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Topic: Addiction - psychoactive chemicals in coffee (3 msgs / 86 lines)
1) From: Sam49
There are numerous psychoactive chemicals in coffee - not just caffeine. 
I haven't been able to relocate the source, but I read a number of years 
ago that there a some particular ones present in robusta that aren't in 
arabica or that are present in robusta in much higher concentrations 
than in arabica.
This explained something I had experienced numerous times.  When I had 
switched to drinking coffee almost exclusively from 100% Arabica 
sources, i.e., bringing my own to work rather then drinking office 
coffee, I no longer got the "jitters" from drinking coffee.  And when I 
would be placed in a situation where the only coffee I could drink was 
cheap coffee and I would partake, I'd get the jitters from just one cup, 
even though I could drink my arabica all day without experiencing this.  
I'd feel this within 5 minutes.
I have discussed this with many other people who then recognize that the 
same pattern has happened to them.
As I have been exploring homeroasting over the past few months, my 
coffee intake is very high.  Although I sometimes can tell that I have 
ingested lots of caffeine, I don't get that "jitters" feeling.   
However, I haven't pursued any robusta to once again replicate that 
phenomenon.
Sam
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2) From: Steve Carlson
I do get the jitters from the good stuff. It hits at the 3rd cup.  I find
that the 1st cup isn't enough, the 2nd cup hits me just fine and gets me
going on the day, but that 3rd cup will make me antsy.  Probably more
"jumpy" than "jittery."  Definitely "on edge."  That's a problem with the
great world of coffee -- my rate of intake can't keep up with the number of
different coffees that Tom provides.   I want to try them all, but I can't.
On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 2:45 PM, Sam49  wrote:
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3) From:
I also get the jitters and a stomach ache at about the third cup in a row, in the morning....if on an empty stomach. I try to eat something so that I can tolerate more coffee.
Dean De Crisce
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