Monday, April 11, 2011

Little Ways #1: A Good Cup of Coffee

My quest into adulthood (now that I'm nearly 29, ha!) and living, as my friend Dawn calls it, the Good Life, includes searching for Little Ways to make every day feel like a day off. 

(Haven't read about this yet?  Go here to read why my blog is called Like a Day Off and here to read about the Little Ways series.)

If you've read me for a while now, you know that I love coffee.  A good cup of coffee is referenced several times in many posts, not even including the couple of posts completed dedicated to the Gingerbread Latte, my favorite around the holidays. 

Seriously, though, I love coffee.  I don't need the caffeinne; I just love the flavor, the aroma, the goodness and happiness I feel when I sip it.

But a GOOD cup of coffee, one to make that moment feel like a day off, requires a couple of things, in my book:

1. It's temperature needs to be the opposite of the weather.  If it's cold or even a little chilly, the coffee needs to be hot, warming you from the inside out.  If it's warm or hot outdoors, then a refreshing iced coffee is in order.  A GOOD cup of coffee is exactly what you need to feel warmer or cooler, as the case may be.

2. It needs to be enjoyed. A cup of coffee while getting for work is okay, and a cup while teaching is still lovely, but a GOOD cup of coffee needs to be savored.  To be enjoyed while reading a book or having conversation with a friend or even, sometimes, just sitting and simply being.

A GOOD cup of coffee can make any moment feel like a day off.  Too often we rush through our morning coffee or drink it while working, not even savoring the deliciousness it provides.  This morning I had the chance to sit with my sister for about 15 minutes at Starbucks and chat and really enjoy a cup of coffee, even though it was short.  And truthfully, it was wonderful.

What is your favorite coffee or beverage ritual?  How do you use it to create a moment of space in your day?

Here's to the Little Ways!


  1. I agree! A good cup of coffee is meant to be savored. As I'm reading this I am doing just that :) My favorite way to enjoy a cup of coffee is chatting with a the coffee shop, in my home or even strolling through a park. For me it is the quality times spent catching up or laughing or struggling through tough issues. Coffee makes me smile :)

  2. Oh Beth...I'm mourning my favorite beverage... need to find a new way to have the same beverage feelings you describe. One thing I'm sure about, it won't be coffee!

  3. Coffee? No Way? Every time I smell coffee in the mornings whether it's at the dorms or in class I think of you...I've just recently taken an interest in chai tea and I have yet to try it cold.

  4. I love waking up to the smell of the coffee brewing before I'm even out of bed. Some days it is so good, I am amazed that I made it myself! In my opinion, the best coffee is coffee that is shared with a friend.

  5. I wish I enjoyed coffee more. I need that one thing, every day... you know?

  6. OH! How we are alike! That is one of the top things on my list too! My favorite holiday coffee is pumpkin spice lattes...yum! I love curling up with a good book and a cup of coffee or enjoying a good conversation with a friend. Maybe we should meet for coffee. How about in North Platte? ;) I guess I will have to come over!

  7. Wow, is it sad that I can't remember the last time that I actually sat and enjoyed and savored every sip of coffee instead of trying to gulp it to get warm/before it got cold/in a hurry. I need to do this more often! Thanks! Simple but cool post.


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