My Coffee Ritual

September 27, 2016 19 Comments

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.

coffee bar

I make my way over to my coffee bar and select a mug for the morning, this is a crucial decision for me.

mug collection

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.


My first morning cup

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.



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    Micki Risner

    September 27, 2016

    Crystal – your coffee bar is beautiful and I absolutely love the blue wall! Although, I am not a coffee connoisseur such as yourself, I do have my own coffee ritual (mine are really just quirks, LOL). I’m finding more and more how crucial hydrating our bodies are so I I think I may decide to indulge in a glass of water first thing in the morning too. Maybe get my whole family to do this. Thanks for letting us see a glimpse of your world 🙂

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    Tamara Sanders

    September 27, 2016

    I agree! I’m the same way ? I used all kinds of flavored creamers but since THM I slowly started to change. I even have issues with dairy causing me to go black. And I’m so glad I did! You are so right, I can taste all the flavors I never could before. It’s truly amazing how different each brand of coffee is. And like you said the subtle notes are noticeable now. For me it has truly made my coffee drinking experience that much more enjoyable.

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    Kristin Cook

    April 10, 2017

    LOVE your coffee bar! That is one of the first things I plan to make whenever my husband and I have a space for it. My coffee routine is much the same, except I love International delight creamer.

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    April 10, 2017

    I pride myself as a coffee drinker, but now you make me look like a kid who drinks water from a toy mug and pretends that he/she is having coffee. Awesome coffee bar. You just inspired me to prove my love for coffee 🙂

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      April 10, 2017

      Oh, I’m glad! I hope you enjoy the blog and stick around. 🙂

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    April 27, 2017

    As a self professed coffee snob I don’t drink it every morning – I can’t be dealing with the nasty taste of instant, those coffee pods create too much waste and I don’t have time to grind and brew before hurtling out the door so I savor my coffee time for a really good brew that I know I’ll enjoy, I seek out the shops I know sell Monsoon Malibar beans and sip on it slowly while I catch up on busy work. It’s so funny how specific I each persons coffee routine is! Thanks for sharing such a great read.

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    April 27, 2017

    I, too, require the perfect mug! I’m on an endless search for the perfect coffee mug 🙂

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      April 27, 2017

      It is good to know that I am not alone, lol!

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    April 27, 2017

    oh my goodness! Your coffee bar is beautiful 🙂 I want one now!

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    April 27, 2017

    These coffee set up is beautiful! Love your writing style, and your ritual is great!

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    April 27, 2017

    What a great post, I have a similar morning ritual but my coffee bar is not that beautiful!

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    Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries

    April 27, 2017

    I gave up coffee two years ago for health reasons, but I have the same ritual every morning with tea! PS. Your coffee bar is amazing!

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    April 27, 2017

    Love your coffee bar!! My boyfriend would love one in our future house. I am a huge lover of using flavored creamers.

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    April 27, 2017

    I love to hear about others’ coffee addiction routines! haha

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    Angie Scheie

    April 28, 2017

    We are definitely creatures of habit and ritual, particularly in the morning! I’m not s big coffee drinker but I love my chai latte or tea in the morning. And Seattle misses you too!

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    May 7, 2017

    Love this! I also start with a big glass of cold water, and I agree, I’m picky about my mug first thing in the morning, mostly due to the spill factor. :p I used to put a lot of that super sweet flavored creamer in, but after having gestational diabetes, I’m trying to cut back on sugar in my post-baby life too. Now I have some almond milk in my coffee, mostly to cut the bitter flavor. If you have tips on how to make coffee that’s not too bitter, or what kinds of coffee to buy that’s less bitter, please share!

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      May 7, 2017

      Awesome, thats neat how we have a similar routine. 🙂 I hope you will subscribe, big things are coming!