I Have Measured Out My Life With Coffee Spoons

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T.S. Eliot Coffee Spoons

While sipping my afternoon coffee today, I had the unsettling realization that I have ingested thousands of cups of coffee. I took it easy in college, but when I put the artist’s life on hold and had a stint in corporate America (oh, I did my time!), coffee became my twice-a-day escape. Just like Starbucks’ marketing team had planned it.

It didn’t take very long for coffee to become a weekend necessity as well, and with a few unpleasant exceptions, I’ve had about two cups a day ever since. That was 10 years ago, so let’s do the math:

1994-2003 (college, grad school): 100 cups per year X 9 years = 900 cups
2004-2013 (corporate workday, parenting, new business owner): 2 cups per day X 365 days X 10 years = 7,300 cups.

Grand total (est.) = 8,200 cups

To visualize the the obscene amounts of stimulating liquid that have coursed through my caffeine-addled brain, I drew 8,200 spoons.

So what’s your total?

- Evan

19 Comments

  1. Maria
    January 14, 2013

    Oh god, I’m still in undergrad, but I don’t even want to imagine what my total would be.
    xo, Maria

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  2. Amanda Z.
    January 14, 2013

    My mother started me out when I was 5 (yes, kindergarten) with my very own cup and saucer which I’m sure was filled with more milk than coffee. I am now 33 and also drink about 2 cups a day. Sometimes more! It all depends on the size mug I choose that morning. And probably just as much hot tea.

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  3. Nichole
    January 14, 2013

    For me:

    1991-1999, about 1 cup a day = 2920
    2000 – 2012 = 8760
    So far in 2013 = 28

    Rough total: 11,708

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  4. catie
    January 15, 2013

    wow.
    that’s a lotta spoons.

    my total would be in tea bags & tea leaves.
    and at my current rate, it’s about 6 tea bags per day : )

    would you ever consider a print of that sort?

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  5. Jenna
    January 15, 2013

    This is fantastic.

    Sometimes I have upwards of four cups per day. *blink*

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  6. kayla @ exquisite banana
    January 15, 2013

    this is amazing. now off to go calculate my shameful totals…

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  7. Kris
    January 15, 2013

    I average two cups of coffee every workday, and anywhere from 2 – 6 cups a day on Saturday and Sunday. Wow! That’s a lot of spoons! I keep telling myself that I’m warding off Alzheimer’s Disease. ;)

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  8. Cathi
    January 15, 2013

    I love this and know someone who would treasure this! Will you be selling this print?

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  9. Amanda
    January 15, 2013

    This is so awesome! I absolutely love this!

    I didn’t start drinking coffee until my third year of university (although I was a tea-aholic before then), but I quickly became addicted to it. It sure helped with those early morning classes and late nights writing papers!

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  10. Danielle
    January 15, 2013

    Oh, wow! I haven’t drank nearly as much but I also have yet to be a parent :) or be in corporate America, for that matter. I was probably at my worst mid-college or during grad school finals times when I tend to dip into an at least one-a-day habit. I do love a good cup of coffee. Since I’m in the habit of drinking green tea in the morning though, it usually takes a lot of lack of sleep to make me go for more caffeine otherwise I get jittery.

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  11. Wendy
    January 15, 2013

    Wow. Just to give it a nice, well averaged number, I would have to say at least 1 cup a day times 43 years =15,695.
    Started at the age of three, same time Sesame Street came on, my mom’s cold cuppa with milk and sugar.
    Now at 47 with a 3 year stint in my 20′s as a coffee jerk, before starbucks left WA, I only drink the stuff on Sundays. As a treat. Decafe only, now for the flavor, more of a coffee snob. No starbucks pass these lips, ever.
    So my spoons will grow less, but more defined.
    This was a cool idea.
    Great poster!

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  12. Elise
    January 15, 2013

    I read this after drinking 3 cups of coffee this morning and eating chocolate covered coffee beans after lunch…I just put the coffee beans back in my desk drawer. Perhaps I’m on an overload.

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  13. Evan
    January 15, 2013

    I temper my concern about coffee with the rotating door of studies that alternately tout the dangers and the benefits of coffee. I wonder what the latest is… :)

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  14. Kathryn
    January 15, 2013

    I don’t drink coffee but I can’t imagine how many cups of tea I’ve had in my life!

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  15. Katja
    January 16, 2013

    I don’t want to know. I prefer to live in a state of blissful delusion or ignorance and justify my caffeine consumption with the thought that it’s good for me.

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  16. l o v e l y t h i n g s
    January 16, 2013

    mmmm…I’m 50 so the the math thing…numbers too large to even think about past right NOW. I saw this when I was perusing your shop the other day and I did not realize (for whatever reason) the background was spoons. I love it!

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  18. ElleSee
    February 7, 2013

    I don’t drink coffee, but my husband and my mother-in-law do. My husband has cut down quite a bit, but my mother-in-law drinks around 12 cups per day. I don’t know how many spoons that would be. She would love this print. Is it available in your shop? I didn’t see it while I was there.

    LC from theworldofellesee

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