Coffee: A Religious Experience

January 12, 2011
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Snow whirling and frigid wind blowing at my exposed face, the walk on the frozen cement sidewalk is Purgatory. I step inside the local coffee shop downtown, and I have reached heaven. Completing the Trinity, the barista is God, the steam billowing off the newly brewed cup of coffee is the Holy Spirit, and the aroma from the freshly ground coffee beans is Jesus. A devout member, worshiping every morning, I hail the coffee pot. The coffee itself is the Bible, wholesome and infallible. Remaining pure, coffee is a divine luxury. Scripture is unmarred by artificial substances; sugar and cream are the temptations of the devil. I firmly reject all other beverages, and I refuse to worship false idols; tea is the labor of Satan, and hot chocolate is the actions of demons. Coffee, our spiritual drink, was inspired by the Holy Spirit, brought to life by Jesus, and given to us from God above. Its hot and holy water cleanses me, the beans preach to me the good news, and the soulful swigs absolve me of my sins. It surges through my body and wraps around my soul. I absorb all of the riches coffee has to offer as I savor the java: hot on my tongue, rushing down my throat, and snuggling, warm in my belly. Wispy puffs of steam kiss me gently on the cheek, and I inhale the comforting aromas that dance under my nose as a hot cup is lifted to my face. Cozy thoughts fill my head as angels take me on dream vacations to exotic locations. Brought back to Earth, my thirst is quenched and my life, complete.

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IamtheshyStargirl said...
Dec. 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm
Very good! Your description is incredible, it's so personal and vivid. I enjoyed reading this :)
redcg416 said...
Mar. 8, 2011 at 5:10 pm
I'm really religious so I was slightly taken back by this story. But placing that aside I loved the imagery. The piece was short but it wasn't like it needed to be longer. It was interesting.
Medina D. said...
Feb. 23, 2011 at 10:16 pm
To be honest, i HATE coffee and am not really that religious, but your description makes me wanna reconsider my hate next time i go to weren't kidding when you said this piece was short!! But it IS great at the same time!!
BrielleM said...
Feb. 21, 2011 at 3:51 pm
Hmm...Interesting. I loved it actually. Really pretty!
Ryter said...
Feb. 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm
That was really pretty. I don't necessarily like coffee, but now I really want some. I loved the details. I guess I love demons too, considering I love hot chocolate! 
chelliex65 said...
Feb. 20, 2011 at 10:34 am
Very good description. Love how you used the senses to describe it, and compared it to religion.
Jsweetness said...
Feb. 19, 2011 at 6:46 pm
this makes me wanna run to dunkin donuts! xD awesome descriptions=). love how you related coffee to the Bible. amazing job. keep writing!
Black_Ink said...
Feb. 19, 2011 at 5:13 pm

This was a nice short story, to pass the time(:

"Snow whirling and frigid wind blowing at my exposed face, the walk on the frozen cement sidewalk is Purgatory." - this sentence sounds a bit incomplete, and purgatory is not capitalized, I think?

Other than that, I can't catch any other issues. Truthfully I'm not all that religious myself and found this story had quite clever comparisons(:

leafy This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm
lol i like this, and i don't even like coffee! (i do however, love apple cider :) ) i liked how everything was exaggerated and the title too. keep up the good work! 
koolwords said...
Feb. 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Well, that was very interesting take on coffee and I do not believe I will ever be able to look at it in the same away again.


The way you connected it to the Bible was interesting as well.


On the whole it was good. It was very good.

wordjunkie said...
Feb. 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm
Wow! as an athiest and a devote coffee hater (It pretends to be chocolate, then tastes lied!) I was suprized to find myself enjoying this peice alot. It's well written, and makes me consider trying coffee again...
PieIsAwkward said...
Feb. 7, 2011 at 9:08 pm
I shall never drink tea or hot chocolate again. I swear by all that is good and holy, (meaning coffee of course), that I shall never drink them again! :]
Elizabeth_Day This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm
I love all of your sensory details!  You can almost smell the coffee. 
whatshername said...
Jan. 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm
this is really good...and i no that for some people coffe really is a religous experience!
Kourtney96 said...
Jan. 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm
good writing i love how u described everything!(:
gracegirl29 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm
I also enjoyed this piece, it was very cute and well written. I mean, I understand the idea and I like the premise, and as long as you didn't intend to poke fun at religion, i think it's very good!
charmiypiggy said...
Jan. 21, 2011 at 8:19 am

Even though I don't like coffee myself, I quite enjoyed this piece. Everything was so exaggerated as to be amusing. Though some people might disagree that coffee, instead of hot chocolate, is stuff from the heavens.

Your writing is quite good. Nice descriptions. But I shall have to point out that purgatory does not have a capital p. And you sould say what the snow is whirling around, otherwise it sounds incomplete.


'... and I have reached heaven.'


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