No, thank you. I love the smell, but I’ve never acquired a taste for the stuff. I feel like a bit of an outsider with all the coffee memes I see on my Facebook feed every day.
My coffee aversion isn’t simply due to caffeine avoidance. I don’t drink decaf, either. I can deal with tea, but don’t particularly favor it. If I’m going to drink something hot, it’s going to be cocoa (complete with a hit of Reddi-Whip and chocolate syrup drizzle).
I also loathe colas (there’s a story behind that, I’ll explain below) so I’ve developed into quite the caffeine weenie. I don’t mind fruity sodas, but certain ones have caffeine added to them so I have to pointedly avoid those.
If I have the caffeine equivalent of even a single cup of coffee fairly early in the morning, I won’t get any sleep at all that night. None. I’ll lie there with a case of the jimmy-legs, tossing and turning. All. Night. Long.
Yes, I realize chocolate has some caffeine in it, too. My tastes run toward milk chocolate rather than dark chocolate, so the amount of caffeine is quite small and doesn’t seem to affect me.
My favorite drink of all, hot or cold? A simple glass of cool water. My Tervis gets refilled throughout the day and goes with me pretty much everywhere. Sometimes I’ll give it a hit of lemon.
My favorite flavored drink is lemonade. Preferably homemade and with strawberry, cherry, or raspberry welcomed, but optional.
I promised you the story of why I hate colas. When I was growing up I frequently got sick to my stomach. My mother would stir up some Coke in a little juice glass and make me drink it, saying it would settle my stomach. It never settled my stomach, and always, always made me empty my stomach within minutes.
I don’t know what the technical term for this effect is…negative association…negative reinforcement…whatever. The end result, though, is that to this day even smelling the stuff makes me nauseous. Bleh.
What’s your favorite beverage? Got any you hate?
Addison Albright is a writer/author living in the middle of the USA with three peculiar cats. Her stories are gay (sometimes erotic) romance, and tend to be sweet man-love in contemporary settings. Her education includes a BS in Education with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Chemistry. Addison loves spending time with her family, reading, popcorn, boating, french fries, “open window weather,” cats, math, and anything chocolate. She loves to read pretty much anything and everything, anytime and anywhere.