To say that I’ve never liked coffee would be an understatement. Don’t get me wrong, I like caffeine, but I never developed a taste for coffee. Instead, Diet Coke has always been my delivery system of choice — until I quit drinking it, that is.
The main reason I quit drinking Diet Coke is that it didn’t always agree with me, and I had a sneaking suspicion that it was all the other crap in there — artificial sweeteners, etc. — as opposed to the caffeine that was causing the problem.
So over the holidays, I decided to learn to like coffee. We had out-of-town guests who were coffee drinkers, so I figured why not? If they’re going to brew a pot every morning, I might as well give it a try. And so I did.
I started having a cup every morning, and guess what? I got the caffeine kick without the general malaise that often kicked in as my Diet Coke wore off.
After New Year’s, when I went back to work, I began stopping by a local coffee shop on the way to work for a cup of joe. The advantage here is that they rotate their brews, so I was able to sample a variety of things.
As for how I like my coffee, I tried drinking it with cream and sugar, but… That didn’t really improve the taste (to me), so I decided not to bother. Instead, I’ve been drinking my coffee black.
It’s been about a month, and I’m slowly but surely developing a taste for coffee. And boy, do I enjoy have that warm cup in my hand as I walk in to work. Things might change in the summer — iced coffee, perhaps? But for now, a steaming hot cup does the job quite nicely.
I should also note that I ordered an AeroPress coffee maker and a simple burr grinder so I can start making it myself at home. Not only is this way cheaper than the coffee shop, but it also reduces the waste associated with all those to-go cups.
I considered a Keurig single-cup home brewer but, there again, there’s a ton of waste in the form of all those little K-cups that you’re throwing away. Yes, you can buy a refillable K-cup, but it was also hard to justify spending $150 on the machine.