Food & dining

My Morning Cup

MBTA general manager Beverly Scott

My Morning Cup features the coffee rituals that most of us have. People from all walks of life — from US senators to ballplayers, subway drivers to college professors — have submitted entries that will run each day.

Beverly Scott, 63

Back Bay

MBTA general manager

Describe your coffee routine. Where do you frequent, what do you like?


I genuinely enjoy coffee — grew up with a pot typically perking on the stove — particularly the older family members. Part of my family is from Louisiana — it’s an experience; part of family tradition and gatherings. We were blessed to have my Granny until she was 101 — a lot of coffee (hot, dark with a tad of chicory — always in a demitasse (no mugs) strong enough to stain the cup over years). Today she would shudder at all the convenience coffees. She called our instant and quick drinks “coffee water.”

Make or buy? If buy, where? What time? Do baristas know you?

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I stay on the go and am a daily Dunkin’ Donuts coffee drinking convert — it’s consistent, smooth, readily available. I first came under its magical lure in the late ‘90s when I worked in R.I.

What’s your order? How do you take it? Iced or hot?

I start the day with an extra large regular coffee, 4 splenda with extra milk — hot in winter; cold in summer. We have a DD in our building — so I stop in on my way up to the office (typically before 7). The baristas are very friendly and several know my order by heart. I usually accompany it with a plain bagel — nothing on it.

Sometimes, I will go to Starbucks for a latte — Venti, sugar free vanilla, soymilk with 1 splenda — hot or cold, depending on the season. Usually drink these on Sunday while browsing at Barnes & Noble after Mass.

How many more cups the rest of the day?

In a day, I drink 3-4 large cups; start off the day with e-mails and signature items. I used to smoke cigarettes while drinking coffee and working -- but, thankfully kicked that addiction 21 years ago this Thanksgiving.

What time will you drink your last cup?


I drink my last cup around 7 p.m.

What’s your stance on decaf?

I don’t personally care for decaf. It does taste like coffee water to me — but, everyone has their own taste.

Describe the most memorable cup of coffee you’ve ever had.

My most memorable cup of coffee was in Vienna with my Mom and Granddaughter. Even with all the hype, I have to say their coffee is absolutely delicious! And, it was really special to have my two amigoes with me.

To submit your own My Morning Cup entry, e-mail Matt Viser at