It's not you, it's your coffee
September 25, 2013 8:54 AM Subscribe
I just found out that starting October first, my partner's going to be working from home two days a week. This is going to be lovely for him, but less lovely for me--in part because he's a big coffee drinker, and I can't stand the smell. Help!
posted by MeghanC to grab bag (31 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've always been more of a tea person than a coffee person, but in the last few years, my reaction to coffee has gone from "not my thing" to "I am going to vomit if the coffee doesn't get away from me." It hasn't yet progressed to vomiting, but it definitely makes me queasy and kills my appetite, sometimes for hours.
It doesn't seem to matter what the source of the coffee smell is--brewed coffee, espresso, coffee beans, whatever. When the beans were stored in our beer fridge, I'd have to let my drinks air out on the counter for an hour before I could drink it because the smell on the can/bottle was overwhelming to me.
We have a small (860 sq ft) house, and I work either in our bedroom (where he's likely to be working from, as well, and drinking in there) or in the living room, which is right off of the kitchen. There's no escaping the smell, but it doesn't seem fair to ask him not to drink coffee. I'm not pregnant or anything like that, so there's no real reason for this. How can I desensitize myself, or better cope with a smell that I find totally repulsive?