I stood in line waiting for my coffee, overwhelmed with excitement. The smell was weirdly satisfying, and the vibe coming from the people surrounding me was calming. I had never been a coffee drinker, but after hearing about all of the new trends, I decided to try it. I knew in that moment that my drink was going to taste different this time.
As a young teen myself, I can guiltily say that I have followed these trends and am basically addicted to the substance. But when I was around 10 years old, I despised coffee. Nothing was enjoyable about it: the smell, the taste, and even the looks of it. Coffee was so repelling to me that I never considered drinking it. But because of skyrocketing popularity, I decided to try it. I knew there was a small percentage of people who disliked coffee, so it did not seem like a bad idea to give it a go one more time.
This time it was different. The flavor of my iced vanilla latte was much sweeter. It may have been the surrounding environment or even the fact that my taste buds have changed since I was younger, but I loved the flavor and how it woke me up immediately. It was not as bitter as many say it is—because I put a lot of sweetener in it—and I ended up chugging the whole thing.
In my opinion, coffee is, in fact, even better than what the hype suggests. Although it may be a bit addictive and unhealthy, it has some beneficial qualities. Straight black coffee is best, despite having a strong, bitter taste. It is known as the “powerhouse of antioxidants,” but many do not receive these antioxidants because very few people actually enjoy black coffee.
Coffee shops are a whole different story. I do not think I know a single person who does not like coffee shops. The environment is so overwhelming, but at the same time, it is also calm and comforting. Being in a coffee shop makes me want to cuddle under a blanket at home and watch movies all day—which I would enjoy endlessly. Another reason why coffee shops are all-around the best places to relax is that they literally make it impossible to hate coffee because people are so happy to be there.
So to answer the question: yes, coffee is worth all of the publicity it is receiving. It has such a broad selection of flavors to make, it is almost impossible for a person to hate it. Coffee is, next to water, the most universal beverage a person can enjoy.