• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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Java Java Java Java!

Over the years, I have come to find that there is essentially one beverage that can get me through the day to day hustle and bustle of college life.  Can you guess?  Well, Monster and Mountain Dew are two great ways to get energy, too.  I am looking for one in particular though, and it’s the black monster: coffee.  Even if when you initially began college and you hated the taste, smell, and overall concept of drinking coffee for energy, it’s amazing how quickly this can change once you are immersed in school.  It’s like Luke Skywalker without a light saber.  Defenseless, tired, and likely to get killed!

Although black coffee is by far the easiest way to get your cup in the morning, there are many other ways in which to get a wonderful and flavorful drink (and many ways to switch the temperature, as well).  If even now you don’t think that coffee is really for you, I  bet after trying some of these alterations, you may have a change in heart.

1. Mocha coffee: Try adding a packet of Swiss Miss hot cocoa to a 12 oz cup of coffee.  It is pure chocolately goodness, and the coffee is simply an undertone to the hot cocoa, so it won’t overpower you.

2. Cappucino Cooler: If you like blended drinks like the ones from Caribou, this one is for you.  Simply take chocolate ice cream, 6 oz of cold coffee, chocolate syrup, and ice and blend them in a blender.  Pour them into a cup, top it with whipped cream, and you have yourself an awesome pick me up for the day ahead (or the day ending!).

3. Choco Banana Frozen latte: This one brings me back to the frozen chocolate bananas of my childhood.  Take 6 oz of cold coffee and blend it with a banana, chocolate ice cream, and ice.  Yummmmm.

4. Simple Iced coffee: Take your cold coffee from earlier in the morning and combine it with milk, ice, and sugar to taste.  Completely alters the taste of regular black coffee and is nice and refreshing on a hot day.

5. Feeling a little adventurous?  Chai Coffee: Try taking 6 oz of coffee and mixing it with chai tea and milk.  I learned this one from a local up in Ely and I loved it.  Perfect for fall or winter coffee drinking, especially.

6. Irish Coffee: Okay, okay.  Now this one is not one to do BEFORE going to classes, but it is a nice way to end a long day and sip on during homework.  **Note. Only for the 21+ crowd.  Simply take Bailey’s Irish Cream and mix with a cup of your favorite coffee brew.  Simple, delicious, and soothing.

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