OPINION: Coffee, The Universal Ice Breaker

I like coffee, a lot.

I thought I’d just put that out there at the beginning.

I like coffee for many reasons and in many different ways.

I like that it wakes me up in the morning. I like the taste. I like to put honey in it, I like to put sugar in it. I like that when its a cold, wet, miserable, shitty morning outside, a cup of coffee makes it a little easier to bear for a brief moment.

It is such a versatile drink. You can have a latte, cappuccino, mocha, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, cream,  sugar soaked, diabetes inducing frappuccino. The possibilities are endless.

I know I’m not the only one to hold coffee in such a high regard. Coffee is the universal ice breaker.

How may times have you asked a girl or boy or man or woman you “like” to go for coffee? How many times have you invited someone “up for coffee”? Oh yeah, coffee is another word for sex. Another reason I, as do many others, like it.

As a smoker (who is trying to quit) there is absolutely no better combination on this giant ball of rock than coffee and a cigarette. None.

I am not advocating smoking. If you don’t smoke, then don’t start, you will regret it. If you do though, then you have to admit that chemically the two go together better than tea and biscuits!

How many times have you been falling asleep at your laptop at 2am with an assignment due in 7 hours? For me, its been a lot. Actually more than I should admit. But what do you do then? You get up and make a coffee and you’re good to go!

Some of the best, most interesting, random conversations I have had have been over coffee. I have been offered jobs over coffee, I have been fired over coffee. I have broken hearts and had my heart broken over a cup of coffee. It is the universal ice breaker.

There are very few social scenarios that coffee can be excluded from. It may not be needed but it cannot be excluded. It is there when you need a pick me up or a chat with a friend or to sober up following one too many gallons of alcohol.

Coffee is a very important part of my life. I didn’t realise how much so until I started writing this, but it is. If I didn’t drink coffee I would have missed out on a couple of jobs, girlfriends (including my current lady friend), conversations and friendships.

If I didn’t drink  coffee I would have failed college completely due to never finishing an assignment ( I like to work at night). I would never have found the chemical wonderment that is coffee and a smoke (so I would have quit by now to be fair). My mornings would be much slower, not to mention crap, cold and miserable.

If I didn’t drink coffee what would I drink? Tea. And I already drink enough of that.

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