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A brief history of coffee and SongdogMI

I got started late with coffee. I had my first cup at 10, but it didn't stick then. Twenty years later, I finally got into the habit, and work was where it started. This probably accounts for my absolute lack of taste in coffee. I'll drink almost anything: McDonald's, 7-Eleven, even Ohio rest stop vending machine coffee. (Even Gotham's!) I do prefer coffee from decent coffee shops like Dovetail and Java Hutt, of course.

Mostly, it has to be coffee-flavored coffee, thankyouverymuch. No hazelnut or vanilla or other weird stuff. Mocha is OK sometimes. Otherwise, it should taste like, y'know, coffee. Usually medium, sometimes dark. I doctor it up with sugar and cream, which I know makes me an insecure poser loser, but I don't care.

Lately, though, I've come to suspect that it's possible for me to have too much coffee. That limit might be a mere two cups. I'm as shocked as you surely are. I spent this afternoon at Java Hutt — my own little Martin Luther King Jr. Day event — and in 2 1/2 hours I had a mocha followed by a regular ... and I didn't finish the regular. I even had to come home and take some antacid tablets. Zounds!

This getting older stinks, y'know?

Fortunately, I like tea, too. I don't think Ohio rest stop vending machines have tea, though.

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changeling72
Jan. 20th, 2015 01:16 pm (UTC)
I am cutting down on my caffeine intake - but am still drinking plenty of coffee!

I like a nice English cup of tea.
songdogmi
Jan. 21st, 2015 04:01 pm (UTC)
I readily drink decaf coffee. I don't notice a difference in the taste, as some people do. I think the problem is that it's harder to find interesting (say, dark roast) coffees in decaf. Most people figure what's the point when there's no jolt in it.

I had my first cup of Earl Gray last week. It was pretty good. I like green teas because they're good for health, supposedly.
changeling72
Feb. 5th, 2015 01:07 pm (UTC)
I have started to drink more decaf, but I do drink the hard stuff when I first arrive in the office and have another one to perk me up in the afternoon. I don't notice the difference in taste either.

I occasionally drink Earl Grey and keep forgetting about the packet of Lapsang (Bonfire Tea, as I call it) in my drawer. I think I should like green tea, but...
jjfmi
Jan. 20th, 2015 03:08 pm (UTC)
Robin Williams summed up my consumption of La Java pretty well: "I drink it to (a) jump-start my brain, but (b), and more importantly, to jump start my colon..." (A more detailed and colorful description of the latter half followed in his bit, which needs no repeating here.)

But I also have to limit my intake. Following the "issue" back in 2005 which led to a diagnosis of heart-related syncope, I have to keep it down to one good-sized mug in the morning. Otherwise, my heart does a great impression of Keith Moon's drumming.
songdogmi
Jan. 21st, 2015 03:58 pm (UTC)
Only Robin Williams could get belly laughs out of his colon.

Er, I mean .... :)

Ooh, yeah, caffeine will do interesting things to heart function. I notice that with less caffeine, my heart is a bit more like an ideal in-the-pocket drummer and less free-form.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 22nd, 2015 04:54 pm (UTC)
I was wondering how coffee entered your life.

I usually stick to tea. I have a small cup of French roast a few times a week, but tea is much kinder to me these days. But it must be French or espresso roast, warmed 2% milk, and one packet of stevia. Any variation makes me ever so cranky.

Fran
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