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View Poll Results: How many cups/mugs of coffee do you drink each day?
I don't drink coffee and I am retired. 12 8.05%
1-2 cups and I am retired 51 34.23%
3-5 cups and I am retired 28 18.79%
over 5 cups and I am retired 6 4.03%
I don't drink coffee and I am not retired. 7 4.70%
1-2 cups and I am not retired 18 12.08%
3-5 cups and I am not retired 24 16.11%
over 5 cups and I am not retired 3 2.01%
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Old 07-27-2011, 02:57 PM   #21
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The problem here, as I see it, is the definition of a cup.
I use a fairly good sized mug for my coffee, and I'm never sure how to equate that quantity with undefined "cups."

95% of the time when discussing liquids, we think of a cup as 8 ounces.
But coffeemakers are always calibrated in "coffee cups" which, as far as I can tell, is approximately 5 ounces.

OK, all that said, I've consumed the same amount of coffee for the last 20 years, so there was no change when I retired. It's three of my mugs, which is about 40 ounces.
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All the answers would be wrong for me..especially since you asked in July and at94degrees and muggy.
At work I drank coffee all.day.long. I was next to the kitchen and would get up from my desk and pour another cup 10 times a hour/I mean day. Now I make a pot of coffee maybe once a week. But I drink the whole pot. And in the summer I don't even do that.
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If your goal was to see the effects of retirement on coffee drinking, I don't think your poll will do it. You will end up with populations that are:

NOT retired, that drink coffee.
NOT retired that don't drink coffee.
Retired, that drink coffee.
Retired that don't drink coffee.

And none of them address the people who have transitioned from a working life to retirement, which I think is your population of interest.
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The problem here, as I see it, is the definition of a cup.
If anyone fails to understand why we can't get agreement on how to define net worth, paying off the mortgage early or which way is up, please see above.

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I drink about two cups every morning - same as when I was working. I rarely drink it at night. I used to like a cup after dinner but that cup was always with a cigarette. I quit the evening coffee 30 years ago when I quit smoking.
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I'm surprised (shocked, actually) you haven't head about someone coming up with the neat little idea of an automatic coffee maker, complete with a timer!
Ack! A timer implies a regular schedule.



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Yeah, that coffee goes right through you .
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Ack! A timer implies a regular schedule.
One more "hint from Heloise": set the timer for noon. You can always hit the 'start' button if you stumble into the kitchen earlier...
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I drink about two cups every morning - same as when I was working. I rarely drink it at night. I used to like a cup after dinner but that cup was always with a cigarette. I quit the evening coffee 30 years ago when I quit smoking.
Boy, that is the same for me and I had completely forgotten about that after dinner coffee and cigarette. All my working life I had probably four cups a day. Two in the morning with a cigarette(s) and one at night with a cigarette(s). That all stopped in 1986 when I quit smoking. Never gave up coffee but my ritual remains about the same except for the cup at night. That was replaced by a gin and tonic. My Keurig coffee brewer comes on at 6:30AM. Always have a cup by 7AM to watch the morning news on TV and then have a second cup by 8AM. That's when "she that must be obeyed" takes over the TV. I head to the computer. Shortly thereafter, I pour us both a glass of orange juice to go with our meds and I read the paper. This has become habit forming.

I'll bet that if another poll was taken (hint W2R), that a lot of coffee drinking is done out of habit and not addiction (?) or the fact they love coffee.

Note: "she that must be obeyed" is a phrase I borrowed from David Fehertey, the Golf Magazine writer.
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I attribute this being fairly dysfunctional for the 15 minutes after rising. The idea of grinding beans, finding filters, filling water reservoirs and then navigating the menu on the coffee maker is more than I am willing to deal with.
My wife is a complete loss until after her second cup, and woe to the person who doesn't have the coffee freshly brewed for her at 5:40am. While I can function early on, it's still more convenient to use an automatic machine. I set this,Amazon.com: Cuisinart DTC-975BKN Programmable Automatic Brew-and-Serve 12-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker, Black: Kitchen & Dining, up the night before, the minor downside being that grinding several hours before brewing might lose a little flavor.
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Yeah, that coffee goes right through you .
Yep, it sure does. Makes your my pee smell funny like coffee, too...
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Yeah, that coffee goes right through you .
As they say, you can only rent coffee and beer.
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The contractor where I am stationed as a gov guy provides coffee for free, so I normally have one cup for sure, and about 1/2 the time, I go for a 2nd cup. My cup holds 15 oz. though, so I don't know if it counts as one cup or two, seeing as how the typically accepted measurement for a cup is 8 oz. My co-worker's cup is even bigger, I think maybe 20 oz! Tomorrow, he's bringing us some Cinnabuns....might be a 2 cupper...
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Boy, that is the same for me and I had completely forgotten about that after dinner coffee and cigarette. All my working life I had probably four cups a day. Two in the morning with a cigarette(s) and one at night with a cigarette(s). That all stopped in 1986 when I quit smoking.
You just made me remember how much I loved smoking with coffee, even 30 years after quitting.
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When working I used to drink coffee all day long - expresso, because I lived in South America. At the peak, probably 15 a day, more when I had dinner engagements.

Now I have one large serving in the morning (between 12 -16 oz) and one double expresso (Nespresso) in the afternoon. The coffee (Peet's Sulawesi) is ground fresh (Breville Smart Grinder) before brewing and I use a thermal mug (REI) so it stays warm as I enjoy it. Together with the morning paper, it's the ideal combination. The hour or so it consumes every morning is the one single reason I could never go back to work.

Sorry for boring everyone with the details. Morning coffee is so good, I just can't keep it to myself.
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I drank four or five cups a day before I retired, now it's 2-3. Most always have 2 cups in the morning and not unusual to have a cup in the afternoon around 4 or 5 pm. We have a machine the makes it a cup at a time (grinds the beans and then brews a cup) in about 30 seconds and the coffee is the best we've ever had. Machine was ridiculously expensive (don't ask, lol) even at half price but it sure makes a good cup of coffee, latte, expresso, or whatever.

I most enjoy my second cup of coffee in the morning sitting on the screened porch when the weather permits.
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2 - 3 Mugs during the morning. Used to drink lots, lots more when working. I drink coffee because I like it, not to keep me awake.

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I have 2-3 6 oz cups each morning made with 2/3 regular coffee and 1/3 decaf. I sometimes have a small cup later in the day of decaf. When I retired I thought I would be drinking more coffee but with acid reflux and osteopenia, I cut way back on coffee. I no longer have acid reflux due to more careful management of acidic and alkaline foods and lost some weight too.
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Semi-retired and I've never had a cup of coffee. Tasted it maybe 40 some years ago and didn't like it. Cokes and diet cokes are my problem.
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I drink infinitely more coffee since I've retired. I drank none when I was working and now I drink one 16 oz cup a day. I guess that makes me a coffee fiend since my consumption has gone up infinitely
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