The Health Benefits of Coffee

More A Sweet Life Aug 11, 2011, 2:58 pm

I was eighteen the first time I enjoyed a cup of coffee.  My boyfriend Mike (who later became my husband) invited me to meet him for coffee at a cafe in downtown Jerusalem.  I had just graduated from high school in Texas and in that pre-Starbucks era, coffee – to my mind – was something only old people drank.  But there I was sitting with the coolest, handsomest guy I’d ever met, and to my shock and horror, he was ordering coffeePlease don’t say the word “decaf” like my grandmother, I thought.  Please don’t ask for Sanka.  Mike ordered a cappuccino.  I vaguely knew what it was, and though my instinct was to go for a Diet Coke, I decided to try to be sophisticated.  “I’ll have one, too,” I said to the waitress.

The cappuccinos arrived and looked lovely, but I stared at mine as if it had a fly in it.  The first thing I said to Mike was, “What do I do with it?”

“Drink it,” he said.

“No, I mean, do I put sugar in it?”

“I don’t,” Mike said.  “But you can.”

Since I liked coffee ice cream, I figured sugar was a good idea.  I mixed in a packet, and took a sip.  It was delicious.  From then on I was hooked.  In fact, I liked coffee so much I didn’t even

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