Trapped Without Coffee

Trapped Without Coffee

Last updated on December 7, 2016 by Liza Hawkins

As a member of From Left to Write, I received a copy of Neil Swidey’s Trapped Under the Sea for review purposes.

Neil Swidey’s harrowing true story Trapped Under the Sea tells the tale of brave young divers who have been tasked with a potentially deadly journey. They must travel to the end of an oxygen-starved, super long, pitch-black tunnel in order to help fix Boston Harbor’s wastewater treatment plant.

Trapped Without Coffee

Serious stuff that’s worth reading about.

Here’s some not-so-serious stuff that’s also worth reading about.

Trapped Without Coffee.

I woke up this morning to a coffee pot that was set to brew at 6 a.m., but did absolutely no brewing at all. AT ALL. That means when I stumbled out of bed, bleary eyed and all, I found myself staring at an empty mug for about 30 seconds before I was able to put two and two together: This coffee pot is neither hot, nor filled with the brown caffeinated elixir I crave each morning.

Trapped Without Coffee

Dagger! I was trapped without coffee.

It seems silly, right? Why is it SUCH a big deal when coffee drinkers run out? I posted on Facebook:

Trapped Without Coffee

And I drank my tea. (It was actually quite satisfying, but that’s not the point.)

The point is, I’m not so sure it’s a good thing to be dependent on any sort of substance, no matter how delightfully awesome it tastes. Coffee…mmmm….

Trapped Without Coffee

I even brought instant coffee with me when we backpacked a 15 mile loop (in frigid May temps, with horrific winds, mind you) around the Dolly Sods Wilderness. Clearly I’m crazy. Or addicted. Or both.

Trapped Without Coffee

I mean, what if I were to get stranded somewhere? Or what if the apocalypse happens? WHAT IF THERE WAS NO MORE COFFEE ANYWHERE?

A big part of me thinks this: maybe it’s time to give up the daily coffee regimen.

Am I Alone?

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The idea of not being beholden to a beverage sounds awfully nice. And by beholden, I mean I hate lack-of-coffee headaches. Just dull enough to be a noticeable nuisance, yet quickly quelled with a nice dose of ibuprofen.

Having tea every morning wouldn’t be a perfect solution either. I can easily get hooked on that too. I love a strong, black, caffeinated tea!


Perhaps I can simply replace my broken coffee maker with a French press! They don’t require electricity to operate, so if the apocalypse were to happen, I’d still be able to enjoy a freshly brewed, silky smooth, steaming cup of Joe, after boiling the water over a camp fire, of course. Assuming I can get my hands on coffee, that is.

I miss my old French press.

Maybe I will just go without.

Could you give up having coffee every morning?

Trapped Under the Sea - From Left to Write

This post was inspired by Trapped Under the Sea by Neil Swidey. In Boston, five men were sent into a dark, airless, miles-long tunnel below the ocean to do a nearly impossible job that would help clean the once dirtiest harbor in America. Join From Left to Write on February 19th as we discuss Trapped Under the Sea. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

Hi, I'm Liza — a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting lost in whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life and am always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect fizzy gin cocktail, and time to finish my novel!

8 Comments on “Trapped Without Coffee

  1. No. No. NO. Let’s not even speak of such a thing. My doctor has kinda/maybe/possibly diagnosed me with silent reflux, and caffeine is one of the possible triggers. When I told my family I needed to go caffeine/chocolate free for a while, my 10yo panicked. (And I didn’t last a week.)

    1. I think it takes 2 weeks to successfully break an addiction…er…habit. So, next time hold out a little longer! 🙂

  2. I don’t think I’m addicted to the caffeine in coffee, I just like to drink it as something to do in the morning. There have been many times that I’ve taken off on a car trip early in the morning without drinking coffee so that I don’t have to make dozens of pitstops at rest stops and I haven’t missed it or gotten headaches. But maybe this is just as bad? Some people say they’re not addicted to nicotine that they just like to hold a cigarette and feel uncomfortable when they don’t hold one. Hmmm, maybe I just need to try not drinking coffee for a week to see if it’s an addiction or a habit? Is there much difference? Great and funny spin on an awesome book. I’m still reading it but I love it!

    1. I’m with you – since the coffee pot broke, I’ve only had tea this week (which, while caffeinated, isn’t as strong). I love the flavor of coffee…but have I been desperate to have it? (No, I haven’t.)

  3. A day without coffee brings on a major headache! I’ve worked through the headaches before when I did a cleanse but I needed my coffee more than I needed some dumb cleanse! We use an AeroPress to make single cups of coffee in the morning.

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