Five Reasons I Love Coffee

This afternoon I’ll share with you one of my few loves. You see, while I like many things, I love very few things. But this love makes me feel all warm on the inside and increases my heart rate (quite literally, actually). It’s an essential part of my day, it makes me who I am. In fact, it’s right up there with showering and brushing my teeth as a daily necessity. While many may laugh at my obsession, others will nod their head in agreement.

Coffee.

Just the word makes me feel happy.

 

Coffee
Coffee at Hookah House in Lawrence, KS.

Five Reasons I Love Coffee

    • It’s Communicative:
        • Coffee brings people together. I’ve met some of the closest people in my life through coffee, and I hang out with them by drinking coffee. Like the author of this coffee-themed Huffington Post article , I love working and hanging out in cafés. I can’t stand the silence of my room (music helps in this case). I love the hustle and bustle of a café; the music, the conversations, the sounds of coffee being made. And the smells, oh the smells of coffee (see below). I love having conversations with people from the community and getting a feel for any community by visiting a popular local coffee shop when I first arrive. In fact, coffee shops have been used by communities as public spheres for a long time, and will continue to do so. Sidenote: if I’m in a culture that doesn’t really have coffee shops, bars will do.

       

    • It’s Family Tradition: 
        • While my family is not from the Scandinavian region of Europe, which is where they drink the most coffee in the world because they have long nights and cold winters, we are still from coffee-loving Eastern Europe. For as long as I can remember, my parents have hung out with their friends and shared coffee. This is a daily ritual. There’s breakfast, there’s lunch, there’s dinner, and then there’s ‘coffee time’. When Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian people give housewarming gifts or other big holiday gifts, coffee is often a staple. That’s how serious it is. I have grown up with coffee and have adopted my family’s and my culture’s love for it. To me, coffee represents family and heritage.

       

    • It Tastes Good:
        • I love the taste of coffee. I love that there are countless varieties of flavors and ways to make it–there’s always adventure involved in tasting a new flavor. The fact that coffee beans come from natural plants guarantees that coffee made from different geographical regions will have different flavors. I also love the smell. I enjoy it so much that I’ve actually caught myself salivating in anticipation of coffee when I smell it, like other people might do when they are excited and can smell a great meal.

       

    • It’s Relaxing:
        • I know this might sound like an oxymoron, a relaxing caffeine-filled stimulant? For me, yes. I don’t drink coffee primarily because I want to be more awake or aware. Of course, those are positive side effects of the drink. However, I enjoy it more for the ritual and the taste. I drink coffee like some people may drink wine. I love sitting down, grabbing a book, and brewing up a cup of coffee. To me coffee has always been more about relaxing than it has about waking up and getting more energy. I enjoy it slowly. Sometimes so slowly that I have to throw a cup back into the microwave because it get’s cold.

       

    • It’s Good For You and Me
        • Despite what people may think, coffee does not have detrimental health effects. Actually, there are research findings suggesting that it seems to protect against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver cancer, and cardiovascular disease. This information is coming from Dr. Rob van Dam, from the Harvard Department of Nutrition (see his comments related to coffee research here). I don’t know about you, but I’m okay with trusting research that comes out of Harvard University.

Writing this post over the last hour has made me crave another cup of coffee today. I cannot wait to enjoy it because in that cup, like in every cup for me, will be represented communication, family and cultural traditions, relaxation, health benefits, and excellent taste.

Cheers, my friends.

Disclaimer: The above post is an old one, which I am reposting on this new website. It has been edited.

3 thoughts on “Five Reasons I Love Coffee

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