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Topic: Coffee before the Fast and greetings to All (12 msgs / 325 lines)
1) From: myron joshua
I  am blessed that i could bring some great beans from the Sweetmarias back 
with me from the States recently.
I roasted up some Sumatra Lake Tawar and it rested now a couple of days. 
That with some good Kenya i have should make a wonderful last cuppa in honor 
of the final meal before Yom Kippur.
For those of you who:
1. Will  be fasting
2. Don't care about the risk of headaches from dropping the caffeine intake 
before the fast (is it true??)
Do you finish off with an espresso or with French Press, Drip, Aeropress, 
etc??
I feel French Press is my cup of tea..oops..coffee.
Shana Tovah
myron
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2) From: Derek Bradford
I don't know about fasting, but when I travel long distances (I'm talking
more than 24 hours) by plane I don't drink any coffee.  When I'm preparing
for that I lower my caffeine intake for the few days before my flights.  I
find that if I just go cold turkey I get lots of headaches.  The same goes
for a morning when I miss a coffee for some reason.  But when I lower my
intake for 2 or 3 days before going without, I reduce the headaches
considerably.
Whenever I know I'll be without coffee for a few days I try to roast up
something special to go out on, and then I just brew it in my favourite way
for that coffee.  That's usually espresso for me.
--Derek
On Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 9:06 AM, myron joshua wrote:
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3) From: Gary Foster
I get terrible headaches if I go cold turkey on caffeine for a fast
(or otherwise).  When I fast for Lent (which admittedly isn't as
stringent a fast as Yom Kippur) the priest always cautions us to not
fast to the point of illness because the fast is supposed to focus our
thoughts on God and if we're ill, we're not focusing on Him, we're
focusing on our poor aching head :)
For that reason, I generally continue to drink coffee, just not to
excess, nor do I allow myself to wallow in the enjoyment of it heh.
-- Gary F.
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4) From:
Shanah tova myron. I've never experienced caffeine headaches so I don't know. However, because I often fly by the seat of my pants...i rarely have the time or ability to adequately prepare for a fast. I've had two cups of gesha lot 10 today and probably will have a cup of kenya this early afternoon and that's it for the day anyway.
I don't hold hard and fast to the fast...i do the best I can. If I need to drink...or even need to drink coffee to function...i will. I believe the goal is to 'inflict' oneself...which can be interpreted to deny oneself extra pleasures...as in a shiva (mourning) and to certainly forego pleasures of vanity.
Just my humble opinion which is certainly not an orthodox viewpoint.
Dean De Crisce
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5) From:
Jewish law absolutely prohibits fasting if it places danger on the person (kids, pregnant women, diabetics etc.). Called Pikuach nefesh. Even the worsening of an illness would be prohibited. Any compliance with medication....or even medication for a headache or pain would be mandated. 
a little OT here.
Dean De Crisce
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6) From: Sandy Andina
This may or may not comply with halacha, but we are commanded not to  
fast if by doing so we would be harming our health (especially if we  
suffer from a condition which could be life-threatening).  I fast, but  
I interpret that as allowing me to use water to swallow my  
medications, and to have just enough caffeine to avoid a headache and/ 
or an asthma attack.  When I suffered a severe asthma attack while on  
vacation a few years ago, the ER instructed my husband to make sure I  
was sipping strong black coffee on the ride to the hospital to try and  
keep my lungs open.
Of course, making the coffee palatable should not be a priority on  
YK.  No cream, no sugar (certainly an espresso or Americano and not a  
cappa or latte), and if you happen to have some on hand that's tepid  
and a few hours hold, that ought to suffice.
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7) From: Sandy Andina
Shana tova to all, and to all, an easy fast.
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8) From: Barry Luterman
L'Shana Tova to all. I will have some Geisha 10 to celebrate. My sister sent
some rugalach from NY. My wife wanted a piece last night and I told her it
was not permitted to eat rugalach between Roshashuna and Yom Kippur. It
almost flew.
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9) From: Zara Haimo
I rarely have more than a couple of double shots of espresso a day anyway, 
so I don't get caffeine withdrawal headaches.  I had a macchiato around 1:00 
this afternoon and won't have any coffee again until Thursday morning, well 
after the fast ends tomorrow evening.  For those of you who will be fasting, 
have an easy one!
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10) From: Rick Copple
myron joshua wrote:
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As an Orthodox Christian, we fast a good bit. But we are not required to 
fast coffee specifically, though usually no meat, dairy, oil, etc.
But one Lent I decided to go without just to make sure I could. I did 
have some headaches the first two-three days, but after that my body 
adjusted and was fine.
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Don't recall what I did finish with (may have been before home roast so 
in that case, just some store bought stuff). If it were today, I'd 
probably go with some espresso topped with some cups of regular coffee 
from the Mocca Master drip...maybe I'd pull out the VacPot for that.
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11) From: myron joshua
It was a pleasure reading the posts, learning about Lent, interpretations of 
pikuah nefesh and the way we view our need?/luxury? called coffee.
Many thanks!
My Sumatra/Kenya was luscious...I came home from services, made havdalah on 
a Merlot...had a meal while the Gaggia is heating up.
Tomorrow I roast SM Geisha to really celebrate in my Sukkah.
If we are getting interdenominational here..and speaking of coffee..I just 
read Palestinian intelectual Sari Nusseibeh's book "Once Upon A Country". 
He was studying in England during the 1967 war when his home town of East 
Jerusalem came under Israeli control.
Some Palestinians thought they needed to return home by "infiltrating" via 
Amman Jordon..Sari N. flew El Al to Israel and took a cab with an Arabic 
speaking Israeli (i imagine a Moroccon Jewish immigrant.) What completely 
through him for a loop was that on the way to Jerusalem the driver asked if 
he didn't mind stopping for a coffee and finding himself drinking a great 
Turkish coffee in the Israeli Arab village of Abu Gosh.
This became symbolic of his ambivalence of feeling so at home while being 
occupied at the same time.
Ciao
myron
Myron Joshua
Kibbutz Kfar Etzion
90912
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12) From: Barry Luterman
For my New Years cup it was a Geisha 10 gifted by another list member.The
coffee was brewed in a Vac-Pot. It should be noted I usually shy away from
bright coffees. This one, however, is one to be enjoyed. It started with
lemon. Puckered my mouth but not bitter. It was more like a good Citron from
Succoth. As the lemon faded Jasmine appeared for a very short time. The cup
ended with orange taste and that disappeared and was replaced with something
that I couldn't recognize but stayed with me for an hour. Later I tried an
Americano. same experience only much more intense. I will wait a few days
and try it as an espresso. I guess bright coffees of this caliber has found
another fan.
On Thu, Oct 9, 2008 at 7:28 AM, myron joshua wrote:
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