I was late to the coffee party. My dad drank one cup of instant black coffee every morning and my mom never touched the stuff. A few sips of my dad’s coffee as a child effectively turned me off to the stuff. But then in my late 20s something happened. I had a job where there was always a fresh pot of coffee right in front of me.
Curiosity, boredom, the chilly weather…whatever it was, I eventually decided to give coffee another shot. Nearly a 1-to-1 ratio of coffee to creamer and 4 sugar packets later I had created something I was able to drink. Within the year I was down to 2 sugars and a slightly above average amount of creamer. Fast forward half a decade and I dropped sugar altogether but have kept a healthy dose of creamer.
Now when I say creamer I don’t mean milk or half-n-half or any type of powder. I mean flavored liquid creamer. You know the kind, the kind where the ingredients on the back make you wonder if the stuff is even safe to drink cause it reads like the list from a science experiment. At this point I don’t care anymore. The caffeine’s got me and any other creamer just makes my cup of coffee taste like old motor oil.
When my kids are up before the sun and bouncing off the walls, coffee is my friend. Well, actually creamer is my friend, coffee is my requirement. Maybe I’ll write a few companies and see if they’ll just make caffeinated creamer and I can skip the coffee altogether.