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My Morning Cup

Lawrence community development director Jim Barnes

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.

Here, we reached Jim Barnes by email.

Barnes, 68


Lawrence community development director

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

Every morning I have a cup of Carrabassett Coffee Company “Moka Java Blend” or “Guatemala Organic” brewed on my Cuisinart automatic coffee maker. Always drink from a trigger grip Bennington Pottery mug — it has a great feel for first cup in morning.


Any simultaneous non-caffeinated stimulation?

I drink it while reading a delivered-to-my-driveway Boston Globe.

How many more cups the rest of the day?

At work as the Lawrence Community Development director, mid-morning I will have a cup of Carrabassett Einstein Blend. In mid-afternoon I will usually have my third and last cup of the day. When I travel I always look for a Starbucks — my favorite iPhone app.

When you buy, what’s your order?

Grande Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks or their light roast.

How do you take it?

Never add anything.

Iced or hot?

Always hot, even in summer.

Alone or with company?

Usually alone with a New Yorker, or with spouse or work colleagues.

What’s your stance on decaf?

I never drink it. In the evening I prefer no coffee over decaf.

When and why did you start drinking coffee?

In college, just sort of picked it up. Became more serious about it post college when I experienced more variety. I think buying coffee mugs at art fairs led me to think more about what goes in the mugs.

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


My most memorable cup of coffee was a Starbucks caramel macchiato while working post Katrina disaster duty for HUD in Jackson, Miss. The barista made one by mistake and gave it to me — my first and I have been hooked ever since. Memorable also because I thought it a nice example of southern hospitality.

To submit your own My Morning Cup entry, e-mail Matt Viser at matt.viser@globe.com