Here’s a short list of things I love about being a grown-up: I can stay up as late as I want, I can eat cheese for dinner if my heart desires it, I don’t have to ask anyone before watching R-rated movies, and the fact that there’s no one to stop me from drinking coffee all day (except my son, who might need something and doesn’t understand that Mom’s coffee is hot and fresh and can we please... OK, OK, I will get you some applesauce, just a minute). For real, when you drink coffee all. the. time, you come to count on it to get you through certain parts of your routine, and to give you that special caffeinated boost you so desire when the going gets tough.
Perhaps I feel so strongly about this magical elixir because I’m from the Pacific Northwest, and at this very moment, there is an oversized mug not six inches from my hand with a few sips left in it that, yes, I will be refilling very soon. Or perhaps I feel so strongly because coffee is the dream beverage we all need but don’t deserve. Either way, let’s take a look at those moments when coffee isn’t just important, but necessary, shall we?