Is there a specific term that can be used for the people who do not drink tea or coffee like there is vegetarian in case of meat?

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    Mormons? I think you need to be more specific.... Why don't they drink these beverages? – Catija Nov 26 '16 at 2:34
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    Typically, this is a person who does not consume caffeine in any form - coffee, tea, carbonated beverages, etc. – John Feltz Nov 26 '16 at 2:38
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    @Catija I do not drink coffee because I literally hate it and find it disgusting. I am not a Mormon - in fact, coffee is liberally served at meetings of my faith and I'm sure that some people think me weird for not partaking. Oh well. – Robert Columbia Nov 26 '16 at 2:51
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    I was being sarcastic... You don't become a Mormon just because you don't want to drink caffeine. The reason for my first post was really to figure out why... Regardless, you should add the info from your comments to the questions as further explanation. – Catija Nov 26 '16 at 3:49
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    Evidently the world is divided into those who do and those who don't drink either. Give me a cuppa any day. It's my Desert Island beverage of choice once my supply of Krug has run dry. – Peter Point Nov 26 '16 at 14:56

The short answer to your question is no, there is no specific term for people who do not drink tea or coffee. The general term for someone who avoids something is abstainer.

abstainer, noun.

  1. a person who abstains from something regarded as improper or unhealthy, especially the drinking of alcoholic beverages.
  2. a person who abstains from anything.

abstain, verb (used without object).

  1. to hold oneself back voluntarily, especially from something regarded as improper or unhealthy (usually followed by from)
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    Good point. The reason that there is no specific term is that abstention from coffee and tea, especially in an organized and dogmatic manner, is not a significant thing outside Mormonism. Vegetarianism is widely practiced in diverse religious and social communities. – Robert Columbia Nov 26 '16 at 2:54
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    Abstain wouldn't really work because of the implication of holding back. It doesn't cover those of us who don't drink tea (or whatever) simply because we don't like the taste. – jamesqf Nov 26 '16 at 5:12
  • @jamesqf there is no word that really works but abstain is as close as it gets. OP asked for a word similar to vegetarian. Vegetarian doesn't differentiate between people who abstain from meat because they don't like the taste and people who abstain for other reasons. – Frank H. Nov 26 '16 at 11:12

There is a word you can use, but it is not an established word:


This is based on the same-sounding word


which is someone who abstains from alcohol (link to Oxford dictionary online).

  • Tea and coffee are not alcoholic drinks. thefreedictionary.com/alcoholic+drink – user66974 Nov 26 '16 at 7:18
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    @JOSH The answerer is suggesting teatotaller. However, the acceptability of this is dubious. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 26 '16 at 11:44
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    Yeesh, it's like people have never heard of a pun... – miltonaut Nov 26 '16 at 12:07
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    @JOSH Did you not notice that the suggested word is spelt TEA-totaller (as opposed to teetotaller). It’s a very clever pun, even if the resulting word is not established and would likely be read as a simple typo, or (as with you, it seems) the difference between the two unnoticed entirely. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Nov 26 '16 at 13:03
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    I must have missed this hilarious pun. – user66974 Nov 26 '16 at 13:15

As commented by some users, there is no established word or term for someone who doesn't drink tea or coffee.

People who avoid consuming carbohydrates are called "carb-shunner" and you can consider using a tea-shunner and coffee-shunner.

The word shunner means

someone who avoids or keeps away from someone or something.

Or non-drinker of coffee (tea) could be used.


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    It'll be teaphobe next. ELU is about established usage, not DIY suggestions. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 26 '16 at 11:46
  • @EdwinAshworth Pls feel free to downvote my answer or close-vote the question. Carb-shunner is somewhat established usage. – user140086 Nov 26 '16 at 11:47
  • @Rathony - 16 results on Google for "carb-shunner" does not in my opinion constitute "somewhat established usage". Non-drinker of coffee (tea) could be used but the same could be said of any liquid. OP asked for a specific term for people who do not drink tea or coffee. There is no such term. – Frank H. Nov 26 '16 at 13:55
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    @FrankH. Valid point. I included the non-drinker version after the first comment was posted. There is no word or phrase that means "someone who doesn't drink coffee or tea". – user140086 Nov 26 '16 at 13:57
  • @FrankH. But you need to note that the word carb-shunner is broadly used among athletes and bodybuilders who don't consume carbohydrates to maintain or reduce their weight and increase their muscle mass or size. I know it's not a popular term. – user140086 Nov 26 '16 at 14:01

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