Behind The Butter

dear caffeine

My brain thanks you.

My boyfriend thanks you.

The crowds of people at the Sebastopol Farmer’s Market yesterday thank you.

The nurse that plunged a needle into my arm this morning after I had been fasting for 12 hours thanks you.

The check-out guy at Trader Joe’s thanks you.

Dexter thanks you.

My life as I know it… thanks you.



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  • Tina
    April 4, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Agreed! I don’t know how I’d get through my day with out caffeine in some form. Our Keurig is a blessing for sure!

  • Heather at Heathers Dish
    April 4, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Oh girl my letter would look exactly the same, just with different pet names. Viva la caffeine!

  • Mollie
    April 4, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Haha agreed to the MAX! I keep telling myself I need to get un-addicted to coffee…but then why would I want to do that? It goes so freaking well with chocolate! (And desserts in general!)

    • Baking 'n' Books
      April 4, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      So well said. For so many reasons. Particularly the last sentence of course.

      I remember an old yoga instructor I had once who was super “elite”, taught classes, spiritual, vegan, fit, etc….he drank coffee like it was water all day long.

      You gotta do what feels fine for your 🙂 Everyone has their vice.

  • cait
    April 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    couldn’t have said it better myself girl 😉

  • G
    April 4, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    My entire academic and career as a student thanks you, dear, wonderful and amazing caffeine. <3

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food
    April 4, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Oh I soo miss caffeine, we had such a love affair. I want it back my my headaches say no 🙁 some day, some day 😛

  • Halle
    April 4, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    you should definitely try a mexican mocha sometime! you won’t be sorry. 🙂

  • Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL
    April 4, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Haha, coffee is a god, huh?

  • Kiran @
    April 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks to you now I am craving for coffee waiting while my car get serviced. Hmph! 🙂

  • Lisa
    April 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm


  • Amy
    April 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I love this 🙂 Coffee is such a gift to humanity!

  • kelly
    April 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Great post! Sounds like an epic love afair!

  • Brenna [fabuleuxdestin]
    April 4, 2011 at 2:27 pm


  • Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher
    April 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    So basically this letter has me written all over it, except I’d be writing it to sleep, as in…my bed, me ya know…snoring 🙂

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing
    April 4, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Wait — I thought caffeine and I were *exclusive*…?! 😉

    Caffeine = productive happy face. No caffeine = monster face. Too much caffeine = happy/monster/confused/shakey face.

  • Lola
    April 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Aboslutely ADORE this post!!!! My love for caffeine knows no boundaries, my life wouldn’t be the same either, I love it!!!

  • Shells
    April 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm


  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    April 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Story of my life. 😉

    Awesome post Jenna!

  • Gracie
    April 4, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    You honestly crack me up whenever you have these types of post. LOL

  • Cait's Plate
    April 4, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    AMEN! Couldn’t have put it better myself 🙂

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks
    April 4, 2011 at 2:54 pm


  • Christina
    April 4, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    You hit the spot.

  • Kathryn
    April 4, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I’ve tried cutting out caffeine several times. And it was a violent “cutting out” let me tell you. I’ve concluded the world is a safer place when I have a cup of coffee in my hand.

  • Shutupandrun
    April 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Caffeine is such a gift, as is wine. I hope I never have to choose between the two. I was miserable when pregnant and not b/c I gained 35 pounds, but b/c I had neither caffeine nor wine.

  • Devon (Run Sleep Rinse Repeat)
    April 4, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Caffeine is a glorious thing.

  • Dishes of Mrs. Fish
    April 4, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I pretty much have the same relationship with caffeine. 🙂

  • kaila @ healthy helper!
    April 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I just got blood drawn too! The fasting was awful! I wanted breakfast sooo bad!

  • Kristina
    April 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    OK this pretty much just made my day.

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    April 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Love my coffee. I feel bad for people that think they need to give up their daily 1 cup of coffee.

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    April 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Love my coffee!! I feel bad for people who think that they need to give up their daily 1 cup of coffee. It’s feels so good…just go with it!

  • Molly
    April 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Love my caffeine! I feel bad for those who give up their daily 1 cup of coffee. It feels so good…just go with it!

  • Mary (what's cookin' with mary)
    April 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    lol !
    What a pretty cup of coffee! Jealous. ;P

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    April 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I hope you’re ok!!!
    “nurse that plunged a needle into my arm this morning after I had been fasting for 12 hours ”

    I hope it was just a routine test that you had to fast for and that all is well!

    And yes, caffeine. I am drinking coffee right now as I catch up on blogs 🙂

  • Maria
    April 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I’ve never had any “art” in my coffee :-/ Looks yummy 🙂

  • Laurie
    April 4, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    HA!! Love it! So true… My day doesn’t begin without a cup or two!

  • The Teenage Taste
    April 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I could probably write the exact same letter! I NEED my caffeine or else I’m a cranky monster. I’m not even kidding. 😉

  • pawsitivelife
    April 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    The world knows when I had coffee and when I didnt….I swear I am a lovely person..I am even lovlier with a cup of java

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    April 4, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Yes. Agreed. 100%

  • Betsy
    April 4, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Oh my goodness, yesterday AM I awoke to NO TEA in the pantry (my caffeine essential every morning). It was gone, zip, nothing! I just don’t like the taste of coffee, tea does the trick for me. I went the entire day without my caffeine, and let me tell ya, it was not my best day! Today, I stocked up again, few. Days without caffeine are better off spent in bed 🙂

  • Paige
    April 4, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    A to tha men!

  • krista
    April 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I’ll have to get caffeine tomorrow– and I know my boyfriend will thank it.. I haven’t had it in a couple weeks 😛

  • staceyhealthylife
    April 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Wow that’s some serious coffee art, so pretty and talented.

  • H
    April 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    This makes me want to go to a coffee shop!! Jenna I absolutely love your blog and I read it everyday! It’s a habit and one that I love :]

  • Nancy~The Wife of a Dairyman
    April 4, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    You know, I’ve been trying to make it without caffeine for a few years and have done pretty well, but lately, I’ve been so feeling like I need a cup of it every morning! Maybe it’s time to go back to one cup a day?? That capp. looks delicious!

  • Angelica
    April 4, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Love it!! Agreed.

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama
    April 4, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    {thumbs up}

  • notyet100
    April 5, 2011 at 1:39 am

    even i luv caffeina

  • Cailin
    April 5, 2011 at 2:29 am

    I read your blog everyday, but usually don’t have time to comment, but as I sit here and drink my first of (too) many cups of coffee, I couldnt agree with you more!! I am not a nice person without it….

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down)
    April 5, 2011 at 3:35 am


    I save my coffee treats for the weekend, because as much as I love coffee, coffee does not love me back (sad, but true!) Although I’m sure if I was presented with a beautiful cup like this during the week, I would be done with that idea once and for all, no matter what the consequences may be. 😉

  • Katherine: Unemployed
    April 5, 2011 at 3:50 am

    Dear Trader Joes, thank you for the caffeine?

  • Carpensm @ A Life Without Ice Cream
    April 5, 2011 at 6:34 am

    LOL… this gave me a good smile to start my morning! I might have to post it at my desk to get me to my lunch time cup of coffee 🙂

    Sadly caffeine is the one bad habit I just can’t seem to kick… I think we’re soul mates me and caffeine 😛

  • Dee
    April 5, 2011 at 7:13 am

    awesome letter!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    April 5, 2011 at 11:31 am

    too cute 😉 Love it Jenna!

  • Chelsa
    April 5, 2011 at 11:46 am

    that cappuccino looks so yummy

  • Sarah
    April 5, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    You already know my thoughts on this issue. Clearly, the bean and I feel the love.

    I had to comment because that picture was perfection to me–a yummy bagel, a newspaper, latte art, and gorgeous natural lighting?! These small pleasures add up to a beautiful life, and you captured one of those “life is good” moments so well in this photo…

  • amyt
    April 6, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Just the smell of coffee makes me do the eye close/eye roll thing.

  • Stacy
    April 7, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Enjoy every moment of it now. My husband and I are thinking of getting pregnant and (call me a baby) but it literally brought tears to my eyes watching him enjoy a latte as I attempted to see what it would be like to withdrawl….not nice.
    ENJOY! and if you have any warm non-caffiene inventions, please share

  • Rebecca
    April 8, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Yep. : )

    I just discovered French pressed coffee, and I don’t know how I’ve gone on so long without it in my life! Ah, yes, coffee…