I’m trying to remember when I started drinking coffee. I was definitely out of college. I think I was living in the East Village. There was a little coffee shop off of Tompkins Square Park and I would go there and will myself to be a coffee drinker. I say “will” because for at least the first year I got crazy anxiety attacks with every cup. My heart would race. This is also the same neighborhood where I taught myself to eat and like sushi. You could say it was the neighborhood where I “grew up” but that would be generous because I think I just became a grown up this year. The East Village is more like the neighborhood where I made a concerted effort to try grown up things. Like having a friend over for dinner for the first time. Chicken fried steak. It fell on the floor. We ate it anyway.
Now I can’t imagine my life without coffee. I love it. It gets me out of bed in the morning. Sometimes I even have an iced coffee in the afternoon. But that’s my limit. It was 5pm when we did this shoot and I had already had two coffees – one in the am and one in the pm so here I am with a delicious matcha latte. Still after three caffeine drinks in twenty four hours I did feel a little anxious. Once a hyper sensitive person, I suppose, always a hyper sensitive person.
Maru Coffee is located at 1936 Hillhurst Ave. Los Feliz, CA
Photos by Jenna Elliot
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