It doesn't really "work" when you "use" it as a drug to pump you up. It only works when you enjoy it purposefully. If I'm tired, busy, and not having a great day, I often fantasize about a beautiful cup of coffee. But most of the time, when I'm already tired and busy and not having a great day, I don't have the time to make a beautiful cup of coffee.
When I drink it every day, I don't enjoy it. After I have one great cup,
I try to recreate the experience the next day, but the pleasure returns
definitely diminish. I have to deprive myself for a couple of days
before it tastes like heaven again.
I swore at the beginning of the school year that I would never use this wretched Keurig robot in the teacher's lounge, but I am ashamed to admit that over the school year I have probably trashed about 15 unrecyclable little cups, and for what? For a very mediocre cup of coffee that took 30 seconds to make. If you only have 30 seconds to make a cup of coffee then you do not have time to enjoy a cup of coffee.
The best cup of coffee is usually planned and longed for a couple of days in advance.
I really shouldn't be drinking coffee at all, I know. My poor child! He or she will be born sarcastic and jittery.
P.S. Words that I worry the child will repeat in public: banal, barbaric and bourgeois. "Shh! Those are words we only use at home."