Turning Coffee into Water


Nick Baillie is a BizDojo Co.Space resident working as a graphic designer for Threaded magazine. In his line of work coffee can be hard to part with, so why give it up?

“I used to be a barista, and saw so many people who were addicted to coffee. One guy would have up to nine a day! But it got me thinking about how lucky we are to have access to such a luxury, when a lot of people don’t even have access to clean and safe drinking water.“

In his last year at Uni, Nick relied on coffee and energy drinks to keep him going on a daily basis, so he decided to go cold turkey and donate all the money he would normally spend on caffeine to a fundraising initiative. Seeing an obvious link between coffee and water (both liquids) he thought what better charity to support than one that is simply trying to give people a better standard of life.

Now in his second year of embarking on a coffee-free journey, Nick is somewhat more relaxed this time around. He knows the caffeine withdrawals will come, and then go. He knows that what he is doing is for the greater good, and most of all, he knows it’s a small price to pay.

So you do the math. $5 will give you a bit of a buzz for a couple of hours. Ho Hum. $1000 will give 20 people access to clean water. Woo hoo!!