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Thursday, February 01, 2007


Life's Too Short for Bad Coffee

The only relationships that I have been in that lasted longer than the one I share with my spouse are the ones with my family, two girlfriends and coffee. And coffee comes in ahead of one of those girlfriends. Gives you an idea how much I value this substance.

Bearing that in mind, I say with much confidence that starting my morning with something hot and strong isn't enough. If it were, all I'd need is my husband. Trust me on this, before I can thoroughly appreciate him, I must have my coffee. Thankfully, he's been aware of this since my mother warned him on my morning needs on our third date. Didn't scare him off in the least, he proposed on the fourth date anyway.

Speaking of my mom, she started me on this addiction-this one and crossword puzzles. As a mom myself, I realize everything is our fault, but she admits getting me hooked. Unfortunately mom is not a coffee snob. In fact for years she bragged that she fooled everyone by serving instant sanka in her percolator just so she didn't have to clean the grounds in the pot!

Okay, this was the late 1960's, when instant coffee was new and different. But even though I was 10, I knew this stuff was simply not worth drinking. I mean, come on the stuff smells of formaldehyde, EW! What made this time special was that I got to hang out with my mom and her friend and talk. I was a rather sickly kid so I was home from school a lot. I guess since I was sick, allergic to dairy products and home so much, my mom's thought was probably "hey, it's fluid, it's hot and it's decaffeinated-why not?" Besides, I really do not like tea.

I drank it. Then as I aged, I found "real" coffee, with a kick in it. This helped me stay awake through boring college lectures as well as while writing many a term paper. I also realized I was a much nicer person after the caffeine kicked in.

Then I had kids. Kids mean early mornings-at least that's what having mine meant. Bless them, they are still here because I had the good sense (and a mate who saw to it that we had a timer on our Black and Decker space saver)to make sure my coffee was brewed before they let out their first "howdy" squeal of the day.

After a while, coffee growers of the world saw a niche to provide the earth with "gourmet" beans. Some with custom roasts and then came the "flavors". Why didn't someone think of these last two earlier???? My favorite is chocolate raspberry!

Today, I have a fancy "brew machine" that grinds my fresh beans right before it makes my morning pot. Yes, my morning pot-with caffeine. I cut myself off at 11. Fortunately, my "day job" colleagues also love their morning jolt. I think that's one of the reasons we enjoy our co-existence.

Good coffee is similar to having a good romance: if you have a relationship that is hot, smells wonderful and understands your needs-what more could you possibly wish for in life?

Hi! Carine.
Check my blog! I wanted to Nominate you in the 'Share the Love' blog award,,but I was too late!
I thought we had the whole week to do it,,,,but I didn't read it right,,,,Nominations were over Jan 31/07, now, the Voting begins!
I am sorry,,,,maybe next year...its the thought that counts, right? But you can go and vote!
I love my coffee too, but I stop after my 2nd cup,,,,I have to drink mine with Vanilla cream,,,or else! At my age,,I have to have my coffee fix before I get the grandkids off to school, or life just ain't pleasant around here!
Why thank you Matty, how nice of you to think of me-Icertainly did vote! could hardly wait for the "polls" to open. I was sort of on your site yesterday. I say that, cuz I was at the day job and have to sneak in peeks between putting out plumbing fires (don't ask)

I never drank coffee until I started a job after I separated from my first husband--because EVERYONE drank it there! I was 33 at the time. I definitely got hooked, because my tea just didn't have the "jolt" that Dunkin' Donuts did! Funny, I married two guys who never drank coffee. For some strange reason, now they're BOTH hooked on it! Although I still prefer my tea in the early morning, there really is nothing like coffee to get you through the day!

Fun post, Carine!

Take good care,
Dear Carine,

Yep, coffee is a very important part of my life as well, especially since I don't happen to have a husband. I am constantly experimenting to find my favorite beans, and I've tried a French press along with every other coffee maked on the market. As far as flavors, have you ever had orange coffee? I had it a few years ago. It was surprisingly good, but I haven't seen it for sale since then. And I'm still trying to figure out how many cups I can handle in a given day before I start becoming testy!

a co-worker at the day job tries to give up coffee, but w/ the other two brewing a pot until noon-well, he can't resist the aroma, but he too likes his tea afterwards.
Welcome Betty!
My hubby only got into it b/c I am so in need of my coffee-I think he'd just assume having maybe some water! Can you believe that? Although, he did buy that huge Keurig, he just hates cleaning it!
"Good coffee is similar to having a good romance: if you have a relationship that is hot, smells wonderful and understands your needs-what more could you possibly wish for in life?"
Wow Carine, you summed it all up!!! this is how i feel about coffee too!!
I seem to have struck a chord of familiarity with that line! Babyboomerbev said the same thing summer while reading my blog on fab40!
Dear Carine...amen to that. Life is short, no matter how long it lasts. And some things can be bad and it's okay, but never, never the coffee. SPeaking of which, I'm off to make a mocha!

Great post chica...we'll have to get together for that coffee soon!

sounds really good Teri! making a mocha-wow! lately I can't spare those calories.
That was the fun part about living in the Pacific Northwest - great coffee everywhere with just the right atmosphere for drinking it. :)
you are so right Kathy! We have a wonderful restaurant here in OC where the owner is from Oregon and brings down all kinds of goodies from her home state-especially the coffee! Rockbottoms I believe-whatever, it is delish!
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