Thursday, June 24, 2010

Caffeine Confusion

Don't you just love sipping on a steeping hot cup of coffee (with peppermint mocha creamer) in the morning while you read the newspaper, watch the news or check your emails?  I always look forward to enjoying that first cup of coffee at work while making my to-do list for the day.  I know the caffeine boost will help me cross off the tasks ahead of me.

This morning I headed to the downstairs kitchen (which, although furthest away from my desk, has the best brewed coffee in the building) to fill my mug with liquid energy.  My coworker Tom was headed to the same spot.  "Yes, someone made a full pot of decaf," he said excitedly.  "What's the point?" I thought.  "Drinking decaf coffee is like a broken pencil... pointless."  Then he reached for the orange pot, poured his cup of coffee and headed off to work.  "That's odd.  He was excited about decaf coffee but he poured from the orange pot.  Everyone knows the orange pot has regular coffee and the brown pot has decaf.  Right?"  Thinking he must have been confused, I poured my cup of coffee from the orange pot as I always do.

I went back to my desk and yelled across to my coworker, "Hey Jen, do you drink the coffee downstairs?  The orange pot is regular and the brown pot is decaf, right?"  I hear her and Michael snicker, "Nope, it's the other way around."  Are you kidding me?!  This whole time I've worked at MTI I've been drinking the wrong coffee?  Every morning.  I've been filling up on decaf.  I've always thought I couldn't make it through the day without coffee.  And I think back on all of the times I've needed a caffeine boost in the afternoon, so I headed down to fill up my mug (from the orange pot), gulp it down and then think, "That's exactly what I needed.  Now I have the energy to make it through the day."  It was all in my head.  I seriously have mental issues.

I couldn't help but laugh at myself all day.  What a rediculous mix up.  Now that I'm drinking from the brown pot just think of how alert and productive I'll be at work!


  1. Or now it'll be a good way to give up your caffeine fix:)

  2. And you didn't have withdrawal headaches???

  3. You don't need it...the placebo worked!
    That's funny. I've found that I can take it or leave it. Now if I could just get rid of the ambien at night!