Saturday, January 2, 2016


I like coffee mostly because of the caffeine. Sure, there is a social aspect and some of it tastes good. "Um, lemme see, this was grown on the north slope ... picked late in the day ... blah blah" just like the wine people, pretentious BS. (Friends, back in the bad old days when I drank wine I'd open the bottle and throw the cap away; glug glug and I did not care when or where it was bottled.) Cap? Uh, yeah, corks were a nuisance. I'm drifting. Back to coffee.

Some facts from here:

Caffeine myth or caffeine fact? It's not always easy to know. Chances are you have some real misperceptions about caffeine. For starters, do you know the most common sources of caffeine? Well, maybe two of the sources aren't too hard to name -- coffee and tea leaves. But did you know kola nuts and cocoa beans are also included among the most common caffeine sources? And do you know how much caffeine content can vary from food to food? Turns out it's quite a lot actually, depending on the type and serving size of a food or beverage and how it's prepared.

Caffeine content can range from as much as 160 milligrams in some energy drinks to as little as 4 milligrams in a 1-ounce serving of chocolate-flavored syrup. Even decaffeinated coffee isn't completely free of caffeine. Caffeine is also present in some over-the-counter pain relievers, cold medications, and diet pills. These products can contain as little as 16 milligrams or as much as 200 milligrams of caffeine. In fact, caffeine itself is a mild painkiller and increases the effectiveness of other pain relievers.

and here:

Caffeine is a central nervous system and metabolic stimulant, and is used both recreationally and medically to reduce physical fatigue and to restore alertness when drowsiness occurs. It produces increased wakefulness, faster and clearer flow of thought, increased focus, and better general body coordination.

The kick, the jolt, the lift, call it what you want. You can get snapped on a variety of illegal drugs, burn brain cells by the bushel full and associate with a lower crowd. Fly-Crash-Burn-Die is the usual pattern. Not my style. But I do like coffee and when I was among friends of Bill Wilson coffee and ciggies saw me through. 

It don't do jack shit for spiders.

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You can get caffiene from a lot of other sources. Tea, chocolate, Mountain Dew, energy drinks, so forth. Click here if you're curious. Blow wise to this: it ain't the same as coffee. Just ain't.

Maxwell House for him, Hills Brothers for me.


Well, I ain't fussy. The nastiest shitcha can find.

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