The house is dark as I walk groggily down the hallway and reach for something my body desperately needs – water! You read that right, I said ‘water’. It’s the first thing I drink in the morning and it just helps my body wake up. Once I have had my water, the ritual continues.
I make my way over to my coffee bar and select a mug for the morning, this is a crucial decision for me.
The mug I choose has to be perfect in so many ways. For my first morning cup, it must be be light weight.
Selecting a heavy mug, add coffee to it, well, its like starting your day lifting weights and I am so not awake for that – lol. The lip of the mug must also be mentioned. If the lip is too thick, when I take a drink it is more likely to drip on me. I speak from experience here, lol. The logo on the mug plays a part too, for example, if I am missing Seattle, or my husband is traveling, I tend to choose a mug based on those morning reflections.
I drink my coffee black, though it was not always that way. Before I began the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle, creamer was a given. Half and half with almond or hazelnut syrup was my usual.
After years of drinking it this way, the dairy began to bother me, so each day I used less and less. I cut the syrups all at once, saying goodbye to sugar and all the unhealthy things that comes with it.
I still enjoy almond syrup on occasion, but almond is also hard to find in cafes. Little by little I weaned myself off the creamer and discovered that black coffee is an explosion of flavors and notes that I would have never detected had I not tried it. I am so glad I did and will never go back.
I usually drink one or two cups in the morning and even if I am home all day, that is all of the coffee I will have. When I am visiting coffee shops, in the evening is when I indulge in a skim cappuccino or my new favorite ‘cortado’. I enjoy iced coffee on occasion, as well as a good macchiato. I am not a fan of the new nitro coffee. I would describe it as soda flavored coffee and I find it bites back, lol. I prefer a smooth, rich brew with chocolate notes for my everyday coffee, but love trying pour-overs from different regions too.
This is my coffee ritual and all these nuances can literally set the tone for my day.