Sometimes it feels like coffee runs your life. I used to need my morning cup of Joe so badly I couldn’t get out of bed without one. That’s when I knew I needed to cut it out of my life! But what would I replace it with? Lemon juice? Herbal tea? The solution came to me clearly one day: I should replace my coffee with just different, other coffee.
I didn’t know if I could handle going cold turkey at first. So I decided to see what would happen if, for thirty days, I simply stopped drinking the cup of coffee I usually reach for in the morning, and instead reached for a different cup of coffee located elsewhere in my kitchen. Here’s what happened when I tried this experiment.
In just one week, I noticed no difference. I couldn’t believe it! I didn’t know that cutting out coffee and then putting in different coffee could give me such amazing results. And so quickly, too! Though my skin normally has some reddish puffiness from caffeine intake, when I gave up my coffee for different coffee, I still had the same reddish puffiness. Wow! I wasn’t expecting a “J. Lo glow” from this experiment, and I didn’t get it.
When I decided to cut out coffee, I expected to get monster headaches. However, since I replaced my regular coffee with coffee that’s different, I never got headaches at all. How great is that? I also didn’t feel any sluggishness from the withdrawal process. But I guess that’s the reward I get for making the difficult choice to cut out coffee and then drink coffee.
Even though I was still drinking coffee in the morning though, I still missed my regular coffee. The best part of drinking coffee isn’t actually the taste. It’s the ritual around the coffee. For example, I normally brew my coffee in a coffee maker in the morning, and brewing it in a Keurig instead has never felt the same.
If I gave up coffee but drank other coffee long-term, I’m sure I’d continue to see no actual changes. But I think I’m going to go back to drinking the same coffee I normally drink after trying this experiment. My experience has been informative for sure, but at the end of the day, I love the same coffee that I typically drink, and no different coffee can replace it.