I Love Coffee

by Holly on October 25, 2011

in rambling,reviews

This past week, there’s been a lot of ultimate talk.

Ultimate grilled cheese sarniesultimate apple crisp recipesten 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.

So when Foodbuzz offered to send me samples of the two newest varieties of Peet’s Coffee to review on the blog as part of their Tastemaker Program, there was simply no way I could refuse.

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!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 25, 2011 at 8:30 pm

bahaha – I love that last picture. I am such a coffee drinker. I tried to deny it for about a six month period.. and um, it iddn’t work.

Samantha Christensen October 25, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Me no like coffee. But! I do love you ‘with coffee’ shoes.

Samantha Christensen October 25, 2011 at 8:31 pm


Jennifer@knackfornutrition October 25, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I am one ugly duckling without at least 2 cups of coffee in the morning. I love it all. The ritual, the taste, and most of all the caffeine high!

Linda October 25, 2011 at 8:39 pm

LOL! Oh, how I’ve missed you. I am way behind on my reading so I need to get caught up…..as soon as I pour myself a big mug of coffee! :) Yes, I am also a coffee addict. I can’t function without it and I get cranky when I don’t get my coffee fix in the morning. I have never tried Peet’s coffee (no Peet’s in Japan yet….at least not where I live), but I think I will go check out their site right now!
As always, thanks for the laughs! Love your blog and most of all……I LOVE the “no coffee” picture of you! Hahahahahaha

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 25, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I love coffee too, big time. Got the same Peet’s to review and it made.my.day. There is also a Peet’s coffee shop just blocks from my house and I love their coffee shops sooo much. I blogged about that when I did my review; that their coffee shops are so much more tranquil and just a great vibe in comparison to other coffeeshops which can be a loud chaotic mess.

Thanks for the Lindsay info…I get all my big world events and news from blogs these days :)

Christie October 25, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I am most definitely a coffee drinker. I NEED it in the morning, out of ritual, and for personal sanity (perhaps also for the benefit of my family and friends). The day hasn’t started until I’ve drunk my coffee!

We don’t have Peets in New Zealand. Is it like Starbucks? I definitely like me a caramel frapp from Starbucks. Ooooh yea.

p.s. I’m a new commenter, but loooooong time reader. You are brilliant, I love your blog!

Maren October 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm

haha NOPE! No coffee for this girl. Not unless I absolutely HAVE to…in which case, I’m not going to share because it would be Too Much Info. :)

Jacky October 25, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I love coffee. And hot coffee is always my go to post-race drink, no matter then temperature outside. I love it after my weekend long run too. My newest obsession is the pumpkin coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts. Delish!

Meister @ The Nervous Cook October 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Not only am I a coffee drinker, I’m a coffee professional and a coffee blogger!

steve October 25, 2011 at 9:01 pm

LOOOOOOVE me some coffee, but admittedly, I’m a coffee snob – and not just your typical snob, but a “nose held high, pinky-raised-as-I-drink-my-Jo, smug-look-perma-etched-on-my-mug” snob.

Peets? It’s ok. Starbucks? It’s pure swill. Give me: Just Coffee (from Willy Street, preferably their Bike Fuel or Runner’s High), or Berres Brothers (from Watertown, preferably Highlander Grogg, or House blend).

A pinch of Almond Breeze Vanilla (no sugar added), a dash of real cinnamon, and about 30-ounces in my Badger travel mug, and I’m all set.

Thanks for the great post!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List October 25, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Gah – I just know I’m too late for those coupons! BLAST!
I’m a coffee fiend! I like it how I like my women – strong and black.

dana @ my little celebration October 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm

HA! Loved this post. You are the best. No seriously. THEE best.

Of course I love coffee. It runs through my veins. Can’t function without it!

Amy B @ Second City Randomness October 25, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I got to try out the Godiva coffee through the program. LOVE. I should probably blog about that soon… oops…

Alison Hlathein October 25, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I wake up every morning with my coffee to look forward to! I currently am drinking a Kenya Peaberry from Trader Joe’s which is limited edition. I am so sad I have to find a new coffee to love. Love the chocolate/citrus/butter flavor….

emily (a nutritionist eats) October 25, 2011 at 9:36 pm

I’m now in the land of Peet’s as well and have been visiting on quite a regular basis!

Lauren http://theclimbingchef.blogspot.com/ October 25, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Seriously, you just made me laugh out load! I’m sad (once again) that I don’t get to meet you at the FoodBuzz festival :( Oh well… I’ll drink enough Philz for the both of us! (**If you don’t know what Philz is, LOOK IT UP! And make sure to drink it next time you are in SF**) I also <3 coffee and french press myself a healthy cup or two every morning. I like it with hazelnut in it… I got that from my mom… but sometimes I like it simple too. Coffee helps me keep my head aches at bay and I've been reading research about it's helping with inflammatory conditions too! Add that to your list, lady…!

ps. the pictures are both AMAZING!

Erica October 25, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Love coffee, love peets! There is something magical about that daily mug or two

Erin Rose October 25, 2011 at 10:32 pm

I AM a coffee drinker and, in fact, I think those who willingly choose not to partake in the glorious stuff are lacking in character. *kidding*

I just bought a new French press and it’s a teeny tiny thing — so cute, like a little robot that wakes me up in the morning. All the coffee it makes barely fills the giant mug I drink out of, so I’m going to try to do a double-brew tomorrow morning. It will probably look something like this: brew a baby French press-worth of coffee, pour it in my thermos reallyfastbeforeitlosesallofitsdelicioussteamandmakeanotherpot!

Andrea@WellnessNotes October 25, 2011 at 10:39 pm

You always make me laugh! :)

Yup, I am a coffee drinker, but I am trying to keep it within “reasonable limits” lately, which I define as two cups per day.

Katie October 26, 2011 at 6:15 am

Coffee is my second husband! I can not live without it, I probably would be a zombie all day and not leave the house!

Emily October 26, 2011 at 6:45 am

Hahaha that picture! You do look incredibly lovely with coffee, though. I say keep up the coffee habit ;) I seem to go through a phase of drinking lots of tea, then a phase of drinking lots of coffee, then drinking neither, and then back to the start again.

Hillary October 26, 2011 at 7:00 am

My best friend in college turned me into a coffee drinker during our sophomore year. Now I wake up in the morning, and my first thought is “COFFEE.” Not in a psychotic, get-out-of-my-way-or-I-might-kill-you kind of way, I promise! But I do love taking at least ten to fifteen minutes, sitting quietly, preferably by myself, to just enjoy the warmth and taste of it.

And then I drink another cup before facing the 132 eighth graders I teach. There’s nothing quiet or peaceful about that cup. That cup is downed for sheer survival.

Clair October 26, 2011 at 7:25 am

I’m one of those overly sensitive people, and I only indulge in decaf or half-caf on the weekends. Otherwise my sense of fatigue gets all thrown off and I can’t sleep.

I can also vouch for Peet’s though…it is hands-down my favorite coffee. We are (un)lucky enough to have a Peet’s café very close by…what a temptation…

Beth @ Beth's Journey October 26, 2011 at 9:37 am

I am currently drinking Cinnamon Bun flavored coffee with some soy creamer. I have to have at least one big mug every day… sometimes two! There are worse vices to have, i think! xo

shah'ada @ from 280 to 26.2 October 26, 2011 at 10:07 am

huge coffee drinker. although, not necessarily a connoisseur … i have a keurig and take great pleasure in single cups of coffee brewed in 30 seconds. but, i do love me some peet’s (my favorite smell in the world is major dickason’s and wish it was in perfume/candle/some other smelly form). i have 2 samples of cafe domingo right now … now to find a coffeemaker and get to brewing it!!

ps. i too am not necessarily a nice person w/o my morning coffee. and you know what? i’m okay with this ;)

Erica Dagley October 26, 2011 at 10:23 am

I do love coffee but I’ve been good about limiting myself to when I really need it so I get a good kick. It’s not an every morning thing for me and only when I need a treat (yo pumpkin spice everything, get in my belly!) or a pick me up.

Sarah@The Flying ONION October 26, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I tried quitting coffee once. I was kind of miserable (kind of = understatement.) And then I read an article on how coffee has a ton of antioxidants and may help in the prevent of Alzheimer.

Yep. That’s all it took.

I heart coffee. I’m sorry I ever broke up with it and I’ll never going to do it again.

(p.s. you’re gorgeous, with or without caffeine! )

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather October 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Mmmmmm I do love coffee but stopped drinking it once I found out I was pregnant. 7 more months to go and I’ll be enjoying it again. Love that last pic :)

AmandaRunsNY October 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I love, love, love coffee. I don’t even care about the caffeine. It’s the taste that gets to me. But it’s the caffeine that’s got me hooked on it and makes me get a headache when I don’t drink it. Ahhh, well, I guess no relationship is perfect.

Jen@FoodFamilyFitness October 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I’m pretty sure I’m the only one of your readers who isn’t in love with coffee. I’m not a fan of it…and my stomach hates it even more.

Carolyn @HealthKitten.com October 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I always say that if I don’t get my coffee, someone’s going to get hurt! :)

I imagine I would look like Britney after she shaved her head in my “without coffee” photo. BWAHAHA!

Megan (Braise the Roof) October 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I’ve been trying to cut back a little bit (you know me- I’m REAL short. caffeine makes me wired like a kid on a diet of pixie sticks), but yes. I love teh coffeeez.

Garet October 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm

You without coffee just made me spit a little of my own on my screen. What a great post!

Rhonda October 26, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I never liked coffee until I tried it on a damp morning around a campfire in the UP. I had tried it before but never liked it. But this time was different, and i thinkit was because it was perked on a camp stove. Now two years later I enjoy it every morning. I get up 15 minutes early to relax with my cup of coffe before I have to start my day.

Madeline - Greens and Jeans October 26, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I do love me some coffee. Peet’s is SO good. The only one in Philly is in the airport, so I don’t mind my early morning flights nearly as much!

Sarah October 26, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I am a big fan of coffee, too! The high-quality, caffeinated, flavored stuff is one of the things I miss during this pregnancy. For now, I doctor up decaf with half-n-half, cinnamon, and maybe a little stevia.

Katie October 26, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Uh, how did I miss out on this opt in for the coffee? Dang it! But it’s probably for the best…sadly. I just gave up coffee because little baby face has been napping terribly. I think my morning caffeine consumption is to blame. At least it’s not forever, coffee makes my soul so happy.

Lindsay Beeson October 27, 2011 at 6:36 am

“… seemingly innocuous moment”

That’s precisely it, what makes it so wonderful — it’s so much in such a simple package.

Obviously, I’m a coffee fan. Two a day. Cream, no sugar.

Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland October 27, 2011 at 9:42 am

You just *had* to mention a Lazy Jone scone in this post…now I need one!!! :) Yeah I guess you could say I’m a coffee drinker…

Charlotte October 27, 2011 at 10:40 am

Ummm… I happen to know that your “without coffee” picture is a lie! BUT, I still love it. :-)

Also, I actually just became a coffee drinker a couple weeks ago thanks to getting up too early and working too much. I am now completely obsessed and currently sipping on my 4th cup of the day.

Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Ah, I’m about to make you very unhappy–I don’t like coffee! It’s very strange though…I love coffee ice cream. I love the smell of coffee (heck, I’m currently sitting in Starbucks inhaling that aroma). But coffee itself? I can’t do it. Ug.

caffeinejunkie01 October 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I love coffee! :)

janetha October 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm


Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby October 28, 2011 at 8:28 am

that picture of you before coffee? ummmm can i have that print on my wall? you are ridiculously hilarious and i adore you caffeinated or not! xo

elise October 28, 2011 at 5:30 pm

love love looooove the java. being rude is totally unacceptable.

how soon til you leave the pais? im a wee bit jealous but i know youre gonna have soooooo much fun. cant wait to see your photos and hear all about your fun. hugs friend.

Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo October 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I’m convinced I would be a coffee addict if I let myself drink it. I have successfully avoided addiction by drinking mint tea. However, this is no guarantee that I will not ever join the black (coffee) side.

sheila Dereba November 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Love coffee. Can’t go without having at least 2 to 4 cups a day. I know I am an excessive coffee drinker but I am regulating it slowly. Really, I do!hehehehe

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