You will have to excuse me as I seem to be suffering or is that experiencing a little bit if a legal high!  I have been a fairly conservative drinker of different beverages for all my life with the usual liking for regular coffee (with milk), strongish tea (with milk) plain drinking chocolate and the odd flavoured variety of instant chocolates.  I have had periods of abstention from caffeine based liquids (especially when in my teens when I was particularly taken by the a lovely young lady whose religion enforced a rule that meant, meant, refraining from taking any drugs including coffee and tea – my bubble was well and truly burst when I saw her in the pub with a pint glass in one hand and a large unfiltered cigarette in the other!).

Recently I have started to experiment a little with drinks as part of my diet, trying to find a drink that is both interesting and tasty and at the same time keeps my wondering mind away from calorific food!  Yes that does mean I end up spending more time in the little room (or very little room in my house – it’s so small we call it the ‘porta-loo’) but at least I’m not piling on the pounds by munching on cake and biscuits etc.).

Anyway I have just discovered espresso coffee!  I did try it a long time ago and it tasted like thick bitter tar so I kept to the mild stuff.  But I thought to myself why not give it another go so I bought some instant espresso whilst out shopping and quite simply I love and want more!  The jar doesn’t give any clues as to the dose needed so I’m gradually increasing the number of spoons full needed (I’m on three heaped ones so far).

I don’t think it’s effected me too much and I don’t seem to be babbling too much and I do feel VERY awake.  I think now I’ve tried the instant stuff I may be able to take the full strength ‘real’ stuff they provide in  cafes and I may actually start to take special trips to try it…

Now I want to explore more, I need to find just the right taste, just the right flavour, just the right hit!  I was saving for Christmas (sorry I used the ‘C’ word but I find I can’t resist it as the TV is now full of adverts which will soak us all in the spirit of good will and cheer and give us all a painted on smile by December 1st) but think I may have to use that money to buy more very strong coffee!  Can you help any advice as to which is best?

Just one other question I need you fine friends to answer; is it possible to get a place in rehab if I try to dry out?

Anyway I need another cup I’ve not had one in the last ten minutes and I think my fingers are quivering just a touch and I need a hit to steady my tattered nerves!  See you soon! 🙂



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3 responses to “Coffee!

  1. katyasozaeva

    Personally I like a nice gas-station cappuccino, but if I must go the coffee shop route, I usually get a latte (not so much whipped foam) and then have them drench it with hazelnut flavoring…

    I’m afraid I’m not much help. I’m suffering terrible insomnia, so trying to somewhat avoid caffeine until I manage a decent amount of sleep (6 hours in 4 days is not decent)

  2. habisha

    LOL, there is no rehab that will help you with this one. You are well and truly hooked for life. I love coffee at any time of the day or night and like it strong. Thank God for Starbucks in this country and good espresso cafes. I live in Coffee Country in Seattle, and grew up in Ethiopia, so my blood in at least 60% caffeine. Love a good triple venti latte with a smidge of vanilla whole milk and no foam (which ends up with being just a skiff on the very top).

  3. I’m afraid the only way out now John is the hard way. That’s to be sellotaped flat to the wall with a row of strong espresso’s on the kitchen counter. I understand that if you’ve stopped salivating after 3 days you’re cured. Of course I also understand that the best way to celebrate is to go out for an espresso.

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