Saturday, November 6, 2010

Coffee culture

I am 23 years old, and I am not a coffee drinker. Or, safe to say, I never was a coffee drinker. Throughout my teenage and college years, I was vehemently opposed to the dark, hot libation; the beverage my parents, siblings, friends, teachers were so thoroughly dependent on. My aunt gave me a gorgeous coffee maker for my graduation from college, and I had to embarrassingly inform her that I never (ever) drank coffee. I was being honest.
Then I started working 9-5.

I would get to my desk yawning, stifle yawns while my boss showed me how to do things, and fight to stay awake, my eyes crossing or, in the worst moments, rolling back in my head.

I needed something. Redbull, which I was known to drink 16 ounces of to get through my waitressing shifts, was not going to cut it in corporate America. In the break room, one cloudy Tuesday, I broke. I poured a cup of coffee. I added Sweet n Low and a little milk (just how my mom drinks it). I brought it back to my desk. I stared. I thought of my father, who can drink an entire pot in one sitting. My mother, who brings her milky coffee in the car in a straight up mug, not even a travel carafe, the brown liquid threatening to spill with every turn and stoplight. I sipped. It was surprisingly sweet. It was warm. I sipped again, and again. I began to feel better, my eyes more open, my synapses firing,  the headache that usually pressed from behind my eyes subsided.

What is this? The drink of the gods? No wonder experts say adults only need 7 hours of sleep a night. With enough coffee, no one would ever need sleep.


  1. i'm not a coffee drinker either but i have a feeling sometime soon i'll be turning to the drink. for now i still stick to red bull.
    xoxo, jamie
    p.s. found your blog and love it!

  2. Coffee is amazing! If you're feeling adventurous, try a flavored coffee or cream !

  3. I'm not a coffee drinker either, but it's on my list of 101 in 1001 to try/taste it and hopefully find one I like for the most tired of days.

  4. Haha! I wasn't a coffee drinker either. I would only drink redbull but my body/brain was getting used to it so it would never wake or perk me up.... then I tried coffee with some vanilla creamer in it one sleepy day at work. I am now a coffee drinker.

  5. I keep wanting to like coffee but just don't...maybe I'll try again!

  6. this is funny steph, i knew you'd cave one day.. now we can go out for coffee!!