I’ve finally found an answer to my coffee conundrum after years of looking.
I am an addict… I’ll admit it right here. Java, joe, forty weight, hot stuff, whatever you call it, I love it. And like most coffee addicts I am picky about my beverage. I’m partial to cafe mochas. When I worked in Bakersfield we had a cafe right on campus that made delicious mochas and I became hooked.
So hooked that I bought a machine and started making my own.
When I retired and moved down south to live with my fiance, I wanted to find a coffee shop that would make great mochas, had free wi-fi, and would be a bustling place for me to come to in the mornings to fulfill my need for human interaction. It took me a few tries.
I finally found a local deli that made a good mocha, had a family atmosphere, and just enough bustling energy to help me get used to not going to work every day.
But a few clouds appeared on the horizon… #1… cafe mochas are expensive! #2… I was suffering from arthritis and the sugar in the mochas bothered my joints. #3… it’s pretty easy to tip the calorie scale by drinking 300 calories a day just in one drink. So, I decided to try some alternatives.
Meet epic fails #1-#3:
Then I visited McCall, Idaho, spending a month with my honey on his ranch. I found an awesome coffee shop that made terrific mocha’s (and had wi-fi) and spent almost every morning there in July of 2012 AND 2013.
Ok, so this didn’t help any of the three problems above… it was just that since I was on vacation I didn’t care! After July 2012 I was still in love with the calorie laden, sweet and chocolatey beverage made at my favorite deli… and admit to being a little obsessive taking Instagrams of my java.
When I came home from our Idaho vacation in 2013… and REALLY tipped the scales… I decided I’d better get a grip. Not only was I overweight, but my joints bothered me when I ate sugar (and wheat- a story for another time), and since I’d just had a hip replacement, I didn’t want to have to do THAT again. I needed a solution. I KNEW I loved coffee and wasn’t willing to give that up. I KNEW I had to have a decent amount of milk in it for my tummy. I KNEW it had to be nice and hot (temperature for me is VERY important- unless you’re going iced). I KNEW I didn’t have enough money to buy mochas or lattes from a cafe everyday.
So I started trying substitutions.
Granted while I was trying to be ‘good’ I did let myself indulge on our motorcycle rides. I drank the amazing mocha at the Marmalade Cafe in Malibu, and had your basic cuppa joe with fake vanilla creamer at whatever other cafe we visited for brunch.
So what does all this have to do with a moment of delight this week? Well, I realized I’ve finally come up with a coffee solution that meets all of my needs!
I start with great java, add steaming 2% milk, three teaspoons of hazelnut flavored agave nectar and pour into a stainless steel travel mug. That’s the clincher, I found a mug that keeps my liquid love at the perfect temperature for 45 minutes! No kidding (here). I’ve had bits and pieces of the recipe before, like the Peet’s coffee, and the agave nectar but it’s the combination of the right amount of milk and nectar and keeping it hot that finally came together this week.
I even took it to our favorite deli yesterday and wasn’t jealous one bit that Tim was drinking a mocha and I wasn’t. I’m a happy girl! How about you? Are you a little obsessive about your morning drink?
I’d love to hear your random moments of delight. This challenge (or rather non-challenge) is about sharing special moments with each other each week (read here for more info). Please put a link back here, in your post, so others may take part if they wish. And visit other people’s moments of delight!
As always I welcome your comments on this or any other part of my blog. Now I’m off to make my coffee. 😉