Every now and then, I check out those Plinky prompts. You can have them sent to you by email if you want to. The other day, the question was «Do you need coffee to wake up in the morning?», and I saved that one for later use. My answer would be a resounding YES, and I have a cup of steaming, black Arabica here beside me right now.
I guess I’m addicted to caffeine. Haven’t been without it long enough to realize how addicted I am, but I know I get a headache when I don’t get my usual doze. If I had an appointment somewhere in the morning, and, for some unfathomable reason, were without coffee … I think I’d grab a can of Coca-Cola instead.
According to Wikipedia, Sweden is the number 2 coffee consumer after Finland, in the world, and it starts early in life. At least it did in my time. I was probably thirteen, fourteen when I started to drink coffee. This was okay with the older people too …sometimes even encouraged — so it wasn’t something you did on the sly, as with smoking.
It’s a social thing. When you visit people’s homes, you’ll be offered a cup of coffee right away. Were you to say ‘no, I don’t drink coffee’, there could be this little awkward moment of hesitation before they’d offer you something else to drink. Coffee breaks in work places are important, and quite often coffee is offered, in one shape or another, throughout the work day.
Since I don’t work here, my coffee consumption has automatically been cut back, without me even thinking about it.
Most people drink it black and strong … decaf is almost unheard of, and extremely expensive if you can find it. When Gerry came to see me in 2003, I was going to buy decaf, as he’d told me he only drank that. I found a little, quarter of a kilo, package which went for corresponding to $12. He said it didn’t matter, so he drank my stuff all the time and became like the Energizer Bunny 🙂 I’ve been drinking coffee for so long, so I can never get to experience that caffeine effect. The only thing that happens is that I get a slight termor in my hands if I drink to much.
In the beginning, when I first came to Canada in 2004, it took me some time to find a brand that I liked but I’m fine now … you get used to it. Just read now that Kraft Foods have teamed up with the most common, Swedish, coffee brand Gevalia, so that’s available now to US coffee drinkers. I wonder what they think of it?! Would also be fun to hear how the pronounce it.
Gevalia wasn’t my brand of coffee, while I lived there, even if it was alright! My preferred coffee brand was Zoégas, which is rather strong and full of flavour. Probably sold in IKEA, but I’m not sure.
A lot of the above may have changed, with the influx of all the coffee houses and chains like Starbucks and the likes. Still … I think it’s deeply rooted in our culture, and it will take time before it really changes …if ever.