Besides wine, coffee is right up there on my list of “favorite things to drink when I know I should be drinking water.” There’s really nothing better than coffee to start the day, make tolerable mid-morning, and supercharge the afternoon. Outside of the occasional cappuccino, I take my coffee coal black with no fillers. Though Starbucks has made a lot of money on doctored-up, sugary alternatives, I actually enjoy the taste of coffee so I don’t feel the need to transform it into a liquid candy. I likely get this from my mother who, years ago, was appalled while ordering hers when the girl behind the register asked, “what flavor do you want?” “Uhm… coffee?” she responded, confused by the silly question. “I want it to taste like coffee.”
And more and more research is appearing declaring the health benefits of plain old coffee. Folks who tout things like this are touting wondrous things it helps with including the prevention of diabetes and lowering the risk of liver disease. The latter benefit, if you think about it, balances out the wine perfectly. Despite all of this, I have to admit to enjoying the primary benefit of going from half asleep to awake enough to function. This alone is enough to make me a true coffee lover and the added benefits are just a delightful bonus really. If you’re not a coffee fan, then that’s perfectly fine, of course. Actually, better than fine as it leaves more beans for the rest of us.
Those folks who tout have also spoken of the benefits of wine. The problem with their touting of both wine and coffee, of course, is the fine print which always includes the quantity one should drink. Turns out, all these wondrous effects are indeed possible, but only if you’re willing to ingest the minuscule amount that would only satisfy a hamster. Whoa, now seriously hoping that they didn’t test all of this on hamsters. But whatever drink you enjoy, I hope you’re having yours right now (even if it’s just water) and smiling. The world is suddenly a much more beautiful place this month.