I remember brewing up some instant one day when I had to get up early to make it to the track meet bus. Coffee was warm and supposedly a wake-up tonic, so I made some.
Looking back, I think I'd unknowingly made decaf that morning, but it was warm and made me feel a little grown up.
When I began working as a busgirl in a hotel restaurant, coffee flowed in unlimited amounts. That was where I discovered the fully-loaded version, with just a touch of cream. The increase in my table-cleaning efficiency was notable after that first cuppa. In fact, once we'd closed for the evening, busboy Jimmy and I would put our feet up for a while and enjoy a cup or two. Then we'd hit the dining room with a vengeance.
Later on, I transferred from the restaurant to the front desk where I pulled the occasional graveyard shift.
When I was in college (the first time) I had this little aluminum stove-top percolator. I would load it up every evening so all I had to do was click the burner on in the morning to get my fresh-perked on before classes. Magnum thought that very efficient of me, so much that he snapped that pic of me and the percolator in the kitchen of our college apartment. He's easily impressed.
While I was pregnant, I'd have lucid coffee fantasies that continued through the nursing months.
At one point, I thought, hmm... am I a slave to coffee? Just to check, I stopped drinking it for a good month or so. The result?
NO problem. It's more of a habit, really, than a true addiction. I don't NEED it. I think I just like the ritual of preparing it, whether in the percolator, the automatic, or my coffee press. Every now and then, I do the coffee abstinence thing, just to make sure. What gets me through it? Tea.
I prefer tea. Real tea - green, black, orange pekoe, whatever - not a bunch of herbs thrown together and falsely named "tea".
I know I could go on happily existing without coffee, although I might miss it a little. Take my tea, though, and things WILL get ugly. Just so you know.
Linking up with Mama Kat this week for a three-way! Choose your poison:
1.) September 29th is National Coffee day. How do you like your cup?
2.) What were you blogging about last year at this time? How have things changed?
4.) Throwback time! Share an old photo and tell us about it.