Things I Love: Just Coffee, Please

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The second thing I do in the morning is turn on the coffeemaker. (It would be the first thing, but my cat’s breakfast takes precedence, mainly because he won’t stop his incessant meowing until I’ve filled his bowl.)

Coffee. For me, it’s a delight and a fuel; a comfort and a necessity.

Are you a coffee lover?

When you’re holding a cup of coffee, isn’t it like a perfect moment? There’s the taste, the smell, and the warmth, all at once, all carrying you to a pleasant perkiness for your day.

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Here’s an entertaining myth of coffee’s origin:

The classic version of the Kaldi tale has our hero – a simple goatherd — caring for his flock in the forests of Southeast Ethiopia. One day, he noticed that his goats were munching on a tree with bright red fruits, and immediately afterward began dancing animatedly. Kaldi – curiosity piqued – tried some fruits himself, became filled with energy, and began dancing along with the goats. A passing monk witnessed the dancing, put two and two together, and brought some of the fruits back to the monastery. He and the other monks started using the fruits to keep them stimulated during long periods of prayer, and so coffee was introduced to the human race. (From scaa.org)

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Morning isn’t the only time that I enjoy a cup. When I can get away with my writing for several hours in the evening, there’s nothing better than coffee to keep my creativity churning. And if I have any chocolate around to consume, I become a non-stop literary machine.

Coffee is in the air:

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Just like you, I give myself time during the week to “play” on the internet. Pinterest is one of my playgrounds. I created a board called Just Coffee, Please where I pin images (like the ones on this post) that celebrate coffee.

Trivia: 400 million cups of coffee are consumed in the U.S. every day. That’s enough to fill 14.2 Statues of Liberty. Click here for an infographic with 19 more bits of coffee trivia.

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Coffee. Just looking at the word makes me smile.

Do you like to start your day with this wonderful drink?


Darla McDavid

I'm Darla, a writer of stories about family, friends, goodness, and God. I love cats, coffee, gardening, and tall stacks of books. Click here to subscribe to my blog. You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram. In my other life, I'm an administrative professional and a Sunday School teacher for preschoolers.

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  1. Coffee is my favorite go-to drink, too, Darla. But once I really overdid it.
    Several years ago we had some old evergreens removed and then we brought in good soil for planting flowers. I’d read an article about mixing damp coffee grounds to improve the soil. So I went to Starbuck’s, and they were just putting out bags of warm grounds into the dumpster. MANY bags. I took home more than 50 pounds, opened the bags and spread the grounds across the soil with my bare hands. It felt so good and warm that, still bare-handed, I mixed it all together, up to my elbows.
    Two hours later Jim comes home and is amazed at my energy–and my wide eyes–and I tell him about the coffee grounds. Did you know caffeine can be absorbed through the skin? 🙁
    I didn’t sleep until the next afternoon!
    I should have danced around happily like the goats!

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    • That is hilarious! No, I didn’t know that about caffeine. I am laughing out loud here (on my break at work), imagining your husband looking at you with your caffeine-crazed expression. So, so funny!

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  2. I love coffee and can’t imagine starting my day without it. The dog waits for his breakfast as I am not even functional until I”ve had that first shot of caffeine. Your kitty has a much better deal!

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    • Indeed he does. And that’s why they call you “dog owners” and us “cat servants”! Seriously, Bandit will not quiet down until he’s munching on his food. That sound has become as soothing as the cup in my hands because it means I can enjoy my coffee in peace — that is, until he starts his “Now, let me outside” meow …

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  3. Darla, coffee is my favorite as well. That first cup, with time to savor, is pure joy. I hope we can share a cup soon.

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