Did you feel that? I’m sure you did because it is an unmistakable, in your face, terrorizing addition to our daily lives that we all know will be here for the next 5-6 months. Hello, cold.
As the fall chill seeps into our bones and slowly morphs into winter’s blustery hell, begin to think of all the warm things you can use to counteract the inevitable cold. Crackling fires, fuzzy socks, hats, scarves, sweaters, and hot beverages—they are all ready for some action. As the temperature drops, I crave a hot cup of coffee in a nice mug, preferably one that I can cuddle up with on the couch while watching Gilmore Girls. A warm cup of anything, really, seems to thaw the soul and ease the fingertips.
In fact, a study in 2008 from Science proved that people with warm hands (warmed by hot mugs, for example) tend to be more generous toward others. This is most likely due to the fact that we are programmed from birth to associate warmth with trustworthiness.
When I come home from a long day of fighting off Boston’s chilly winds, the first thing I want to do is make a relaxing cup of tea. Something about a hot, aromatic cup of tea helps me focus and collect myself throughout the day. But I believe that investing in loose leaf teas, in particular, will make your tea-drinking experiences that much better.
Why do I drink hot coffee in the summertime? I pondered this question yesterday when the TasteBUds staff and I grabbed donuts at Mei Mei (more about that in an upcoming article) and I waited patiently for fifteen minutes for my hot pour-over coffee over an instant iced beverage. And I wasn’t alone; editor-in-chief Cat Lau also insisted on a hot drink in the very warm and packed Mei Mei Street Kitchen. Isn’t it counter-intuitive to heat yourself up when all you want is too cool down and embrace the summer’s iced coffees, teas and frozen hot chocolates? Experts disagree.
The flight attendant announces, “We are preparing for landing,” over the intercom and I struggle to open eyelids weighing a hundred kilos. Fifteen minutes later, squinting into the sunlit airplane, I hear the soon to be familiar Irish phrase, “C’ead Mile Failte” or in English, “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes.” We touch down in Dublin, capital of the Emerald Isle. And I need a cup of coffee.
In this era of having Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts on every corner, I think it is safe to say many of us love our warm, caffeinated beverages. But what, if anything, can you tell about a person through their coffee of choice? Well, I'll tell you, though my research may not exactly be clinical (ok, so it’s purely anecdotal, but still).