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Topic: Caffeine - Hit My Limit (7 msgs / 234 lines)
1) From: Larry Dorman
I just posted about trying to make decaf espresso in an attempt to cut
back on my caffeine consumption.  I've really increased my coffee
consumption in the past month...  in particular espresso in the
evenings which I only used to do occasionally.
In my case I started feeling itchy all over and at its worst I started
breaking out in hives.  It's been bad enough a couple times that I've
had to take an antihistamine for relief.  So now I've cut back on my
coffee consumption overall and switched to decaf in the short term to
'detox' a little bit.  (I went from having an average of 28 oz of
brewed coffee per day on weekdays and occasionally that much on
weekends to having closer to 42 oz of brewed per day along with 2-4
shots of espresso per day.)
Has anyone else ever hit a limit where the caffeine started causing
problems for them?  How did you manage the situation?  What is your
limit?
LarryD
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2) From: Scott Thile
Hello again Larry,
I used to drink a lot of caffeinated coffee, but mostly in the morning.
I rarely had a problem as long as I quit drinking it, or switched to decaf
by 2PM or so. Suddenly that changed for me. I'm not sure why, but I suspect
it could have been a reaction to medication. I started having some
very uncharacteristic nervous reactions to combination of caffeine, lack of
sleep, and stress. Along with an intense stress feeling came sky rocketing
blood pressure. They were something like panic attacks I guess, but I had
never had anything like that happen before even under high stress and lack
of sleep. Anyway, I went cold turkey off of caffeine suspecting that could
be playing a part, and it helped dramatically. I'm also on
blood pressure medication now which seems to help. I've added caffeine back
in slowly and found I can tolerate some at least. Still figuring it out how
much, but I like to have fully caffeinated shot, or at least a 1/2 caff
shot most mornings. After that I switch over to decaf. The darker the roast
on the caffeinated coffee the less caffeine, but I roast to taste and just
keep that in mind as I figure how much I want to risk drinking. I can
likely tolerate more than that, just taking it slow at this point.
Decaf is the reason I got into home roasting. In our area I could not get
fresh enough decent decaf any other way, at least not that I could afford.
I can't stand stale decaf. My experience is very few roasters invest in
dialing in their decaf to the extent they work with their other roasts, and
their options are very limited. No, it's not ever likely going to be as
good as the best caffeinated coffees, but it's amazing how much better it
can be when you really dial it all in. Sweat Maria's has some great decaf
greens from time to time, and have especially lately. Tom's descriptions
and cupping scores are very helpful when selecting them.
Hope you figure out what's going on!
Scott
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3) From: Lynne
My limit is usually one cup of coffee - now, mind you, my kids (adult kids,
mind you!) refer to my brew as liquid crack, so I guess THEY think I drink
it strong... had two cups today, and I'm lucky I don't feel it.
For awhile, I was roasting decaf - the Bugsi decaf was out of this world,
but the others I got - well, I just can't get a decent brew out of them.
I'm lucky I never got a reaction like hives - I used to be very prone to
them! One of my daughters, however, now shuns all coffee (even my
homeroast) as it makes her very sick.
Lynne
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4) From: John Stewart
Tom's donkey decaf is a staple at my house.  My wife has it every evening.http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.other.decafs.phpI've roasted it across the advised range with good results.
John
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I just posted about trying to make decaf espresso in an attempt to cut
back on my caffeine consumption.  I've really increased my coffee
consumption in the past month...  in particular espresso in the
evenings which I only used to do occasionally.
In my case I started feeling itchy all over and at its worst I started
breaking out in hives.  It's been bad enough a couple times that I've
had to take an antihistamine for relief.  So now I've cut back on my
coffee consumption overall and switched to decaf in the short term to
'detox' a little bit.  (I went from having an average of 28 oz of
brewed coffee per day on weekdays and occasionally that much on
weekends to having closer to 42 oz of brewed per day along with 2-4
shots of espresso per day.)
Has anyone else ever hit a limit where the caffeine started causing
problems for them?  How did you manage the situation?  What is your
limit?
LarryD
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5) From: Phil Palmintere
I sometimes get headaches from too much coffee.
My wife is quite sensitive to caffeine - and when I roasted decaf for her,
she could feel the caffeine within 10 mins of drinking a latte (a wired
feeling & some hand shaking) -- she's that sensitive.  For some reason,
store-bought decaf doesn't trigger a reaction.

6) From: michael brown
Now that is interesting Phil,I wonder why that is. Store bought versus home roasted caffeine content...could it be chemical process versus swiss or mountain water process?Or perhaps "aged" roasted coffee has an affect.Again, very interesting.Michael Bb'ham, AL
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7) From: Lynne
John, thanks for the tip! I'm so glad there's a consistent blend available,
too - usually by the time I find something that might be good, it's gone
when I want to order!
Lynne
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