I wrote a post about coffee a couple years ago. Check it out HERE. I thought it might be time to readdress this…this little caffeine issue. I’m addicted to caffeine. I admit it. As I talked about in my blog post, my caffeine intake is pretty much like a roller coaster. It gets out of hand, then I quit cold turkey, then it gets out of hand, then I quit cold turkey… It’s just how it goes. I think a lot of it might have to do with the fact that I’m a paramedic who works 24 hour shifts and has a 2 hour commute one way. Just a hunch.
The other day, I woke up at 0500. I didn’t sleep very well due to some nagging hip pain, so I added 2 scoops of Spark before the gym that morning. 2! After the gym, I drove through Starbucks and ordered 2 venti coffees. Black. No room. For myself. This was all consumed by 0800. A little while later, I couldn’t keep my eyes open, so I took a 2 hour nap. After I woke up, I thought hey, maybe this isn’t so healthy. Lets evaluate this…
In my post about coffee, I talked about how coffee has its place. I still agree with this wholeheartedly. A couple of cups a day? Sure. nbd. A couple pots a day? Ehhhhh……that might be an issue. It’s kind of a catch 22 for me. The first cup or 2 in the morning help me to wake up, as caffeine is supposed to do. After that, I don’t drink coffee to keep me awake. I drink coffee because I REALLY just love the taste of coffee.
As I visited with my mom on the phone this morning, I realize that I should blame her for my coffee problem. 100%. We love coffee. Good coffee. Our latest favorite thing to do is to find fun coffee roasters and order beans. Intelligentsia, Coava, Stumptown, Kickapoo… these are just a handful of our favorite roasters. In our conversation mom said “Some people really have no idea what good coffee tastes like.” So much truth in those words! She’s so wise!
Now, as I mentioned before, I love the taste of coffee. I’ll drink hospital cafeteria coffee and I’ll drink fire station Folger’s. Shoot, I’ll even ask for a 2nd cup of Perkins coffee that has been sitting in the pot all day. I won’t complain. BUT a good cup of coffee brewed with freshly roasted, high quality beans, now that’s where it’s at. It’s a real treat for the ol’ tastebuds. As you may have guessed, Folger’s does not belong in my house. I have bags of good beans, and I have bags of REALLY good beans. When I have to work, I’ll put a few scoops of some of the good beans in my Cuisinart grind and brew the night before, set the timer, and BOOM, I wake up to the delicious aroma of freshly brewed coffee.
On my off days, it’s a little bit of a different story. I get home from the gym around 0700 or so. After I put a few slices of bacon on the stove, I begin to work on my coffee. When I’m off duty, I use the smaller, more expensive bags of REALLY good beans. I have an electric kettle that I purchased at the Target, which heats the water super quickly. So far, I haven’t burned myself! That’s a big win for this accident-prone paramedic. The kettle also has a little light the flips off when the water begins to boil. As the water is boiling, I grind the beans in my electric grinder. On occasion, I also grind the beans by hand. It takes a little more time and a lot more energy, so I keep this little gadget in my cupboard in case of the zombie apocalypse. Coffee is definitely a huge part of my doomsday prepping. Once the beans are ground, I remove my French Press or Chemex out of the cupboard with care. I also have an AeroPress that I use on occasion. I’m sure I’ve lost you in my coffee nerdiness by now. Basically, grind, boil, brew.
Once the little light on my kettle turns off, it’s go time.
Oh buddy, when you spend a little time and a little money, coffee has the ability to taste like an angel. Remember those old Folger’s commercials when the actors open the container, close their eyes, and smell? Or when the actor holds the hot cup of freshly brewed coffee in both hands, takes a sip, then smiles? Yeah, that totally happens on off duty coffee days. Every time.
What’s your coffee status? Do you have a favorite roaster? I’m always looking to try new coffee.
Life is too short to have bad coffee. BUT maybe I’ll live just a little bit longer if I keep my caffeine consumption in check a little better. Balance and moderation, my friends.
-my name is Lindsay, and I have a caffeine addiction