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My Morning Cup

Boston College priest Jim Bretzke

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.

The Rev. Jim Bretzke, 62

Chestnut Hill

Professor of moral theology at Boston College

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


Most days I have coffee with a light breakfast and read The Boston Globe and The New York Times at the breakfast table in the house I live in with eight other Jesuit priest/professors. I have a second cup in our sun room while doing what we call the “Breviary,” which is the daily prayers (mostly psalms) that priests are to pray.

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Virtually always homemade.

If make, what coffee do you use and how do you make it?

We have an institutional coffee maker of the sorts found in restaurants. The coffee comes in little packets and the current brand is Citavo, though sometimes someone goes to the extra trouble of measuring and brewing a pot of Peets coffee.

What’s your order?

If and when I get coffee “out” (usually while traveling), my preferred order is a Starbucks Venti Latte.

How do you take it?

Half and half.

Iced or hot?



Alone or with company?

Usually with a couple of the other housemates

Where do you drink it? Seated or on the go?


Any simultaneous non-caffeinated stimulation?


How many more cups the rest of the day?

Two mugs, rarely more.

What time will you drink your last cup?


About 9 a.m.

What’s your stance on decaf?

It’s fine for afternoon/evening events.

When and why did you start drinking coffee?

When I was a senior in high school (44 years ago).

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

Maybe it’s early onset Alzheimer’s, but I don’t think I can isolate a “memorable” cup of coffee.

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