Introduction: It's been a little over a month since I started leisurely drinking coffee again. I am back on the journey of visiting my favourite cafés and bean shops in the city. Every trip has been filled with a great pleasure of re-visiting those good ol' places and discovering new ones to call emotional home. All suggestions for good coffee places are welcome.
1.1: I never disliked the taste of coffee. In fact, I loved it and I knew exactly what kind of coffee I wanted to drink. I, however, was never a fan of caffeine crash: jitters and multiple rollercoaster rides of random thoughts. Caffeine crash was one of the main reasons why I decided to give up the joy of drinking coffee. I chose not to drink coffee because I wanted to avoid those symptoms. I picked a better performance in life over coffee.
1.2: My story sadly does not end here because of
2.1: A dilemma I faced: I need caffeine in the morning, oy.
2.2: Someone who's go-to beverage is not coffee recommended me drinking black tea in the morning. I wasn't sure whether my issues were coming from caffeine or psychological reasons or whatnot, so I decided to give it a go. Yes, and!
- Black tea of my choice (English, Irish or Scottish Breakfast / Blend / French Lavender Earl Grey)
- 1 tsp of cane sugar
- 2-3 tbsp of whole milk
3.1: It worked. It really did. Black tea instantly became something I ...
- lived on
- mentally relied on
3.2: So I started labeling myself as a tea person until I came to the realisation.
4.1: My consumption of caffeinated tea was increasing day by day that I started having the caffeine crash.
4.2: Two things from this experience:
- I can prove that my issues were coming from caffeine overdose, duh. "Too much is as bad as too little."
- In the past, I didn't commit myself to giving up coffee; and I proved that the full-time tea drinking habit also has the same effect on me just like coffee. It's not about the source of caffeine, it's about how much I consume. Psychological comfort was given when I falsely believed that drinking tea might not have a negative effect on me whatever the reason was.
5.1: That's my story. The conclusion is that I love coffee, and I still love tea.
5.2: You will be hearing me saying "Espresso please!" more often though. But do stop me when you feel that I start drinking too much coffee or tea.
Postscript: all suggestions for good coffee/tea shops are welcome!