us, is not as good. Maxwell House, Folgers... I only drink that at other people's houses. When I get back to Oren's French Roast, it's much better for me. There's a richness in the flavor."

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    Yari R., 20, secretary; Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
    "I don't actually like coffee. I think it tastes like ass. I like tea. That's my caffeine."

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Angus J., 29, banker, Greenwich Village; Joni M., 29, journalist, Greenwich Village
Joni: "I'll get one when I wake up in the morning, and then, when I feel like I wanna have another one later in the day, I'll treat myself. I definitely go out and get one in the morning, and if I'm a bit lazy in the afternoon, I'll make it myself. I usually come to Abraco, except on Monday, when they're closed. I normally order a cappuccino to go."

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