Ask the readers – what’s your coffee drinking habit?

I can’t remember when I first started drinking coffee, probably when I was a teenager. When I was younger, my parents used to brew coffee on weekends and we would sit down and drink coffee together while eating breakfast. Back then, drinking coffee was a treat for me.

Somehow, coffee has become a part of my daily life. Mrs. T and I would regularly sit down and have hygge by having a cup of coffee, some small treats, and spend quality time together. At work, I would drink a cup or two of coffee and socialize with other co-workers while waiting for coffee to be made by the Nespresso machine.

The coffee drinking habit stuck. Unlike many people though, I am not addicted to coffee by any means. I just like the taste and the smell of coffee.

But this “non-addiction” habit seemed to have changed with the arrival of Baby T2.0.

After Baby T2.0’s arrival, thanks to lack of sleep, I began drinking more and more coffee during the day. In addition, I would drink English Breakfast tea throughout the day. When I got back to work after my short parental leave, this habit continued. I would drink 2 cups of coffee, between 3 or 4 cups of English Breakfast, and a few cups of herbal tea each day. Good thing we can get free Nespresso coffee and tea at work, or this habit would have cost me quite a bit of money!

Lately though, I have been feeling drowsy in the morning even after a good night of sleep (Baby T2.0 has been sleeping relatively well). My head would feel unclear and I would have a tough time concentrating while eating breakfast. This has resulted in me making myself a cup of coffee or English Breakfast and drinking it while eating breakfast. This is something I have never done in the past. Usually I would just have milk or water with my breakfast. Somehow, it seems that I have become addicted to caffeine. I need to consume caffeine to stay awake.

I feel that I need to kick this habit.

I need to change.

So starting today, I have decided to give up coffee and any caffeinated drinks until July 1st. I’m not going to count down the days. I’m not going to wonder whether I’m going to drink coffee on July 1st or not. For this habit change challenge, I’m going to take it one day at the time.

I am energetic.

I am alert.

I am happy.

I’ll report back with my progress here and there.

Dear readers, are you addicted to coffee or caffeinated drinks? Want to take this challenge with me?

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72 thoughts on “Ask the readers – what’s your coffee drinking habit?”

  1. Surprisingly, I never really developed a coffee drinking habit. I think after a long night out, I had a road trip the next morning and had coffee even I almost never drank it. It just made by heart beat faster and I had to pull over on the highway to pee…so after that I just never felt the urge to drink it. But once my son was born and I was sleep deprived I did start drinking coffee and do find myself more alert. So yea, it seems that having kids will make you need coffee. Only a cup or two at most though.

    • I’ve never experienced having faster heart beats or having headaches from not having coffee. Once though, I drank black coffee around 10 PM and had one of the worst sleeps of my life. 🙂

  2. I dont consider myself a coffee drinker but I do like to have 1 cup in the morning when im at my day job. Mainly because I am bored and need something to drink.

    At least youre not out buying starbucks everyday, that would be a huge expense!

    • It’s crazy that some people visit Starbucks every single day, often multiple visits per day. Bad for their pockets, good for me since I’m a Starbucks stock owner now.

  3. I typically have 1 large cup of coffee in the morning (or an iced one in the summer), milk only, no sugar, not for health reasons, I just don’t like sweet things. On really bad days where the screaming little man has been up several times in the night, I might resort to a second or an extremely rare 3rd coffee sometime around midday. My body is a bit self-regulating, after the 2nd coffee I start to feel sick 😛

  4. I’m not a coffee or tea drinker here. We used to grew coffee when we grow up. I currently have 2 tea plants. But I’m not much into it.

    I know people with migraine headache that are coffee drinker, they are unable to use caffeine as a drug to help with headache.

    I also know people who drink 1-2 pots of coffee within 4 hours period. They are super skinny, though. 🙂

    If I were going to drink any caffeinated product, it’d be for pleasure, like drinking ice coffee, coke, milk tea, etc. even that, I don’t like the way I feel afterward, my thought keep cycling. I’d thinking about the same subject over and over again. It’s the weirdest feeling.

    • When Mrs. T’s family visited us, they were drinking like 7 or 8 cups of espresso every day. Our Nespresso machine Had a good workout. 🙂

  5. I cut my daily consumption but coffee is too good to give up completely! I went from 3 cups to 1 and I only have it in the morning. There was a time though when I tried giving it up in exchange for a flatter stomach, because that’s what my PT said. I ended up saying I don’t care about my having abs anyway. Haha! Good luck!

  6. When i was growing up in india ,it was always Chai,even in us i drank tea made with milk for long time ,but some time back in 2004 i switched to coffee with milk,not the black coffee. Weekends i still drink tea. I restrict my self to one cup of coffee early in morning thats it.

  7. No coffee for me: I hate the taste. That said, I do know about cutting out caffeine from a college experience.

    In college, the keystone of my major’s curriculum had substantial weekly homework. Tradition, and scheduling snafus with other primary courses, meant that we had 24 hours to get the work done before the deadline of Monday noon. And we needed most of those hours most weeks, even banding together for mutual support.

    Each of my classmates had their own particular poison for outlasting the second half of Sunday and first half of Monday. Many chose coffee, some chose tea, one Korean buddy chose kimchi, and I chose the highly-caffeinated sugary soda called Mountain Dew. The novelty of doing something other than writing or thinking kept me going until the sugar kicked in. When the sugar kicked out, the caffeine had just kicked in. When the caffeine kicked out, it was bladder pressure keeping me awake.

    By the end of the year, I was downing *six* liters of Mountain Dew in a 24-hour period! So, yes, that summer, I went through caffeine withdrawal. Unhappy-making.

    It took two decades for my body to resensitize to caffeine. I had some early workdays where I wish it had worked on me; now, I’m happy it made me pace myself well and work more effectively. Nowadays, I just have the occasional mug of tea. Even late at night, it does little to keep me awake past my normal sleep-time. Ditto with any caffeinated sodas I come across. I leave the “five-hour energy drinks” alone, since I’ve already danced with caffeine withdrawal, and don’t care to trigger it again.

    • Wow 6 liters of Mountain Dew in 24 hours! If I recall correctly, Mountain Dew has even higher caffeine than coffee. No wonder you would have caffeine withdrawal.

  8. Never really drank it. I have tried once or twice, but never really liked it. Same for tea. I get caffeine from soda but usually only when we order pizza. I try to stick to water and unsweetened ice tea.

  9. I have not drank a soda in about 16 years. I love coffee! It relaxes me and wakes me up in the morning. I have 1 cup or sometimes 2 cups per day. We make at home so it is a cheap vice to have.


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