Why Do You Drink Coffee?

Why do you drink coffee? You might respond like the mountain climber intent on climbing a jagged peak, because it is there. You might also lecture for an hour or so about the health benefits of drinking coffee. But, why do you drink coffee? Is it the taste or aroma? Is it the morning wakeup effect or because you need a cup to make it through a long afternoon at work? Maybe it is a genetic predisposition as we wrote about in our article, Genetic Desire for Coffee. Here are a few more thoughts on the subject of why one might like to drink coffee.

Warm Up, Wake Up and Relax a Bit on a Cold Night

Irish coffee is a good reason to drink coffee. This version of the brew was invented on a cold Irish night. There was an Irish chef at the airbase where Shannon International Airport now sits. There was a flight from Ireland to New York that had to turn back because of bad weather. The chef greeted the returning travelers with a hot drink of coffee, whiskey, brown sugar, and whipped cream. It became a regular feature at the airport and when people asked what kind of coffee it was they were told that it was Irish coffee (as opposed to one of the Brazilian or Colombian organic coffee brands). An American traveler brought the recipe back to America and it caught on.

Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee

Here are the ingredients and steps:

  • Coffee mug (A glass mug is traditional.)
  • Tablespoon
  • 4 ounces of hot coffee freshly ground and brewed organic coffee
  • 1 ounce of organic, preferably Irish, whiskey
  • 2 teaspoonful of brown sugar
  • 1 ounce of organic double cream whipped just lightly
  • Have everything ready.
  • Warm your coffee mug.
  • Put the brown sugar into the glass and then add the hot organic coffee.
  • Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add the whiskey and stir again.
  • Add the cream by pouring gently over the back side of the tablespoon so that the whipped cream sits on top of the coffee.
  • A little cinnamon and or nutmeg sprinkled on top of the whipped cream are an American addition to this treat and are optional.

A Little Sugar on Top

If you like your coffee as a reason to add sugar to what you drink, consider Cuban coffee. Cuban coffee is strong espresso with a foamy layer of sugar laced with espresso across the top. Make the espresso as you normally would. The put a forth of a cup of brown sugar in a glass mixing bowl and add a tablespoonful of hot espresso. Mix using a whisk until the mixture is foamy. Pour this over each cup of steaming hot espresso and enjoy your Cuban coffee, aka Café Cubano.

For Whatever Reason

Why do you drink coffee? If you sense that it a genetic predilection that makes you start brewing coffee every morning you can still enjoy you coffee black or prepared in any of the innovative ways that people have invented. So enjoy your coffee and remember that coffee does a lot of good things for you besides just waking you up in the morning.

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