Still Drinking (Coffee) During Ramadan

I walked over to Whole Foods today during the time I typically take lunch to buy some coffee. As many know, a grocery store is a dangerous place to go when one is fasting. Folks, do you know how many types of organic ice cream/gelato Whole Foods has in its freezer section? I didn’t even need to be in that aisle but alas, I just wanted to look. The funny thing is that when I’m not fasting, I don’t even walk by that section.

Anyways, this post isn’t about me indecently ogling ice cream in Whole Foods so I’ll move on.

The cool thing about Whole Foods is they sell coffee from local roasters. There is one place in San Jose, Barefoot Coffee, that I sometimes go to for their crazy good mochas and their beans and the Whole Foods by work happens to sell their beans among coffee from Philz, Ritual Coffee, and a few other local shops.

I was going to get the Barefoot’s Redcab beans from Brazil, which I mentioned once previously, but thought about trying something new so I picked up one called “The Heavy”. Here’s the description of the coffee: “Cup Characteristics: An old friend from the past in a new suit and tie. A blend of three of our best Central Americans roasted to create a cup profile that is chocolaty, sweet and clean.” I’m on it.

I declined a grocery bag at the register when I purchased my coffee, so I ended up tossing it from hand to hand as I walked back to work and sniffing it. Yeah, that was me. As I was inhaling the smell of the beans, I was thinking about how much I was looking forward for the next morning’s suhoor, the time in which we get up for the pre-dawn meal, to grind the coffee and introduce it to my French Press*. I couldn’t wait to drink the stuff.

Interestingly though, I have realized something this Ramadan.

A lot of people seem to give up coffee all together for Ramadan. I gathered this from the very scientific study of me reading various status updates from Facebook and Twitter.

For a second as I noticed these posts, I thought there was something I didn’t know about, like a decree somewhere that everyone but me knew to implement for Ramadan which stated that we weren’t allowed to have any caffeinated goodness. It’s obviously not that though. I’m speculating at this point but I think it’s because people want to be able to go to sleep after suhoor, to get a couple of hours of sleep in before they have to get to work and start that day.

I totally respect that and in fact, I didn’t have any coffee over the weekend during suhoor at all. However, for me to not drink any coffee on a weekday? Two words: Zombie Bushra.

I will be making some coffee sacrifices during Ramadan, of course. As always, I will definitely miss getting coffee during the day with my coffee partner-in-crime at work. I can’t get around that.

However, we all have our own Ramadan traditions. For me, drinking coffee for suhoor is definitely one of them. Alhamdulilah :)

NOTE: I usually start off Ramadan by writing a post about my goals for the year but I wanted to write a bit about this for some reason. I’ll try to write more Ramadan posts that don’t deal with my obsession of coffee soon, InshAllah.

*My friends recently got me a pour over from Blue Bottle. Really looking forward to trying out that method for making a cup of coffee!

Further Reading
Previous posts about the start of Ramadan:
Ramadan-Thoughts for 2011
Ramadan Resolutions – 2010 Edition!
Taking Advantage of Ramadan

12 thoughts

  1. I didn’t drink coffee for a good portion of Ramadan… and when I did, I couldn’t fall asleep. I felt so pathetic… I was like “You’re better than this! You’ll never get to Bushra’s level at this pace!” That last part didn’t actually happen, but I’m sure it did subconsciously.

    1. HA! No worries as there are so many other things to think about during Ramadan! Hope your fasts are going well, InshAllah:)

  2. As-Salaamu Alaikum,

    Me, I actually started a new habit this past Ramadan (I’m addicted to coffee as well).

    I would drink coffee for Iftar, and be up half the night. It was perfect for the last 10 nights (not so good when Ramadan ended though). Now I’m still in the process of getting my internal clock adjusted to daytime coffee again.

    Ahhh Ramadan…The Great Interrupter.

  3. I’m really late joining the conversation but I’ve tried to give up coffee for Ramadan… nothing to do with sleeping but cos caffeine makes you more dehydrated and I’m one of those pathetic English people who are used to rain and cold but we’re having a heatwave at the moment so it’s so hard to fast. really missing the coffee tho.

    1. Y’know, I hadn’t thought about it at the time but that was definitely a reason that folks don’t drink coffee, because it dehydrates! It’s actually, I’m sure, the smart thing to do to not drink it in Ramadan :)

      I drink maybe 3-4 cups of water in the morning to try to compensate, haha.

      Hope your Ramadan is going well, InshAllah, and thanks for reading!

  4. Pretty late response since I am just catching up on your blogs, but I love coffee.. Working in the IT field requires my brain to be functioning at all times and hence the 2-3 cups of coffee during a normal 10 hr workathon. Any other day I wld be dull and sluggish.. But in Ramadan Alhumdulillah I can go the whole month without the cofffee and still meet those crucial work deadlines.. *smiley face

    1. That sounds good:) Yeah, Alhamdulilah, I can make it through the day too but there reaches a certain point in the afternoon where I wish for a cup of joe!

      Thanks for reading!

  5. I just realized that I may be addicted to coffee. Since starting my master degree last year, coffee was being my best friend for energy-booster. I drink coffee at least 3-4 cups a day.

    Last Ramadhan I didn’t fasting because I was breastfeeding, but this year…mashaAllah, I found myself so craving of coffee.. what I feel is sleepy and it is hard to concentrate.


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