Caffeine Dependent


I am totally caffeine dependent, I admit it. I do not function very well at all without caffeine.

I went to the new Costa Coffee drive thru in the nearby town today and loved it – so I thought I would do a random post about my love of coffee and tea! I might have to start a series detailing my adventures in tea and coffee… what can I call it?


I have really cut back on caffeine in the last few years. I remember a point when I was having at least 4 mugs of coffee a day as well as some tea. Now I have 4 in total on average and there is more green tea (especially while at work) than before. I have also been through periods where I was having a lot of trouble sleeping and introduced an unwritten rule of no caffeine after 4pm, which has worked wonders for me and also helped cut down on my overall consumption. I have also switched to buying nicer coffee and tea and I have found this makes every cup feel special.

I love the mugs I use for my tea and coffee drinking. I use my Dublin  mug at work and my Blenz mug (mostly) at home. I have many other mugs, but these are my favourites. Is it sad to have favourite mugs? These are good size mugs that make the drink last a good long while without getting cold – very important!


Disclaimer: The below are just my personal opinions on products I have discovered. I have not received anything other than samples.I have paid for all products mentioned out of my own pocket.

I’m currently working my way through Starbucks coffee beans as I got a few bags for free when they did an offer on Facebook that if you bought a drink you got a free bag of coffee. My mum also did this so I have a few bags! I do like Starbucks coffee and am enjoying the Pike Place Roast. However I like to splurge occasionally on some nice coffee from Whittards of Chelsea. I see this coffee as a treat as it is more expensive than anything you can get in the supermarket. When I can’t splurge I go for a a fair-trade of organic brand from the supermarket as I cannot go 2 days without coffee!

I take coffee a variety of different ways.

  • At Work = black
  • At Home = with milk
  • Coffee Shops = lattes – i also love the glasses they come in (see below)
  • Special Occasions = some kind of flavoured option – Eggnog Latte at xmas is my fav!

I have also recently started to have the same approach with tea and it has been a revelation! I went to the Vitality Show in London back in March and Teapigs were there with free samples of their Superpower Matcha Green Tea and I was in heaven. I had only thought you get this type of green tea in Japanese restaurants. Because of the price I decided not to buy it there and then and thought about it for a while. Then one day a month or so ago I treated myself to it and some other teas from Teapigs. I have had an apple juice matcha shot pretty much everyday for breakfast since and I love it.

matcha organic super power green


Other teas I really love at the moment are:

jasmine pearlspopcorn teasilver tips white teatung ting oolong tea

(Pictures from

I also received a free sample of green tea from Clipper by signing up to their newsletter. It is a good hardy green tea and I find it excellent at work.

Due to my caffeine curfew I tried a few fruit and herbal teas, but I did not like them at all! Then I found Twinings Blended to Calm Tea and now no longer crave the caffeine in the evenings – that was really hard when i first introduced the caffeine curfew.

I love to sit with a lovely hot drink and experience it. I think too many people are not mindful of what they drink and it is a shame. There is amazing coffee and tea out there waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. I suppose this relates to that fact that we (myself included) are so busy with so many other things we forget the small things. I decided to make dependency worthwhile and enjoy every sip 🙂

Honestly I am loving my Adventure in Coffee/Tea idea more and more! 🙂

I have discovered a couple of new products I would love and I think they would enhance my coffee and tea drinking experience.

The Tea Tie Mug:

tie tea mug

Such an annoying problem, so simply solved.

The Brugo Travel Mug:

brugo mug - passion

I already have loads of travel mugs that I refuse to get rid of even if they no longer work very well, but I really want one of these! Its the cooling system within the mug – it’s fantastic!


Posted on June 29, 2011, in Beer. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I LOVE coffee. And I love tea too, but to a slightly lesser extent.

    I ONLY drink espresso coffee. The reason for this is two fold:
    1) I hate instant!
    2) If I had a french press (which I had in the past), I would drink too much coffee. By only drinking espresso I limit my consumption to one a day, which (as you said) makes me appreciate my coffee so much more.

    I wish I could have it in the morning, or early afternoon, however due to my schedule I’m forced to have it in the early evening, which can mean I get to sleep around 12am. Not fun when I have to wake up at 6.30am.

    Anyway. YAY coffee!

    • Hi Kepa, Thanks for the comment!
      I hate instant too! I think a post might appear over what coffee I dislike 🙂 (work coffee would be included)
      I use a French press everyday. I have a mini one mug at work one and love it then a bigger one at home. The problem is I really hate cleaning it, which limits my consumption.
      I found caffeine had a big impact on my sleep so have an unwritten rule of no caffeine after 4pm which works a lot of the time. I’m yet to find a decaf I like.
      I just really like the taste (plus the caffeine hit).

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