Early Bird Beverages: SA early risers share their morning brews

Morning Edition host Crystal Chavez starts her day with hot green tea.

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Owner Charles Gonzalez starts his mornings at Rosella early, arriving at 6 a.m. to open the shop. A cappuccino gets him goin’, and while sometimes he’ll make some yummy Rosella oatmeal, he’s wont to snack on “the butt ends of the bread that we don’t use. I eat like little birds that sneak in here during nice weather.”

How about some other early risers?

Morning Edition host Crystal Chavez turns to hot green tea to get those pipes warmed up when she arrives to Texas Public Radio at 4:30 a.m. “There are so many health benefits,” she said, “and with the flavors we have at the station—peach, pomegranate, lemon—I don’t even add sugar.”

It’s coffee with a paleo spin for King William District Crossfit coach Janelle Kachtik, who wakes up at 4:15 to teach 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. classes. Adding a whey protein powder with coconut oil to her coffee proves a “good way to get protein and healthy fat first thing in the morning when I don’t feel like eating yet,” she said.

A 13-year veteran of Broadway Daily Bread, manager and baker Jacky Sykes wakes up around 3 to start baking at 4 a.m., and couldn’t do it without a little quality java. “We have a French-roasted Colombian bean,” she said, “our stoutest one, and that’s what it takes!”

On those mornings when yours truly scrapes herself out of bed at 6:45 a.m. to hit the pool and channel some inner Michael Phelps, hot water with lemon is my go-to drink. While some may call it pseudoscience, others (The Man Repeller, Lifehack and HuffPost Canada, for three) tout the benefits such as increased energy, an immune boost, fresher breath and a “cleansed system.” Calls to two area nutritionists were not returned (and likely ridiculed).

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