Our Mini Family: How Did I Become a Morning Person? Coffee


How Did I Become a Morning Person? Coffee

Everyone remembers their first cup of coffee! Today, I'm sharing the story of how coffee has helped make me a morning person, inspired by my sponsored partnership with McDonald's.


I will always remember the very first time I tried coffee.

Let me paint a picture for you: I was 18 years old, bright-eyed and anxious about living on my own after just making a huge cross-country move from Massachusetts to Arizona. After having moved in a week before classes started, I did two things: attended marching band camp all day, and partied making new friends from camp all night. 


Seven full days of consistent early mornings and dragging myself out of bed for band practice, and spending my entire day learning drill and choreography until about 8 pm. Once band practice was over, we all went to one of the senior houses off campus and I began to learn the ropes of my school's party reputation. And then once we partied late enough that it became morning, I got just enough hours of sleep until I was waking up to the sound of my alarm clock needing to do it all over again. And if you are wondering if this is when I first tried coffee, it wasn't just yet. 


An entire week of running on the adrenaline of being in a new place, on my own, and feeling anxious for my first day of classes kept me going. It wasn't until my very first day of classes that I discovered my love for coffee and how it would help me become a morning person. 



The overzealous teenager that I was, I had signed up for 7 am classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I figured, "hey, let's just stack up my schedule so I only have to go to classes 3 days a week!" And in theory, that totally would have worked. But there was one thing I was not certain of at this point in time--I was not, in fact, a morning person. 

My first day of classes, I was woken up by my friend Kate who also happened to be my roommate (Kate was also in marching band with me, so even in just a week's time we had grown close). She woke me up and helped me get the motivation to get out of bed and get ready for our first day! Walking together from our dorm room towards our lecture hall, I remember Kate pulling me aside and saying we needed to make a quick pit stop before we went to class. Just as I walked into the bookstore, she pointed towards the line of students waiting at the school bookstore's cafe. 


"Let's get coffee and then go to class," Kate suggested to me. 


When it was finally my turn to speak up and order what I wanted, I told the barista that I had never had coffee before but that I was pretty tired and wanting something that was cold to drink and would wake me up. Amused, she replied "oh, I know just what you need," and she handed me a large cup of black iced coffee. 


And just like that, my life changed. I learned I loved coffee and that it gave me something to look forward to every day before early morning lecture. As the weeks went on and I established my freshman year morning routine, my morning cup of coffee became an essential part of my day. Four years had passed, I had finally finished my senior year and had earned my degree, and then I moved on from campus life onto the next chapter of my life as a twenty-something.


My morning routine began to change. Classes became work shifts, and my roommates became, well, Adam! And even with the changes happening in my life, the one consistent part of my day that happened every morning was my cup of coffee. Not always a black iced coffee, although, that is my go-to when I need an extra boost and am feeling particularly tired. 


But over the years, I have learned the kinds of coffee I like to drink and I have become accustomed to looking forward to starting my day with a cup of coffee and because of this, it has made me a morning person! 


My life has certainly changed quite a bit since I was 18 years old and trying coffee for the first time on my way to my first day of classes at Arizona State University, but the routine of enjoying a cup of coffee every morning to start my day has stayed the same. Lately, I have been taking my laptop to different coffee shops around the valley and working out of the office while I listen to music and enjoy some coffee. Depending on how I feel, I may opt for an iced caramel, a hot mocha, or even something seasonal like a pumpkin spice latte! 



When my friends from McDonald's invited me to check out their newest location in downtown, I was pleasantly surprised by just how chic and modern everything looked! 

The walls were made up of white granite, they had low café-style tables and adorably painted chairs, there was modern art hung up on the walls, and the windows were large and the room was filled with lots of beautiful natural lighting. This was by far the most inviting McDonald's I had ever been to, and from that moment on I knew it would be a great place to sit and work on my laptop!



The other day, I went into this McDonald's located at the southwest corner of Indian School and 32nd Street in Arcadia. I had a chance to sample some of the drinks from the McCafe menu and enjoyed plenty of coffee before I spent a few hours working on my laptop. Everything tasted so fresh and delicious, and the flavors were all exactly what I would have got had I went somewhere else and spent 3x as much at another cafe in the neighborhood. 

Also, did you know, starting this week you can order some of your favorite cafe beverages like macchiatos, cappuccinos, and americanos at McDonald's? You can see of all of the new and classic beverages from the McCafe menu on their website here

P.S. they even have pumpkin spice lattes! 



When I met with the owner of this McDonald's location, I learned quite a bit about how McDonald's helps our neighborhoods here in Phoenix! It was wonderful hearing about the many McDonald's restaurants here in the valley that donate their used coffee grounds to schools and gardeners, and also about all of the efforts made to be more conscious of the environment (like how 100% of McDonald's espresso here in the U.S. and Canada is Rainforest Alliance Certified, and how it is estimated that by 2020, 100% of all their coffee will come from sustainable sources). 





If you are located here in Greater Phoenix, definitely be sure to head to the McDonald's located at Indian School and 32nd street! This is the only location in the United States with this new rebranding and new interior design. I was really surprised by how aesthetically pleasing it was, and I will definitely be headed back there to sit and enjoy a McCafe coffee while I work on my laptop!


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This post is sponsored by McDonald's, but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

33 comments :

  1. I have always been a morning person, but I also love and need my coffee. Every single day!

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  2. I love coffee when I am working. It was my husband's fancy machine that got me hooked.

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  3. I had coffee for the first time when I was about 10. It wasn't REAL coffee, not really. It was about 1/4 coffee and 3/4 milk and sugar. My grandmother used to make it for me.

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  4. First time I tried coffee I was an adult but can't remember the age. I'm more a cappachino person or mochas. I don't like black coffee.

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  5. Anyone who knows me knows I need coffee before chitchat when I stumble out of the bedroom in the morning. McDonald's makes some great coffee and I often find myself stopping in for a cup when I need to recharge throughout the day.

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  6. I am not sure when I had my first glass, but I do have a friend that started to give her daughter coffee at 4. It calmed her down for some reason!

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  7. I have always been a morning person... the problem is I am also a night owl. I've learned to function well on 6 hours of sleep.

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  8. Our McD's have these new cups too! I only know because I do frequent it almost daily for some coffee fixes!!

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  9. I am an inconsistent morning person. I do need a cup of coffee and some quite moments to myself in order to function with clarity no matter what!

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  10. I didn't have coffee until I was out of high school. I am still not a morning person, but without it, I would not function!

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  11. I was drinking coffee from a Tupperware tumbler with a sippy cup lid!! Kid you not. My grandmother made sure that her grandkids got a cup full any time we were around. Filled to the top with lot's of cream and sugar! That probably is the reason I have a coffee addiction to this day!

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  12. I love coffee!!! ...but to become a morning person, I started forcing myself to go to bed!

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  13. I have never learned to be a coffee drinker. My mom and dad love the stuff but I never did learn to like it. I love the way it smells, though!

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  14. I use to be a morning person, but not anymore. I think after having kids I just am not a morning person anymore. I'm personally not a big fan of coffee. I think I was a lot younger when I tried it for the first time. Some kinds of coffee I can drink, but most I can't.

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  15. I might have had a sip of it when I was in high school but college was when I tried more of it. I have to have flavors and sugar in it but it keeps my awake!

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  16. I started drinking coffee when I was in school too. I worked at Starbucks and I had to be there at 4:30am, meaning I had to be up at 3am to catch the 3:30am train to work. That will get you drinking coffee! My husband loves McDonalds coffee and does go there from time to time.

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  17. I'm not a coffee drinker at all. I'm glad that McD's is offering so many choices fir my coffee loving friends though.

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  18. I was very little so I can't quite remember but I DO remember I hated it because it was straight black coffee and very bitter. Now that I'm older, of course, I love it :P

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  19. I remember I used to hate coffee, I mean just did not like it at all. Was not interested at all. Then life with busy kids happened, I tried it a few times and now can't go without it! Not sure if it's a good thing or not, but need and want coffee daily. lol McDonalds coffee looks surprisingly really good, I might try one of these days.

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  20. I've tasted their coffee and I definitely don't think it's bad. It's something that you can keep coming back to especially during stressful mornings!

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  21. Oddly after my son became a toddler is when I needed to drink coffee consistently.

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  22. Coffee is da bomb! The first time I drank coffee was when I was 8 or 9 at my Nanny's (grandma's) house. She added cream and sugar and I was hooked. I've never been a morning person, but having my (Bulletproof) coffee each morning sure helps. ;)

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  23. Somehow still not a huge coffee fan and am a morning person -- definitely the exception lol!

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  24. I'm fairly certain I've been drinking coffee since I was born because I've don't remember my first cup. My despite my addiction to coffee, I'm still not a morning person. Maybe a McDonald's hashbrown will bring me over.

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  25. I don't know if I consider myself a morning person but I don't drink coffee - gotta have the early morning diet coke from McDonalds though. The addiction is horrible...

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  26. I honestly hated coffee when I first tried it. Since becoming a mom I have quickly gotten over that!

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  27. I was pretty young when I tried coffee for the first time! I honestly don't drink much of it these days, but I'll drink it every now and then when I need a little pep in my step.

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  28. I cannot live without coffee! Espresso drinks are a personal favorite and now I can get a great vanilla cappuccino or caramel macchiato at McD's for just $2!

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  29. My mornings definitely would not be complete without my coffee. I love to get up and get things done!

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  30. I can't remember the first time I tried coffee, but I've loved it for a long long time now. And McDonald's is getting better and better with their coffees!

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  31. Coffee is the essential ingredient of my morning routine :) I love to try out different types of coffee!

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  32. I am still coffee obsessed! I wake up every morning and whip myself of a cup of iced coffee. I think I was about 14 when I tried it for the first time.

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  33. My grandmother used to let us taste coffee that had heavy milk whenever we'd visit her. I didn't really become a coffee drinker until my third baby was born. She's now 14 and I've been addicted ever since!

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