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beekeeper

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Gave up coffee
« on: August 06, 2018, 07:28:26 AM »
I gave up drinking coffee a few weeks ago. I had been drinking lots of strong coffee every day for decades. I don't miss it now! I drink tap water instead.

My coffee drinking had been becoming expensive over the years as I developed a taste for freshly roasted beans and a few strong Aeropress cups every day. I was spending about $80/month at the end. That's on track for around $50K over the rest of my lifetime!

I found that my enjoyment of the coffee was offset by a guilty feeling every time I ordered new beans. I also didn't like the feeling of dependency and having to plan around access to coffee when travelling. So I cut it all out and now I'm feeling badass.

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Re: Gave up coffee
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2018, 07:48:33 AM »
Cool!

Personally, I maintain a small coffee habit, mostly for the health benefits (good for liver, gout prevention, etc., and the warm beverage helps me eat less early in the day). If I wanted to, I could get by just on the free coffee in my office, but I choose to have a cup or two at home.

I did give up on the expensive beans and Aeropress, though. I suggest that if you ever decide to resume drinking coffee, you should start back with cheaper coffee and brewing methods; now that you have a break in your consumption, you may find that your palate has reset to where you can enjoy "average joe" once again.

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Re: Gave up coffee
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2018, 09:56:36 AM »
Wow, good for you!

I'm with ^. I enjoy a single cup of coffee in the morning and nothing the rest of the day. No fancy beans or presses. Just a $10 coffee maker that has lasted for years and some relatively cheap coffee from the supermarket. Pretty cheap habit compared to the benefits.

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Re: Gave up coffee
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2018, 11:47:08 AM »
Each morning, husband and I split a liter of coffee brewed in our pour-over drip carafe with reusable filter. We boil the water in an electric kettle and use beans that we buy in bulk at Costco ($15.60 for a 3-lb bag per month) and grind at home. So after the hardware (probably $100 total for drip carafe, kettle, and burr grinder, none of it purchased recently), we're paying less than $20/month for coffee for both of us. We pour big mugs and drink it while we talk or read the news at the kitchen table. It's a nice ritual.

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Re: Gave up coffee
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2018, 12:47:50 PM »
I wish you success, I've quit as well.  I've quit before only to return but as I get older the effects of caffeine are more noticeable. I Hope I can quit caffeine for good now.

One recommendation I have is to try this herbal coffee, it's different but good.  I find it a nice substitute, tastes good and its good for you. I add a little cream and sugar.
We use the reusable k cups with filters but the ratio is the same as coffee so you can make it in any coffee maker.     

https://www.amazon.com/Teeccino-Chicory-Herbal-Alternative-Caffeine/dp/B00DPEE2IO?th=1           

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Re: Gave up coffee
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2018, 02:22:06 PM »
I too gave up coffee for basically the same reasons, except I wasn't spending too much on it. I didn't like having to plan around it because I would get a headache and feel very sluggish in the morning if I skipped it. I really miss it though. It makes me feel good and is a nice ritual.

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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2018, 04:32:02 PM »
Great job @beekeeper!  I gave it up for three years once, and felt better.  Now I'm back on it, and my habit has grown to 4-5 cups per day.  I think I have a problem, and am unable to keep the coffee habit 'small.'  I think I have to give it up again, for good this time. 

Cool name.  Are you really a beekeeper?  I'm hoping to start next year.   

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Re: Gave up coffee
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2018, 10:10:43 AM »
Kudos to anything you give up / quit that doesn't bring you enough satisfaction.

I drink 2 cups a day (usually free at work) and almost always split between decafe and caffeine.

I use creamer (real and fake) but no sugar.

I do like the flavor of coffee and the cost (even on the weekends) of it is pretty inconsequential.

Caffeine doesn't do much one way or another for me though.   Admittedly, I find decafe can sometimes not taste 'right'.
« Last Edit: August 13, 2018, 10:12:14 AM by Slee_stack »

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Re: Gave up coffee
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2018, 10:18:28 AM »
Kudos to anything you give up / quit that doesn't bring you enough satisfaction.

I drink 2 cups a day (usually free at work) and almost always split between decafe and caffeine.

I use creamer (real and fake) but no sugar.

I do like the flavor of coffee and the cost (even on the weekends) of it is pretty inconsequential.

Caffeine doesn't do much one way or another for me though.   Admittedly, I find decafe can sometimes not taste 'right'.

If you have Kroger (or affiliated) stores in your area, their Simple Truth organic store brand is the best (i.e., closest to regular) decaf coffee I've found. I've tried a few other brands and they definitely don't taste "right".

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Re: Gave up coffee
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2018, 12:19:50 PM »
I love coffee so much that a few years ago I got a drum to fit on my rotisserie gas grill - and started roasting my own. Now I own a coffee roasting business!
Instead of giving up something that I loved and spent money on I found a way to make it even better (awesome, in fact) but also make some money doing it. I rarely drink coffee that is more than 4 days from being roasted.

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Re: Gave up coffee
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2018, 02:49:15 PM »
That is badass! Great work. I think this has been one of the hardest things for me to decrease dependency on. I didn't think it was that bad until I quit cold turkey a few months ago and I got super sick - crazy nausea and just couldn't function properly at all. I really want to decrease how much I drink throughout the day. From a financial standpoint, 80% of the coffee I drink is from work. But from a health standpoint I'm clearly dependent on this stuff.

Thanks for posting this. Giving me some good ideas to begin my journey on this. Which sounds crazy but I've been drinking black coffee for years, so it's pretty tough to just let it go.