I know, I know…I just wrote about drinking more water in place of calorie heavy beverages. But this is more about an experience than the beverage itself. Something I don’t do enough is sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee.
Coffee is literally one of my favorite things. I settle for mid-level brews (I’m talking Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts) when it comes to the iced coffee I drink on my way to work. It does the job, and it’s still enjoyable.
But there’s a big difference between that coffee and the cappuccino brewed by a local coffee shop and enjoyed at leisure. I will skip two days of mediocre coffee for that cappuccino or latte. Now, part of that is due to the difference in quality, but a big element of the magic is the way I drink the two.
Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks are a necessity I enjoy. Coffee from Amy’s Bread and Bonjour Crepes and Wine are an experience. And I want to really milk (ha!) that feeling for all it’s worth: a sunny afternoon sitting outside in the shade or indoors with the cafe music playing. A lovely bowl-sized mug with a fragrant steam playing above the thick foam.
That, in itself, is a meditative moment for me. I feel at peace and like I’m on a mini mental vacation. I had a couple very long days (at work from 9am-8pm–oof!), so I left a little early today and enjoyed the above cappuccino before running errands. I had been exhausted, mentally and physically after those two days, and this half hour and $3.50 made a huge difference in my mood and overall sense of wellbeing.
If getting coffee after work isn’t your thing, I will work while eating lunch and then spend a leisurely hour with a book at a cafe in the afternoon. And if coffee isn’t your cup of tea (ha! The puns just keep coming), maybe treat yourself to said cup of tea or a really fabulous smoothie. Whatever floats your boat. It’s all about the experience.