Coffee and I, we be tight.

The thing about coffee is that it's a low calorie, any-time drink. It's a wake-up-early, up-too-late beverage, from the time honoured "black the way God made it" variation to the classic latte to the "would you like some coffee with all that cream-and-sugar" cup, there is no shortage of wonderful ways to indulge. Hot or cold, on hot days or cold ones, coffee is there.

It's also a particularly social drink. I find people will invite one another out for "coffee", even if the person doing the inviting isn't really into the Java themselves. It's just what people do.

And I'm so glad they do it, too. I'm a big fan of coffee, obviously. Besides the fact that it just tastes good, I like being highly caffeinated whenever possible. And the smell of a fresh cup brewing... so good.

Every so often I'll get the coffee abstainer cocking an eyebrow. "Blah-blah addicted... blah-blah health risks... blah-blah tastes bad..." and so on. Let me just say, first of all, you can't really call it an addiction. I mean, would you say you're addicted to breathing? Of course not! You need it for survival! Coffee is kind of the same thing.

Secondly, there are a number of studies that suggest coffee actually has health benefits! Now, I'm no scientist, but who am I to argue with those finding? Especially when they support my decision to drink coffee on a regular basis.

Finally, maybe it tastes bad to some people because they've never actually experienced a well-made cup of coffee. I mean, there's coffee and then there's coffee. I'm no coffee snob, don't get me wrong. I mean, I can drink all kinds of coffee. I guess there are a few exceptions - like the coffee at our local Smitty's - ugh. And the free stuff at my work - shudder - the smell alone is enough to put me off coffee for a week! But, for the most part, I'm okay with a mediocre cup of coffee. That said, some are simply better than others. Nothing quite beats fresh ground coffee from freshly roasted beans, made with an Aeropress or, as a close second, a V60 pour-over. Mmmm, mmmm, mmm. 

For me, there are few common experiences as fabulous as waking up in the morning to the smell of coffee brewing, or sitting down to work with a hot cup of Joe at my desk, or curling up on the couch with a book and a mug.

So here's to that magical, beautiful brew. I'm off to enjoy another. Join me, won't you?  



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