Last year Donagh unintentionally gave up coffee for 9 months. Here's how that went:
Most January and Februarys are packed with a pretty intense travel schedule. Add in a muscular back injury and things get a little more hectic. I had heard that coffee was bad for the lower back muscles and I was desperate. So I chose to forgo my morning habit, I was prepared to try anything.
Then once I stopped drinking coffee I just kept going, for no other reason other than to see if I could. Now let me put this in context, I don’t just love coffee, I study coffee. I have a hand grinder and a machine grinder, I have an aeropress, a stove top, a French press and an espresso maker and I use them all. I love coffee. One of my first jobs was as a barista in a place called the Roma Bar in Darwin
, Australia. The owners knew their coffee and so did the customers. This is where my love of proper coffee began.
Anyway, back to the coffee hiatus... if you asked me why I still wasn’t drinking coffee I couldn’t have given you a proper answer. My back was better, my lack of coffee didn’t make me feel any better (that I noticed anyway). I actually had no set timeframe in mind for the hiatus. The main thing is, I travel a lot for work and I genuinely enjoy seeking out those little speciality coffee shops. And for months I didn’t try any of them.
Then one day back in Ireland I made a choice to start again. I could say that it was after a stint of sleepless nights with the kids but the reality was I was just ready to start drinking coffee again. I knew the first cup had to be worthy of breaking a 9 month drought so I went to 3FE in Dublin
. And it was amazing!
Fast forward 6 months, I generally don’t drink coffee after lunch and for the most part keep it to 2 cups a day. But I don’t think I ever want to give it up again.