|My fave mug|
In Mid-late December, a Corner Bakery Cafe opened just a mile away from my office. I was stoked, because their food is yummy. I was over the moon with elation when I found out that the first hundred people through the door on opening day got free coffee for a year. Boys and girls, I knew I had to be all over that like frat boys on a fresh keg.
So I got in line at 5:15am to wait my turn. I was somewhere around 60th in line. Sweet. Victory was mine, I just had to wait... and wait. Did I mention it was very very cold? It was. But, oh, for the love of coffee I can do almost anything.
The free-ness of my coffee is the greatest thing ever. Yes, we have coffee at work. Yes, I have a coffee pot at home. But knowing I can walk into a restaurant, flash a card, and in seconds have coffee is the best. AND they have 4 different kinds to pick from! I mean, you don't get that kind of variety on a daily basis at home. That variety, I am pleased to say, made me shift my way of thinking. I always shook my head at people who drink decaf. Why? Drink tea, or cocoa. I mean, I get it if you're pregnant and you just need to pretend you aren't missing out on your fave caffeinating ritual. But for the long term? No way.
...Until I tried the decaf at Corner Bakery. Last week, I left my house too late to stop in and get my coffee before work. After work, I wanted my coffee. But, with me getting up so early in the morning to work out, I forced myself, just that once (I promised myself, just this one time, never ever again), would I grab the decaf.
And then I had to eat my words. It was one of the best cups of coffee I have had in a long time. It was so perfect, exactly what I wanted and needed in that cup of roasted goodness. So crap. How is any other cup going to compare? Do I have to give up caffeine in favor of yummy? Why would they do something like this to me? I can't really be wanting to give up my Hazelnut coffee in flavor of after-dinner decaf, can I?
My head was spinning as I considered the options. I knew there was only one thing I could do: go half-caff during the day, and decaf at night. My half-caff is not as good, but I don't feel so weird about drinking it first thing in the morning. And really, I've noticed that if I have more than a couple of cups of regular in the morning after a workout, I get really anxious the rest of the day.
Do I think I'll ever be a fully decaf person? Probably not. But as long as I have free coffee, I know that the decaf at Corner Bakery and I will be b.f.f.'s.