in an effort to curb our coffee consumption, we’ve decided to go without the stuff this week. today is tuesday, day 2, and i feel…
… nothing. after having had coffee in the morning and after lunch religiously for years, i expected mighty headaches, or other dreaded symptoms of caffeine withdrawal. instead, i feel nothing of the sort. i’m not better or worse, i’m just fine, the same. i sleep ok, i wake up early, i concentrate in school and during work… i’m relieved and happy that it is so, but also a bit confused. have we been drinking decaf all this time? or are we just especially well-tolerant of the stuff? either way, i hope i’m not speaking too soon…
the sign outside states “don’t die before trying”, and so, try we did. and then it became a sort of ritual: every time we were nearby, the caffeine siren calling would divert us from our path straight into this tiny little coffee shop. well, the coffee and the cheesecake, if we’re being honest. it’s really good.
i don’t know enough about coffee to comment beyond “i like it” – so their fancy machine has little allure on a commoner like me.
but sometimes, good coffee has this quality of making time go slower while you sip. have you noticed? this is one of those coffees. you take a sip, taste the foam, close your eyes and feel all is well with the world. you take a bite of that cheesecake and let it melt in your tongue, slowly. yup, you don’t even notice the impatient baristas anymore. all is well. :)
bonanza is on oderberger straße, 35 near mauerpark.
i always have trouble spelling cappuccino. 2 sequences of 2 p’s and 2 c’s? that’s just asking for trouble. plus, i don’t know of many decent cappuccinos in shanghai (it’s not you, mr. barista, it’s the coffee you use).
and yet, it feels right. i believe i could spend my days here, marveling at the photography books and magazines they have, working quietly, enjoying the soft brazilian music, patting the cat and sipping cappuccinos.
tired of the sterile cafés in shanghai too? the marienbad is on 55 wukang road (but really, it’s on the beginning of anfu road). enjoy!