Saturday, 17 December 2005

Scott Adams says he recently quit caffeine. It wasn't exactly pleasant for him. Sounds like it still isn't.

I can relate. Except that I have not quit.

I drink coffee like it was, well, water. Like it's going out of style. It's easy to do - there's tons of free coffee everywhere I go. Which means work and home. And church sometimes. Free coffee everywhere.

Coffee is The Devil. So I am not sure why it's at church.

If I don't get my requisite dose of caffeine in the morning, I (seriously) can't see straight. Like as in my vision is blurry and my head hurts. That can't be good.

I stopped smoking a couple years or so ago. I've quit other things before, many years ago. But caffeine, well man oh man... Painful.

For the record, cigarettes was the hardest from a withdrawl perspective. Freakin' BRUTAL. It still is from time to time. I tell people I *stopped* smoking. I don't say I "quit." Nothing is guaranteed, nothing is forever. For today I am stopped, and it's better that way.

I guess I've learned that much fairly well. Heh.

But, back to coffee - It's the one vice I have left remaining in my life, really. I know I shouldn't drink as much as I do, but it just won't let me go. I've tried it - Ringing ears, blurry vision, massive headaches, general lethargy, an *inability* to sleep (seriously), and on top of that no more coffee, which I actually like (and I never actually liked smoking that much).

Argh. Decaf doesn't really appeal to me. All the decaf I've ever had tastes like crapola.

Any ideas?

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Sunday, 18 December 2005 04:48:37 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
A friend of mine (who works 6am to 10pm, 6.5 days a week) tried to give up his caffeine addiction by going cold-turkey... and was promptly taken into hospital with heart palpitations. The doctors told him to keep drinking coffee because his system had grown to rely upon it, and cut down very very slowly.

My advice? Only drink particularly good coffee. If you're going to have an addiction then you might as well have an addiction to something refined. Coffee isn't The Devil, Cheap Coffee is The Devil.
Sunday, 18 December 2005 05:38:07 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I know what you mean ...

I stop drinking coffee probably 3 or 4 times a year for a three to four day period (first day is usually painful). The reason I stop drinking every now and then is so I don't need to drink such large quantities in order to get the benefits.

I have stopped a few different ways, but none are quite as fast as cold turkey. The headache that I get is usually over within a day... I have tried the slowly getting off the caffiene like everyone says you "should" do. My only problem with the slowly cutting back is the slow part - who really wants to draw cutting back to 4 or 5 weeks? It will be less painful and the key to it working really contains 2 parts - 1. (mental) Dealing with your craving the taste of coffee 2. (physical) switch your source of caffiene to no doz or something you can measure and slowly cut back on it. If you cut back too fast you will be REALLY tired (my not have a headache though). If you do it right the worst part is the craving of a good cup of coffee.

BTW: if you ever get that headache because you didn't get the caffiene and want to get rid of it - take Excedrine. It is the only thing I know of that gets rid of it pretty quick (it contains caffeine)
Sunday, 18 December 2005 12:20:55 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Hey! Coffee really isn't that bad for you. I should know, I drink a ton of it as well. I honestly tried to quit drinking it for years. I find myself suffering a week or more with massive headaches and feeling so not focused on anything, it's not even funny. I find myself back in the kitchen, making a pot of coffee after dinner.

If you enjoy something such as just a cup of coffee in life, I don't think it's that bad.---Think of this: A can of coffee does not have warning labels on it like a bottle of Excedrin does! So, it really cannot be that bad for you.
Mary Beth
Monday, 19 December 2005 05:48:50 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I quit drinking coffee a couple of years ago, but I had a motive. It was killing my stomach. Massive heartburn all the time. Actually, I now let myself have coffee as a special treat once in a while, and I also usually have to drink it every time I travel overseas.

I did the slow back down from a pot a day to a cup a day in about six months. That wasn't really so bad, but when I finally stopped the cup a day, it was painful. I did get the headaches. I guess it really does show you that caffine is a drug, and you at least need to realize that when you're consuming it.
Monday, 19 December 2005 09:16:54 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I recommend Jamaica Blue Mountain Gold. Drink it hot and black and don’t drink anything else (get a thermos). This is the best coffee I've ever tasted. Not bitter or acidic at all. You know how good coffee smells really good when you brew it? This coffee actually tastes like that smell. This stuff is so tasty that it makes it difficult, painful even, to drink other coffees. Once you get used to drinking this stuff, good luck getting down those free coffees. And since you can only carry so much in a thermos… Or, maybe your wife will find out how much you’re spending on coffee and cut your allowance. ;)
Thursday, 22 December 2005 02:26:52 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Try Foldgers Half-Caf. It isn't too shabby :) I have to admit, if I had to give up my coffee, I'd want to shoot myself :) Smoking, I'm working on. But man, don't take my jive juice.

- Keith
Friday, 23 December 2005 14:38:58 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Great decaf can be had from Barry Jarrett at Riley's Coffee and Fudge:

You think coffee is the Devil? Stay away from Barry's fudge, then.

If you're at all interested in even better decaf, then think about roasting your own. is a terrific resource for home roasting, and it's not expensive or overly complicated to get into.
Wednesday, 14 June 2006 10:58:04 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
coffee is definitely not the devil.. if anything, a lot of studies now show that it has healthy antioxidants in it just like tea does. It also helps prevent type II diabetes I've heard. And now it's even easier to drink coffee and feel good about - try javafit. Their coffee has vitamins and calcium in it. How can you feel bad about drinking that?
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