Thursday, April 19, 2012

My New Addiction

I've always been envious of my friends who have an appreciation for coffee. There is a certain level of sophistication and maturity that I percieve as I admire coffee drinks at the local coffee shop. I'm sure this appreciation is not without countless trips to Starbucks to obtain a cup of caffiene that costs more than a tank of gas!

The envy really grows every fall, when Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte becomes ever so popular. Being the aggressive pumpkin lover that I am, I try to acqure a taste for this every.single.fall...and never seem to grow fond of the taste. Instead, I settle for trying to create a pumpkin hot chocolate from home.

Aside from my perception of drinking coffee, I just need a kick of energy some days. My friend, Cori, is always amazed that I operate on virtually zero caffiene (no pop, coffee, etc.)

Well, while visiting friends in Indy last week...I ran into a local coffee shop to grab Cori a coffee and muffin...and the shop had some sort of Snickerdoodle-flavored coffee. The barista gave me a little sample of this dessert-like beverage...and now it is all I can think about! It gave me hope. Maybe I can still acquire a taste for coffee-flavored drinks afterall!

This morning on my way to work, I decided I needed a little "pick-me-up," so I stopped at my local Caribou. I ordered the least-coffee sounding drink on the menu...a Caramel Mocha High Rise, with extra sweet stuff mixed-in.

Within an hour, I noticed just how 180 mg of caffiene would affect my body. Albeit a little jittery at lunch time, I admit I really enjoyed the boost of energy. I can imagine how helpful this jolt of energy would have been after I had Miss L and was being weaned from steroids.  

I am now on a mission to seek out the best-tasting, least-coffee-esque, caffienated beverage. Any suggestions for me?


  1. Too funny. I'm drinking more and more every morning! I even switched to 50 caf/50 decaf so that I can drink more without doubling my caffeine. I have no suggestions for you as I'm finding myself gravitating toward more "coffee-esque" beverages and using less cream in my coffee :)

  2. This is how I started I can drink it with just cream and sugar, although I prefer to buy the flavored creamers. If I splurge and buy it at Starbucks, I enjoy White Chocolate Moca. Not sure if it is non-coffee enough or not, but it is YUMMY!

  3. Hmmm...thanks ladies! I may have to try the White Chocolate Mocha! I'm grocery shopping today and on a mission to find a light blended coffee to try!

  4. I was the same way, I was so jealous at all the cool 'coffee drinkers' everywhere. I leaned to love it by using creamer. I use the sugar free coffee mate vanilla caramel. Three tsp in a cup with a packet of truvia and a splash of milk, and I can finally drink coffee. I can't handle anything at a coffee shop yet, they're still too strong for me. And the good kinds, like a caramel frappe from mcds, are roughly nine thousand calories. So I say busy out your own pot and start at home with creamers. It makes a big difference, and it's so much better to have the flavored kinds at home than the plain one at Starbucks. Shudder.

  5. That's my favorite drink at Caribou! Yum! Slowly but surely you're coming to the cool side.... Hahaha xo!