While I was in Virginia for Thanksgiving, I kept trying to figure out what it was about my mom's coffee that made it so much better than mine. I finally realized that she was making coffee in a good ol' coffeemaker. And grinding just enough beans for a day's worth of coffee.
Now I'm not too much of a coffee snob but it did convince me that while my Keurig is fun and convenient when I just want a single cup, it's really not as good as making a fresh pot of coffee. So even though Ryan bought me a Keurig two years ago for Christmas, he bought me a Cuisinart coffeemaker this Christmas.
What can I say? The man is good to me. And very patient with my ever changing mind and tastebuds.
So I've been enjoying some really good coffee lately, along with my latest favorite coffee find:
Yes. You read that right.
Abuelita Mexican Chocolate Creamer.
Cue the singing angels.
If you're not sure why this creamer makes me so happy, then obviously you're not aware of my mad love for Mexican hot chocolate.
Any-hoo, I've got kind of an odd question for you today.
I've never really been affected by the "caffeinated coffee at night = no sleep" thing.
But I am 45 years old now and lots of things that never really bothered me before seem to be causing me a little trouble.
I'm looking at you, "progressive lenses", the apparently new fancy term for bifocals.
And I guess "looking at you" and "bifocals" in the same sentence is kind of ironic, is it not?
But here's the question -
If I drink coffee with caffeine during the day, I do not notice that it affects me in any way. I am not one of those people who gets up in the morning and must have coffee to feel awake. In fact, most mornings, I wait until after I've taken the Bird to school so I can drink my coffee in peace. I don't feel any more awake during the day and if I drink coffee at 2 PM to avoid my usual early afternoon slump when I feel like I could just go on to bed and sleep til the next morning, it doesn't work. I don't feel more energized.
But, if I drink coffee after supper, I have an incredibly hard time falling asleep. I have the most restless sleep, tossing and turning for what feels like the whole night. I get incredibly frustrated and I wake up tired and cranky.
So if I really want a cup of coffee at night, I've resorted to decaffeinated, which I don't mind at all.
But this is my question -
Why does caffeinated coffee keep me awake at night but doesn't do the same during the day? If I feel energized when I drink it before bed, why doesn't it energize me at 2 PM? Or when I have my first cup in the morning?
These are the things that make me go hmmmmm.....
Can anyone help me out here?