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14 Things Only Coffee Drinkers Would Understand

14 Things Only Coffee Drinkers Would Understand

Coffee for some is an indispensable part of their everyday lives and it’s not just for the caffeine buzz. It’s about the experience from the roasting process and experimenting with different roast combinations to the actual taste and smell of the final product.

You might call us pretentious or find us to be insufferable but for those of us that can define a nightmare as having no coffee available, here is a list of things that only a coffee drinker would understand.

We Don’t Buy Pre-Ground Coffee

When I drink coffee, I grind my own beans

    Real coffee lovers don’t purchase pre-ground coffee.

    Why?

    Coffee Confidential lists four reasons why you shouldn’t buy pre-ground coffee – contamination, oxygen, moisture and carbon dioxide depletion. You can read more about it on their site, but basically coffee beans have volatile flavor compounds and aromatics that dissipate once the bean becomes ground. This means that the longer the ground is allowed to sit, the more dull the flavor gets until it finally becomes stale and tastes like that sludge that’s been sitting in the coffee pot at work for way too long.

    You Understand The Importance Of A Good Grinder

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    Coffee Grind Size for Brewing

      It’s not enough to just grind beans right before making a cup of coffee. You understand the importance of both grind size and uniformity to ensure consistent and predictable extractions.

      The Best Part Of Waking Up

      Coffee Smell

        … isn’t Folgers in your cup, but the smell of a fresh batch of coffee being made. Smells can trigger good feelings and feelings of wakefulness as well as signal the tastes to come.

        You Know What This Is

        Coffee Siphon System

          You may know it as a vacpot, vacuum brewed coffee, siphon brewer, siphon vacuum coffee… whatever the case is though, you know what it is.

          You Do Not Consider This Coffee

          Different frappuccino's from Starbucks

            I have nothing against Starbucks and their coffee, but don’t you just hate when you’re with someone and they tell you that they’re just dying for a cup of coffee and then order a frappuccino. While it very well may be the embodiment of delicious, we all know the truth… a frappuccino is not coffee. It’s a milkshake with some caffeine!

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            While We’re At It… You Also Don’t Consider Decaf To Be Coffee Either

            Decaf Coffee is like orange free orange juice

              Hoping to drop the caffeine addiction? Guess what, even decaffeinated coffee comes with at least a small dose of caffeine.

              It’s also not healthy because of the toxic solvents that are used in the process to strip the caffeine.

              Decaf shouldn’t be considered coffee nor should it exist.

              We Understand Pulling A Perfect Shot Of Espresso Is An Art Form

              Espresso

                The perfect espresso shot may be subject to personal taste but there are certain characteristics that a shot of espresso must have if it is to be considered perfect.

                When It Comes To Espresso You Know It’s All About The Crema

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                Espresso Crema

                  That golden, frothy colored liquid that comes out during an espresso extraction is the crema and it’s a good indication as to the freshness of the bean, how fully it’s been extracted, and the evenness of the extraction. The thickness and its marbled effect is also what allows for latte art.

                  Latte Art Crema

                    There’s No ‘X’ In Espresso If You’re From The US

                    Sure, the Oxford English Dictionary lists expresso as an often-occurring variant, but if you’re from America, it’s incorrect.

                    There’s No Such Thing As Too Much For You

                    No Such Thing As Strong Coffee

                      Those of us that love coffee know that there’s no such thing as too strong of a cup of coffee, drinking too many cups or having too much caffeine flowing through our bodies.

                      You Don’t Know The Meaning Of Depression In The Face Of A Good Cup Of Coffee

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                      Coffee Depression

                        Studies show that having a cup of coffee can reduce the risk of depression. Of course, there are also studies that show that drinking too much coffee can actually increase depression, but we don’t buy into that. The only time we get depressed, when it comes to coffee, is when we’re served a bad cup.

                        Milk And Sugar Are Optional For Us

                        Milk Sugar Coffee Optional

                          Milk is a necessity if you want a latte and you might take a touch of sugar to enhance a mediocre cup of coffee’s flavor, but you also know how to enjoy your coffee black so that you can truly enjoy its natural flavor profiles and sweetness on its own.

                          You Never Say No To Coffee

                          Never Say No To Coffee

                            You never say no to someone asking you to grab a cup of coffee. In fact, if a friend wants to get you to come out of hiding and hang out, all they need to do is suggest a coffee date. It can get to the point of actually coming close to a nuisance if you actually have things that need to be done and get multiple requests within the day to grab a cup… keyword almost.

                            Bad Coffee Is Better Than No Coffee

                            Even Bad Coffee Is Better Than No Coffee

                              Featured photo credit: Hipster couple drinking coffee in Stockholm old town. They’re sitting face to face. The man is wearing a blue sweater and the woman a striped shirt with black leather jacket. See-through shot. via shutterstock.com

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                              Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                              We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                              We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                              So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                              Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                              What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                              Boundaries are limits

                              —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                              Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                              Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                              Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                              Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                              How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                              Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                              1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                              Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                              You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                              To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                              You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                              • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                              • When do you feel disrespected?
                              • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                              • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                              • When do you want to be alone?
                              • How much space do you need?

                              You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                              2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                              Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                              Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                              3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                              Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                              That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                              Sample language:

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                              • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                              • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                              • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                              • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                              • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                              • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                              • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                              Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                              4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                              Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                              Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                              Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                              We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                              It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                              It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                              Final Thoughts

                              Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                              Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                              Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                              The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                              Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                              Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                              They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                              Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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