see you later, coffee. hello, tea!

by - 08:19

Dear Coffee,

I'm sorry but things are changing. Someone else who's always been in the background is now taking center stage and makes me feel so much better than you. I'm not saying this is a permanent thing. I mean, who knows. Things can change, right? You've been so good to me. My mornings were always perky, my afternoons were indulgent, and with dessert after dinner, you never failed me. But I have to leave you, at least for the moment. Don't take this the wrong way, but it truly isn't you. It's me. I'm not asking you to wait around for me. That would be selfish. But keep me in your thoughts, ok?


Forgive me for what I am about to say: I {think} I can no longer drink coffee. I don't know what happened, but over the course of the last couple of months, I've noticed that my body has developed an aversion to it. That is, I just don't crave it at all. How this came to be is perplexing. I don't think words can truly express how much this bothers me. You see, I loved coffee. Loved. And that isn't even too strong a word to describe it. (I think I might have even loved it more than this girl...maybe not.) In any case, this was a gradual thing. First, it was down to one coffee a day. Then, it was down to one coffee a day before noon. Then, it was down to one coffee every other day, then every three days, and finally {gasp!} one coffee a week. A week! And now it isn't even that. This isn't deliberate, I assure you. Like I said earlier: perplexing. People say your taste buds change every seven years. This being my 28th year, this would mean that this is the fourth time they've changed. But did they really have to change in that direction? Coffee? Really?

Luckily, tea has been a wonderful substitute. And dare I say, a better one? Coffee was great but got me wired in no time. I love how tea is a slow awakening. It doesn't hit you all at once. It's like tea works with your body differently. And I like that about it. With so many flavors to choose from, it's like an endless supply of earthy combinations. When I told people that I "quit" coffee, the response wasn't at all what I had expected. Instead of, "Oh, that sucks," I was met with, "Oh, good! Your body will thank you!" Which then got me thinking: is tea actually better than coffee?

I'm not saying good-bye to coffee forever. But for now, coffee and I will be "on a break."


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  1. CLGJr16.9.10

    one of my favorite posts. i'll be holding the fort for you with my 2 cups a day :)

  2. How interesting! I had no idea your taste buds changed every 5-7 years, and that totally explains why recently I've been loving tastes I never liked before and have started avoiding old favorites - I'm about to turn 28, so perhaps my taste buds are just changing! Fascinating!

  3. I am one of those rare people who is an equal opportunist when it comes to tea and coffee. Admittedly, I tend to gravitate more towards tea when it gets cooler. :)

  4. I love both coffee and tea, but I'm not sure why your friends think your body will feel so much better for giving up coffee. While tea certainly has wonderful health benefits, perhaps they're simply unaware that coffee does too. They say for women, three cups a day has amazing antioxidents, fends off diabetes and a host of other things. However, I'm a firm believer in that your body knows what it needs and when it needs it. I grew up not loving milk, but then all the sudden in my 20's, could not get enough of it. They say a woman's 20's are the only decade her bones absorbs the calcium she uses for the rest of her life, so I assume my body knew it needed some and craved what it needed. Also, I don't often crave red meat, but occassionally I get such a strong hankering for a hamburger. My doctor tells me that I'm low on iron, and my body is really craving the iron. Now if I can only find a scientific study that says my chocolate cake cravings are somehow health-induced. :)


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