I never thought coffee would taste good. The bitterness always left me puckered like someone who just ate a “dirt” infused Bertie Botts Every Flavor Bean. 26 years of my life I never touched the stuff. My ignorant bliss was soon rattled when our workplace installed a new chrome-lined, touch-screened, I,Robot of a machine that discharged the perfect amount of sugared, creamed, caffeinated goodness. And thus, I began my wakeful slide down the inescapable muddy slope of “coffeedom”. In the words of Donald Trump, “Everybody’s saying. Everybody’s talking about [coffee]. Everyone love’s [coffee].”

If you haven’t heard of the relatively new audio book Caffeine, by Michael Pollan, put down your java and give it a listen (It comes free with an audible account. Check it out here). It’s filled with tidbits of information on not only how caffeine pervades our modern culture, but how it shaped many historical advances that shaped our world today. He then pours over the science behind the drug’s positive and negative effects on your brain.

Either way, for those of you that love to wake up to that fresh-ground, roasted fragrance in the morning, or can’t stand the cupped pizzazz, there’s some interesting perspective in there for everyone.

3 thoughts on “Caffeine

  1. I always felt this was a stark reminder of the stimulant impact that caffeine has on our bodies…

    personally I would say caffeine is ok, but only in small amounts, and we are now producing more and more drinks with very high content of caffeine…
    Personally a tea drinker, which also has a good amount of caffeine in.
    I find that decaffeinated drinks actually taste almost identical to their caffeinated counterparts… but then I understand the process of decaffeination can be quite resource intensive?
    Thanks for the article!

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    1. I definitely agree. In a world that feels more and more like a fast merry-go-round without the brakes, everyone wants to keep up. And to keep up, we need more caffeine. Maybe that’s one nice thing about Corona, you know? Making everyone slow down a little bit. I just wonder if caffeine consumption has followed suit. Thanks for the response, Oli!


  2. My favorite nonfiction book about coffee (although not specifically about caffeine) is The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers. I highly recommend it!

    PS – thanks for not mentioning “covfefe.”


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