I drink a lot of coffee. I start my day with a mug or two of freshly ground and brewed coffee, usually black. A couple times a week and especially in the winter, I’ll also have a Starbucks Via in the evening, though I have been trying to drink more tea instead. On top of all that, I drink a lot of lattes. I generally don’t make new year’s resolutions, but I do like to try new things each year. For 2012, I decided I would dive further into the world of self-tracking. Using the free and wonderful DAYTUM, I tracked each latte I drank throughout the year. Here’s what that data looks like.
Credo Coffee on 4th Street Promenade
In total, I drank 120 lattes in 2012. I did my best to record diligently and while I’m sure I missed a few, that’s probably fairly accurate. That’s an average of 2.3 lattes per week. If I had purchased each one myself at an average of $5 (thankfully I didn’t, others often buy me coffee) that would be $600 over the year.
Here are my top ten lattes by number consumed:
- Credo Vanilla Latte (46)
- Starbucks Caramel Macchiato (12)
- Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte (10)
- Starbucks Eggnog Latte (7)
- Credo Iced Vanilla Latte (5)
- Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (5)
- Roast Vanilla Latte (4)
- Transcend Vanilla Latte (4)
- Latte (3)
- Second Cup Caramel Corretto (3)
Plot everything on a graph, and you get a long tail:
The other thing I can do with the data is look at my consumption over the year:
And I can see which days of the week I was most likely to indulge on:
I plan to keep tracking this data throughout 2013, so it’ll be interesting to compare at this time next year.
Though it seems like a lot of lattes, I’m not sure I necessarily want to cut back. Many of those lattes represent an opportunity to sit down and chat with someone, and that’s something I am not ready to give up!