Dear coffee in the summer,

When it starts to get warm, the shift begins: the heartbreaking shift toward to drinking less and less coffee. I started this habit a few years back, when I really concentrated on drinking enough water. I also subscribed to the long-held belief that coffee dehydrates the body (it’s a tough balance, life is hard).

But the logic goes as such: It’s hot in the summer. So drinking water to stay hydrated is more important (and more difficult, if you ask me) than usual, so best to avoid coffee and its diuretic effects.

But a few months ago, a study came out that busted my logic to pieces. NPR’s food blog The Salt discussed a study out of the U.K. (from the tea lovers!) that showed the body develops a tolerance to the diuretic nature of caffeine, and actually hydrates the same way water does. Hallelujah!

Coffee, it’s true that before, we were cuddle buddies only for the cold, cold winter. It’s true that once summer rolled around, we’d part ways only to meet again for brief, fleeting moments. I just didn’t know you could be any good for me when it was so hot outside. But now, if you’ll have me, we can continue to kindle this coffee love in the months to come. I can look at you, guilt-free, and know that we have something good.

And we do. It’s very, very good.


Alma is a journalist by trade, living and working in Chicago while staying true to her tree-hugging spirit, L.A. spirit. Favorite pastimes include watching great television, listening to fantastic podcasts and daydreaming about writing a novel. Favorite foods run the gamut from sweet to salty to savory to eggs Benedict. And chocolate. Especially chocolate.