My Love/Hate Letter To Caffeine

My Love/Hate Letter To Caffeine

Caffeine ain’t no joke!
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Caffeine. Coffee. Redbull. I love them. I hate them. My excessive caffeine intake is one of the vices that I must hold onto if I want any hope of getting through most weeks.

I remember a time when I believed I didn't need caffeine to simply survive. A fool.

Often times, a tasty, caffeinated drink works as the perfect incentive to get things started in the first place. On the flip side, there are a bunch of negative when it comes to caffeine. It isn't hard to go overboard. There's the headaches, the shakes, the anxiety, the increased heartbeat. But it’s worth it, right?

The thought of coffee just gives me heart palpitations, in a good and bad way. Coffee is the go-to for mornings and mid-day library trips. It feels good to have a coffee. It’s a drink for pleasant days or rainy days, good moods or bad.

Unfortunately, that means it’s easy to drink it all the time. And that means caffeine addiction! And with that comes headaches and shakiness and irritability. We love it.

On the other hand, Redbull is its evil, late-night counterpart. Redbull is for the all-nighters and nothing else. I pick one of those bad boys up, and I know it's a long night ahead of me. They’re not particularly delicious, especially in comparison to coffee.

Nevertheless, they’re perfect for specific situations like being irresponsible and completely behind on work. They’re just as addicting, as to be expected, but it feels much worse to be a Redbull addict than a coffee addict. As we all know, energy drinks are full of gross chemicals that we should never ingest daily. But sometimes you just need a dang Redbull.

All in all, caffeine is risky business. We all love it, maybe a little too much. College definitely purports caffeine culture. Starbucks is not hard to find on a college campus. In a city like Charleston, coffee shops aren’t hard to find anywhere.

A cold Redbull can be found on any corner shop, gas station, or basically any place that sells a multitude of beverages anywhere. At any rate, I still love you, coffee, and I love you, Redbull. And I hate you

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Starbucks is known for its infamous coffee and espresso drinks, but there definitely isn’t enough love shown for the non-coffee drinks. Being a barista myself, I’ve come to try all of the following drinks. And let me tell you…they’re amazing. So if you aren’t a huge fan of coffee or if you're just sick of the same old same old, here are some new drinks to keep your inner white girl alive and thriving.

Hot Drinks

1. Chai Tea Latte/Oprah Chai Latte

This drink is a pretty popular one. It has a chai syrup (that has a little kick to it) with a splash of hot water and steamed milk. You can get it hot or iced, both are equally as good in my opinion.

2. Caramel Apple Spice

This hot drink is my personal favorite. It tastes like childhood in a cup. It’s made with cinnamon dolce syrup and steamed apple juice, topped with whip and caramel sauce. It’s basically the best cup of apple cider you’ve ever had.

3. Zebra Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is also a pretty common thing to get, but this is a different version of the classic Starbucks hot cocoa. It uses not only mocha syrup, but also white mocha, hence the ‘zebra’ in the name.

4. Peppermint Hot Chocolate/Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

These two are a must try, especially in the fall and winter seasons. They’re pretty self-explanatory, but not thought of a lot when it comes time to ordering. Try them…you won’t regret it.

5. Sick Tea

This drink is exactly what it says it is. Sick Teas are good for sore throats, congestion, and coughs. It’s made with steamed lemonade poured over Teavana’s Mint Majesty tea, topped with a splash of apple juice.

Cold Drinks

6. Passion Tango Tea Lemonade

I’m currently drinking this if that tells you anything…it’s Passion tea and lemonade shaken up, and you can add classic sweetener if you desire (it’s better sweetened). The color of these drinks is probably prettier than me.

7. Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino

These are very chocolatey, but amazing nonetheless. No coffee, just mocha and chocolate chips. If you’re in the mood for something milkshake-like, try this.

8. The Pink Drink

These are totally worth all the hype. It’s a strawberry refresher with coconut milk instead of water. It turns out to be a baby pink color. La la la loooove these.

9. Berry Sangria Herbal Tea

These fruity drinks are packed with flavor. They totally resemble a true sangria, not just with the flavoring but also with the berries and oranges in the drink. They are tasty af.

10. Pumpkin Spice Crème Frappuccino

Perfect for when you want that fall aesthetic but it’s still 70 degrees outside. They’re like the PSL, but with a crème base instead.
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More menu options

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BEST Quality Coffee

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