The 10 Phases Ever Coffee Enthusiast Has Gone Through

The 10 Phases Ever Coffee Enthusiast Has Gone Through

I don’t have a problem with caffeine; I have a problem without it.
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If you drink coffee religiously, you definitely went through these phases.

The first sign: You grew up liking the smell of coffee.

The chances are good that you didn’t like the taste the first few times you tried it. More than one adult has told you that it’s an acquired taste. Yet something about that “haunting aroma” kept making you want to try it again.

Cream and sugar with a dash of coffee.

Next comes the awkward in between phase of getting used to coffee. You’re right on the verge of something wonderful but you’re not quite there. You load the cup with about eight heaping spoonfuls of sugar and enough cream so that it’s not even warm anymore. You might as well tell people you’re drinking cream and sugar with a splash of coffee. At this point you don’t completely love the taste but with each cup it grows on you.

Some unflattering effects don’t discourage you.

Being that you’re still new to this level of caffeine, your whole body shakes after one cup. You also realize that you need to start carrying gum everywhere to mask your post-coffee bad breath. And let’s not try to pretend you didn’t have to go to the bathroom five times in one hour.

“I NEED MORE COFFEE!”

It’s hard to say when you “matured” to this next phase. It happens at different times for each person. You’ll know you’ve gotten there when the shakes you once got from the occasional small cup of coffee do not seem to phase you as much. This is when the all too dangerous second cup of coffee enters into your routine. Your body has grown used to the rush that one cup of coffee can spark and it’s just not doing it for you anymore. But it doesn’t bother you because you’re also coming to really love the taste of coffee.

I like my coffee like I like my men/women [insert joke here].

You can tell that you’ve hit full-blown coffee addiction when you don’t even waste time putting much of anything else in it. A good cup of coffee can stand on its own. In fact, you can’t imagine how you once put so many sweeteners in a perfectly good cup of coffee. You have acquired the taste that your wise elders spoke of and have no plans of returning to the BC (before coffee) era.

Morning = when you drink coffee. Therefore you love the morning, right?

This may not be true for everyone. You’re relationship with coffee does goes swimmingly for many months after this though. You get excited to get out of bed in the morning because it means you get to press down a new Keurig cup, or if you're really authentic, the French press.

Your ears become fine-tuned to pick up on coffee-talk.

You listen in when you hear others spilling the [java] beans on their new favorite coffee flavor. If your friends are fellow coffee enthusiasts you definitely know their very detailed coffee order by heart. You all probably downloaded the Dunkin Donuts APP onto your phone and compare points.

The barista knows your name.

When you walk into your favorite coffee shop, the barista greets you by first name and if they ask what you want it’s only out of politeness. They already know exactly what you’re going to order.

If only for a second, you think you might have a problem.

You’ve told yourself that you’re going to cut back on the coffee consumption. After one day with a pounding headache you realize it’s not possible.

It’s a permanent part of your life.

Even though you probably take your coffee a little too seriously, we enthusiasts totally understand your journey and raise our mugs to you having a refill.

Coffee Jokes

A guy walks into a coffee shop and asks the waitress: "How much is the coffee?"

"Coffee is four dollars the waitress says".

"How much is a refill?" the man asks.

"Free, "says the waitress.

"Then I'll take a refill!" the man responds.




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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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I am currently on my second Hydro Flask, third lid, and I have entered the sticker phase of owning a defense weapon that holds your water at pleasantly cool temperatures. Since getting my first Hydro Flask I feel as if I have a little companion. I never get thirsty, my pee is a color that my doctor would be proud of, and I get to leave class a lot because I pee so much. I think Hydro Flask is the best reusable water bottle to exist. Heck, of course, it is better than a plastic water bottle, making a Hydro Flask the best water bottle in the world.

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You are going to drop your water bottle and it will dent. But the dent will not prevent your Hydro Flask from keeping your water fresh. It adds character and identity to your water bottle like the stickers you will eventually cover it with.


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