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The Coffee Experiment, Day 2

For 31 years I have professed to very much dislike coffee. If in need of caffeine to keep me going, I will resort to a diet pop of some sort, or, in extreme cases, Red Bull. However, my Diet Pepsi consumption levels have been high for the past month, and given the cost of Diet Pepsi and the knowledge that even diet pop has been shown to be not-so-good for you in studies, I figured it was time to give the coffee a shot. We’ve got a communal coffee pot here in the office where Folgers is brewed for donations.

Yesterday was day one. I took my coffee black and it was not too bad. The caffeine did its job just fine, and I didn’t find myself craving the Diet Pepsi for the buzz… only for the sweetness. I had brought a Diet Pepsi along and went ahead and drank it for lunch.

Today is day two. I started the morning with two cups of coffee, this time using some non-dairy creamer, which I found helped things out quite a bit. And today I haven’t craved Diet Pepsi at all. Coffee also seems to fill me up less than the pop did; it feels more like I’ve just drank lots of water.

Anyway, I don’t know that I’d consider myself a total convert yet, but two days in I’m appreciating the concept of drinking coffee. Next stop: brewing it for myself at home in the mornings. I’ll wait a bit for that one and see if the habit takes.


  1. Heather Hubbs Heather Hubbs

    finally you are drinking the good stuff… ever since andrew started hanging with me he’s been drinking coffee daily (yet another convert). WARNING: From my experiance coffee is very addictive…day without coffee=HEADACHE! Pretty soon coffee will just keep you at the normal functioning level…nothing more nothing less! But hey, welcome to the club!

    …In Seattle you haven’t had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it’s running. ~Jeff Bezos

  2. Coffee’s not addictive. Caffeine is. Coffee is better for you than soda…as long as you don’t sweeten it or add creamer…

    Once you start adding calories, it’s just six of one and a half dozen of the other.

  3. @Roger: Yeah, I’ll be keeping it light on the creamer, and I don’t really mind the taste with it unsweetened, so no need to add sugar.

    @Geof: In addition to two cups of coffee today, I think I emptied my 32oz nalgene bottle 4 times. I’m doing OK water-wise. I think drinking coffee actually has me drinking more water, too. Win-win? (Oh, also: you have room to talk? 😉 )

  4. Laurs Laurs

    This is a good day for mankind 🙂 Ahaha.
    I’m not a huge coffee drinker, only because it rots my stomach, and almost ANYTHING does these days. But a good cuppa is so appreciated at the 3:00 p.m. stage of a work day 🙂

  5. I drink plenty of water! Just not enough today to make up for all the coffee I drank. But I’m working on it tonight.

    [Oh, and go dispatch that spammer, Chris.]

  6. Faith Faith

    Chris when you decide to venture out and try some good coffee try this…..
    Purchase whole bean coffee like Starbucks or Marques De Paiva (at Sam’s) they are richer flavors and makes it worth drinking a cup or 2 or 3 or 4! : )
    Purchase a grinder to grind your coffee bean prior to making it. Purchasing the bean and then grinding it gives you the fresh oil’s of the coffee bean and therefore the richest flavor. Coffee beans from Brazil are good choices.
    Sit back and enjoy the aroma and taste!
    Next…………a coffee press! : ) The way your high class resturants make it! Save yourself from spening $100. a plate and $10 for a cup of coffee….do yourself!!!

  7. [Wields spammer death ray with ridiculous skill]

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