A lesson from a cup of Joe

A couple of months ago I have decided to go dairy-free. For years I have settled for lactose-free, but I came to believe that lactose was only part of the problem; the milk protein itself is not a good fit for human consumption. But let me stop right here as this post is not about dairy and what it does to our body.

Going dairy-free made me look at non-dairy alternatives for my beloved cup of Joe. What I quickly realized is that milk, the dairy type that is, when added to coffee, serves to cover up bad flavor of Java. In other words, mediocre coffee can be made tolerable if milk is mixed in. It would still be far from great coffee but it can be made to be palatable. Non-dairy milk on the other hand, especially almond or rice milk that are much preferred to the problematic soy, cannot disguise the taste of bad coffee. Their own flavor is not powerful enough.

This observation made me look at means for making better coffee as I realize, now more than ever, that the way a coffee is being brewed has large ramifications on the final flavor.
This realization, about how one flavor covers for another, inspired me to look at what other aspects of life we experience where one essence shields for another. For example: for some, and I do exclude myself here, having kids serve to conceal a bad martial relationship. The couple stays together with the kids being the excuse; abating the fact that their own flame had long being extinguished. When the kids finally leave the nest, such a couple will typically part ways, especially nowadays, when getting divorced no longer carries a stigma. Or, worse yet, having got used to the bad flavor, stay together in misery.

Making a decent salary at a workplace one completely dislike, is yet another example, and quite a common one. The paycheck justifies staying at a job one would have loved to quit. The dollar crème makes a bad coffee palatable, but is that a way to live a life?

Years ago a good friend of mine had a large coffee business in Israel. His tagline is one to notice and take to heart – one only has to replace “coffee” with whatever bad life flavor one chooses to ignore:
“I gave up bad coffee for good.”

Learned from: a cup of coffee and going dairy-free


About Ronen

Ronen Divon had been walking spiritual and holistic paths for well over thirty years. Born in Israel, educated in New York, and currently residing in North Carolina, Ronen had traveled the world, spending time with teachers, masters, healers and guides. With wisdom that spans multiple traditions, including the Far East, India, Israel, Brazil, Peru, and Native America, Ronen remains a student, learning and adding modalities that will best serve his clients, each according to their own unique needs. Ronen is also a published author, a Yoga, Meditation, and Tai Chi instructor.
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