Up until this point in my life, every job or internship I’ve worked at either had a Keurig or coffee pot in the office. During college, I almost never had class on Fridays, leading me to work a full day after a night of hard, college-level drinking on Thursday. This cycle week after week led to me developing what some would call an “addiction” to coffee. I prefer to think of it as just a habitual thing, and that I can quit whenever I want to, but I know deep down that’s far from the truth.
Nowadays, my love for coffee has gotten me into a bit of a bind. The new office I’ve been working at doesn’t have a coffee machine. All they’ve got is a café downstairs selling large cups of joe for a few bucks a pop. To most people, I’m sure this is fine. Spending a few dollars each day on coffee seems like no problem, but for me it’s absolutely devastating to my wallet.
The standard day for me consists of 2-3 cups of coffee, and even though I’d prefer more (I like to keep my heart’s BPM at a comfortable 100 plus) I can’t reasonably justify spending any more than I already am. Hundreds of dollars of my carefully calculated budget are being thrown away for coffee each month, and I can’t figure out how to stop it.
I’ve tried bringing in a thermos of green tea to try and wean myself off coffee altogether, but what a horrific mistake that was. In fact, the tea only made me more tired, leading to more coffee and more money down the drain. I see my friends with their fancy Keurigs and Flavia machines, or even a good old fashioned coffee pot and I think back to a different time. A better time. A time when I was naïve enough to think that the fantasy land in which I worked that offered free, endless coffee would be there for me until the day I retired. How wrong I was, and I am quite literally paying the price for it now. Each day when I pull out my credit card to purchase coffee I sigh knowing there’s no end in sight, and that I will continue to be a slave to my office’s cafeteria, Starbucks, Dunkin, and whatever other local coffee shops I try during my day.
Do I just quit cold turkey? There’s no way I’m going down the tea route again and I’m honestly too scared to try and leave coffee in my past, as the immediate drop in my productivity would not go long unnoticed by my supervisor. With today being National Coffee Day, I thought it was only right to share my struggle with the rest of you and hope that those of you who currently have office coffee don’t let it go to waste. It’s true what they say – you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone, so for those of you who still work in a caffeinated wonderland of an office, have an extra cup today in celebration. If you’ve still got time left after that, please keep me in your prayers..
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