Tuesday, September 8, 2009

My Coffee Loves Me


Every morning after I wake up I drag my sorry butt into the kitchen and make coffee. In my case, it's the equivalent of a quad shot of espresso. A tea cup filled to the brim.

When I've gone to the local barista and ordered a "Quad" people around me - and sometimes the baristas themselves - gawk in amazement. Then make some ridiculous comment about me being some kind of caffeine addict.

Well, truth be known, there is less caffeine in four ounces of espresso than in an 8 ounce cup of brewed coffee. (Here is the really boring, lectury part of this write up.) You see, the longer a coffee bean is roasted the less caffeine there is in the bean. An espresso bean is roasted longer than other types of bean which also makes it less acidic and bitter than your standard everyday roasted beans. For me that means no acid stomach or heart burn and I used to get both from drip coffee.

So, if like me, regular old coffee makes your esophagus feel like the burning road to hell, which is now your stomach, maybe you should switch to a couple of shots of espresso. You still get your caffeine, just in a smaller dose. You eliminate the acid and best of all - your coffee tastes the way it smells. The latter I have always felt was a bonus of drinking espresso.

But if espresso is still a bit bitter for you, add a touch of milk. Maybe brown sugar. Lavender honey. Whatever makes you happy.

I love my coffee and I want my coffee to love me back.

13 comments:

lakeviewer said...

Hurrah for espresso, with a touch of cognac about now, (post-dinner on this time zone.)

Lou said...

Almost every day I have an Americano with a dollop of whipped cream. The lady at my Starbucks knows me, and knows what a "dollop" means to me. I think I would take on a second job before I gave up that indulgence.

the walking man said...

Living on 5 hours sleep every day I will just go with the regular drip and get the juice from it. they have pills for heartburn.

The Peach Tart said...

I'm a big lover of espresso

Angelina said...

Have you ever tried cona coffee pot, my husband swears it makes the best coffee in the world?

As for me, I'm a tea drinking, matcha in the morning, is my tea of choice.

Chef Kar said...

One of the things I looked most forward to when moving to Italy was the coffee! Not a Starbucks in sight. First item I purchased was a Bialetti espresso pot. I am weaning myself back to the espresso shots with a dab of milk and brown sugar...yum! I can even have it in the evening and not be up all night.

First impression I got from the coffee loving you were a pair of oddly shaped boobs. Where is my head?

Inside our hands, outside our hearts said...

What a sweet post. I do not drink coffee, but it was very cute to hear about yours.

Soft love,
T

Silver said...

OOOOooo.. COFFEE! yeah. My only vice these days. i love it and i hope it loves me back too.. ;)

~Silver

Sujatha said...

That cup of coffee looks like it's staring at you! :)

I never figured espresso had less caffeine than brewed coffee. Something to mull over.

Monkey Man said...

Lakeviewer - I'll just live vicariously through you on the cognac addition. I don't go down that road anymore.

Lou - Americano, the gateway drug to espresso. Dollop would work on espresso, too.

TWM - Hard core dude.

Peach - I figured you for a kick start girl.

Angelina - Kona is good coffee, but for me French Roast Espresso bean works best for my taste in espresso coffee.

Chef K - My daughter called that photo coffee nipples. Great minds think alike. Keep coming back.

T - Thank you for the visit. You are such a kind and gentle soul. If not coffee, then what?

Angelina said...

Too Funny! I really did mean cona coffee pot as oppose to Kona coffee. It is a type of coffee maker http://www.coffeestorehouse.com/Sub_coffeemaker.htm

Makes really great coffee, and it is fun to watch brew.

Monkey Man said...

Angelina - how do I look with egg on my monkey face? Checked it out and the cona coffee maker looks like a very high tech bong. I'd love to try it sometime...the coffee maker, not the bong.

SabrinaT said...

OH, how I miss Espresso. Once you live in Italy there is never anything better..