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My Morning Cup

President George H.W. Bush

Former President George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Bush with their daughter, Doro, watched Paula Rendon prepare pies for Thanksgiving at Camp David on Nov. 23, 1989. George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

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 the former president through his spokesperson by e-mail.

George H.W. Bush, 90
Former president

Make or buy?


How do you make it?

Not picky about the bean, or grinding ratio.

How do you take it?

Stifling hot, no sugar, with light cream served at room temperature.

How much do you drink?

Intake is by the half cup.

How many cups do you have each day?


Anywhere from one to three.

Alone or with company?

Coffee tastes even better when my wife and family are around.

Any simultaneous non-caffeinated stimulation?

Normally sip while reading USA Today, the Portland Press Herald, and several others – every single morning.

Stance on decaf?


Bush taped this audio clip in 1997 to be part of the Camp David exhibit at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M. Listen to Bush talk about his coffee drinking habits:

This audio clip is used with permission of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Photo above: Former President George H.W. Bush drinks some coffee prior to a 2011 Major League Baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Aaron M. Sprecher/Associated Press)

A replica of what Bush’s office at Camp David looked like, complete with his coffee warmer, in an exhibit at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

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