I Am A College Student And No, I Don't Drink Coffee

I Am A College Student And No, I Don't Drink Coffee

The only time you will catch me with a Starbucks cup is with hot chocolate in it.
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If you were to ask a college student the one thing they could not live without, the majority of people would give the answer you would expect a college student to give: Coffee. Cappuccino, Latte, Flat white, Caffe macchiato, espresso, you name it. Whether it's iced or hot, you better believe college students will be drinking something caffeinated. However, I am not like most students. I do not drink coffee.

I know I am in the unpopular opinion but I find coffee disgusting.

I love the smell but I hate the taste. I have tried different types of coffee but either the taste is too bitter or it is too sweet. Either way, both leave a disgusting aftertaste in my mouth after it is all said and done. As I have gone through college for about a year and a half, I find more and more people questioning how it is possible. It is possible. I do it every day.

When I tell people that I don't drink coffee, people don't understand. How do I stay awake? Do you go to bed at like 9 P.M. on weekdays? I stay awake like any other human being. However, I do not rely on caffeine to get me through my day and I am not saying college students rely on caffeine to them through the day. All I am saying I find my own ways to get through the day. And no, I go to bed as late as normal college students. Maybe even later. This semester has tested my ability to stay up and get up in the morning with very little sleep. It may be more of struggle without coffee, but I am functioning as any student would.

I think people have a hard time believing that I don't drink coffee because society seems to run on coffee. I go to Target, Forever 21, or Francesca's and see shirts that have something to do with coffee. You know the ones I'm talking about. The sweatshirts that say "Ok, but first coffee". The person I am wants to conform and drink coffee like everyone else. But there are perks to not drinking coffee.

I don't have to constantly keep putting money into my accounts for my coffee runs. I know Dunkin has their happy hour special which is great for us penny-pinching people, but I'll stick to my hot, green tea or hot chocolate I can make in my microwave. I will also never know what it is like to feel jittery or anxious because of coffee. I am already a naturally shaky person who doesn't need a drink to increase my shakiness.

Many my fellow classmates talk about how much they need coffee or the latest Starbucks or Dunkin run. The only time you will see me with a Starbucks cup in hand is when there is hot chocolate in it. Props to the non-coffee drinkers for being able to make it through a week of exams, projects, and possible jobs and internships without drinking the most convenient, caffeinated drink in our society. You may be in the minority but you are not alone. So to my fellow college students who can't stand the taste of coffee, I raise my cup to you (full of hot tea most likely).

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12 Starbucks Iced Drinks You NEED In Your Life This Summer

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Be kind to your baristas, they can make you some pretty great drinks. With the temperature rising and the days getting longer, it's approaching the time to find your summer staple to keep you cool (and caffeinated) over the next few months.

Starbucks offers a wide variety of cold beverages that really hit the spot during the summer months, from espresso drinks to fraps, smoothies, teas and refreshers. As a Starbucks barista, I've had the opportunity to taste most drinks on the menu and receive feedback from customers on the do's and don'ts of cold beverages.

While this is not an exhaustive list, I pulled together some of my favorites to give you, the "Ultimate Starbucks Iced Beverage Bucket List for 2017" that you MUST try this season:

1. Pink Drink

Three words: Basic white girl. If you want a photogenic drink that tastes like a Starburst and makes baristas happy, the Pink Drink is for you. It's a pretty simple beverage... this Strawberry Acai Refresher combined with Coconutmilk is sure to satisfy your hipster needs.

2. Iced White Mocha

This sinfully sweet iced espresso drink is not only one of the most popular beverages on the menu, but sure to wake you up at any time of day. Jazz it up by asking for half white chocolate, half mocha sauce, topped with a mocha drizzle, and you've got yourself an Iced Tuxedo Mocha!

3. Doubleshot on Ice

If nothing else, this quick pick-me-up looks classy while giving you the energy boost you need to get through the day. With two shots of espresso, a bit of milk and classic syrup, this drink is easy to enjoy in little time... it's like a caffeine I.V.!

4. Iced Caramel Machiatto

Surprise, surprise... Caramel Machiattos are actually made with vanilla syrup. Nonetheless, these espresso-topped beverages are absolutely delicious at any time of year, but summer calls for ice! Want to change things up? Ask your barista to make it with half vanilla syrup, half toffee nut syrup to make an Iced Salted Caramel Machiatto!

5. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

A sister to the Pink Drink, the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher is a fruit juice-blackberry combo that makes for a pretty chilled beverage to enjoy on the go. The caffeine content is minimal, making it a great option for any time of day.


6. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Cold Brew is basically Starbucks' version of a smoother-tasting iced coffee with more caffeine. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is a standard drink topped with vanilla-flavored heavy cream to create a sweet taste and a marbled appearance in the beverage. Want something with flavor, but not in the mood for vanilla? Try the Toasted Coconut Cold Brew!


7. Mango Black Tea Lemonade

The Mango Black Tea Lemonade is one of the most popular drinks on the menu. Iced Teavana tea mixed with mango syrup and lemonade makes for the perfect combination

8. Iced Chai Tea Latte

Iced Chais - sound so sophisticated, yet so simple to make. If you order this drink, there is a 10/10 chance that your barista will love you for it. Milk mixed with a sweet and spicy chai syrup makes for a classy drink that can be enjoyed at any time of day.


9. Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto

The identifying characteristic that makes a macchiato, well, a macchiato is that the espresso shots are poured on top of the milk and flavoring. Starbucks' Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto is a combination of cinnamon dolce syrup and almondmilk topped with espresso shots, a caramel drizzle and a cinnamon dolce topping to create a delicious dairy-free option in the macchiato family.

10. Sunset Refresher

This secret menu drink is fairly simple to make with a cool lime base, lemonade, lime slices, and ice topped with black tea. When finished, the drink will have an ombré appearance that makes it totally picture-worthy!

11. Iced Caffè Americano

Calling all espresso lovers: Americanos are a Starbucks signature. The drink itself is pretty simple - espresso and water topped with ice, but if you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can mix things up with a flavored syrup. This drink is sure to wake you right up, no matter the time of day.

12. Strawberry Lemonade

Want something cold but not feeling coffee or a frap? Frozen Strawberry Lemonade is definitely worth a try! While this drink is not on the menu, most baristas are happy to make it upon request. Just ask for a combination of strawberry flavoring, lemonade, and ice blended together for a slushie-like beverage!

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7 Reasons Starbucks' Coffee Is 100 Percent Superior To Dunkin Donuts Coffee

Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts?

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There has been this controversial debate on whether Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts is the better option when it comes to getting one of the best coffees. As a lover of the White Chocolate Mocha, I can not begin to fathom how someone would be willing to go to Starbucks' competitor, Dunkin Donuts. Here are 5 reasons why you should kick Dunkin Donuts to the curb and let Starbucks into your life!

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What better place is there to study than Starbucks! The comfy couches allow you to relax and do your homework peacefully.

The Holiday cups

During the Christmas season, Starbucks comes out with creative cups design for the most wonderful time of the year!

Frappuccinos> Coolatta

Frappuccinos definitely rule over the Coolattas that Dunkin provides.

More menu options

Starbucks provides way more coffee drinks than Dunkin. And the best part is that you can customize your own coffee/latte/tea. Anything you name, Starbucks has it.

The Lactose intolerants are certainly welcomed at Starbucks!

One of my friends is Lactose intolerant and she tells me that Starbucks has dairy-free options.

Best food quantity

Does Dunkin Donuts sell cake pops? I don't think so.

BEST Quality Coffee

Starbucks has the top quality coffees and lets be honest Dunkin Donuts coffee tastes burnt

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