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I Skipped Coffee for a Week and This is What Happened

What comes to your mind when hearing the word “coffee”? Cappuccino. Latte. Wake up. Dunkin Donuts. Bad for bones. Whatever it may be, we all agree that coffee is carved into most of our lives, becoming the backbone of our motivation to do anything. Last Friday, I, a coffee lover, made the brutal decision to skip it for a week, and this is what happened.

To start off, here’s some background information about my coffee history:

  • I drink around 4-5 cups of regular sized coffee every week.

  • I drink both homemade and store-bought coffee.

  • My monthly expense on food is between $150-$170. Store-bought coffee alone makes up 60% of that, which is between $90-$102.

  • Ever since I started drinking coffee since the age of 16, I have never skipped it for more than 2 days in a row.



As cheesy as it may sound, I’ve summarized the results into five categories:


My guts have never felt this hollow before.


To fill in that hollowness, I turned to drinking tea.


Pretty sure my friends had the urge to slap me in the face every time I whined, “I NEEEED COFFEEEEEEE!!!”


I used to think coffee was just some ego-feeding drug whose energy-boosting effect is just a myth. How naive of me to disrespect coffee like that when I am now even struggling to make it through one-hour lectures… but maybe it’s just because I’m getting my period soon.


I’ve established that from now on a decision has to be made between paying $4 for an instantaneous want and saving $10,000 in ten years. 

As you can see, I’ve come to some pretty tough realizations. Take this knowledge as you will; brave the life of one who doesn’t drink coffee, or keep on keeping on in that caffeinated bliss. 



Inside Stephanie's 5'2 body, there is a burning love for writing, photography and basketball. When she isn't doing any of those, she often ensconces herself in deep but random contemplation - the meaning of life - that feeds her own ego and keeps her energetic throughout the day. Her favorite movie is 'The Shawshank Redemption'; she hopes to become bold like Andy Dufresne one day and drive alone from Texas to Mexico in a convertible - once she obtains her driver's license.
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