“Whoa, ditching coffee? Forget about it. Coffee is life.”
Those were the phrase I often use to tell-off anybody or even my mom when they asked me to stop my coffee addiction or at least, cut down my consumption. It was very hard and I know a lot of people who are seriously trying to cut down the caffeine fix but failed to do so. It was a struggle. Been there, done that.
I started taking coffee at a very young age maybe around 9 years old as coffee is one of the staple drinks we have at home. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between those times, we drink coffee.
My love for this caffeine drink got worse when I started working. I started my professional career in the Technical Support industry which required me to work on what we call the “Graveyard Shif”. Coffee really helped me to stay awake and do my job as how a morning person does it. It’s like a fuel for me. It is not an exaggeration; it is somewhat true for other people who regard coffee as their blood.
No coffee means a crappy day for me. I consume 6-7 cups of coffee a day, rather a night and additional cup in the morning before I go to bed and catch my morning snooze. It was the routine and lifestyle I had for several years.
Once I was admitted to the hospital due to GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) and coffee is on top of the No-No list my doctor gave me. Up to this day, I still contest that the reason I was admitted is that of drinking Root Beer from KFC one early morning (around 2am). In reality, I think it was the universe telling me to just stop drinking coffee.
When I drink coffee I feel like I have full energy and that I can do everything. The taste is strong yet tasty and wonderful. I will drink coffee (of all kinds), eat coffee cakes, coffee ice cream, and coffee bread. The smell of the coffee aroma is just so delightful. Coffee is Christmas for me.
I have taken for granted what my body was telling me. I still continued drinking despite all the gastric pain it was causing me. However, this was my turning point to consider looking for alternatives. For years I have been searching for an alternative to coffee. My body is used to having hot drinks every single day and a sudden withdrawal will not do any good either. I heard of scary stories that withdrawal syndrome has but I won’t go into that here.
I tried different kinds of tea, green tea, oolong tea, black tea and even those sweet and tasty infused fruit teas. Teas are nice when hot but its effect on me is not good, it gives me a sore throat. I am not a fan of cold tea either. I was thinking maybe I just haven’t found the right tea for me. So for years, I have looked and looked for the tea that will complement my throat…failed I didn’t find any. I have waved my white flags on teas so I moved on.
Next thing I tried was chocolate drinks. I tried all the brands out in the market here in Malaysia but it had the same effect on me as tea, it’s giving me a really bad sore throat. I don’t know what is the reason behind its harsh effect on me but I didn’t bother to find out. While I’m out experimenting what can I replace coffee with, I am still having my usual 5-7 cups a day.
I was feeling hopeless and on the verge of giving up that I will have a chance to quit my caffeine addiction. There right on the grocery shelf, a new local product here in Malaysia caught my eyes. I saw this Matcha Green Tea Latte. Sounds fancy and yummy but I was reluctant because of the green tea. I don’t need another sore throat. I’m really taking this sore throat thing seriously as it badly affects me.
So one morning I tried this Matcha Green Tea Latte and it tasted nice either it’s hot or cold. It didn’t give me any a sore throat and it I feel calm in a way. I am not trying to sell it here nor exaggerating but that’s just the feeling that I think I may have finally found the solution to my coffee addiction. This Matcha, however, didn’t give me that much push I needed every morning, it wasn’t strong enough. It’s okay though, I can give it another try the next day, as long as I don’t get a sore throat and that it tastes nice then I am cool with that. So next day and the day after that and also the day after that I have been sticking to this drink, for a couple of weeks I managed to stop taking coffee.
I was surprised as my family. I finally managed to stop drinking coffee. I have been trying really hard for years and just because of this Matcha green tea latte I managed to do it. The actual key here is to find what works best for you and never give up on finding and trying. Once you have found what you are looking for, stick to it. It may not be the same as what you are giving up but it could be better.
Now I love Matcha, I am not addicted to it like I was with coffee. I’m trying to drink moderately and balance my consumption. It has a lot of benefits which I will talk about in my next post. Maybe you can give this a try, who knows this one will work for you too. Now I can say that I’m on the quest for the best matcha 🙂
P.S. I still have my Coffee and will always love it, this Coffee.
Lots of Love,