I like coffee. You probably figured that out by my site’s logo (header image). While I don’t like all coffees and I’m selective, I’m not what you’d call a coffee snob.
Most of my mornings start successfully because of my daily goal. My goal is to begin each day with Jesus and java. Or as I have said at other times, I’m a member of the BBB Club. For those of you who aren’t members, that’s the Bible Before Breakfast Club. Daily devotional time and coffee seem to have been created to go together. I can, however, enjoy Jesus and the Bible without coffee. But I always enjoy coffee better, with Jesus and the Bible.
My taste in coffee is somewhat related to my spending philosophy. I’m not cheap, but I am choosy about how I waste money. Therefore, I have become a fan of the McDonald’s brew. For the price and taste, it’s my out of town choice for a hot cup. And perhaps my favorite thing about McDonald’s coffee is the consistency I’ve discovered from town to town. Because of the ministry that I am blessed to serve, I get to make frequent weekend road trips. And I have to say that for the most part, their coffee has the same taste from state to state and region to region. So, I’m just not into the most expensive and heavy tasting of brews. I mean, why in the world would I pay five times the amount for what is less than my acquired taste?
What about at home consumption? Lisa and I have experimented here and there throughout our adulthood. But for the last several years we have settled on one particular brand that just really does it for us, in taste and convenience. You probably won’t agree or understand this… but it’s an instant coffee. Taster’s Choice has been our at home choice for that first thing of the morning cup. We usually purchase it on sale with the combination of coupons and such to minimize the expense. And we’re not afraid to buy it in bulk either. When traveling, we sometimes lodge in places where good coffee is hard to come by. So yes, we do travel with coffee in our luggage. Just add hot water and we are well on our way to waking up.
I can drink it black, but my preference is with a little creamer. It doesn’t have to be the high end flavored creamer. I’m actually quite content with powdered creamer. And if I didn’t pack my favorite and I’m in need of coffee, yes, just about any coffee is better than no coffee. A few times and from different places, I have purchased some southern pecan flavored coffee beans for the house. That’s a pretty special aroma and taste on a cold morning.
Is coffee my addiction, or vice? Let me think about that. I’ll confess that I enjoy the first thing of the morning caffeine boost. But I can enjoy a decaffeinated brew just as much. There’s just something about a hot cup of warm coffee. It’s comforting, soothing, and well… it moves me.
There have been times in my life when I gave up coffee for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. So in case, you don’t know, let me explain. Caffeine withdrawal is no joke. The intensity of headaches from going cold turkey is probably not worth it unless you have a strong personal conviction for temporary abstinence or you plan on quitting altogether. But for the individual who has to give up coffee and caffeine for a limited time, I suggest a gradual weaning off of caffeine unless you like headaches and lethargy.
There have also been times when I simply overdid it with consumption. I have learned that my system doesn’t process all of the caffeine quickly enough for me. So I try to cut out any regular coffee after the ten o’clock hour. Any desires after then are simply satisfied with the decaffeinated kind.
Did I mention yet that I like coffee? Don’t criticize me. I’m still under construction. Sometimes, I look forward to going to bed at night because I know that first thing in the morning, I get to have more coffee. Maybe you think I like coffee too much. And maybe I think you just need another cup. Besides, this is my coffee story and I’m sticking to it.
I’m about to finish my last cup for the day, so I’ll see you around the coffee pot. Be sure to comment and tell me a little about your coffee preferences.