Thoughts of a Coffee n00b

As of recently, I’ve been drinking iced coffees almost daily and it’s really altered the way my head and body feels.  This espresso machine came with our apartment ever since we moved in over a year ago and never really used it because I was using these Senseo pods instead of freshly ground beans and the taste of the coffee was just alright.  But now that I’ve opened up this huge bag of free coffee beans I got from Costco through a work promotion, I’ve been addicted.  The difference with using freshly ground beans is huge.

I’d never used an espresso machine until we moved into this place, but thanks to YouTube, there’s tons of video tutorials on how to properly make espresso, maintain the espresso machine, and also what good espresso shots should look like.  Also, just watching the Starbucks barista here at work (yes, we have our own Starbucks) gave me a clue of how this whole coffee thing works.

So about how all this coffee has affected me.  I’ve had less sleep than I probably was getting a year ago.  I used to be able to wake up on my own with no alarm clock around 8:30 and get myself to work by like 9:30.  But lately, because I’ve had some early meetings where my work status needs to presented, I’ve been waking up around 6:00 doing some work from home, getting to work at like 7:30.  The coffee helps in keeping me up.  But as the work day goes on, I just have this eternal minor head buzz.  And when I get home, I’m way more tired than I ever used to be.  Is the answer to this more coffee?  Probably not a good idea.  But it tastes soooo goooood.  Sooner or later, I’ll need to try to just limit my intake of this stuff to the weekends or something.