How do you feel about coffee? A lot of people are obsessed with it. Always, their day begins with coffee, as it gives them the energy to get into the day. Whether they take it black or with cream and sugar, iced or hot, many can’t get away from taking their caffeine first thing in the morning. Some may be more addicted than others, but at the end (or rather, beginning) of the day, most people are guzzling coffee down to get through their day. In some cases, coffee drinking has become so integral, it’s a part of one’s identity.
What’s in a Cup
Sometimes, the interest in coffee is not merely limited to the joy that comes from drinking it. For some people, it’s less about just drinking a good cup of coffee and more about the entire process. Drinking the coffee is a delightful result, only made possible by diligent preparation. For coffee connoisseurs such as these, every step in creating a fresh cup of coffee, from buying the product to pouring it in the cup and savoring the aroma, is carefully carried out. In this sense, the preparing of coffee could be thought of as an art in and of itself.
There are certainly some advantages that come with being willing and able to make your own coffee. It certainly means waiting less in long lines in the morning, which means saving time for things you’d rather do (or at the very least, getting to work on time). It also means you get to control what precisely goes into your coffee, both in terms of ingredients as well as preparation. You decide on what beans to roast, what flavors to add, whether to brew hot or cold and which equipment you use in pursuit of the perfect cup.
Coffee isn’t all sunshine and roses, however. Sometimes our busy schedules don’t line up with our energy levels, even with the aid of coffee. Oftentimes, around early morning or lunch, it’s not uncommon to be running low on energy. A cup of coffee might seem like the perfect solution, and sometimes it is- at that moment. However, drinking in the afternoon, especially if the coffee is particularly strong, can have detrimental effects later on. When night falls, and it’s time to begin winding down, you may find yourself wide awake, unable to sleep, which means you’ll need that morning coffee.
Sometimes, even before the midmorning crash, or late-night blues, coffee can come back to haunt you. The ideal cup of coffee provides smooth and steady energy to get one moving in the morning, and then hopefully, that momentum is kept all day. But how often does that play out in reality? Sometimes, depending on the brew or the additives, coffee can provide jittery spikes of energy that certainly keep one awake, but they make focus difficult. Even worse, such a stressful boost of power almost always ends in a crash around lunch time. Proper coffee usage is serious business, folks.
Faced with these two options, giving up on coffee entirely keeps sounding better and better. It really is not a bad idea; there are pros and cons to coffee, and caffeine is a drug, after all. There are also alternative drinks, such as tea, or lemon water, that can provide you with a boost of energy in the morning, and other health benefits. Likewise, there are adverse effects associated with coffee, or more accurately, the very high levels of caffeine found in most coffee. Consider that coffee causes dehydration, and may increase the risk of certain illnesses.