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Drinking coffee to get a caffeine buzz is nothing new but teens are finding a new way to get the same buzz

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - For many people, a daily cup of joe, a mocha or a serious shot of espresso, can go a long way in the morning.2 / 2

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - For many people, a daily cup of joe, a mocha or a serious shot of espresso, can go a long way in the morning.

But parents, put your coffee cups down, there's a new tactic teens are trying to get a quick caffeine kick.

Clay Jenkinson/Fargo: "At 8 AM..."

Deni Winsane/Mayville: "Ummmm I need it hahaha."

Jenkinson: "A perfect cup of coffee is the best way to start the day."

When it comes to getting that quick hit of caffeine...

Jenkinson: "I prefer it straight"

Some coffee connoisseurs care about their orders,

Winsane: "I like the taste of it too."

Jenkinson: "It has many delivery systems latte, espresso, cappuccino."


Jenkinson: "You know that you're going to need that jolt."

Are just sipping for the high.

Jenkinson: "If it came in a drip, I'd be on it. If I could put a drip in my jugular, I wouldn't drink it, i'd just drip it in."

Now, there's a faster way to get there.

Jenkinson: "People eat coffee beans, I've done that"

If eating or drinking your way to a caffeine coma is just too slow, or too filling, a new trend popular among teens is coffee smoking, with homemade videos going viral all over the internet.

Winsane: "That's weird."

Jenkinson: "Do you roll your own? Kind of lumpy I suppose, do you crush them?"

Be it beans or bitter grounds, There are step by step sites showing kids how to smoke both.

Jenkinson: "It's a fad, something a young person would do and no geezer would ever do this and that's kind of the charm of it."

Winsane: "I'll stick with the regular latte yes."

The side effects can be dangerous- breathing trouble, dizziness and vomiting, even hallucinations.

Jenkinson: "I wouldn't recommend smoking anything really."

But these drinkers say if teens are going to smoke, coffee beans may not be so bad.

Jenkinson: "We're about to legalize marijuana all over the United States, I think we can live with a few bean heads."

Area health experts say they haven't heard of coffee smoking making its way to the metro, at least not yet.

Kay Cooley
Kay Cooley came to WDAY 6 News in September of 2012. She was born in a suburb of Chicago then made her home in Hershey, PA. Kay graduated from Northwestern University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. At Northwestern, Kay was a member of the Division I Women’s Swim Team and a reporter for the Northwestern News Network on campus. Before coming to WDAY, Kay was working for KVRR in Fargo and interned at ABC27 in Harrisburg, PA. When she’s not out in the field reporting, Kay enjoys being active and spending time with friends and family. If you have story ideas, questions or just want to say hello, feel free to email Kay at
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