Every region has something that makes it special. Eastern Washington has wine, So Cal is known for its surfing culture, and we Seattleites have coffee. We’ve analyzed it, imported it, brewed it, and redefined it. Sure, the Arabians may have invented coffee, but we Seattleites took it and made it our own. With the rise of Starbucks and the recent trend of smaller, independent cafes, coffee has become a unifying cultural symbol for Seattle citizens and residents.
Coffee is more than a cultural symbol, though; it is a healthier alternative to energy drinks for college students on a budget—or with the desire to keep our bodies intact into adulthood. Some studies, as a matter of fact, have indicated that casual coffee consumption can decrease chances of mental sicknesses like Alzheimer’s and dementia, and in 2012, the rumors that coffee could cause heart disease were debunked.
While buying coffee drinks at Starbucks can get expensive, learning to brew your own is easy and inexpensive. “Brewing coffee isn’t some secret art like coffee snobs make it out to be. I brew my own a few times a week in five minutes,” said former Starbucks employee and NU student Cameron Moore. Students like Cameron value coffee for its taste, health benefits, and help in staying up when he has a midterm the next morning and a study guide to work through.
Whether you drink coffee for the taste, the energy, the health benefits, or the joy of brewing your own, it’s impossible to deny what it means to this city and the people in it. It has become a part of our public identities and should be cherished!
By Zachary McGuirk
Coffee is destroying my life.
I am a full-time student with a part-time job, a husband, an apartment, a position on the Talon, and a future. But all I can think about is when I can get my next cup of coffee.
My coffee maker wakes me up in the morning. I walk into my first class with a second cup in my hand then get my third at Starbucks or Mercury’s before heading to work. At ten or so at night, I warm up my Keurig before I start my homework.
Then, I drink the “special occasion” coffees. Before church? Coffee. Dessert? Can’t have sweets without coffee. Company? Time to plug in the pot!
That is over four cups a day. Not only do I get cranky and deathly weary without my beverage of choice, I get physically ill. Headaches, nausea, and lethargy wrack my body.
Even disregarding my physical dependency on the Elixir of Life, I spend so much money on coffee. I spend at least six dollars a day on my habit. That’s $42 a week that I could be spending on buying healthy food, new clothes, or gifts for my husband.
Coffee is my drug of choice. I feel fulfilled when I drink it, but then I feel guilty about spending so much time and effort getting my fix.
I’d argue that my caffeine addiction doesn’t conflict with my relationships or my duties as a student and employee, but coffee does interfere with my time and thoughts. I need my time and thoughts to be successful, and coffee is destroying my ability to be a successful person.
I think I just convinced myself to stop drinking coffee.
By Kalynn Martell