Coffee, I Will Forever Be Your Biggest ‘Feen’
Coffee is a big deal. It’s as though coffee lovers belong to some sort of special alliance, unified by their love for “Joe”. Each time a friend who has long declined offers to join me in my coffee indulgences miraculously decides to cross over into my world of regular consumption, I feel a sense of responsibility and pride for their initiation. I am almost tempted to present them with a biscotti and whisper devilishly, “Welcome to the dark side, darling. Joe is happy you are here.”
On the other hand, when someone tells me they dislike coffee, I wonder how they will ever understand me. When they then offer an explanation in the realm of, “I just don’t like the taste,” I am tempted to thump them on the forehead and simply say, “Okay, so?” Although I find its taste to be lovely, the actual experience of coffee is what its lovers treasure so fondly. The sound of it brewing, the robust smell greeting our noses and the feel of the warm mug in our hands are collectively what makes our relationship with it so sweet.
Dear Joe, I So Treasure Your Friendship…
Coffee represents the early morning stillness of a quiet house. It is the silent companion during your commute to work. It is the ally in your corner of the classroom. It represents enthralling conversations and business negotiations. It is a power hour with an old friend. Coffee is an ever-present, willing participant.
It is a morning ritual, an afternoon ritual and occasionally an after “woah that was a monstrous dinner and no one is yet able to depart from the table” ritual. It is a “save me from crawling back into bed” ritual. It is a “get me through this meeting” ritual. It is a “How will I ever endure this alone?” ritual, and, most importantly, it is a togetherness ritual. It makes everything more tolerable. It is a rite of passage into adulthood. It is a friendly kick in the pants. It is the lightbulb flashing over your head. It is stimulating, indulgent, celebratory and commemorating. It is all of those things, but limited to none of those things.
Coffee and I have gazed at many sunsets and endured a jillion sleepless nights throughout the duration of our union. We’ve experienced hair days both fortunate and tragic. We’ve taken nature strolls together. We’ve ventured through a myriad of creative terrains, and its companionship has never failed to sustain me. Some of my most life-altering epiphanies have struck me in between latte sips. We’ve embarked on countless road trips, some rocky and some smooth. We’ve seen the best of times and the worst of times, therefore my fondness for it shall never die.
It’s as though it is always cheering me on, cradling me, affirming me or providing me with a high-five. Countless beginnings and endings I’ve had to face, but coffee has been ever-present as if to say, “We’re in this together, girl.” It has been the the most consistent of sidekicks. So, dear Joe, you’re so much more than an indulgent supply of caffeine. I am grateful for the daily dose of mojo, and I so treasure your friendship.
Have Your Happiest, Healthiest Cup Of “Joe”
The problem is this: Consumption of coffee is often taxing to the endocrine system. Considering that I have mild adrenal fatigue, my body does not always react to it so appreciatively. I once told my doctor of my adoration for coffee. He lowered his eyes condescendingly and replied, “Well, Lacey, it doesn’t love you.” I refused to believe him, and became determined to find a way to make it work in my life. Because I love the experience of it so deeply, the mere notion of surrendering it was frightening.
My relationship with coffee was much too valuable to become disposable. Luckily, through my tenacious research and experimentation, I have found a way to enjoy my cup (or two) of coffee. My method of preparation was originally inspired collectively by ideas from the lovely Wellness Mama as well as my holistic health practitioner, however I have made adjustments and additions to make it my own. Be warned: You may never be able to enjoy any other cup of coffee with the same level of fondness again. It tastes sinful, but is actually quite heavenly.
The Magic is In The Coconut
If you ever feel as though coffee sends your system into an anxious state of overdrive, I may have your remedy. This method of preparing coffee feels simultaneously soothing and energizing to my body. The magic in this concoction can be mostly attributed to the extra virgin coconut oil, which I have discussed in previous articles. Its healthy source of fat is beneficial to the endocrine system, and I find it provides my body with a sustainable level of peaceful energy for hours, as opposed to a surge of energy followed by a dreaded crash an hour following consumption.
Since preparing my morning coffee this way, I have found that not only does my system seem to thrive better overall, but the appearance of my skin has reaped undeniable benefits as well. The more consistent I am with consuming extra virgin coconut oil in general, the better I look and feel. I attribute the vanity-related benefits to coconut oil’s rich essential fatty acid content and powerful anti-fungal properties.
Note: If you’re going to go to the trouble of creating this concoction for health and vanity’s sake, please make sure you choose a high-quality, pure coffee source.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil offers a world of benefits (refer to this article), cinnamon prevents your blood sugar from spiking, coconut nectar is a low glycemic sweetening option and is rich in amino acids and minerals, and raw local honey is life-altering if you are a seasonal allergy sufferer.
Add all ingredients to a blender, allowing 1-2 minutes for blending, or until it becomes a smooth cream. Add to your desired amount of coffee.
Your body is guaranteed to burst with happiness from just a single sip. “Joe” is certain to approve.
©TheDailyDoll.com/Lacey Johnson 2015
A revised version of this article has also been published to The Huffington Post.