Thoughts on coffee

For me, nothing is as satisfying as that first cup of coffee in the morning. Every single sip is creamy, smooth, and my cup empties fast. But if I decide to have a second cup of coffee a couple hours later, I do it entirely for social reasons or for sheer boredom. Even with the same amount of espresso, milk, and cream as my first cup, this second one tastes almost bitter. So, what’s changed? and I love coffee!

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Most importantly, I am a daughter, a wife, and a friend. I am also a student who still has lots to learn.

70 thoughts on “Thoughts on coffee

  1. Very true and going out for coffee or staying in makes outings and meeting up fun. Coffee socialization here in the USA has become gradually grandeur since the mid 1980s!

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  2. Indeed and there are so many flavors to love. The kitchen profile has its own barista zone! Yes, our statement is coffee, but yet, the name America On Coffee has many connotation.๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ

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  3. I think this is a deep metaphor about life, the universe and everything… for everything there is a time and a place, a reason and a season and yes of course too much of a good thing can spoil it I guess hahaha
    Cheers
    ~B

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  4. I do love coffee too! I am a cream and sugarless and natural flavor collector. Kitchens that have the smell of coffee are nice to wake up to. And seeing pretty coffee flavorings and accessories in the kitchen can be inspiring.

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  5. It’s an exciting story, Angela. Yes, why does the fresh, wonderfully fragrant and hot coffee taste so particularly wonderful in the morning? Perhaps it is the case that after waking up, the body is particularly “happy” about the tasty caffeine stimulation and therefore gives us positive feedback for drinking.
    Angela, I wish you all the best! ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒธ
    Rosie

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  6. You’re right. So it’s impossible to completely duplicate something entirely. Even every blade of grass is slightly different. Thanks a lot. I agree with you. I think we would have much to discuss over coffee or tea! It’s always neat to hear what you’re thinking. You have many levels to your intellect!

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  7. Woah, I am totally flattered. Thank you. I like analogy about nothing being the same. It makes sense because to duplicate something completely, time would be the number one factor; it must held in its tracks, but that is an impossible thing because time is timeless, if that makes any sense. I enjoy exchanging comments with you, your words get me thinking. I think you would be a great friend to grab coffee with.

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  8. You’re welcome. If I also think of a philosopher (Sรธren Kierkegaard) then maybe it’s also possible that it’s never the same because it’s impossible for anything to ever be the same. The conditions are always slightly different so it’s impossible to ever repeat something the same way. He has a great story where someone tries to repeat the feelings and can’t ever do it, because he learns there is no such thing as repetition. Always, things are slightly different. And yes, your mind might have something to do with it. This is awesome: “the things I have learned on this platform is unbelievable.” It’s always great discussions you bring about! Philosophy is all about questions and wonder. You a great philosopher, I think!

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  9. LOL, love your last two lines. No, you seriously answered my question. I was telling Benjamin (commented before you did) that I did an experiment yesterday morning: I focused on the first few sips, paid FULL attention to the taste and was amazed at what I found. It tasted exactly like my afternoon coffee, but like you said, my taste buds, my mind, my emotions all looked forward to that morning cup. After my fill, well, everything relaxes they don’t care for that second cup. Been there, done it kind of attitude lol. But it took someone pointing that out to me that I decided to test the theory. Amazing, right. On second thoughts, i could have cut all the trouble and just asked a chef! Smh!

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  10. Interesting, Angela. Tell me, how do you perceive the day’s third or fourth cup (assuming one is forthcoming)? If you wait long enough, does the joy bloom again, or is does it expire, no matter what, with the morning’s first quaff?

    If you do savor the experience yet again if it comes late in the afternoon or in the evening, the explanation’s right there. When you go without for an extended time (such as overnight), your taste buds yearn for what they’re missing. Those initial stirrings satisfied, they become deadened to its effects. Until, that is, they’re denied yet again.

    The classic pattern with which the human psyche negotiates any one of our addictions.

    Of course, if the bitterness remains ten or twelve hours later, then this warrants more pondering.

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  11. LOL, really? I think coffee is REALLY hard to break. I have tried it 3 to 4 times now and it is just impossible. In fact, I got pissed off at myself for the few days I denied myself coffee, it made no sense at all. Jarlsberg! never heard of that one, so might check it out at the grocery store today. Oh, and I will definitely look for the Russian tea. Is it Russian? no wonder it’s hard to get!

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  12. Right? This makes sense because perhaps your mind and all your senses are tuned to that. You are expecting that satisfaction I guess, and then the rest is like OK…
    I do NOT drink black coffee, haha. Cappuccino, latte, “African coffee” which is really hot milk and a shot or two of espresso.

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  13. You are definitely onto something here. I find that the mind or thoughts, affect how we perceive things. Sometimes the same things, will feel or taste different depending on the day, time, emotions, etc. I decided to TASTE my first cup of coffee yesterday. I wanted to compare the two cups, and was surprised to find that it actually was identical to my second cup. The only thing that had changed was that that all I want first thing in the morning is coffee. The first cup satisfies that crave/want/hunger to a T. By the time I take the second cup, it’s for different reasons, purely for leisure or boredom. Benjamin, the things I have learned on this platform is unbelievable. Thank you so much for your contribution to that.

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  14. Wow, what a question! That is deep thought. I wonder if it’s just a mindset. Perhaps you don’t need the second cup? And your body is telling you that by making it taste another way? The mind can effect our thoughts. Plus, if it’s happening a lot it might be that you’re now used to that and associating it with that and influencing yourself to taste the bitterness. I’m sure all the sweetness even has bitter so you’re tasting those nodes instead of the other. And like everyone else said: “โ€œDifferent expectationsโ€ perhaps. This is a good post. Philosophy starts and ends with questions, no necessarily any answers!

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  15. Glad your first cup is everything that you need. Do you drink any coffee or do you have preferences, too? Your question reminds me of something David Chang said, how the first piece of Doritos is the best and everything else is just chips. Or maybe it was not David Chang who said that but some chef on TV that I cannot remember now.

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  16. That’s fantastic how you can ignore chocolate like that. Apparently, it’s about the hardest craving to break. I have too many favourite cheeses, but it would be fair to say that I like the sharper tasting cheeses. Although Jarlsberg is excellent in croissants. My favourite tea is Russian Caravan, but it is very hard to get.

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  17. Isn’t? If I tell you that I go to bed thinking about everything you have described in coffee, will you think me crazy? I have a “what am I thinking now” game with my husband, and every time I ask him that, he goes coffee, and he is not wrong. For me, coffee among other things is what makes my life colorful.

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  18. Exactly, I get hints of bergamot in just the right amounts. Much coffee will definitely hurt your stomach in a way that I still fail to describe. NOT a good feeling at all. Well, English sharp cheddar is my favorite, and I love chocolate but with so much control that amazes me. Chocolate can sit on the table for a week or so, and I won’t touch it. I eat it only when I crave it.

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  19. Great point, even health issues keep evolving. It is the one thing I have refused to drop for health issues, because I love it and if I can’t what I love, what the heck is the point? But that’s just me. Happy weekend indeed! please share your adventures whenever you can.

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  20. Iโ€™m trying to also cut down coffee in AM for my blood pressure. Didnโ€™t even realize it cause hypertension because of caffeine. Old school , it was cholesterol, salt, heredity and sedentary lifestyle were the cause, now itโ€™s something I enjoy. Moderation I guess, though looks like I need to take BP med soon. Happy weekend.

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  21. I can relate. I enjoy one cup just after waking up and then I am done, especially if the coffee gets cold. With the sun rising earlier, my cup of coffee usually joins me for sunrise meditation. ๐ŸŒž Even if I drink it after, the hot cup is nurturing.

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  22. I was drinking too much coffee and it was causing stomach problems. So, even now, despite that wonderful coffee aroma, I want go near it. I wish I could do the same with cheese and chocolate ๐Ÿ˜‚

    I discussed the merits of Earl Grey with a great friend and colleague once. He said it is the bergamot in it that helps you de-stress when you have a cup. I thought (and still do) that makes perfect sense to me ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  23. My goodness! such a long time you haven’t had coffee. What changed? “dishwater” gets what I am getting at, and I love earl grey. If I decide on tea for pure enjoyment, (rear) then it has to definitely be earl grey. I love the fusion, NOT flavor. Earl grey is more than flavor to me.

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  24. This is one of lifeโ€™s great ponderables! So, for me, itโ€™s a cup of tea (well, mug actually). I generally start the day with two. And, I have it strong as can be. Some mornings itโ€™s like dishwater and others it is very satisfying. During the day it can be like this too, so I switch it up. Strong in the morning and lighter blends in the afternoon, such as Earl Grey. Whenever I do have tea I try and make it a reflective experience – an enforced time out. My last cup of coffee by the way was Easter 1982. I gave up sugar at the same time.

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  25. Perfect! that’s it! repetition would do that.
    True, I know people who drink it through out the day, but too much coffee leaves my stomach feeling a certain way I cannot explain.

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  26. I never drink coffee except for the times I use it as a drug…..on the road and need to stay awake……unusually tired in the morning and have things I need to do….so very rarely drink it. But I know that most people always start their day with it and often drink it throughout the day and even after dinner. I find with most substances I eat or drink that the taste can vary widely depending upon what is going on before I get that meal or drink. It seems that when I repeat that certain food or drink under different circumstances it never tastes as good.

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  27. I love coffee … I always drink in the morning and then, only in the late afternoon. I have some texts here about coffee … I don’t know if you’ve seen it.
    Nice text!

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  28. Wow, so many reasons I had never thought of. “Different expectations” is the one that makes the most sense to me. I see how weather or air pressure can affect the outcome of coffee, but I make my own coffee and precisely the same way. Thank you so much for this!

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  29. There are so many reasons why the taste of coffee can change. Different water? Different grind? Other variety? Good baristas change the settings of their espresso machine during the day because the weather, air pressure and the number of guests in the room can change the result.

    I cannot say to what extent the time of day and the biorhythm play a role. But coffee is a natural product and that’s why it’s different every time. Or maybe your expectations are different? In the morning you just want it to wake you up, later you want to enjoy it. But even I don’t have a precise explanation for you.

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