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message 1: by Old-Barbarossa (new)

Old-Barbarossa I need it to get going.
Some of it tastes rank, some of it tastes wonderful. You can cause a cardiac crisis by drinking too much.
It is the black medicine that fuels me.
Any good Hx of coffee out there?
Read "The Devil's Cup" but looking for something a bit more in depth.
Is the dancing goat story real?
Did it's common usage spark the French Revolution?


message 2: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Lopez | 31 comments
Great topic! It's been a few years since I read this book, but I remember enjoying it: Mark Pendergrast, "Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World" (Basic Books, 2000).


message 3: by Peter (new)

Peter Macinnis I assert that coffee is a medicinal product. One of its uses is to prevent headaches. i know this for a fact, because when I go without this medicine I get a headache.

Well, OK, it's not quite that simple, but I used to get the headaches as described -- I cut back to the point where there are no withdrawal symptoms.

From memory, there are something like 1000 known chemicals in coffee.


Boreal Elizabeth | 145 comments it's a strange substance
i would sooner do without nearly anything else

but i didn't drink it until i was nearly 30

now i don't think i could accomplish a thing without it

the headaches are due to constricting blood vessels i believe

i would have to be very careful if i were to ever try to withdraw

the headaches for me are excruciating
it's a very sharp piecing pain in my right temple that makes me wince just thinking about it
if i go beyond a 1/2 hour of my normal coffee time


message 5: by Old-Barbarossa (new)

Old-Barbarossa I looked at the COSHH (Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health) sheet for caffeine recently...very scary stuff...but it is my Rx of choice.
Jonathan: thanks for the tip on "Uncommon Grounds".


Boreal Elizabeth | 145 comments post it-what's the source?


message 7: by Old-Barbarossa (new)

Old-Barbarossa It's in a big folder on a shelf in front of me.
Can't be bothered scanning it.
Sure if you googled it you'd find one.


message 8: by Boreal Elizabeth (last edited Aug 27, 2008 11:51AM) (new)

Boreal Elizabeth | 145 comments fine-i just meant who published it
National Institute of Health, Scottish National Institue of Health, New England Journal of Medicine, World Health Orgainzation, World Drink Tea Instead of Coffee Organization

off to google cause i must know


message 9: by Old-Barbarossa (new)

Old-Barbarossa Just don't read the sheet when you find it...it may put you off Java for an hour or so.


message 10: by Boreal Elizabeth (new)

Boreal Elizabeth | 145 comments yah-the artery constriction is where i get suqeamish
hold on
let me go refill my cup


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