Phase 1: You have your first cup of coffee
The timing of everyone's first cup is different, but it will likely be after the cooties era, but close to when the clock strikes puberty. Maybe it's at the neighborhood diner or on a lazy Saturday morning at home, but no matter where it is, it will taste like a blend of dirt and paper and melted brown crayons.
Phase 2: An introduction to sweet drinks
To the surprise of your adolescent taste buds, a taste of your mother's Starbucks unlocks a category of coffee drinks that taste less like coloring books and more like dessert. Thanks to the syrups, whipped cream, and bonus sugar that you can actually add yourself (!), caramel macchiatos and Frappuccinos become potent rewards any time you are dragged along on a kid's worst nightmare (“errands”).