Monday, September 19, 2011

OMG Coffee

Growing up I disliked coffee.  Bitter and yucky, it was on my list of weird things that adults did.  Same with beer.

Turns out I don't dislike either.  My parents just had crappy taste in both.  Now that I've had a taste of the good stuff - I won't touch anything coming in a vacuum sealed can or starting with the word Bud.

Actually I can't drink beer anyway.  I am wheat intolerant and all the good stuff makes me react.  I will still occasionally give in because I do like a nice dark beer - but mostly I abstain.  It's a special treat.

Not with Coffee.  It's a daily treat.  I have a nice grinder, nice pot and I start with good beans.  If I'm going out I will go to a local place that roasts their beans here.  The Roastarie.  They make THE BEST mochas ever.  It's a cup of heaven that will brighten even the gloomiest day.  Starts with the fact that they use chocolate milk instead of a ton of syrup.  It's not too sweet but still has the chocolate taste.  After having theirs I will always request that other places only use half the amount of chocolate syrup.  It's not the same of course, but it does cut the over sweet part a lot and I figure I'm saving some calories too.  Oh, and they don't just use chocolate milk.  They use Shatto chocolate milk.  I can't even begin to describe how this stuff is better than regular milk.  All I can say is that if you are in the Kansas City area - get some.  You won't regret it.

So, I love coffee.  I love good coffee but I used to fix it as a dessert.  Didn't treat it like one, just gave it that many calories.  These days I'm lighter on the sweet stuff and enjoy the complex flavors that you find with good coffee.  I'll add a dash of coconut milk or a teaspoon of cinnamon spice hot chocolate powder for my sweet fix.  It's good stuff and it makes me feel good.

And now I shall go fix a cup.  I've been drinking coconut truffle hot tea all day - also very good, but not quite the same.