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Smell that fresh coffee

By John Toth / Editor and Publisher

After about a decade of caffeine-free mornings, the aroma of fresh, perking coffee is again filling the air in the Toth residence. I have to admit that it smells really good.

I have always liked the taste and smell of coffee. Not the designer kind with all those flavors and sugar, but the kind that is just coffee and a little milk. But about a decade ago, I decided to cut caffeine out of my diet. It was a hard decision and even harder to carry it out. But I did it.

One afternoon back in my coffee drinking days, I got a bad headache and took two Advil. A couple of hours later, I still had it - a constant pain in the back of my head.

Then I got thirsty and grabbed a can of Diet Coke from the fridge. In 15 minutes, my headache was gone. I put two and two together and realized that I didn’t have my morning cups of coffee. My brain needed its fix and was telling me all about it.

That was the day I decided that my coffee drinking days were over - at least the caffeinated kind.
The headache started back up the next day and every day afterward for about a week and a half. It was excruciating, but I would not give in. Then it was over. I got rid of it all. No more caffeine headaches.

It’s a lot simpler this way. I don’t need to get my fix each morning. It was most bothersome when we went camping, and I forgot to pack the coffee in the RV. At 8 a.m., I was waiting for the camping store to open so I could get my fix and a very expensive container of instant coffee to hold me over until we got home.

Why be addicted to a drug that makes you miserable when you don’t take it? I wouldn’t shoot up heroin for that same reason or drink excessively. So why do I need a caffeine shot each morning?

It was all good until I read an article that, according to a study, people who drink two or three cups of coffee daily have less of a chance of getting heart disease and a bunch of other things that can kill you at an old age.

It was probably funded by coffee manufacturers, I don’t know. Nevertheless, it made me think that I may be cutting years off my life because I am not drinking coffee. I hope I have not done irreparable harm to myself during this last decade.

Near the bottom, it said that people who just drink decaf also avail themselves to the benefits of coffee and longer life. (Now I know that some coffee group was behind this study.) They covered all the bases. If you do not buy regular coffee, save yourself by drinking decaf.

Americans love their coffee. We consume on the average 3 cups per day in the U.S. That’s a lot of coffee beans. When we see stories about a bad coffee crop and how the price will shoot up, our anxiety level may even go as high as when the price of gas at the pump shoots up. In a way, they are both fuels.

“Coffee also appears to improve cognitive function and the risk of going into depression,” continued the study. It is recommended that we do not exceed digesting more than 400 mg of caffeine daily, which is about four cups of coffee.

Well, this changes everything. Maybe cutting caffeine out was not such a good idea after all. And that aroma as it perks in the kitchen is irresistable.

Oh, it’s not my coffee. I have a house guest who needs her daily fix.

All that caffeine is out of my system. I’m not going back to that.

I love that coffee smell, though, while I drink my tea - caffeine-free tea. It’s delicious.