I woke up this morning rushing to get the girls up and everything ready for the day. Normally I would prepare most things needed the night before, but between a quick visit and coffee with a friend, a game of squash with my love and a visit with family after, we ended up having a late night. To add to the chaos my daughter forgot her school uniform at aftercare and we had to go and fetch it from the very accommodating lady late last night. We finally had a very very late supper and a glass or two of wine which I was hoping would ensure some good and well needed sleep.
My friend advised me that clearing your mind and thinking of a white wall is a good way to get to sleep, and I tried… I really did… white wall, white wall, white wall.. to no avail. After what felt like hours I finally fell asleep just to wake up with my alarm sounding almost instantly 😦
So whilst rushing to get ready all I could think about is how desperately I craved coffee, and needed it. I eventually had a quick moment to make a cup but had hardly any time to drink it. Safe to say I felt grumpy and annoyed that I could not wake up and sip on a cup of coffee and enjoy it. I realized on my way to work that my morning coffee is undoubtedly a necessity. My youngest daughter is very much like me and has to start her day off gently, if not she is moody the entire day. Well I feel moody, yes it’s very much “trowing-a tantrum” like behavior, but I do.
I’m having a rough time trying to uplift my deprived-of-morning-coffee mood. These are the moments i wish my dad still woke up at the crack of dawn, made us all coffee, and came and woke us up for school. Sigh, the disadvantages of no longer living with your parents 😉
Like 91% of people world wide, I have to have a steaming cup of coffee first thing in the morning. It’s ability to stimulate and lift my spirit makes it my most favored drink. The roasted aromatic smell of this dark and pungent liquid, leaves my senses stimulated, and with no doubt puts a little spring in my step.
Coffee is actually a fruit, it’s a cherry. The berries are red and contain 2 green beans each which get roasted at approximately 400 degrees to get it’s unique flavor. Coffee contains no calories! It is naturally a no calorie drink. This is fabulous, don’t you think? This is however if you add no milk and sugar, but I like mine with at least one spoon of granulated sugar bliss.
Dark roasted coffees actually have LESS caffeine than medium roasts. The longer a coffee is roasted, the more caffeine burns off during the process. So don’t be fooled thinking a dark roast will have more kick.
I can not go a day without coffee, trying to resist the full, rich flavor of it would be absolutely futile 😉 Apparently there are 5 steps to coffee intake:
1.Pre-caffeinated – the stage where you can not start a conversation, can hardly get dressed and undoubtedly under perform in all aspects.
2. The first few sips – slowly regaining your personality and almost your normal self.
3. The high – everything in the world seems in balance and conversations are easily executed.
4. The runs – well, we all know that caffeine is a natural laxative after all.
5. The crash – sad but true, every high has a low, at this point you have to have another cup brewing already!
One or two cups of coffee per day can actually be beneficial to your health, it lowers blood pressure and contains some antioxidants. Definitely worth indulging in. As I indulge in my last cup before bed, I leave you with this;
“Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love.” – That’s the recipe for coffee, according to the utterly French statesman Talleyrand (1754-1838).