This seemed to be particularly true for a woman who caught the eye of viewers when she really (like, really) threw back a cup of joe in the background of the live shot of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman as he testified at Tuesday’s hearing.
Slate writer Heather Schwedel later identified the mysterious coffee-lover as McClatchy congressional reporter Emma Dumain.
Dumain told Schwedel about that moment of intense coffee drainage and answered some questions for her new internet fans, which included whether the coffee was really that good and what was actually in her cup.
Dumain confirmed that yes, it was really coffee, purchased from the Union Station Pret a Manger in Washington, D.C. And no, she didn’t think it was that great, but she likes the chain’s oatmeal.
“I really wanted to get every last drop,” she told Slate. “It necessitated a dramatic tilt of the tall narrow cup. But no, I don’t typically drink coffee in a dramatic fashion like that.”
Dumain also said she had no idea she was on camera, but quickly found out when she started getting text messages from her friends, colleagues and husband about her newfound following.
Explaining that she’s got a 19-month-old at home who woke up a little before 6, she added, “I’m just a tired workin’ mom trying to do it all.”
This is not the first incident of beverage-related impeachment humor: State Department official George Kent’s giant Nalgene water bottle stole the show at the first public impeachment hearing last week.
Here are some reactions to the latest impeachment hearing star:
And some final words from impeachment coffee lady herself, who was just grateful her story could be shared: