This past week, there’s been a lot of ultimate talk.
Ultimate grilled cheese sarnies…ultimate apple crisp recipes…ten reasons for not ultimately blogging for five days…it’s all ultimate, all the time. That’s how we do on the Everythingtarian blog, yo. And because I’m not one to interrupt a hot streak, I have decided to add one more ultimate to this list. While my beloved beer and sparkling Pellegrino water come in at a very respectable 2nd and 3rd place, the ultimate number one beverage in my life is coffee.
Everyday coffee…post-race coffee (<- not the best idea, FYI)…iced coffee…hot coffee…afternoon coffee…coffee with Lazy Jane’s scones…magic coffee…my love for coffee runneth deep.
Every single day, I drink a cup or two. Black or with a splash of 2% milk – I keep it simple.
And something about holding a mug of that darkly mysterious liquid and inhaling the intoxicating aroma of roasted beans calms me. It’s one of those seemingly innocuous moments that I get the most unexplainable pleasure out of. A moment of relaxation amidst the morning chaos. A reminder to enjoy the little things. A much-needed jolt of caffeination in order to get through each work day without (a) a splitting headache or (b) a massive desire, usually brought forth by fatigue, to hurt everything and everyone around me.
You may be thinking…whoa Holly thy most fly Everythingtarian! Can you say crazy addict?
And to that I’d like to respond with better than smoking crack…or cancer sticks…or becoming a madame in an underground prostitution ring…or stripping my Anthropologie clothes for money…or stealing stuff kleptomaniac-style…or acting like Lindsay Lohan (homegirl is back in jail, didn’t ya heard?)…or being a rude person, which for the record, is my biggest pet peeve.
Maybe I am rationalizing my addiction, but according to the highly reputable Mayo Clinic, for most people, the benefits of coffee outweigh the risks. Studies have shown that coffee can help protect against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver cancer. It boasts antioxidants, which can reduce the chances of getting cancer, heart disease and even, altitude sickness. And really, who doesn’t like a bit of an energy kick to start their day?
Of course, there are those who are sensitive to caffeine or those who just don’t like the taste of it. And as well all know, too much of anything is bound to have detrimental effects, which is exactly why I was so generous as to share my Peet’s Coffee with co-workers.
Not only did all of us thoroughly enjoy both the Café Domingo (a classic medium blend) and Café Solano (a bolder, richer blend) varieties, but my co-workers got to once again escape the worst of me, which is to say me without coffee.
You…you’re not so lucky.
Are YOU a coffee drinker? Don’t forget – sharing is caring!