Caf­feine Fiend

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Some folks might de­scribe my “con­di­tion” as an ad­dic­tion or a habit, but I pre­fer to think of it as just a daily part of my early morn­ing rou­tine. I am not talk­ing about body func­tions in the bath­room, but oddly… maybe I am, be­cause I am re­fer­ring to cof­fee and how im­por­tant it seems to be to my day’s be­gin­ning.

Af­ter I awaken and check my tired old body for any new aches or pains, the very first thing I do is start a pot of cof­fee. In eleven and a half min­utes there will be some hot dark “go­juice” wait­ing for me. That gives me about eleven min­utes to get dressed, start a fire in the wood­stove (if needed) and to feed the cat and the fish, but not feed­ing the fish to the cat, as the cat would like. With an ex­tra-large mug of cof­fee (about 2 cups), I re­tire to the throne for some “soli­tude” and cross­wor­di­nat­ing. That is the start to my per­fect day. Ap­par­ently, I am as av­er­age as the next av­er­age guy drink­ing 2 cups and seek­ing a few mo­ments of “soli­tude” in the morn­ing. When it comes to be­ing av­er­age, I try to be above av­er­age. Cof­fee is sec­ond to tea, as the world’s most pop­u­lar drink, with roughly half of the world’s adults en­joy­ing the beau­ti­ful brown bean brew and the caf­feine that gets the world started and go­ing in the morn­ings. Even if your cof­fee la­bel says “de-caf­feinated” cof­fee, you are still get­ting some caf­feine be­cause it is very ex­pen­sive to to­tally re­move caf­feine. The la­bel of “caf­feine-free” will keep the jit­ters away. Most folks will be­gin to ex­pe­ri­ence their cof­fee rush about five min­utes af­ter that first sip-a-joe and that should peak about thirty min­utes later with caf­feine hang­ing around in the body for about 3 hours for men and a lit­tle longer for women. and if you are a smoker that time span will be shorter. Strangely enough, as we get older, our sen­si­tiv­ity to caf­feine and cof­fee in­creases, so I won­der why I still drink the same amount of cof­fee each day.

There are folks who do not bother with mak­ing a pot of cof­fee in the morn­ing; they get their caf­feine kicks from a can of soda “cola” pop. By clev­erly word­ing the in­gre­di­ents on a can of “cola” pop, some­one might think that the caf­feine in “cola” pop was from kola nuts. They would be only par­tially cor­rect. Most of the caf­feine in soda “cola” pop is the caf­feine from de-caf­feinated cof­fee beans. When soda “cola” pop was first in­tro­duced in the 1880’s, it is said that caf­feine was added to the recipe for a lit­tle ex­tra kick like car­bon­a­tion was. There are those that claim that the man­u­fac­tur­ers of the soda “cola” pop added caf­feine to “ad­dict” drinkers to their pop. In the sum­mer of 2000, that very claim was ver­i­fied in a study. Sneaky cola guys! But at least the cof­fee guys are not try­ing to hide any se­cret in­gre­di­ents be­cause we know what cof­fee/caf­feine is all about. Am I health­ier be­cause I drink a mod­est amount of cof­fee on a daily ba­sis? Ap­par­ently yes, be­cause stud­ies have NOT linked caf­feine with can­cer or heart dis­ease, as once be­lieved. In fact, caf­feine may ac­tu­ally have some pre­ven­ta­tive prop­er­ties. Re­searchers are also study­ing caf­feine as an anti-de­pres­sant; there have been pos­i­tive re­sults us­ing caf­feine in treat­ment for al­co­holism. I am sure that cof­fee falls into that group of sub­stances that is bet­ter if smartly used, in­stead of stupidly abused… and to that, I smartly raise my mug to use and not abuse.

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