Episode #2: How I became a coffee addict

July 21, 2017

I grew up watching my mom drink her coffee almost religiously. I loved the smell of it but I was never curious enough to actually drink it. When I was in high school, I decided to give it a try: I hated it from the first sip. I tried it in all sorts of ways you could possibly imagine. Not for this gal.
But besides the internet, caffeine is probably one of the most addictive things in the world - I would dare say that caffeine is the backbone of our society. And that's how I discovered the not so great world of energy drinks. During college, they were the reason I'd function. With my crazy schedule, internships and everything I would spend pretty much all day outside the house. I suffered from insomnia and anxiety and when I got to do some actual sleeping, it was never more than 3-4 hours a day. I was a zombie, I know.
When I started my first job a few years ago, the coffee ritual would come back and taunt me once again. Twice a day I would smell the freshly brewed coffee, followed by an invitation to join the staff for a coffee break. I politely refused, every single time. Until one fatidic day I decided to join them. After a copious amount of sugar, I managed to finish my first cup of coffee. I still disliked the taste, but I had such a caffeine rush...I still remember it to this day.
Every now and then I would join them for coffee. I started drinking cappuccinos with my friends. I actually ordered coffee at Starbucks for the first time shocker, I know. I liked the sensation it gave me afterwards, but I was far from enjoying it. Fast forward to my trip to Canada, in 2016. Waking up early in the morning, jet-lagged and with a freezing cold weather I found myself reaching for a pick me up: coffee. That's when I discovered Tim Hortons - aka the reason I became an addict.
For less than a Toonie (the Canadian two-dollar coin) I was able to get a giant - and I truly mean giant - cup of coffee. I was introduced to one of the Canadian wonders, the Double-Double (a coffee with two creams and two sugars) and that simple yet powerful combo got me hooked. It started with a single order a day...but by the end of my first week, I was a loyal customer of Timmies. I was rarely seen without coffee or whisky during that month. It still upsets me that Tim Hortons is not available here, I miss you Timmy!
Little by little, I started exploring this whole new world: espressos, french press, hario v60...you name it, I've tried. I became a regular at my local Starbucks. I know all the baristas and they know me by name. I started exploring all the coffee shops around me. I wanted to try everything. I was obsessed. Some of my friends found joy in this new addiction of mine and kept messaging me with tips and places to visit. Great.

I tried to deny it. I tried to stop. I just couldn't anymore. I was in love with coffee. I am in love with coffee. I enjoy the warmth, the flavors...everything about it. And then my coffee addict friends presented me with yet another challenge: cut the sugar. Would I be able to venture into the world of black coffee? 
Since I like a good challenge, of course I gave it a try. I can't say I've cut it entirely, but I guess I can say that at least 90% of the time, I am now drinking coffee without sugar or any sweetener for that matter. I was mesmerized by how it actually changes the experience. It is not for everyone, but if I were you I would try it at least once in your life. 

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2 comentários

  1. YOU ROCK GIRL, perfectly written text and enjoyable reading. I am craving coffee now, damn, gotta move my ass to brew some.

  2. thanks for being so supportive of me! let's get some more coffee, shall we?