I have been drinking coffee since
childhood. Though my family was not rich, we were brought up eating bread and
butter for breakfast. My parents would be drinking instant coffee and I as the
eldest would have the privilege of enjoying a cup every now and then.
Now every morning, I would have a
single espresso and a piece of buttered toast. Throughout the day, I don’t have
any coffee unless I am socializing over afternoon tea or it is a Sunday
afternoon. I am not addicted to coffee. I don’t drink stale coffee or oxidized
coffee. If I am not sure of the quality served , I would opt for tea. My
impression of the taste and aroma of coffee is not to be blasphemed.
I am careful about the amount of
coffee I am consuming, unlike some Americans who drink nothing but coffee all
day long because I am wary of the detrimental health effects of coffee.
Research findings are quite confusing. One report says that too much coffee can
cause tremors and sleeping problems. But another study finds out that there is
no direct relationship between coffee consumption and increased risk of death
from any cause.
I drink black coffee and so there
is no worry that I consume too much sugar and milk or cream because then the
coffee becomes a high-calorie beverage. But I don’t drink decaffeinated coffee
which to me is not coffee.