ALTHOUGH THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES when I went through tea phases, I am generally a coffee drinker. When I return home from my early morning walk, the first thing I do is start a pot of coffee going, enough for two cups. I make a strong Colombian brew and add only one little packet of sweetener to it. I buy whole bean and grind it about once a week. The other morning, I must have inadvertently skimped on what I put into the coffee machine, as the drink turned out to be a bit on the weak side. It brought to mind a quote by Abe Lincoln: “If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.” During the summer, I will drink iced coffee, and some iced tea as well. When I was living in Utah, I discovered that the Mormons prohibit their members from drinking any sort of stimulant but, notwithstanding that proscription, I became aware of an awful lot of the supposed faithful drinking, tea, coffee, cola, energy drinks, and alcoholic beverages. Unlike Catholics, I guess, they don’t have to confess these alleged sins, and I don’t know that would decrease the imbibing of the banned liquids anyway. There are certainly worse things you can do than sipping a cup of coffee to get your juices flowing in the AM. A good strong cup can at least give you the illusion you’re awake.
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