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The other day, I had the best cup of coffee.

Here in the newsroom everyone loves their coffee. I think we have at least four coffeemakers, that I know of. There is one in sports, one in multimedia, one for the reporters and one in Robbi's office, where she takes care of all the community news and the newspaper archives. We love our coffee. We strive off of it.

It got me thinking about how people prefer their cup o' Joe. Environment reporter Dianna Wray enjoys hers strong enough to stand a spoon up in it. Copy editor/page designer Lauren Hightower-Emerson adds cinnamon, cream and sugar to her mug. I enjoy cream and sugar in my cup and depending on the mood, some hot chocolate mix.

But the other day it was a Lauren-style cup for me. It was a slow start that day, so my boyfriend and I decided coffee might help get things moving. It was 11:30 a.m. already. He started filling up a small pot, the one he brews his tea in ritualistically every day, with water and put it on the stove. I knew he didn't have a coffeemaker and I never saw a French press in the cabinets either so I watched. He poured some grounds right into the water and waited for it to simmer. A stir here and there, and that was it. He took a sieve and strained the coffee right into a pair of green mugs. I spooned in some sugar, a healthy dash of cinnamon and poured in a little milk too. He drinks his black with sweetener.

We took our cups outside and sat on the stoop of his house and talked about things gone by and what we were going to do during the day. It was good company and the weather was beautiful. There are a few trees in his yard and they provide the best shade when the sun is blaring and not a cloud is in sight. My cup of coffee went down like water, and I was finally ready for work.

It was a the best cup of coffee I think I have ever had. Maybe it was the simplicity of its brewing process or the company I had with it. Or Maybe all of it in combination. But it made my day.