Thursday, September 29, 2016

National Coffee Day!

September 29

When did you start drinking coffee?

Photo Credit: Christina Fleming

I started drinking coffee when I was on a mission trip to France between my freshman and sophomore years of college. For breakfast the only beverage we were served was cafe au lait--coffee with milk. The milk was heated and with enough sugar I could drink it to get down my French baguette slices.

When I came home I kept drinking coffee, but with lots of milk and sugar. There were no specialty coffee shops then (back in the dark ages!), so we just got black coffee and dressed it up ourselves. I'm not saying it was the coffee, but I gained seven pounds that summer. Then I gained seven more the following school year!

How do you like your coffee?

Slowly I got rid of the milk and sugar by decreasing it slightly until I was actually drinking it black. But then I drank it mainly for a hot drink or socially because I never really liked the bitter flavor. You know, "I like the smell, but not the taste." 

At some point after I had to go off sugar, I started sweetening my coffee, first with aspartame, then sucralose, and now I use stevia. I like my coffee sweet unless I'm eating something with it, like at breakfast or some kind of sugar-free dessert.

Photo Credit: Christina Fleming

Have you given thanks for your coffee today?

My 95 year old friend Marion lives in a retirement community and is now in her last days. She can't eat or really swallow, but she rubs a sponge on a stick around her mouth after dipping it in ice water. She said her last request is that she be able to dip the sponge in cappuccino. 

I pretty much take it for granted that I can have coffee any time I want, however I want it (though I still usually drink it black and sweet). Watching Marion fade is hard. And thinking how she'd just like a taste of cappuccino makes me grateful for all I have and excited to think about her being in heaven with the Lord!

Final Question: What's the best way to enjoy a cup of coffee?

Photo Credit: Christina Fleming

Answer: With a friend!

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  1. Coffee is one of God's good gifts, and my morning cup often ends up on my list for the day's gratitude journal!

  2. I am not a coffee drinker, but I always enjoy your blog. I am having a cup of hot tea right now and reading this.

  3. I started drinking coffee because I loved the smell and I wanted something hot to drink that wasn't sweet with my desserts. I drink it black, but I do like a good latte once in a while.

  4. I've been drinking black coffee for many years. I didn't want the extra calories so I just never added anything to it; but I like my coffee rather weak and non bitter. I look forward to that first cup every morning. You're right, with a friend is the best way to drink it. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I just stopped by to let you know that I'll be featuring you at this evening's Healthy Living Link Party! Thanks for linking up!
    Blessings, Leigh



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