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Post# 973385   12/13/2017 at 03:18 (284 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        

I fell in love with coffee a half century ago when I first became a teenager. Bunches of years of drinking awful, bitter hospital coffee taught me to appreciate fresh, good coffee. However, I never became a coffee snob, and am still not one.

I prefer grinding my own Community per either cup or pot. However, as I've wandered into my sixties, I also have begun to limit my coffee to about 2-3 cups daily. And it's been my blessing that even if I skip days or more, I never get any caffeine withdrawal.

However, I find that I really only like one decaf: Taster's Choice by Nescafe. I don't like the fresh-grind Community decaf, nor any of the instants or beans I've tried over the years. I do double the amount per cup; it's about 3:15am as I type this and I have a hot cup beside me.

I certainly understand how others might not like decaf at all. However--are there people out there who enjoy coffee for its own sake, and who enjoy a cup or two of decaf every so often?

Post# 973390 , Reply# 1   12/13/2017 at 03:54 (284 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

No decaf for me...

I prefer the real thing... Spresso, super strong, S'il vous plait.

Post# 973407 , Reply# 2   12/13/2017 at 06:58 (284 days old) by gizmo (Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Au)        

I only drink decaf. I used to work in a restaurant and became a little bit of a coffee snob. I have tinnitus (ringing in the ears)and find that real coffee makes it worse.

I only drink decaf espresso, never instant. I buy it from roasters as whole beans. My coffee machine has a built in grinder, so it is ground seconds before drinking. It makes a difference.

I used to drink "real coffee" but I didn't find it hard to change over. A good barista can make delicious decaf, but badly made decaf is even worse than badly made real coffee.

My coffee machine is a Quaha Napoletana II, an Italian machine also sold under several other names. I got it from a roadside hard rubbish collection - just needed a good clean out and a new seal.

Post# 973452 , Reply# 3   12/13/2017 at 10:50 (284 days old) by GusHerb (Chicago/NWI)        

I'm allergic to caffeine, so decaf is all I'll drink these days. Even the little bit caffeine in some decaf coffees I react to. As for the reaction I either get super wirey with lots of anxiety, or go straight into a caffeine crash with lots of anxiety, when I have caffeine. It's a terrible feeling and sucks the life out of me.

I just finished a bag of Intelligentsia Black Cat Decaf Espresso, decaffeinated via Swiss water process (so it's not full of chemicals). It was roasted two days before I got it and smelled intoxicatingly good so I had to try it.
I use a burr grinder and grind fresh for every brew, brewed in my 6 cup Melitta pot. This coffee even brewed via drip beat the pants off the local coffee shops decaf espresso which just tasted bitter and stale.


Post# 973466 , Reply# 4   12/13/2017 at 13:37 (284 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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This is said to be the best way to enjoy a pot of decaf coffee:

  1. Pour the pot of coffee down the drain.
  2. Brew a pot of real coffee.
  3. Drink that instead.



Post# 973467 , Reply# 5   12/13/2017 at 13:42 (284 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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For one reason or another, there have been times I've drunk decaf. Most common recently has been during hot spells in summer. It may be my imagination, but I feel like I don't tolerate the heat as well if I've had too much regular coffee. Decaf at least lets me have a cup late morning, and not feel like I'm suffering when the heat kicks in.


When I buy the stuff, I buy from the whole bean bulk bin, and typically don't buy much. I would usually buy organic, Swiss Water process decaf.

Post# 973474 , Reply# 6   12/13/2017 at 14:03 (284 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Per doctor's orders, I get two 8-oz. cups of regular coffee each day, spaced at least four hours apart. I drink one first thing in the morning and one if I get drowsy mid-afternoon. Most of the time the second caffeinated drink is iced tea, usually Celestial Seasoning's black tea.

I use a Keurig and K-cups for coffee and tea. Green Mountain brand's 'Dark Magic' decaf is great. Sometimes I like diner-style coffee, in which case it's Krispy Kreme's decaf. Also keep Peet's House Blend decaf, Tully's French Roast decaf and Caribou Blend decaf on hand. Twining's decaf black tea is great for making iced tea.

Post# 973478 , Reply# 7   12/13/2017 at 14:16 (284 days old) by Stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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Kirkland House blend decaf beans --sold at Costco roasted by Starbucks-- produce a surprisingly satisfying cup.
I love regular coffee but sadly the caffeine is too much for me.
I even have to to drink decaf with caution...effin' curse is what is.

This post was last edited 12/13/2017 at 17:10
Post# 973530 , Reply# 8   12/13/2017 at 19:59 (283 days old) by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

I went off caffeine about 5 years ago--both for hot tea and coffee. Love good coffee but can't take the jitters.

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