I’ve been drinking a lot of coffee lately — at least for me. I’ve never really been a coffee addict. I remember that I used to pour myself a to-go mug each morning before my junior and senior year of high school commute (45 minutes on New England back roads at 6:30am… Caffeine required), and I’ll typically have a cup of coffee after a nice dinner, as I find it settles out my stomach nicely. But I’ve never gone nutso about coffee, I don’t freak out if I don’t have a cup in the morning and I don’t really feel that actually “peps” me up too much or anything. I normally go weeks without coffee. But lately? I start my morning with a cup of joe! I blame it on Trader Joe’s and their delicious chicory coffee. I feel like ever since I bought that, I can’t NOT make a pot. It’s just so darn tasty.

You see, I find coffee sensual. Not sexy, sensual. I adore the sound of percolation. I love the thick, heady aroma of brewing java. I love the color. I love the way it tastes in my mouth, slightly smokey, a little sweet, rich like chocolate. Mmm. It’s just such a decadent experience. I also love coffee mugs and coffee cups. I love grinders. French Presses. Little wooden coffee scoops. Cute tins to store coffee in. Kitschy milk & sugar holders. It’s such an experience.

One of my best coffee experiences was last Fall during my first trip to New Orleans. I was accompanying Hubs (boyfriend then) on a business trip, so while he was in meetings during the day, I found myself wandering around the French Quarter, and came upon this:

And since I have been an Anne Rice fan since high school, and have fond recollections of a certain vampire named Lestat waxing poetic about this very place, I was immediately took a seat. It was insanely busy, but was the sort of place that was simply made for people watching. You have such a great view of people wandering the French Quarter. Anyway, I had a cup of their cafe au lait, with the hot freshly made beignets topped with incredible amounts of powdered sugar, and I felt transported into another time altogether.

Can you believe I actually remembered to take a picture?

So I’m not entirely sure how I feel about my morning coffee these days though. According to Web MD, which was by far the most normal sounding critique on the pro’s and con’s of caffeine, it’s not really all that bad for you when taken in moderation — assuming you are an averagely healthy person with no serious issues, like high blood pressure or a heart condition. Of course, it is acidic, and if you’re interested in keeping your body as alkaline as possible, coffee probably isn’t the way to do it… But I was more worried about the dehydrating effects, since getting my daily dose of water is hard enough for me. Wed MD also said that while caffeine is a diuretic, the dehydrating effects are less severe than most people think, and are mostly compensated with by the liquid in the beverage consumed. Clearly, you’ll want to drink water anyway.

These days I’m trying to be kinder to myself. Less harsh in my internal critiques about what I put into my body. Less frazzled and frenetic. It’s been nice, actually, to just toast up a bagel and eat it. Or use a whole wheat wrap in the middle of the day. Or put sour cream on something. It’s not like I’m eating ho-ho’s and Twinkies all day long — the things I’m freeing up are just normal every day things, that I had, at some point over the years, put on the Naughty List. So I think it’s safe to say, that if I’m craving a cup of delicious coffee in the morning, I’m gonna get it — I’m just not 100% sure how I feel about it yet 🙂

What about you guys? Thoughts on the brew? And how do you take it?

These days I take mine with some So Delicious coconut milk creamer and some raw agave nectar. Mmm!

Happy Friday! Wonderful Weekend Wishes to you all!

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