I was a late bloomer when it comes to drinking coffee. Many of my friends were drinking coffee in high school, and pretty much everyone I knew was drinking coffee by the time they were in college. But I didn’t start drinking coffee until my daughter was born, when I was 28. At that point my go-to black tea just wasn’t cutting it anymore, so I had my coffee-addict husband help me “learn” to drink coffee. And I’ll tell you what, it turns out coffee is pretty awesome!
5 Things I’ve Learned Since I Started Drinking Coffee
The social aspect is huge!
“Going out for coffee” is the standard for tons of social interactions (think first dates, catching up with old friends, study groups, etc.) How many times have you been asked to go out for tea, or a grape juice? Not nearly as often, I’d imagine! I could usually find a chai latte or hot chocolate at coffee shops, so this wasn’t a huge problem for me before I drank coffee, but it wasn’t really my cup of tea. (See what I did there?!) But now that I drink coffee I actually look forward to visiting a coffee shop; it’s a fun ritual and I love the opportunity to try new coffee drinks and brews.
There’s a drink for everyone
The variety of coffee brews and drinks available are mind-boggling! You can drink black coffee, or add milk, cream, sugar, or any number of other things. People can get pretty opinionated about the “best” way to drink coffee, but I think the best way to drink coffee is however you like to! Personally I love lattes; a little bit of coffee, a little bit of sugar, and a whole lot of foamy milk is my absolute favorite!
Whether you love black coffee or “stuff” in your coffee, don’t let anyone tell you you’re doing it wrong; there’s a coffee drink for everyone!
Coffee is a lifestyle
Coffee is no longer just about the kick you get from drinking it; it’s a part of our daily lives. Gone are the days of questionable coffee from a diner that you only drank for the caffeine. In addition to heading to a coffee shop for good coffee and social interaction, coffee lovers can make high quality coffee in their own homes! Supermarkets now stock gourmet coffee beans from all over the world along with the regular “house brands”.
My current favorite is Seattle’s Best Coffee® Signature Blend No. 4. All of their coffee is brewed from 100% Arabica beans and has a deliciously smooth taste. And it’s basically the same price as the regular coffee I used to buy; it’s like getting a free upgrade from regular coffee to amazing coffee! Seattle’s Best Coffee® is so confident that you’ll love their premium coffee, they’re even offering a $2 rebate price match guarantee if you try it! They offer a variety of roasts and even make K-Cup pods, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for.
Coffee is pretty zen
Coffee is an art: from preparing your brew to drinking the very last sip, the whole ritual is relaxing. I’m not a morning person, but I find I’m willing to wake up an hour earlier than normal just so I can have the house to myself while I make and drink my coffee.
Making and drinking coffee is now part of my “me time” routine. I turn on the machine, and while it’s heating up I fill a mug with hot water to warm up the cool ceramic. Then I grind some beans and fill the filter basket. My favorite part is fitting the filter onto the machine; the click it makes when it locks into place is so satisfying! I love the sound the water makes as it filters through the grinds and lands in my mug…and that’s when you can start to smell the coffee. I steam some milk and pour it into the mug; I’m no good at latte art, but I like playing around with the foam and the shapes it makes in the coffee as I pour.
And then I get to drink the coffee! The first sip always leaves a little foamy milk mustache on my upper lip, and the second sip is my nice, long, relaxing, “decompressing” moment. I let out a breath I didn’t even realize I was holding, and then I get to just enjoy the rest of the cup until it’s gone.
If coffee is a quick and dirty part of your busy, crazy, harried morning routine, that’s fine too. I totally get it; sometimes we just need the caffeine fix. But if you get a few minutes to yourself at some point, try making a cup of your favorite coffee and really taking the time to savor it. You may just feel the stress ebbing away with each sip!
Along those same lines, don’t feel guilty about the coffee you love, or for taking some time to yourself to enjoy it! There are enough things to feel guilty about in our lives; coffee definitely does not need to be one of them. Get yourself a fun mug, find your favorite brew, and own your coffee habit!
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Disclosure: I received compensation from Seattle’s Best Coffee® and IZEA in exchange for my participation in this campaign, and my honest discussion of their products. But this coffee is seriously amazing and all opinions in this post are 100% my own. I would never write a post about something I didn’t think was useful or interesting for you guys, and Practically Functional will only publish sponsored posts for companies or products I love and believe in! 🙂