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[Photo: Liz Clayton]

Some people eat for pleasure; some just to stave off hunger until their next meal. (Presumably, at this site, we have more of the former than the latter.) But what about coffee? While New York and cities across the nation are seeing more and more serious coffee bars, many people are still content with their Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks, or office coffee. As Frank Bruni writes in the New York Times:

I never mistook automatic drip for the best that I could do, just as I never considered the overbearing brew made from over-roasted beans at Starbucks, which I occasionally patronized, to be optimal. But for me coffee was first and foremost a caffeine delivery system. It was medicine, just as food, stripped of its pretensions, is fuel.

How about you? Is coffee all about the taste and experience—or just a way to wake yourself up in the morning? Take the poll »

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