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I am, what my girlfriend likes to call, a simplistic eater.
I had my first burrito last fall at one of Grandex’s catered lunches. I recently tried salmon for the first time — 9/10, would eat again. I have never had pizza with more than two toppings on it, except for a slice of Hawaiian pizza during the two weeks I worked at a pizza joint in high school. Most notable, though, is the fact that I’ve never had a cup of coffee. For reference, I am a 23-year-old white male. For the few who have asked: No, I am not a Mormon.
I don’t have anything against coffee. I grew up in a household where my mom made Folgers every morning and my dad, on occasion, had a cup while reading the paper. In college, I would study at the campus Starbucks at least twice a week. Usually I would just get a snack there, or I’d go to the Wendy’s across the hall and eat there beforehand. When I have ordered drinks at Starbucks, they’ve been vanilla bean frappuccinos. Big fan of vanilla bean frappuccinos. My brother introduced them to me on vacation last year. He starts eighth grade next month.
I don’t know when all my friends started drinking coffee, but it is clearly a thing now. My roommate and girlfriend each go to Starbucks in the morning, and everybody in my office drinks iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts.
Up until this point in my life, I’ve been pretty content with not drinking coffee. But I just moved into a new apartment about 100 feet from a Starbucks. And I’ve got the itch. Should I start drinking coffee?
I’ve polled the office. About one-third believes it’s time for me to become an adult and start drinking coffee in the morning. Another third says it’s healthy to avoid coffee and that I have been blessed by my ignorance. The last third still can’t believe I only recently started eating salmon. They can’t get past the salmon thing. I get it. Salmon is great. I’ll start expanding my palate with more salmon-centric meals.
A 2010 Harvard study found that 54 percent of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every single day and that moderate coffee consumption can help reduce disease risks. I guess we can slide that in the “pro” category. A Consumerist study found that the average American worker spends just over $1000 a year on coffee (on average, about $20 a week). That’s a big “con” for me. I always tend to exceed expectations. What happens when I get addicted to coffee and it bankrupts me? That’s $1000 I could be spending on more important things, like groceries or last-minute trips to college football games.
If I decide to do this, what do I put in my coffee? There are so many damn variables that go into a morning cup of coffee. How do I order just a coffee? Put some milk and cream in there? Maybe some sugar? I do have a sweet tooth — though I have a feeling, based on my research, that coffee is pretty bitter.
It’s all so overwhelming. But it’s worth a shot. Maybe I’ll make this into a series: “CashBack Tries New Things.” I’ll report back with my findings. For now, though, I’ll take your suggestions as to what kind of coffee I should drink.
I hope to one day be as snobby as a Brooklyn barista when it comes to my morning brew. Or maybe I’ll just settle with Folgers..
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