Friday, April 3, 2009


Giving up coffee?!
As I have mentioned in previous posts, coffee goes far beyond simply being a morning pick-me-up at the Hayes-Bohanan household. My friend Sabrina calls it our religion. Indeed it is a spiritual practice. We hand grind our fresh fair-trade, organic beans each morning. We have become coffee snobs and will not drink old coffee, or coffee out of a styrofoam cup. We usually carry around our own ceramic mugs in case we end up somewhere where coffee is served so we don't have to drink from paper, which doesn't taste as good and also fills up land fills. In contrast,
Carlomagno doesn't talk much about preparing coffee at home in the chapter. She mostly discusses the 3 to 4 times a day she goes to a coffee shop. At $3 to $4 for each cup of coffee this can really add up. I started to think about everything I read so far about what she spent money on regularly: alchohol; shopping; eating out; taxis; coffee - do other people really live like this? She must make a lot of money. She specifically mentions in the shopping chapter that she "owed nothing and owned nothing".

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