What I learned about coffee, myself
What I missed the most about coffee wasn't necessarily the stimulant properties, but its dual function as both carrot and string. Reward and motivation. I rely on coffee to help me start a task, then promise myself a cup for completing it. Which seems like an incredibly unhealthy philosophy if applied to just about any other drug.
But aside from that whole double-bind addiction thing, I think the main takeaway is that I just really love the taste of coffee. Nothing else feels the same in your mouth. The level of complexity, the immense breadth of flavors, the array of different preparations. It's a wide world of its own, and I don't want to live anywhere else.
Dan Gentile is a staff writer on Thrillist's National Food and Drink team. Two sips into his first cup back, his heart felt like it was going to explode. It was truly glorious. Unfortunately his eye is still twitching, but he's been told that it isn't a big deal. Also, this article makes it seem like he only listens to hip hop, which isn't accurate. Follow him to more double binds at @Dannosphere.