2.28.2013

inspired by...coffee


COFFEE
i mean, really. i know it's not for everyone, but coffee just sets the mood for me. the aroma that fills my house while brewing, the bitter smoothness of it. whether i'm sitting down to knit, write, or read, my favorite accompaniment (aside from music) is COFFEE.
some artists even use it as a painting medium.
enter here that *heartbreak* i talked about last week: i've chosen to stop drinking it.

i won't go into detail, but it is no longer productive for my brain, my nervous system, or my chi (says knowledgeable acupuncturist).
at first i was sad.
then in denial.
then i relapsed...several times.
and then i was sad again.
i mean, what, i'm just supposed to drink tea? tea? tea's for when you have a runny nose and a cough. and it isn't even the caffeine. i can take or leave caffeine and usually leave it. it's the taste of coffee i love so much. it reminds me of winter days, and fireplaces, and cozy nooks, and total indulgence.
BUT i'm happy to report all is not lost! because apparently there are several wonderful coffee alternatives, called herbal coffees, made from barley and nuts and seeds and chicory and herbs and i know you probably don't believe me, but I SWEAR it tastes like coffee!!
so all is right in my world again.
how about you? what's your writing drink of choice?

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24 comments:

  1. My heart actually dropped when I read you had to quit. I'm a total coffeeholic!! What are you drinking now? I want to try it! :)

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  2. I KNOW!

    it's called Teechino and it's AMAZING! i swear it tastes like coffee. there's also something called Dandy Blend and Pero, but Teechino is the best i've had so far.

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  3. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. But only in the morning, otherwise it's a late night indeed!!! I love everything about it! =) I might have to check into what you're drinking!

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  4. Coffee. Iced Coffee. Mocha. Morning. Noon. Night. Is coffee a problem because of your brain injury? I LOVE the coffee art, so cool. I'm glad to know there is life after coffee though...

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    1. The brain injury is part of the issue...but I've never been good with stimulants and well, my chi and all...gotta keep that chi strong.

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  5. I'm so sorry you can't have your true love anymore. :(

    I enjoy coffee, but I'm a tea girl. In fact, I'm sipping on a lovely cup right now. I must admit, I'm super curious about the Teechino, though.

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    1. It's alright Chris, like I said, I've found my rebound relationship :p

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  6. I once saw a bumper sticker that said, "Drink Coffee! You can sleep when you're dead!"
    My motto.
    ~Just Jill

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  7. LOL. Wow. I don't know how you've managed it!

    I won't go on too much, because I don't want to tempt you into a relapse, but I love the taste of coffee. The smell of ground coffee beans, the steam that wafts up from a freshly-brewed cup, the feeling of a hot mug in my palms........ I could go on. I even drink it black!

    BUT, your chi is your chi. Enjoy your herbal coffee, but always know that the coffee bean will be waiting for you when you come back. And you will come back ;)

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Ha! Thanks for the alluring post John. But I SWEAR, my alternative seriously takes like coffee!!! :p

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  8. So glad you found a good alternative - I've had to severely limit my coffee and then my black tea intake too because I get too wired sitting up late writing (and I have kids to get up early to). Yesterday I visited this amazing tea shop where the guy was so passionate about brewing it properly I was instantly transported to my happy place and went home arms laden with white & green teas to die for (no bitterness!!!) He said you can get a dandelion root tea that tastes like coffee... must try it out.

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    1. Ooh...sounds lovely I've tried dandelion root tea- it's good and great for detoxifying, but not *quite* a coffee replacement...for me. ;)

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  9. WOW! Good for you. I imagine it would be next to impossible for me to get out of bed in the morning, without the prospect of coffee. Though, I only drink espresso now, since drip is WAY to acidic, and taxing on my nerves, too. I may find the day, where I stand at the same thresh hold, wondering if I could make such a brave leap. I figure if i keep my intake at a low dose, I may be able to continue. Make new habits, Jessika, and congratulations. Your health will love you for it. :)

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  10. DEFINITELY coffee. I drink 4 espresso shots at a time. I have yet to limit myself . . . we'll see if it becomes a problem. :D

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    1. Ah yes... Some people can take it like it's water. Enjoy! ;)

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  11. Hi there, new follower dropping in, pleased to meet you! I am probably in the minority here but I don't like coffee. The taste of it anyway, I quite like the smell! I drink tea regular and herbal.

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    1. Funny, I don't like hamburgers or steak, but love the smell of them cooking on the grill...similar I suppose. Thanks for stopping by Suzanne :)

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