Coffee has been a staple in my morning routine since the age of 3! Yes, it’s true. I have been drinking coffee with sugar and creamer since I was a toddler and my love affair has continued for 50 years now.
The smell of fresh brewed coffee warms my soul every morning. Each sip brings back nothing but good memories of breakfast with family and early morning table conversations.
How It All Began
You may wonder how a child of 3 begins drinking coffee. My parents certainly did not start this ritual. My grandfather, however, did! He was a coffee drinker and especially loved a cup after meals. When our family would visit on Sunday afternoons, he always had a cup of coffee and always offered me a taste!
My fascination was not with the taste of the coffee, but how he drank it. Because it was so hot, he would pour some out of the cup into the saucer and let it cool. Then he would sip away. Since my parents did not drink it this way, I thought he was super cool!
My sips on Sunday grew into demands for my own cup at breakfast. My mom eventually gave in with one condition. I had to drink a small glass of orange juice as well. And so began my morning coffee ritual.
I continued to drink coffee with breakfast throughout my childhood and teenage years. It wasn’t until my 20’s that I really recognized how much I loved that first cup in the morning.
The funny thing is that as much as I love coffee, I only drink it in the morning with breakfast. The caffeine is too much for me to tolerate in the evening. I think that since I limit my intake, the anticipation of that first cup is even more special!
Now in full disclosure, I do occasionally partake of a Starbuck’s caramel macchiato but it must be before 3:00p.m. or I will be up all night!
Why We Love Coffee
Okay, the obvious reason that I and so many others love coffee is that caffeine is addictive. In addition, the caffeine also causes an increase of dopamine in the brain. Simply put, coffee just make you feel happy.
Another benefit is that the caffeine increases your energy level and can help you be more productive.
Lastly, coffee sharpens your brain and helps fend of depression. Who doesn’t want to start their day happy, productive and sharp! (see article 3 Scientific Reasons Coffee Makes You Happier and More Productive)
I love that science reveals some pretty nice benefits from drinking coffee. However, I think my love of that first hot cup of pure goodness runs much deeper. That morning ritual connects me to my past and memories of family no longer here and good times shared around the table.
For me it’s a little cup of love that touches all of my senses and starts my day with warmth and joy!
So here’s to all the coffee lovers in the world – keep on brewing!!!