January: A month of living without fancy coffee

(Part of A Year of Living Without)

The challenge: To do away with fancy coffee, especially uber-sweet 3-in-1 packets and grossly overpriced and fattening drinks from posh coffeeshops.

Planned replacement habit: Black coffee or better yet, tea (should be plain tea, not milk tea with pearls)

Month-end Report: I successfully avoided 3-in-1 coffee sachets. I still drank coffee — black coffee most of the time; with sugar, maybe 5 times in a whole month; with creamer, maybe even less frequently like 3 times in the past month. I visited a coffeeshop just once, and ordered cafe latte worth P115. I’m not sure if that would count as “grossly overpriced and fattening.” It. Was. Just. Latte. After this experiment, I also figured I’m not much of a tea drinker. I like green tea, but coffee just tastes and smells better. No need to worry about the fancy tea varieties like pearl drinks.

I’m feeling good about this. I will continue this after January, with a few variations — no 3-in-1, no sugar and cream, coffeeshop trips to be limited to just once a month.

Up next: A month of living without processed meat

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