|Lovely cup at the White Heather.|
I’m a tea drinker at heart.
Orange Pekoe runs in my veins.
I have British roots and have grown up appreciating “Tea Time” around 3 o’clock with a hot, sweet, milky cup of tea to top off the afternoon.
I’ve been to many Tea Rooms around Victoria, Oak Bay and abroad. I adore their quaint atmospheres, delicate tea sandwiches, fresh scones and Devon cream and having tea with someone I care about.
(The best in Victoria, in my humble but knowledgeable opinion is the White Heather!)
Simply put, I love tea.
But this story is not about tea. It’s about my very first ever coffee!
I’ve never liked the taste or smell, and because of that immediate built-up disgust I’ve held on to for so long, I’ve never actually given any sort of coffee a real try.
That is…until today.
Today I had my first ever coffee.
And I loved it!!!
Yes, all you coffee-haters are grimacing and cringing, and honestly, I was, too, until I put mind over matter and tricked my brain into taking that first gulp…and I was pleasantly and whole-heartily surprised. That first gulp was delicious!
No, it’s wasn’t a very strong coffee, let alone plain black, but it’s a start. And honestly, I think I might be in trouble, I liked it so much.
How did this all come about, you ask?
Well, a dear friend of mine stopped by my office this morning and so very kindly brought me a drink from Tim Horton’s. I thanked her and after she left I brought what I thought was a cup of hot chocolate to my lips when I realized this was no ordinary chocolate drink.
I asked a co-worker to try and tell me by smell alone what kind of drink she thought it was, and after deciding it was indeed a French Vanilla Coffee I was stumped.
- Do I pass it on to someone else who might appreciate the drink?
- Do I waste it and feel bad that a kind gift was thrown away?
- Do I take another whiff and just see if…maybe….perhaps…yes, yes, I think it smells quite good actually.
- Do I dare?
- Do I overcome a huge hurdle, milestone, obstacle of silly anti-coffee prejudice and dare try it?
I let the hot drink sit for a few moments as I distracted the British Tea Drinker side of my brain into thinking there was nothing to fear….it was NOT coffee and of course I would never betray my one true hot beverage love and cheat on it with a Timmy’s flavoured drink. No way!
When I was good and distracted I let my hand pick up the soothingly warm cup and took a good gulp.
|This is my very first coffee of any kind! (No, I didn’t win anything.)|
The warm flavouring slid over my lips and down across my tongue, teasing it with the creamy sweetness of vanilla that I logically knew I enjoyed in other drinks, like a steamed milk. Then the fuller, more rich mocha-coffee flavour rounded out the sweet, making this simple drink feel like I was enjoying a decedent dessert.
Yes, I am a bit silly, but after promptly and thoroughly enjoying the entire coffee I realized that because of some preconceived notions about what I thought I liked or didn’t like, I had been missing out on something quite lovely.
Don’t get me wrong, I still love tea and always will and I am by no means a proclaimed ‘coffee drinker’ as of yet, however, I dared to try something new and actually liked it!
I encourage you to do the same, whether it’s trying coffee for the first time, traveling to a place you’ve never been before, or stepping out of your comfort zone to learn a little more about someone.
Try it. I dare you!
|I also must admit that tiny jolt of caffeine did a wonder for my energy level for the rest of the day!|