There was actually a time in my life when I hated coffee. I couldn’t stand it. When I did have a cup, it was smothered in chocolate and whipped cream. It was more like a slightly coffee-flavored cup of hot cocoa if I’m being honest. Wow, how things have changed. Now I often finish a pot of coffee myself.
So what changed? Several years ago, I tasted the most delicious coffee I’d ever had. It was a dark roast with hints of dark chocolate and berry. I drank it black. Not even a dash of sugar or cream. My mornings officially changed forever. That’s the day I realized I hadn’t liked coffee because I hadn’t found MY coffee.
While I do know what it feels like to be overly caffeinated (terrible!), I’ve gotten good at knowing my limit. I may *technically* drink too much some days, but there seem to be genuine health benefits from drinking the right amount of coffee. I’ve seen articles about decreased risks for Alzheimer’s, cancer, and heart disease, as well as possibly strengthening my DNA. That sounds pretty good!
Even with that, the most important thing about my cups of coffee is my ritual. I look forward to wrapping my hands around that warm mug filled with the dark-roasted brew and catching up on the news or playing Wordle, Words With Friends or Connections. Yes, I play with letters in my downtime, too.
Coffee dates back to the 1400s. It moved from the Middle East to Europe and then to the Colonies in the mid-1600s. Thanks to the Boston Tea Party in 1773, coffee became the preferred drink in America with each cup acting as a little political protest. Today, approximately 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day around the world.
And me? I have a tea towel (ironic, right?) hanging in my kitchen printed with “How do I take my coffee? Seriously. Very seriously.” Yes, things have changed.
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I raise my purple mug to you...go enjoy a cuppa.