April 4th, 2009
11:41 AM ET
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Behind the scenes: In the field, coffee a priority

CNN's Barbara Starr says any soldier will agree -- securing morning coffee is a priority.
CNN's Barbara Starr says any soldier will agree - securing morning coffee is a priority.

CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr and photojournalist Peter Morris are traveling to southern Afghanistan with Gen. James Conway, Commandant of the Marines.

ADDIS ABABA (CNN) - When you are a CNN reporter out on the road, nothing is more important than the first task at hand every day - securing the morning's first cup of coffee. After that, you can handle just about anything, from the war zone to the flood zone.

No, I am not being silly. Any soldier will tell you the same thing. Morning coffee first. And nowhere is coffee a more serious business than in Ethiopia. (Did I mention? I am in Ethiopia on assignment.)

And after flying all night, I am up way too early because of jet lag. But yes, I have found a big, steaming, fantastic cup of Ethiopian coffee, so the day can begin now.

OK, now for the serious part. CNN cameraman Peter Morris and I left Andrews Air Force Base on the night of March 31 with Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Conway and a small group of Marines.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. thank you for the candor

    she has a lot in common with parents taking care of kids

    coffee is a priority

    April 4, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. John

    "How sweet the taste of coffee! Better than a thousand kisses!"

    –Johann Sebastian Bach and Picander (Christian Friedrich Henrici)

    Schweight stille, plaudert nicht (Coffee Cantata)

    April 4, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. PFC Mueller

    You better believe it. Getting coffee in the morning makes all the difference.

    April 4, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. S Callahan

    Ahh...one of my good friends is from Ethophia..should we get the list for the best coffee shops for you? smile
    Good luck in your reporting.......you do good work!

    April 4, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Teresa, OH

    Funny how a cup of cofee makes the world a more managable place.

    April 4, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Coffee is a drug.

    April 4, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. No Hillary = No Obama

    This woman has her priorities straight.

    April 4, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |