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Whatchamacallit 56: 100% Kona Coffee, Peaberry.

100% Kona Coffee -- Peaberry

For quite a few years I was a coffee snob – at home, brewing and drinking only 100% Kona Coffee.

It started during my trip to Kona, Hawaii in 2014: the first morning, I was drinking a cup of 100% Kona Coffee when I stopped, turned to my travel companion, and said, “This is the best cup of coffee I have ever drunk.”

Leaving Hawaii my suitcase was filled with several different bags of coffee – which I drank back in Berlin. At that point, every trip to the States became a coffee run: I would order several bags of what became my favorite.

Yes, I would order 100% Kona Coffee, Peaberry, Whole Bean, to be shipped to whatever hapless relative or friend I was visiting, then stuff them into my suitcase and bring them back to Germany.

However, I quit drinking coffee in November 2018 because it was fucking with my sleep too much: I am incredibly caffeine sensitive and drinking coffee anytime after 10:00 would result in me staying awake way past midnight.

Quitting was the most expedient thing to do – plus it saved me a lot of money and space in my suitcase.

Since then I have had three or four cups of coffee, all strategically drunk on days when I needed to stay awake – like my first full day in Québec last September: I needed to drive for 8 hours to get to the start of my real vacation. Waking up early, strategically drinking a cup of coffee, and getting in the car – I only need to stop to go – and I went.

I realize that I could go with decaf coffee – but what’s the point?

Currently I drink fruit juice in the mornings, then switch to water. Occasionally I drink wine or beer in the evenings – sometimes even cocktails.


During the Covid-19 crisis, I am going to try and make a point of writing a blog post about an object in my home.

We’ll see how long this lasts.

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