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My Morning Cup

How does Ashley Haseotes take her coffee?

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 most days.

Here, we reached Ashley Haseotes, the president and founder of One Mission, by e-mail.

Ashley Haseotes, 40

Grew up in Framingham

President and founder of One Mission, a child care cancer foundation

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


Coffee is an event. It is something I will plan my day, drive, and meetings around. I will arrive late in order to be caffeinated before a long meeting, and I will walk out of a meeting to pour a second cup. I always have my coffee two cups at a time. If I have a third it is because I’m feeling tough that day, but I usually regret it later.

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I am a K-Cup girl at the office, Starbucks Blonde Roast. At home I brew Cumberland Farms Farmhouse Blend, and on the road I drink Cumberland Farms Ice Coffee.

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

I use a Breville at home, and Keurig at the office. I must eat before I drink my coffee, this goes back to the coffee being like dessert after the meal. I will grind beans for the Breville. I have no problem mixing beans.

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

I will always have my coffee by 10 a.m. But usually at 8:45 on the nose during the week. On the weekends my coffee intake depends on what I do the night before, what time I wake up, etc. If I am really hung over I cannot drink coffee, go figure.

What’s your order?

Medium Blonde Roast with room. At the office I used Coffee Mate (no fridge). At home I use half and half, and when I am out I will use either skim or soy milk.

How do you take it (milk, sugar)?


Two sugars. Large gets three.

Iced or hot?

Starting the first warm day I go ice on the road. But the AC at home and in the office still warrants a warm cup of joe.

Alone or with company?


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

At my desk mostly. It is the comfy friend who checks e-mails with me! On the weekends it is on the couch, reading or if at the summer home on the beach.

Any simultaneous noncaffeinated stimulation (newspaper, radio, cigarettes, etc.)?

Always music. Always. Pandora: Phil Collins radio, Hall and Oates, the Eagles, Sade. Get the point?

How many more cups the rest of the day?


Three total.

What time will you drink your last cup?

No later than 4 p.m.

What’s your stance on decaf?

I did decaf for years. Then I had kids. Three. Caffeine is a must. Trust me.

When and why did you start drinking coffee?

I started drinking decaf first when I was 20. Again as a dessert. It was not until I had my first sleepless night with a baby who would not sleep that the next day I needed help staying awake, and then the caffeine began.

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

Well that would be my first cup, of course (which was iced). I went to a coffee shop with a friend on the way to a Grateful Dead concert. She taught me the importance of melting the sugar first with hot coffee before you add the ice coffee. Then you put a bunch of napkins on the top and shake it up for the best mixture of milk to sugar ratio possible.

I still make my ice coffee this way today. I also still love the Dead!

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