LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY LOVE af-
fair with coffee. It started in high school.
To this suburban teen, drinking black
coffee seemed the height of sophistication. Trouble was, I couldn’t quite manage that. I had to load up my coffee with
milk and a little sugar to get it down.
Fast forward a few decades, and I’ll
admit to a coffee habit. I must have a
cup within 10 minutes of waking up. (I
usually let the dog out first.) I take my
second cup after reaching the office;
that gets me through the day. I try not
to drink the stuff after noon. If I’m feel-
ing daring after a dinner out, I might or-
der a cup of decaf.
I’m not terribly fussy about my cof-
fee. My preference is medium roast. I
take it with a little milk, no sugar. Black
coffee? I haven’t gotten there yet.
This month’s issue offers an exhaus-
tive look at New Jersey’s coffee culture.
Pour yourself a cup and enjoy the read.
NEW JERSEY IS HOME TO MAN Y accom-
plished individuals. None is more dis-
tinguished than Tom Kean. As he turns
80 this month, we are proud to offer a
tribute to the man we proclaim to be the
state’s “last great governor.” Our story
starts on page 56.
I’M PLEASED TO TELL YOU about some
changes on our senior editorial team.
Laura Baer is named creative direc-
tor for the New Jersey Monthly brand.
In this expanded role, Baer, who had
been art director, will apply her superi-
or design skills and creative vision to all
NJM-branded media. (Hint: Keep your
eyes peeled for our relaunched website.)
At the same time, Eric Levin is named
deputy editor and dining editor. The new
titles better reflect the broad role Levin,
formerly senior editor, plays in molding
the content of the magazine, and particularly in leading our indispensable coverage of the state’s dining scene. An impressive collection of fixtures, faucets and cabinetry.
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