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Debate: Is your coffee a want or a need?

I found this on the counter of a breakfast place up in Cairns. 


After long nights partying and waking up early because of the heat, it is safe to say the coffee I consumed up in Queensland was a need. I do admit that I have it occasionally for social reasons, sometimes regretting the caffeine kick.

Why do you have yours?

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    • Ah I have really tried to cut down on soda, I had it a lot growing up and I just can’t forget how much sugar is in there. I have it as a treat once in a while if I feel I have deserved it πŸ™‚

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  1. Coffee is a necessity that can’t be compromised. We have been travelling for 7 years straight and I have found I can do without air-conditioning, hot water and television, but not having access to a hot cup in the morning puts that area off limits for me. No cream or sugar necessary in my cup. The rise of people who tie up lines with silly orders of frothy milk, whipped cream, chocolate and ice in their coffee has caused many of my days to get off to a bad start.

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    • There seems to be an endless list of ways coffee can be made and what is included in them recently! I hear new names for drinks every time I am in a coffee shop. I think for me it would have to be air con first (I get really agitated in the heat) and then coffee. But coffee is a very close second!

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  2. Well as someone who doesn’t actively drink coffee, but who drinks tea on a regular basic, I would have to say my beverage consumption is performed on a “Want” basis. I can live without it and occasionally like the effect it has, but I don’t feel it’s an “essential” part of my day let alone life. Great post to think about

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    • My dad loved tea, and over time I went from being a tea lover to a coffee lover back and forth for a period of years. I just feel with really early mornings coffee is a stronger pick me up. But it is good that it isn’t something you need to rely on πŸ™‚

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  3. A necessary start to my day…and if I miss it in the morning, I’ll definitely have it in the afternoon so I guess a need? Although would it be selfish to say I do drink it socially too? If I’m abroad traveling, I definitely get caffeine withdrawal symptoms but thank God coffee shops are a global thing!

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  4. I only ever have one to wake me up in the morning. Just a hot drink more than anything. As for my second cup it has to be something special. A good cup of coffee since my one cup a day is of the instant variety.

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    • For me the first one is usually instant, as I am too tired to appreciate it anyways haha. I save my fancy drinks for later in the day so I can really enjoy them πŸ™‚

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    • It seems a lot of people are like you and get headaches! I don’t suffer them, unless I am hungover. Then, I definitely need coffee to keep going.

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  5. Hmmm…good question, I never thought about it. Probably, my coffee is more of a habit. I will be okay without my morning coffee, I will not have a bad mood just because I did not have a coffee in the morning. I also donΒ΄t want that much either to have a coffee every morning. But I do drink coffee almost every morning. It’s like, my body automatically takes me to the kitchen and makes me my coffee. πŸ˜›

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    • You see I just don’t drink tea much anymore. I think it would be a good substitute for coffee some days when I feel crazy from the coffee. I think it is after I decided to give up sugar, coffee tastes nicer for me without sweeteners. It is nice to chat to a tea lover in the middle of all these coffee fans! :p

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  6. When I was working, coffee would get me through the day no matter if I worked 8 hours or 12 hours like I did on the weekends on my last job. I needed it. Now that I’m retired and have health issues , I can’t drink coffee as much as I want to. So now it’s become a want that I don’t want every day, and that’s okay.

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    • My mum is in the same boat, she has to really cut down on caffeine. I think it is a good thing though, I know I have too much caffeine at times and would probably feel better with a cut back.

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  7. I used to love my morning coffee but I had to give it up for tea. Jasmine pearl tea to be exact. I’m still a coffee snob though and the beans I have in my house are always from small, local coffee shops. On the occasion that I do drink it, I like it black so it has to taste good naked πŸ™‚

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    • Haha I wonder if people know what you mean when you say you like to drink your coffee naked xD I haven’t tasted many flavoured teas, I am probably missing out…

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  8. I never acquired a taste for coffee. I remember in college ordering one of those “fancy drinks” with chocolate, caramel, etc. in it and taking one sip and handing it to my roommate saying that she could drink it as it still tasted like coffee to me. I do love the smell though. My husband drinks a cup each morning to “wake up” so I’d say it’s somewhat of a need for him though once in awhile he’ll have it later in the day at which point I think it’s just a want.

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    • Yeah the first one is always a need, after that is probably turns into a want πŸ™‚ I cannot drink many of the fancy ones, too sweet for me. It is interesting to read that you love the smell just not the taste!

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    • The more I read from tea drinkers like yourself, the more I feel like switching to tea on a morning to see how it goes. It could be a refreshing change and wake me up without making me go from sleepy to hyper, as it does on the odd occasion.

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  9. I drink coffee because I LOVE it, but since that love is indulged daily and I prefer espresso style, I pay dearly with a headache if I’m unable to get some in a day. So I’m afraid I’m addicted and it has become a need. Part of why I enjoy it is very social. My local baristas have become my genuine friends, and the warmth of the brew is added to by fun and comforting exchanges at the shops. I also get much of my best writing and editing done on my novels at coffee shops. So they are an integral part of my daily life. My lifestyle would change if I cut out coffee.

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    • I typed up a post actually about going to coffee shops to blog whilst my wifi was down, I enjoy being out and about and the buzz from the many people coming and going. I am pleased you enjoy writing there too! It sounds like both a want and a need for you (with headaches being withdrawal symptoms) hopefully you aren’t an addict though :p

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  10. I literally just posted a blog on coffee and I honestly think it’s like everything else. Good in moderation. Otherwise what’s the point??πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ to be honest even the air we breathe is technically killing us so I’m sure coffee could as well. Coffee is just so good though!! Anyways interesting post!! Love it !!πŸ‘πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

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  11. For night owls, coffee is a necessity! (Or for those who stay up late and need a cuppa to get the illusion that they’re functioning, anyway.)
    I have a friend who’s downing three cups a day (four for variety at times). No sugar, pure undiluted filter coffee (with all the patience to brew it thrice a day), and I can only wonder how he does it, because that’s incredible! We are trying to get him to slow down, though. He says his concentration wavers without a coffee at five hour intervals!

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