Hello. My name is Liliana and I am addicted to coffee…
It all started when I was really, REALLY young (this may explain why caffeine has no effect on me). Growing up in a Mexican household, coffee was essential on Sunday mornings with menudo (traditional Mexican soup with ingredients I’d rather not say) or at late-night family gatherings. Although I wasn’t allowed to drink coffee yet, I appreciated that exquisite coffee aroma coming from my father’s cup of Nescafé. Eventually, my mother allowed me to have café con leche (coffee prepared with more milk than anything). But my first cup of actual coffee was at the age of nine during a spring break trip to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. I tagged along with my uncle’s family for breakfast at the hotel. My uncle is a lot more lenient than my parents so he allowed me to order coffee. That was the first time I had a taste of heaven! I still remember taking that very first sip and seeing fireworks light up in the sky and a hallelujah song start to play (okay, I’m exaggerating a little. But it really did taste amazing!)
Fast forward a couple of years, my older sister introduced me to Starbucks. Like any Starbucks amateur, my go-to order was a venti caramel frappuccino. Later on, I started taking coffee more seriously and discovered the deliciousness of lattes, cappuccinos, espressos, and drip. Throughout high school, I started preparing my own coffee and carrying it with me in a tumbler. It started off being Nescafé, then Starbucks grounds, keurig k-cups, and now I buy my own local coffee beans (Cultivar and Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters are my favorite!) and grind them myself.
Whenever I spot anything coffee-related I get really excited and impulsively buy it. Whether it’s something reasonable, like coffee ice-cream and coffee cake, or something not so reasonable, like coffee shampoo and coffee-flavored gum.
However, I don’t really drink coffee to stay awake. I drink coffee because I love the taste, smell, and that soothing feeling I get when I take a sip. Caffeine has become my (legal- and only) drug of choice. I drink, live, and breathe for coffee!
***Disclaimer: I am not actually addicted to caffeine. I can function without it, I just choose not to 🙂