Final Tally: 106 free Grande coffees.
Value added over purchase price: $196.38
Average price per coffee, including mug cost: $0.54 (75% off retail)
Coffee consumed, total: 1696 fl oz
Cups of coffee (8 fl oz) per day, average: 6.8387
Or, in other words, I drank as much coffee daily as:
5.03957 Swedes (2014)
7.28297 reasonable Americans (2014) (source)
Conclusion: Whoa. Something something "so preoccupied seeing whether or not they could to think if they should". Speaking of higher-order moral appeals: if I have to taste Pike Place Blend ever again it will be too soon. It’s not bad; it’s just so frighteningly consistent between locations that sensory habituation may have ruined me. I even bought my own Torani flavored syrups halfway through the month just to add variety. Were I not forcing myself to drink it, I would not have chosen it. Speaking of things I wouldn’t choose…
I am never drinking this much coffee again. To any doubters: caffeine is a hell of a drug. Seriously – on the days I hit 5 cups, there were noticeable physiological symptoms. I’m talking sweating, confusion, dehydration, and difficulty forming thoughts. After becoming 5.04 Swedes, I’m taking a month off of coffee. If caffeine withdrawal doesn’t kill me first. Even $200 worth of free Starbucks was not worth the cost.