If I post a picture on Instagram for every time I have a cup of coffee, I would probably give ‘cats of Instagram’ a run for their money. Suffice is to say, I drink a lot of coffee. A lot by my standards at least, it’s making me debate whether to buy my coffee beans from wholesalers such as www.ironandfire.co.uk based in the UK or similar that’s local to me. I often read and share articles that make coffee look good. It justifies my addiction, and invites people to my cult. Win-win!

Sometime last year, I decided to detox and break this habit. A fun fact – caffeine doesn’t work on me. I can sleep right after a cup of cappuccino or chai. However, caffeine doesn’t always work in a set way – i.e. keep you wide awake. It can disturb your sleep as well, and not allow you to rest properly. I am not sure if latter is true, only because I am a Taurean and I can sleep for 26 hours a day.

Anyway. That detox mission curtailed my habit significantly. Until I arrived in Germany. Coffee is a popular culture here, and almost every kiosk sells ‘coffee to go’. Now if any coffee connoisseur were to take a sip of this vile concoction, they are most likely to spit it out right away. It’s bland, has milk and I add half a teaspoon of sugar. That’s a murder right there. If I was someone with more willpower, I might look at a list of the best dual coffee makers and opt to only drink coffee at home to cut the cost of visiting so many coffee shops.

However, I see a lot of people going around with paper cups, carrying coffee out of a machine, around the city. And I wonder – how many of them, of us, really need it? I find it a social compulsion. I can’t resist buying a cup off the counter if I can. It’s almost as bad as shoes. Or maybe worse because it’s cheaper in comparison. It’s what ‘cool’, ‘creative-types’ do. We walk around with a statement notebook, pen and coffee. That’s our mojo.


And it’s not a raw deal if you ask me. There are plenty of benefits to drinking coffee (according to Huffington Post). Like:

  1. Coffee can improve energy levels and make you smarter.
  2. Coffee consumption has been linked to lower levels of suicide.
  3. Coffee can make you a better athlete.
  4. Just smelling coffee could make you less stressed.
  5. Coffee can help you burn fat.
  6. Caffeine can drastically improve physical performance.
  7. Coffee may lower your risk of type II diabetes.
  8. Coffee may protect you from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  9. Coffee can fight depression and make you happier.
  10. Coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the western diet.