Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Double Shot

I've found the key to faster swimming.

You wanna know what it is, don't you? Ok, here goes... spilling my secret... it's all about the *second* shot of espresso in the morning before hitting the pool!!

I guess I've been missing out these last few months (years?) with having only one shot... but I gotta say, since I've started drinking the second one I've been much happier in the water. Happier because I feel peppier (is that even a word? Maybe it's 'more peppy'?) Whatever. I'm swimming faster which makes me happy and being happy is a good thing so if I have to double my budget for espresso from now on, so be it.

I've been a loyal Nespresso user for probably about 7 years now. I bought this machine at some kitchen store when I used to live in Scottsdale and it moved to Hawaii with me and still gets used every single morning. I love this machine. Love it. I mean, really really love it. I think the only possible negative thing you could say about Nespresso is that once you buy their machine, you have to buy their coffees... they come in little pre-packaged pods that fit nicely into the machine. It's not really a negative for me though because I really like Nespresso's coffee pods (um, they taste gooooood) and they make for a perfect frothy shot of espresso. Every time. No mess. No fuss. Nespresso also comes out with what they call 'Variations' which are fun different flavors... I usually just buy their standard dark blend but the variation I'm currently hooked on is something like 'chestnut cream' which is so nice and smooth... mmmm. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.


So enter Coffees Of Hawaii, the local company who sponsored the "Espresso Bar" out in the ocean in Kona during Ironman Week... What a cool company, eh?

I swam out to their boat and totally enjoyed their coffee every day while I was there this past October... :)

Coffees of Hawaii is now sponsoring my local cycling/triathlon team, Pac Velo...

I mean, sometimes I drink regular coffee (ahem, hello Sunday mornings...) but while I usually build time into my morning to check your facebook updates, I typically don't leave myself enough time to enjoy a whole cup before I have to get out the door to train... hence, the espresso. Anyway, imagine how excited I was to hear that Coffees Of Hawaii was coming up with a pod that fits into the Nespresso machine! AND, they asked me to be a guinea pig in trying out their new little product! Heck Yeah! I'll do that. :)

So Albert sent me several different pods to try out. The colored ones are the Nespresso brand pods... the clear ones are the Coffees Of Hawaii prototypes.

I was psyched to try these out. And you know what? The flavor of this coffee brought back the best memories of swimming at the Kona pier last October... The flavor lingered in my mouth this morning for a while after drinking the coffee. Ahhhh.... So here's to good memories and fast swimming!

So right now you're thinking, Man I'd love to have some of that coffee from Hawaii... Go check out their website and if you want to order before Valentine's Day, enter the code 'love' at checkout for a 15% discount. :)

23 comments:

H said...

We've only JUST entred the coffee world!! And purchased a nespresso machine, we LOVE it too :) But I agree it is a bit of pain you can only buy Nespresso for it, I think we'll have a little look at Coffees of Hawaii... will they send overseas?
xx

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Mary IronMatron said...

I'm totally stuck on the fact that you can swim in the ocean and pick up an espresso.
And today we are expecting 8 inches of snow.
lovely.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

WOW, swim and coffee, I am just floored, literally. Thats just amazing, in my opinion. I guess thats what happens when 20 inches of snow blanketed my town.

Clare said...

angela told me to listen to everything you have to say about swimming faster. i wonder if she meant espresso, too?

Clare said...

wait...i just reread that...a coffee bar IN THE OCEAN? man did i pick the wrong state.

Lizzie said...

I must be the only person in the world who doesn't drink coffee. It's kind of like beer - I mean, I tried really, really hard to like it, but it's just not going to happen. I even tried husband's triple shot latte over the weekend . . .ummmm, no still not anywhere remotely close to liking it. So when I say I am meeting a friend for coffee, it's more like hot chocolate (now that's my coffee!! :)). The bar in the ocean is a very cool idea!!

Angela and David Kidd said...

Two shots of espresso and my belly would mean lots of quick dashes to the bathroom for me. Hey, maybe that is the secret to fast swimming for me!

Staci Dombroski said...

Thanks for your "secret" LOL!

Rebecca DeWire said...

I love coffee, but have never had espresso. Maybe some day I can swim out to that espresso boat in Kona :) It never occurred to me that espresso is more time efficient than coffee, that part made me laugh.

kerrie said...

i loooove coffee! especially coffees of hawaii(even rain swam out there with me to get some!!). i may have to check that out and order some. it is impossible to find 100% kona coffee around here and we've already blown through our stash :(

Lisa T said...

Just had my coffee while reading your post!

X-Country2 said...

I've never drank coffee since once I start I know I wont be able to stop. :o)

GoBigGreen said...

I only drink espresso bc it takes up less room in my tummy ( less sloshy) and it has more VROOM VROOM. I love the pod idea, I make a huge mess with my machine. Glad your training is going well!

N.D. said...

how did you get that coffee that far into the ocean ? That's nuts. I'm looking at that ocean picture and looking out my window dreamily. There is probably 4 feet of snow on the ground now. I never got into coffee!

Roz said...

Pretty soon a double might be enough and you'll be ordering up a triple!

I enjoy my morning coffee but espresso might be the new way to go so that I can get out the door quicker.

DC Running Mama said...

Wow, coffee in the middle of the ocean? Hawaii really *is* heaven!! Also, thanks for the discipline advice! I tried it tonight w/ some cable wires he was pulling on...boy loves danger! And, too funny, but I have the same problem w/ Nathan and the dog's bowl of water. WHY IS THAT??

cherelli said...

Nope, I'm thinking "Screw the coffee, gimme some of that lovely looking water to swim in!" Must say I really notice the effects of a good coffee, boy does it enhance a training session. But 2 espressos? My arms would be like helicopter rotor blades they'd be swinging so fast (with great loss of efficiency)...more than one coffee and I am shaky for hours...

Angela said...

Never been a big coffee, espresso, cappucino (sp?) drinker until now. It's the only way I can get through two training sessions a day is to have some sort of caffeine before the second session.

Regina said...

HA! love that shot in the water! This just when I am thinking of giving up coffee (again)?! I think I need to go make myself a second cup!

Ange said...

ahhhh, memories!! mark and I loved that espresso bar out in the waters off Kona! how cool!!!! I have a similar coffee maker..mine's Keurig. I love it too. Cafe mocha mixed with regular coffee is my new fav.andI drink a big mug on the way to swim every day. (40 min ride...NEED my coffee then!) Thanks for the memories of the warm Hawaiian waters!

Charisa said...

I knew we had lots in common :) Coffee is the best. Love that last pic of you!