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I Heart Coffee And… Zen Pastry Chefs?

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I Heart Coffee And… Zen Pastry Chefs?

I have a crush… on coffee. I don’t actually drink coffee but am absolutely smitten with the ritual of it. Perhaps it’s the heat that attracts me. I love the way hot coffee makes people pause.

Coffee drinkers may succumb to its addictive nature (ahh, the caffeine) but with that physiological pull comes with the grand gift of of daily pause. The measuring of scoops, pouring of water, waiting, and the smell. Oh, how I do love the smell of coffee.

Every day people wake up early to brew and wait, sit and sip, read the paper and ponder, while the sun comes up in the distance. I suppose that was the coffee fantasy of my childhood. Today’s is more about coffee shops, groovy baristas, music, familiar strangers, baked goods, and inspiring quotes printed on “environmentally friendly” cups.

It all feels very romantic to me. I crave it–the romantic pause of the coffee culture–but there’s a problem.

I don’t like coffee.

I can’t stand the way it tastes, never have been able to. I used to complain about my broken coffee dream, about how I couldn’t get past the coffee part of the experience to enjoy the ritual and pause. Years ago, a friend excitedly reassured me that she didn’t use to like coffee either but she’d converted herself. Beginning with a little splash of coffee in a mug of sugary milk (or milky sugar), she’d increased the coffee end of the ratio over time until she was able to drink it. Now, she can drink any kind of coffee she can get her hands on–fresh or old, hot or cold, fancied up or black. Finally, she is a coffee drinker!

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5:50PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

I love drinking coffee more than the ritual of making it...although that it nice sometimes too...

11:02PM PST on Nov 21, 2011

COFFEE IS ADDICTIVE NOT SO MUCH FOR ITS TASTE BUT WHAT IT DOES. CANT LIVE W/O IT

9:23PM PST on Nov 21, 2011

I do believe what you have just described is true of most of us regarding certain experiences or possessions.

I love my apartment, but I hate cleaning house. So I have learned it helps to do something to make the cleaning more fun. Get out some ok snacks, turn on the music and rock while I clean the apartment.

Romance is of the emotions and the mind.

Reality is of the control and use of the body.

The romance is spacey...like, get high!

The reality is work.

I think you handled the cofee reality and romance perfectly.

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It all feels very romantic to me. I crave it–the romantic pause of the coffee culture–but there’s a problem.

I don’t like coffee.

I can’t stand the way it tastes, never have been able to. I used to complain about my broken coffee dream, about how I couldn’t get past the coffee part of the experience to enjoy the ritual and pause

9:20PM PST on Nov 21, 2011

I must have my coffee first thing in the morning. The rest of the day I take tea.

4:06PM PST on Nov 21, 2011

I can not survive without a coffee, at least in the morning.

4:59AM PST on Nov 21, 2011

BEAUtifully written - cook your life - absolutely right!
People who don't cook miss out on a LOT! Those who cook and don't enjoy it miss out too.

1:13AM PST on Nov 21, 2011

You lost me halfway through your story.

12:13AM PST on Nov 21, 2011

I love coffee. Hot coffee lets you sit for a while and think as you take your sips. A respite form the hurried world around you.

10:57PM PST on Nov 20, 2011

I love coffee.

9:46PM PST on Nov 20, 2011

I love coffee, hot or cold and in anything (just about). I'm now relegated to decaf but still love the taste. I don't know about the 'stop and pause', obviously a very different household to mine growing up. LOL To me it's the taste and the refreshment I get from it. I also drink tea, preferably with lemon, but never with milk (milk was never my friend).

I'm a bit of a chocoholic too, maybe the two go together. I'd love to be zen... maybe one day?

Can't say I've ever craved something I don't like, perhaps before I've tried it but don't have any problem letting go of a desire to eat or drink anything I've tried and didn't like.

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