Why are people so obsessed with coffee? One with no interest in coffee might not understand – obviously! Or a coffee drinker himself will never truly understand with this obsession simply because. Some may find it hard or even impossible to even start their day with coffee. That is how obsessed people are with this form of liquid. 

“With enough coffee, I feel as though all things are possible. Many of them are highly unlikely, but they are possible” – Anonymous

My love for coffee only came to existence not long ago. So, consider me into one of those who never understood the obsession towards coffee. I was never been an avid coffee drinker. I was always that girl sippin’ on hot cocoa, or hot milk tea, or, must I say, I am a ‘hot milo’ kind of girl. However, for some odd reason during my exams in university back then, I, out of nowhere, crave for caffeine – coffee to be exact. Or, perhaps, I yearned the smell of coffee rather than the taste. If I remember correctly, I never ordered any caffeinated drinks even if I was placed in the nicest coffee shop in town! Which you may find it odd. Why would I gravitated towards cafes when I almost always end up ordering hot cocoa or hot flavoured tea?

On that particular afternoon, when I was supposedly on a ‘coffee’ date, I convinced myself that this time, I will order coffee and maybe I can start off something from there. So, I did. Skinny Macadamia Latte. Yes, my first ever coffee drink in a cafe. I wasn’t used to it and it made me stayed up till 4 in the morning! A good start for an all-nighter kind of nights (especially for the exam season). Little did I know, it was the start of my true appetite for coffee. Precisely, at the age of 24.

Admittedly, caffeinated drinks still give me the shakes. So, I made a pact with myself that I’d cut down on caffeine for the month, with hope that it’ll continue on for the rest of year but I shall not cut off coffee from the rest of my life, I just started, why would I possibly throw it out of my life? I even bought a scented coffee candle so that my room would smell like coffee. Mentally, I hope it could boosts my energy throughout the day. You know what they say, once you smell coffee, it’s hard to go back to sleep. So bring it on, life!

It’s only the beginning of 2018, and I’m already thinking to decaffeinate my morning drink, but, can you really have a good decent cup of decaffeinated coffee? It does not mean have to be totally free from caffeine. A decaf coffee only needs to be at least 97% caffeine free. There will still be a bit dose of caffeine left for you to consume each day. In my opinion, it isn’t that bad compare to the amount of coffee drink that I will probably will have to consume in the future! Better start from somewhere, right?

  1. Lessen your coffee beans intake

I make my own coffee everyday before work. I try to minimize the amount of ground coffee, enough for me to stay sane for the day. Instead of piling in 2 spoonfuls of coffee, now I’m lowering it down to just a teaspoon of coffee. Control is key, my friends. I feel like a grown up already and Im not even 25 yet!

2. Transitioning to instant coffee

Instant coffee has a higher concentration of instant powder than coffee itself. So, when we think about it, we are basically drinking more milk than we do coffee. I think its a great way to lessen your coffee intake! 

3. Adapting to teas 

I’ve grown to love drinking tea more often than not now. One might mistaken that tea does not contain caffeine, but it does! Although, it is still debatable which one has higher amount of caffeine. 

The average cup of tea contains about half as much caffeine as the average cup of instant coffee, and the average cup of instant coffee contains about half as much caffeine as a cup of proper espresso coffee. So I think the idea that tea contains more caffeine that coffee is an urban myth (unless, it’s say, gramme for gramme, rather than cup for cup, as it were).

Joanne Sheppard, London Uk

With my growing love towards teas, I have also been learning how to make my own version – one with lesser caffeine. Green tea or brewed black coffee has lesser caffeine, so I always try to divert to this healthier choiceIf you couldn’t resist coffee, then find a drink that has lesser amount of caffeine like latte or mocha instead of brewed coffee. That shall slow you down.

4. Teeth staining

This is definitely for me one of the many bigger drive that pushes me to cut off caffeine. You sure do not want to go about your whole life with your teeth stained with coffee that you’ve downed in a couple of weeks ago. That is definitely not an attractive sight.

With all due respects to all coffee/tea drinkers or dare I say, caffeine addicts out there, both coffee and tea are two powerful drinks that have been debated for ages! Although, I am slowly introducing drink varieties in my life, as long as we all enjoy our drink in moderation, all shall be good . Remember to limit your caffeine intake below 500 milligrams per day (which are several cups of coffee or tea)! So, which one are you? Are you a coffee person or a tea person? Or are you just like me? Everything in between.

Which one are you?