I drink 2-4 servings of coffee a week. I reduced my coffee intake in law school when I realized I was averaging 8-10 servings a day. That’s a lot of coffee for me. My body felt bad, and even though my eyes were open, my mind didn’t feel alert because I was so jittery. In college, I developed a habit for coffee; I was very much about that “philosophy, coffee, and cigarettes” life. Then later in law school, I bought into the whole “lawyers and coffee” thing. In both these periods of my life, I thought I “needed” a lot of coffee and everyone around me thought they needed a lot too. But ever since I made the decision to taper it down a few years ago, I’ve made it through grueling 12-15 hr work days with just some green tea. I found the right amount that works for me.
Coffee is more like a treat now, quality over quantity. At home, I freshly grind fancy beans and make an individual cup for myself with Jacob’s aeropress. When I go to a cafe, I try to go to ones with a La Marzocco espresso machine because chances are, the baristas have been trained to use this expensive machine properly and pull good shots. (Fact – I once spent a day at Stumptown Coffee Roasters learning about their direct trade coffee beans and how to pull a proper shot on a La Marzocco <3).
Reducing coffee intake despite the fact that I live in the coffee capital of the US may seem crazy to others. While it may not be the right choice for everyone, it was definitely the right choice for me.