The good news for those of us who love coffee is that coffee actually has health benefits. We know how nice it is to wrap cold hands around a warm mug and take in the aroma. Coffee makes mornings bearable and gives that much needed afternoon boost but it can also fight free radicals in the body. We know how important antioxidants are to our health and well being. Coffee has 4x the number of antioxidants as compared to green tea. It also ranks above herbal teas, cocoa, and red wine. We love coffee for many reasons:
1. Coffee brings people together: Coffee is social. How many people have fallen in love over a cup of coffee? Laughed, cried, talked together with friends? Received the best advice for life's toughest problems over a cup of coffee. Brainstormed that best and brightest idea?
2. Coffee is soothing. Coffee is relaxing. Yes, it's social but it's also soothing and relaxing all on it's own. Just you and your warm steamy mug. The warmth of the mug can warm you inside and out. Coffee can soothe the senses and the mere act of sitting down with a fresh cup is a chance to take a few deep breaths and regroup, even for a moment.
3. Coffee is your morning wake up call. Coffee starts your day. That first cup of coffee is sometimes the only bright moment in the early morning rush. That first cup jump starts the senses and helps focus for the tasks ahead. Coffee sharpens our cognitive abilities and our concentration. Some studies have actually shown a link to drinking coffee and the prevention of Alzheimer's
4. Coffee is exotic. Coffee is sophisticated. Coffee is old fashioned, is trendy, is frantic, is lingering, is just your style. Whether your favorite cup is sitting in your favorite booth at your favorite diner in an old fashioned cup and saucer (with a little sloshed onto the saucer) or a complicated trendy cup filled with "nonfat this" and "soy that" or a simply perfect little itty bitty cup of espresso. Coffee creates a feeling, makes a moment. For me...when I close my eyes and think coffee. I want to be a few different places. One is sitting at a French Cafe people watching over a large cappuccino and when it is finished, simply ordering another and lingering for the afternoon. Another place I want to be is plopped on my couch or sitting at my desk in pajamas with a wonderful steamy mug of aromatic wonderful coffee. We all have our coffee moments, just our style.
I'm off to pour myself another cup.