Bean Juice Is The Best


I remember it like if it was yesterday, it was my junior year in college, and my roommate Marth was the best gal ever. She was the top Chemistry student in her freshman class. I had to study and often. She did too, but it just seemed effortless for her. One morning she asked if I wanted an introduction to a friend of hers? 

I said “I guess” she said, let me introduce you to “Mr.Coffee”

Mr. Coffee was my best new pal. I’d never had coffee and needed the boost it promised. Wham! I was hooked. Even as a cup of instant coffee seems quite horrible now, I’d take that over zero coffee any day.

We’ve come such a long way in how we enjoy a cup-a-joe. A quarter could get you the delectable delight back in the day. Fast forward, and it’s a car payment of a perfectly brewed Grande. Oh yes, I’m exaggerating. But really? My 27-year-old son laughs as he affectionately asks if I’m drinking my “bean juice.” Yes, I tell him to squeeze the beans! And if you look at it technically, it is drippings from beans. I love it! 

In 1999 my husband and I took a crew of teenagers on a school bus from central Missouri to Mexico on a mission trip. One of our translators mentioned all the coffee we’d had there was decaffeinated. UH! We grabbed some coffee crystals we’d brought, threw them in a water bottle, and shook it up! That coffee sounds quite ugly, but we were quite elated! I was so tired during my stay in Mexico, but I was wiped out each day despite the high altitude and coffee each morning.

With coffee being the second most traded commodity globally, second only to petroleum, it makes sense why we’re hooked.

A belief in the legend of an Ethiopian goat herder Kaldi, who noticed how jumpy his goats felt after eating the red fruit of the coffee shrub. Soon Kaldi had his first jolt of caffeine. His fellow monks trying the fruit were sure to be up for hours.

The Boston Tea Party of 1773 helped make the Americans feel patriotic to make the switch to coffee. We all have our favorites, from just black to a complex collaboration of adjectives to make your coffee order. And our favorite place to relax and enjoy “Joe.”

I’ve heard it said that Meth never took off in Florida because of Cuban coffee! Indeed, those worldwide haven’t been blessed until you have that small white cup, a shot of heaven!

Coffee drinks, coffee foods, and coffee candies celebrate national coffee day Sept. 29th. Now, if you’re a diehard coffee drinker, every day is national coffee day. Check out our Coffee Shop Guide. Thank you, Martha, for the introduction to Mr. Coffee.

My life is much livelier!


More Fun & Cooking With Coffee:

Cooking on the weekends!

Coffee Cake Cupcakes!

Mexican Coffee!


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Coach Deena has been teaching fitness since 1991 and currently is also a dance instructor at Starlight Theater Company. As a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, she and her husband of thirty-two years are those extreme football fans you hear about. Boomer Sooner! Deena’s a brand-new grandmother and wait till you hear how this granny is taking life by the “horns down.” She’s a stay at home mom, who has homeschooled all four of their children. She’s excited to share her granny knowledge and teenage drama secrets to help you get through life. Deena McDaniel is the creator founder of Christmas Near The Beach, a premier Christmas show in Hollywood, Florida (Est. 2007). In 1996, Deena began writing her weekly column Positively Beautiful, which is published in a local Missouri paper and more recently in a blog form on Facebook. Her background includes TV commercial production, Evening News promotion and hosting her own radio request show, “Sunday Drive.” She has a passion for fitness. It has been a life long adventure, from bodybuilding to mime ministry you’ll see this mom of four teaching fitness of almost any style. She and her family are active members at Palm Vista Community Church in Miami Lakes, Florida. “Remember you’re never able to quit the job of motherhood, rather the dynamics keep changing and your employment is for life.”- Coach Deena


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