How Whole 30 affected my coffee habits


You guys. Today is DAY 31.

That means I’ve completed Whole 30!

I celebrated by having a dish-less breakfast. I grabbed a KIND bar. My favorite kind, the toasted oats + honey one. and it was disappointing. It wasn’t as full of flavor as I’d expected. It didn’t hit any special spot. It almost felt like a waste of a chance to eat something.

What.

Whole 30 has changed my life in more ways than I can count. I’d like to write an entire post about that, but I want to tell you about how it affected one of the deepest parts of my being: my coffee drinking habits.

Prior to Whole 30, I was a lots of creamer in my coffee before I bought my mocha kind of girl. I was like “I like coffee but I don’t know if it’s ever good or bad,” and I realized that’s because I wasn’t actually taking the time to drink COFFEE; I was drinking a whole bunch of sugar and dairy-alternatives mixed with some coffee. Don’t get me wrong, I can down a black cup of joe from a diner like nobody’s business but that’s mostly for the mental release of drinking a cup of coffee.

For the past 30 days, I’ve toyed with my coffee. I’ve put ghee in it (so weird), coconut milk, coconut milk and cacao nibs, coconut milk and pumpkin puree, cinnamon… any and everything I could dream up to blend into a cup of coffee, I blended into a cup of coffee.

But sometimes that’s exhausting, and I have finally learned to enjoy a cup of black coffee.

heirloom coffee // stephanieorefice.net

I received this bag of coffee from Heirloom Coffee, and this is when I first realized how much Whole 30 has affected my taste for coffee.

For the first time, I was able to think about the quality of what I was drinking – it wasn’t just some random bag of coffee that tasted just like the next one. It tasted unlike anything I’d ever had before. I’m not quite “there” enough to be able to say it had “hints of blueberry” or anything, but it was a full, flavorful cup of coffee. It was also STRONG, which we all know I need in the mornings.

When I was researching Heirloom Coffee, I saw that they also offer UNROASTED coffee beans, which blows my mind. One of the ideas I’ve come across for making Christmas gifts is to roast your own coffee beans. I had no idea of where to get unroasted coffee beans, but now I do.

I’ve driven through Starbucks to order drip coffee (all the while dreaming of trying the TOASTED GRAHAM LATTE – tell me people… worth it??) and have stopped to really think about what roast I wanted. I’ve slowly sipped my way to the last drop of cups of coffee because I cherish it in a new way.

I think a lot of the point of whole 30 is just to get you thinking about what you’re putting in your mouth. Since coffee is an everyday thing, I noticed the change there the most. I’m glad to be entering into this whole new world of a deep appreciation for the taste and flavors of coffee.

ps I received this coffee in exchange for a review because of my participation with Tomoson.

8 Comments

  1. October 21, 2015 / 10:34 am

    I applaud you. I think if I did Whole 30 I would just stop drinking coffee altogether because I don’t think I could make myself drink it black! Or I’d have to put coconut milk and all that crazy stuff in it. And YES I think the TGL is worth it buuuut maybe now it’ll be too sweet for you? I don’t know, maybe you won’t like it after eating/drinking clean!

    • October 26, 2015 / 3:15 pm

      i think you’d be surprised at how much you can adapt to black coffee, ESPECIALLY if we’re talking some freaking COLD BREW. when you move down here and we go to lionhearted i’ll let you have a sip of my nitro cold brew… SO FREAKING GOOD.

      also. i had the TGL. so worth it. it was delicious. i got a venti. felt a little sick, but it was free so i needed to go big ahaha.

  2. Emily Grace
    October 21, 2015 / 12:32 pm

    this is good to know! because I’m working on drinking more black coffee because I want to be able to distinguish between good and bad coffee. Also, my co-worker got the toasted graham latte… she said it’s so worth it! <3

    • October 26, 2015 / 3:16 pm

      one day we’ll be coffee connoisseurs, but until then… haha. no but i love the black coffee stuff! starting over today, i was STOKED to go back to my paleo pumpkin spice creamer and black coffee. it’s so delicious .and the TGL… yeah its so freaking good.

  3. October 21, 2015 / 12:54 pm

    I can’t bring myself to drink totally black coffee but when it’s really good coffee I only add a little bit of sugar. Camp was the worst for coffee because it tastes awful by itself so I ended up using “fancy” sugar overload creamers every time I had a cup!

    • October 26, 2015 / 3:16 pm

      oh my gosh – there’s a camp here that has THE WORST coffee. it’s like coffee flavored syrup, YUCK! so i always have to bring my pourover or french press because even all the creamer in the world doesn’t help it!! but sometimes you just need a cup of joe SO BADLY, am i right?!?! ;D

  4. October 21, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    i always say i drink my coffee for my namesake….black! 😉 but really it does taste great without all the fluff….once you develop the taste! anddddd good job on rocking whole 30 friend!

    • October 26, 2015 / 3:17 pm

      bahahahhahaha i love it. you’re funny <3 🙂

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