Three Cups of Coffee - For the Love of It

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Subtitle: Confessions of a Coffeeholic


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"Coffee is far more than a beverage. It is an invitation to life, disguised as a cup of warm liquid. It's a trumpet wake-up call or a gentle rousing hand on your shoulder ... Coffee is an experience, an offer, a rite of passage, a good excuse to get together." 
 Nichole Johnson

Note: This is a story of my love affair with coffee! And is dedicated to all my coffee addict readers. If you're someone who would choose coffee over any other drink in the world and have often been tagged as a coffee lover, a coffee addict, a coffee vampire or a coffee fanatic, then you sure understand my endless love for coffee, and the love that these little beans have provided us in return. If you just can't thank God enough for creating this heavenly and magical drink, and you sip on coffee at odd times of the day or night, get drawn to the intoxicating smell of coffee, think about coffee whether you are happy, sad, or depressed, get caffeine withdrawals if you miss a cup, and you consider it as an essential pick-me-up for groggy mornings and dopey noons, then this post is definitely dedicated to you.

For coffee addicts, the dawn of a new day cannot occur without a steaming cup of coffee. For us, mornings are synonymous with a cup of freshly-brewed coffee. Coffee is our way to kick start a day. We wake up every day motivated by our incredible morning cup. Steaming like the sunshine, this bundle of energy is an instant way to help us land back on earth. Placed right on your breakfast table or on work desk, that smoky cup waits for you to take on the world. The aroma of freshly ground coffee beans is one of the best in the world, and we simply love waking up to the smell of it. As work, for most of us, doesn't start until the intoxicating fragrance of caffeine mobilizes us, we feel miserable, sleepy, tired, and cranky until the dark roast touches our lips and the first sip goes down our system. Ah ! That first cup - that heavenly first cup of coffee! The froth, the steam, the taste, the aroma, the richness - oh my love, you're madness in a cup!

Most of our friends refer to us as their Coffee Menus, and turn to us when they want to have coffee. Whenever we are out and we can't decide on a place, we sleepwalk to the aroma and love of coffee and land in a coffee shop. Walking into a coffee shop, that aroma slowly filling the air and drenching us in the coffee thirst feels like heavens. And we've often imagined that, if coffee was a person, we'd marry it. It means so much to us! Coffee is NOT just a beverage; it could be your companion in happy and sad times. Imagine yourself sitting by the window, sipping on a hot cup of nice coffee, watching the rain outside. The windows frosty and cold, and your hand warm with the warmness of your first love - coffee !

You need to work a little to clear your schedule for that second cup right in the middle of the day. Your head buzzing with the day's work and when you see that cup coming toward you, your heart exclaims with joy, 'I love my life'! At work, the afternoons revolve around a cup of coffee with impassioned conversations with friends and colleagues. You believe that coffee breaks are the best part of the day at work. And sometimes work is only welcomed because it works as a pretext for more coffee. It also comes to your rescue at the most crucial part of the day - the afternoon crash at work! Whether you are cleaning around your room or simply enjoying a relaxed weekend in the comforts of your home, a good cup of afternoon coffee is sure to give you the ultimate go-on even on lazy Sundays.

In winters, coffee is the warmth you discover inside you. Those lonely winter nights and that cup of deep earthy flavor, while you tuck yourself in a comforter trying to decipher into the madness of the world! There's absolutely nothing better than cuddling under a blanket on a sofa or bed with a hot cup of coffee and a really good book. Or those long winter night drives with your friends (and if its raining, it’s a bonus) and coffee as your mate. In summers, it is the only not-cold thing you crave for. And it often brings to my mind Shakespeare's' 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day, thou art more lovely and more temperate…' (was that dark lady a cup of coffee?). Coffee has always been a faithful companion for anyone pulling an all-nighter for an exam or pending office work. It also works miracle to lift your mood up! 

If you're a coffee lover, chances are you have a huge collection of coffee mugs of all colors, shapes, and sizes, and wacky quotes on them too. And you hold them sacred because they hold the magic potion for you.

The third cup of coffee comes right before all shuts down and darkness prevails. This has a strange effect - it lulls you to sleep. And you secretly whisper to your cup, are you the same little magic cup that will wake me up in the morning?' And it whispers back (but only a few could hear) 'Yes, till eternity!' And you sleep satisfied and contented with the thought that you live in a world where there is coffee.  

Time to pour my third one, as I go off to sleep! Have a coffee night!

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2 comments

  1. I enjoy a great cup of coffee but normally only drink one or 2 cups in morning. I have heard that it is good for you so why not right

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    1. Haha right.. Morning coffee is the best, by the way! Thanks for reading :)

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