If I post a picture on Instagram for every time I have a cup of coffee, I would probably give ‘cats of Instagram’ a run for their money. Suffice is to say, I drink a lot of coffee. A lot by my standards at least. And I often read and share articles that make coffee look good. It justifies my addiction, and invites people to my cult. Win-win!
Sometime last year, I decided to detox and break this habit. A fun fact – caffeine doesn’t work on me. I can sleep right after a cup of cappuccino or chai. However, caffeine doesn’t always work in a set way – i.e. keep you wide awake. It can disturb your sleep as well, and not allow you to rest properly. I am not sure if latter is true, only because I am a Taurean and I can sleep for 26 hours a day.
Anyway. That detox mission curtailed my habit significantly. Until I arrived in Germany. Coffee is a popular culture here, and almost every kiosk sells ‘coffee to go’. Now if any coffee connoisseur were to take a sip of this vile concoction, they are most likely to spit it out right away. It’s bland, has milk and I add half a teaspoon of sugar. That’s a murder right there.
However, I see a lot of people going around with paper cups, carrying coffee out of a machine, around the city. And I wonder – how many of them, of us, really need it? I find it a social compulsion. I can’t resist buying a cup off the counter if I can. It’s almost as bad as shoes. Or maybe worse because it’s cheaper in comparison. It’s what ‘cool’, ‘creative-types’ do. We walk around with a statement notebook, pen and coffee. That’s our mojo.
And it’s not a raw deal if you ask me. There are plenty of benefits to drinking coffee (according to Huffington Post). Like:
- Coffee can improve energy levels and make you smarter.
- Coffee consumption has been linked to lower levels of suicide.
- Coffee can make you a better athlete.
- Just smelling coffee could make you less stressed.
- Coffee can help you burn fat.
- Caffeine can drastically improve physical performance.
- Coffee may lower your risk of type II diabetes.
- Coffee may protect you from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
- Coffee can fight depression and make you happier.
- Coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the western diet.
Moral of the story: COFFEE IS THE BEST THING EVER. KEEP DRINKING IT.