I Said A Grande Goodbye To Coffee For 14 Days, And Here's What Happened

I Said A Grande Goodbye To Coffee For 14 Days, And Here's What Happened

Before you start calling me a psychopath for quitting drinking coffee cold turkey (momentarily), let me explain why.


First things first, I'd like to highlight the fact that I gave up coffee at the worst possible time for any college student: the week before final exams. I am here to tell you, to your surprise, I survived plenty of late nights and early mornings of studying and all my finals without a single drop of coffee.

Honestly, I really can't believe it, either, but it proved to me how much coffee is a mental crutch for me.

1. Days 1-3.

This is all you need to know about the first few days as your coffee withdraw kicks off. I tried to really focus on upping my water intake, but clearly, water has no caffeine and that's all my body wanted during this time. The first few days summed up in two words: horrendous headaches.

2. Days 4-7.

This is when I realized how much I relied on coffee. It's kind of embarrassing going from 20-24 ounces a day thinking I could go to zero ounces no problem. It was hard waking up, going downstairs, reaching for a mug, and pouring hot water and lemon in it while smelling the beautiful aroma of coffee beans roasting.

As I approached the end of the first week, I began to start reaching for healthy snacks to give me energy instead of being so upset that I couldn't just give into having coffee. But I'm such a sucker for thinking that I need caffeine for energy and focus when, in reality, I just need a good meal or healthy snack to give my brain some power.

3. Days 8-11.

I was surviving. The headaches were slowly fading away, and the cravings got less and less. But I missed my morning cup of coffee and afternoon pick-me-up more than I thought I would. These days lined up over the weekend when I was cramming hard for the next few days of finals.

I had work all weekend, which is when I really rely on coffee the most. I didn't give into temptation. Studying without coffee just seems like a disgrace.

4. Days 12-14 - I don't need you, but I want you. 

I've come to the conclusion that I no longer need coffee, but that doesn't mean I don't love it.

So, at the end of day 14, I do want a cup of coffee, but maybe I'll start by drinking decaf. I have noticed a significant decrease in my anxiousness and compulsive thoughts around coffee. My quality of sleep was so much better.

I don't recommend quitting coffee during one of the most stressful weeks of college, but I do recommend it to anyone who wants to take a little break from caffeine.

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12 Starbucks Iced Drinks You NEED In Your Life This Summer

Must-try beverages brought to you by your local barista.

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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