As I lifted a mug to my lips this morning, I realized something amazing.
No, not that you can do stupid things with coffee, although that is true too.
Let me give you some background. It started a couple weeks ago. I’m in the habit of sipping dark coffee—be it Starbucks or South American—in little demitasse cups. The thing about these cups is that you can down a whole cup in one toss—bitter flavor for three seconds, then it’s done. Well, I used to muddy up my coffee with cream, and some sugar, but there are a couple problems with this:
- The cream dilutes the flavor of the coffee and it ends up tasting rather weak.
- Sugar + highly acidic coffee flavor = 😡 Pretty fail.
- It’s not exactly connoisseur.
Be I proud or not, it’s that last point that’s always gotten me. I want to travel and be able to drink the different European coffees and actually taste them. It’s been one of my life goals to end up drinking black coffee. I used to watch old people take cream in their coffee and think, “How? HOW? After all these years of drinking coffee, HOW can you NOT drink it black?” I made it my subconscious goal to end life drinking black coffee.
WILD RABBIT TRAIL: When I say that I want to end life drinking black coffee, I mean the broad sense of ending life…that last stretch of years when the sun is setting and you’re drawing close to Judgement Day. I DON’T mean I want to end my life by drinking a cup of black coffee so strong it kills me. Sheesh…
Back on topic…
Well, a few of my characters drink their coffee black (Arundel and Alistair). Perhaps it was a subtle means for me to cope with the fact that I myself can’t drink it black.
But, lately, when I sip my coffee, I throw back one, two, three little cups of black coffee.
So maybe it’s just a thing with specialty coffees? Well, I tested this theory today by sipping some local, normal coffee. One sip…okay. Two sips…okay. Wow, really? I drank most of the coffee black before it got all cold and acidic.
What? Really? It didn’t take a hundred years to get used to it?
I can do it! I can finally do it!!!
I can drink black coffee!!!!
“That’s your once-a-week blog post? Um, JP…that’s, like, unthinkably random.”
Sigh. Yeah. Yeah, kinda.