September 23, 2015 03:08 PM

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Having grown up in Colombia, where children begin drinking cafe con leche at a very young age, Sofia Vergara is somewhat of a coffee obsessive.

“I like it black. I like it strong, I don’t put sugar or anything in it I really like tasting the flavor of the coffee,” Vergara tells PEOPLE at an event promoting the launch of the Ninja Coffee Bar.

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that someone as bubbly (and charming, and emotive) as Vergara drinks coffee every morning … and sometimes in the afternoon, paired with “coffee cake or anything sweet.” (Vergara’s cake obsession is very well-documented.)

“If I’m not going to the set early, I definitely have breakfast and coffee and then I exercise I need to eat before,” says the bride-to-be. “I have to have energy for the torture.”

She’ll also drink coffee on the set of Modern Family, while getting hair and makeup done in her trailer.

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The consequences of not drinking coffee? Pretty grave.

“Two weeks ago, I was rushing and I totally forgot about it. I woke up late,” she says. “Then it was noon and I was like, ‘Why am I feeling so awful? Ah, coffee!’ So I drank it and felt perfect.”

Vergara fills her machine with Colombian coffee or chicory coffee from New Orleans Café du Monde is a favorite.

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She stops drinking coffee around 4 p.m., so she can get a good night’s sleep. And even though she loves the flavor of coffee, she’d rather stop drinking it by late afternoon than even consider brewing a pot of decaf.

“I don’t see the point.”

Preach, Sofia. Preach.

—Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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