JusJoJan — 9

COFFEE. (Excellent prompt, Barb.)

Jot!

I’ve written many posts about coffee. I had to decaf back in 2010, and since then pretty much everyone makes a scowling face and asks, “How can you drink that crap?” or “Why bother?” and then I tick a little box next to their name and think, gee, i hope you never have a health condition that prevents you from consuming too much caffeine, for your words will be bitter when swallowed.

I can have some caffeine. A cup of coffee. Maybe two. In the morning only. Really, really only in the morning.

My recent Oops-I-Forgot-To-Say-Decaf experience left me shaking, spinning, and sick — and in a great hurry to braid bread super fast!

Cause here’s the thing: For me, a shot of espresso may as well be speed.
Would you give a shot of espresso to a nervous person?
Would you be like, “Here’s a quad vanilla latte, it’ll help you relax.”
I think not.

Turns out, I’m naturally alert and quick. Naturally ON.

It also turns out I’d been poisoning myself for decades, making a serious contribution to my own anxiety and all its symptoms.
So yes, decaf for me, thanks.

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67 Responses to JusJoJan — 9

  1. loisajay says:

    Goodness, Joey. You are right–I’ve never heard anyone say something good about decaf. But, then, I had no idea that for some people, it can be life-saving. Thank you for the very informative posting.

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  2. eschudel says:

    At least you drink coffee. I have friends, and a sister in law, who don’t – don’t even own coffee makers. I just don’t get it!

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  3. My normal day I have a cup in the morning, then switch to tea which has less caffeine. When I write on the weekends I’ve been known to drink pots of black coffee.

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    • joey says:

      I have one or two decaf at home or on my way, then sometimes I have one of those damned K cups at work (that’s what’s available and they’re caffeinated.) The rest of my day is tea, mostly herbal, mostly chamomile πŸ™‚

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  4. Coffee is one of my favorite topics of all times. And, for some medical issues of my own, I went half decaf and half regular several years back. When you enjoy a ‘good’ cup of coffee, you take issues into consideration and drink what you can. We buy ‘good’ coffee and I enjoy two in the morning and two in the afternoon. It’s better than giving it up altogether. πŸ™‚

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  5. I can’t imagine why anyone would drink a bitter scalding liquid, but that’s just me. Someone brewing it (the husband) makes the whole house stink. He has this ritual he goes through, see, at least three times a day, where he carefully decides how many decaf and how many caffeinated beans will go into THIS particular hand-ground hand-dripped cup. The grinding makes me put in earplugs. But do I say a word? “Enjoy your coffee, dear.”

    And do NOT stand between me and the carefully hoarded and sipped 2-3 cans (never after 3PM) of Diet Coke WITH caffeine that I need to write. To each her poison.

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  6. Carrie Rubin says:

    People forget caffeine is a drug and everyone will respond differently to it. As for bread pudding, oh boy, it’s best I don’t go there. So yummy served warm with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream and . . . oops, I went there.

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  7. Benson says:

    You go girl. The Future belongs to the Decaffeinated. I had to Decaf in 2000? I do have a cup of “real” coffee every once in a while. Then I use real sugar instead of sweet and low. You know in for a penny in for a pound. Curious thing though. When I drank coffee with caffeine it was always black. Now it must be with cream and sweetener. I wonder why.

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    • joey says:

      In for a penny, in for a pound, indeed! I see your point, because I only drink black coffee when it’s super duper strong, or if what’s offered for coffee is not my thing, like powdered stuff or fake sugar. I like half and half, heavy cream, flavored creamers.

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  8. jesfarquhar says:

    I used to be able to drink coffee at all times of the day. Now with my current anxiety medication, I can have one cup in the morning. Maybe a soda at noon. Any more than that really and my head feels like someone is jabbing a screwdriver in there. I enjoy the act of drinking coffee so much that I’m considering switching to decaf so I can drink it more often.

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  9. Jewels says:

    I’m naturally ON too and don’t really require caffeine. I always joke about ‘needing’ my coffee, but it’s more about the ritual and warmness. Plus, my coffee is freaking delicious – I mix an herbal blend in with it which is so much more delicious tasting than regular coffee and it’s caffeine free. πŸ™‚

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  10. Donnalee says:

    I love the taste and smell of coffee, and yet my Tibetan doctor says to give it up since it messes with my health. Since it helps my breathing–genuinely, it’s a bronchodilator and I don’t take other drugs–I have been slow to switch to decaf but will after the huge bags of coffee I bought on sale recently run out…the tl;dr version of this is I should stop and am wimping out about switching soon, but will…really!

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  11. scr4pl80 says:

    I’ve often said “Why bother” about drinking decaf but of course if it affects you that much then by all means! I never notice any speedy affects from coffee and I drink at least 3 large cups every morning. Maybe that’s why I don’t understand decaf.

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  12. marianallen says:

    I drink half-caff at home and when I can mix my own somewhere with urns of each. I don’t get the hate for decaf. Guess I lack the delicacy of taste to tell the difference. You stuck to your cup, gurll.

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    • joey says:

      Funny, but I can’t taste the difference in hot coffee, or even cold brewed, but I sure can tell when I order iced espresso drinks at Starbucks. I’ll hand it back to them and be like, “This tastes too good. Need decaf. Medical. Important. Remake.”

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  13. Dan Antion says:

    At one point, I used to drink coffee all day long. 10-15 cups a day. I tend to have 2-4 now.

    One thing blogging has taught / is teaching me, is to be more sensitive to the choices people seem to have made. I realize that many aren’t choices at all.

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  14. JT Twissel says:

    I’ve been off coffee for many years now – but last October on a trip to Washington for some reason I had to have a Iced Mocha Grande which set my stomach into quite a tizzy. It’s definitely a drug! But it smells sooooo good.

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  15. John Holton says:

    I take the same crap about drinking decaf. In my case, I don’t want to bring on another stroke. That could end up being expensive.

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  16. Joanne Sisco says:

    I like a good cup of coffee whether it’s high-octane or not. I like the morning recital of welcoming the world with a good cup of hot coffee, but on those extremely rare days I have a 2nd cup … it will always be decaf. Like you, Joey, I have a low tolerance level for caffeine.

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  17. I drink tea almost every day, so much less caffeine than coffee. I love the smell of coffee, but don’t love the taste, so when I do have coffee, I have a mocha (preferably with dark chocolate) or a cappuccino. I like those. You’re wise to stay away from what’s bad for you, even if you like it. πŸ™‚

    janet

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  18. ghostmmnc says:

    Thanks! I’m glad you liked the prompt word, ‘coffee’! Sorry the regular kind gives you problems, but I’d be the same if the caffeine made me feel awful. At least there is decaf to enjoy, no matter what people say about it. Kinda the same for me with beer. I love the taste, but can’t deal with the dizzy feeling I get from it, so I have the non-alcohol kind. People say what’s the point. Well, the point is, I like the beer taste, and don’t want to feel awful! We enjoy what we enjoy, right! πŸ™‚

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    • joey says:

      That’s exactly it! I drank non-alcoholic beer several times when I was pregnant, I wanted beer flavor, especially cold and I was glad to have it πŸ™‚ I want coffee in the morning, I just wanna stay on the ground πŸ™‚

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  19. Norm 2.0 says:

    I’ve been known to make snide comments about decaf at times. It comes from my personal belief that if I couldn’t drink the “real” stuff, then I’d rather not drink it at all, but it obviously doesn’t take into account other people’s situations or choices.
    As Dan said above, blogging is teaching me about that….
    I do find that caffeine affects me more as I get older, or perhaps it always did and now I just notice it more. Either way on weekdays 1 cup of the real stuff in the morning is my limit for the day. On weekends I’ll let my hair down and have 2 or even 3!!!

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    • joey says:

      LOL Let your hair down! Woot! πŸ˜›
      I remember the first of my friends to go decaf — he’d been a big Pepsi drinker and then he got into iced coffee and the next thing I knew, he was drinking uncola cola, tellin me caffeine made him shaky and unfocused. I was maybe 21-22, I thought, “Gee, what a pussy!” but I didn’t say it. Bet we could talk about it for an hour now!

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  20. Amy says:

    I typically drink two cups in the morning. If I have too much extra, I tend to get heart racing and panicky. I don’t know if it affects my sleeping. I sometimes have regular tea in the afternoon, but not coffee. I’m not a coffee connoisseur. I’m not sure if I could tell the difference between decaf or not.

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  21. JoAnna says:

    I’m right there with you! Years ago, when I drank coffee regularly it caused sharp pain in my bladder and breasts (caffeine makes fibrocystic breast tissue and PMS worse.) Rarely drinking coffee makes it a powerful drug for me. If I drink a whole cup of regular, I’m bouncing off the walls. A half a cup makes me VERY happy and full of energy. It’s a fact (I researched) that “decaf” has small amounts of caffeine I can feel. A cup of decaf or green tea feels great. But if I drink any caffeine after 2pm I can’t sleep.

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  22. reocochran says:

    That bread pudding looks scrumptious, Joey! πŸŽ‰
    I have had family members who drink 4-5 β˜•cups a day and a couple who drink decaf herbal tea or just juice. 🍡 It is good to have a coffee maker for guests like the former and I try to keep good variety of alternatives.
    I went off the grid and got behind. Hope you have a safe, but fun, healthy but a teeny bit crazy New Year, Joey +family!

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  23. pluviolover says:

    Admitted coffee snob, but I drink decaf after 3 PM, lest my party go till 3 AM. Went years without caffeine, but rediscovered that it gave me energy and stamina. Now, it is part of who I am.

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  24. darsword says:

    Is it just coffee? I don’t get jittery with tea.

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    • joey says:

      It isn’t just coffee, but the levels of caffeine vary considerably. Green and black tea have about the same amount of caffeine as a can of soda. Coffee has 3-4x that. Espresso has about 10x what’s in soda. Even decaf has a bit of caf, but it’s no more than a chocolate bar.

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      • darsword says:

        I’m glad I am soda free. I haven’t had any for a long time, like years. Weird. I didn’t purposely stop just spend money elsewhere. So its the large amount of caffeine at once. At least in this theory. I’ve read so many on this topic I finally gave up. If I feel better with it and there are not bad results, its for me!

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  25. The trick is to find good decaf. A lot of the stuff out there is awful and people think that it’s all horrible. I love my caffeine but I’ve found times when decaf was necessary and I didn’t die…to my knowledge. πŸ˜‰

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    • joey says:

      TRUE! I proclaim you write the truth! It does matter, it’s true. I like a good strong decaf πŸ™‚ If you have died of decaf, might I say, you look magnificent! πŸ˜›

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      • Which decaf do you prefer? I’m always open to a little coffee experimentation.

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        • joey says:

          Love Starbucks — decaf Christmas Blend, decaf Sumatra, Verona…
          But also, like Gevalia’s yellow, forget which name, and Caribou has a robust decaf I like. I think those are tops. What do you like?

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          • I’m a Starbucks Sumatra girl, mainly caf, but decaf when necessary. Only recently did I realize that Starbucks makes decaf bearable. If I only drank decaf it would be fine. Sumatra is my go-to origin of choice for either. I just this week discovered Caribou Mahogany in caf. I have to see if decaf is available, but that is one nice blend. I hate the idea that decaf is sometimes necessary, but here it is, 3AM and I’m just thinking about bed. Yeah, I should probably expand my decaf repertoire. πŸ˜‰

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  26. Anxious Mom says:

    I’ve tried so hard with the coffee, but meh, and I guess that’s just as well with all the caffeine. No one needs a hyped up E.

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