Mostly, not entirely. I gave up coffee and felt great; then, I gave in and didn't feel so great.

I still pick up a few espressos each week; I've got some great baristas in the neighborhood and it's hard to pass up.

I've decided to give up brewing at home, though, mainly for health reasons. It's hard to brew a quality cup at anything less than 10 oz, but that's more than I want to drink. Typically, I'd brew 10 oz and throw 4 oz away, which struck me as a little silly. Scales! Grinder! Pouring kettle! For 6 oz. of coffee. It was a lot of fuss.

Another thing that persistently bothered me about coffee is the perverse incentive structure for home brewers.

Coffee is typically sold in 12 oz. bag, which for me equals around 20 cups of coffee. Coffee's at its liveliest for a 4-5 day window. If I drink a cup a day--a small one at that--what do I do with the remaining 14-15 cups of coffee?

I find it amusing when people say that coffee at home is cheaper. Sure, if you don't mind stale coffee.

So there was that annoyance--paying for something that I didn't fully use.

But really this is more of a health issue for me. Spending 10 minutes with a great cup of coffee vs. feeling weird the rest of the day. Easy bargain.

My invigorating drink of choice nowadays is matcha. It's preground green-tea--home-grinders are sold but they're not high quality apparently--so I don't spring for the superlative stuff for reasons that are easily imaginable. I get this mid-grade stuff straight from a Japanese farm and when done properly (not hard) it yields a milky vegetal cup. Like a really nice creamy asparagus soup. Not complex, but enormously satisfying. 

And I feel great the rest of the day. 

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Submitted by wakeknot on
I have always feared finding out I couldn't drink coffee, but if I did find it was bad for my health I would follow this example.

Submitted by yeahyeah on
Good luck, I wish that I could train myself to like tea but I just haven't found the right one yet.

Submitted by jbviau on
Still blogging, though, I see?! I give your sabbatical a month. ;)

Hmm if you don't mind me asking what is it that bothers your system? There are ways around the high acid, which I am sure you are aware of such as the Hario cold coffee brewer. I guess if I was limited to only a cup a day I would probably got the double strength coffee route and use boiling water to add it. At the end of the day if you can't enjoy the cup it doesn't matter, plus freezing and what have you is a lot of work and not much to gain if you are content with a cup or two from a local place each week.

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Mostly, not entirely. I gave up coffee and felt great; then, I gave in and didn't feel so great.

I still pick up a few espressos each week; I've got some great baristas in the neighborhood and it's hard to pass up.

I've decided to give up brewing at home, though, mainly for health reasons. It's hard to brew a quality cup at anything less than 10 oz, but that's more than I want to drink. Typically, I'd brew 10 oz and throw 4 oz away, which struck me as a little silly. Scales! Grinder! Pouring kettle! For 6 oz. of coffee. It was a lot of fuss.

Another thing that persistently bothered me about coffee is the perverse incentive structure for home brewers.

Coffee is typically sold in 12 oz. bag, which for me equals around 20 cups of coffee. Coffee's at its liveliest for a 4-5 day window. If I drink a cup a day--a small one at that--what do I do with the remaining 14-15 cups of coffee?

I find it amusing when people say that coffee at home is cheaper. Sure, if you don't mind stale coffee.

So there was that annoyance--paying for something that I didn't fully use.

But really this is more of a health issue for me. Spending 10 minutes with a great cup of coffee vs. feeling weird the rest of the day. Easy bargain.

My invigorating drink of choice nowadays is matcha. It's preground green-tea--home-grinders are sold but they're not high quality apparently--so I don't spring for the superlative stuff for reasons that are easily imaginable. I get this mid-grade stuff straight from a Japanese farm and when done properly (not hard) it yields a milky vegetal cup. Like a really nice creamy asparagus soup. Not complex, but enormously satisfying. 

And I feel great the rest of the day. 

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Hmm if you don't mind me

December 10, 2011 | by intrepid510

Hmm if you don't mind me asking what is it that bothers your system? There are ways around the high acid, which I am sure you are aware of such as the Hario cold coffee brewer. I guess if I was limited to only a cup a day I would probably got the double strength coffee route and use boiling water to add it. At the end of the day if you can't enjoy the cup it doesn't matter, plus freezing and what have you is a lot of work and not much to gain if you are content with a cup or two from a local place each week.

health 1st u know

October 31, 2011 | by donnedonne

health 1st u know

Feel better!

October 31, 2011 | by jbviau

Still blogging, though, I see?! I give your sabbatical a month. ;)

Health

October 29, 2011 | by yeahyeah

Good luck, I wish that I could train myself to like tea but I just haven't found the right one yet.

alas

October 29, 2011 | by wakeknot

I have always feared finding out I couldn't drink coffee, but if I did find it was bad for my health I would follow this example.

I like both coffee and tea.

October 29, 2011 | by Karrde

I like both coffee and tea. It's too bad about your health issues.

Cutting Back

October 29, 2011 | by EricBNC


I am glad you are feeling better after modifying your intake.

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