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    I buy a new coffee -Corsini Caffe dElite- 80% arabica 20% robusta. I have drunk a Doppio. 15 mins later I felt dizzy for 2 hours... like drunk but without the euphoria.

    What happened??

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    Re: Poisoned by coffee?

    Maybe it was 80% Robusta ?
    No idea sorry, it may have been un related to the coffee you drank though :-/

    CB

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    • #3
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      Blood pressure
      But check with your doctor

      KK

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      • #4
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        Im not sure we are always aware of the quite substantial fluctuations that occur in our metabolism, or if you like, bio-rhythms.
        I notice a different response to alcohol and coffee depending on physical/psychological factors such as fatigue, hunger, hydration, energy levels and mood.
        A strong caffeine hit on an empty stomach when you are also a bit tired and dehydrated could make you feel different to having the same dose after a meal when well rested and hydrated - if you see my point.
        Maybe worth considering.

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        • #5
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          A mate of mine went to italy for his honeymoon and went into a little cafe and wanted a "really strong coffee" they gave him what they said was a ristretto and the effects were heart palpitations, sweats and dizziness. He is a regular coffee drinker and has never had this reaction before or since. Dont think this adds a huge amount to the solution to your problem but interesting all the same.

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            Originally posted by 52767F7F7C7C4652766A7476190 link=1238772508/2#2 date=1238795044
            But check with your doctor

            As KK said... check with your Doctor.

            -Carrie

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            • #7
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              Hi oton,
              To some folks coffee indulgences are a wonderful pastime and there are no health effects. To a few there are problems. My wife was diagnosed with Arrhythmia which is a rapid heart beat now and then. To some folks arrhythmias can be fatal. I am able to drink copious coffees with no problems at all. My wife must watch her intake and limit herself to one cafffeinated drink a day. After this it is chocolate, chai or decaff. The arrhythmia theory with cafffeinated coffees has been proven a few times by my wife much to her disappointment. No more than recently in N.Z. on a holiday in South Island (our coffee stops written up on C.S.). We had 3 great lattes in 4 hours. Too much for my wife. She had a 12 hour session of rapid heart beats (arrhythmias). Not a good feel. Comes in quickly and goes out as quick. What does she do at home? I roast my own beans from C.S. and she has a great caffeinated coffee in the a.m. and then it is onto C.S. decaff Mocha Java. Not a problem then. So there are to some real health issues that must not be ignored. You can still enjoy great coffees. Take care and good luck. Herbie.

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              • #8
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                It is very possable it may have had a Toxic Fungus on the beans. When you extracted them you would have got a dose of Neuro Toxin.
                Neuro Toxins cause Sweating and Dizzyness. Take a sample of the coffee to your Doctor and explain what happend to you. Ask for a full checkup including blood work incase you have any other issues that could have been aggrivated by the Coffee. And also give the doctor the sample of coffee for Analysis by a Lab.

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                • #9
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                  after a couple of strong coffees first thing in the morning recently I felt a shortness of breath, sat down, and couldnt stand up again and had to call an ambulance!

                  turns out the tickers ok but it was a combination of lack of sleep (two kids under three) combined with being on my feet for long periods of time, and lack of adequate nutrition - compounded by taking Valerian at night to help me sleep - then copious quantities of caffeine to see me through the coffee rush at work

                  Since then Ive cut down on the caffeine, ditched the valerian, and am far more conscious of what I put into my system!

                  Pat

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                  • #10
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                    I recently did the 3 hour home barista course at Venezianos in Brissie. I had finished a 8 hour shift at 6 that morning, then headed home for breakfast which did include one coffee. Then over to Vs to pick up my beanbay goodies prior to the course. Arrived at around 9.30, settling in with an espresso and a capuccino.

                    Started the course at just after ten, and over the next three hours it is difficult to say how much coffee was consumed during taste testing, but probably the equivalent of around maybe five to six shots. I finished up with a capuccino after completion of the course.

                    The end result....feeling a combination of slight nausea, light headedness, and general queasiness. Very similar, but not to the extent of a bout of alcoholic poisoning i suffered back in the early 80s. It took about 24 hours before I feltl completely right again this time around.

                    An interesting phenomenon when taken into account some of the thoughts posted here already.

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                    • #11
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                      holy crap thats crazy. I didnt realise that you were very sleep deprived and you did a bloody good job with that cappuccino

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                      • #12
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                        Hi oton,

                        Not sure what that could be. What do you mean when you say dizzy? Its a term alot of people use but its often hard to work out exactly whats going one when someone says theyre dizzy.

                        Caffeine is a stimulant, it causes an increase in sympathetic output, (the fight/flight response). Not sure how dizziness comes into that. I wouldve guessed that with the increase in heart rate and cardiac output one wouldnt get the dizziness that you feel when your brain isnt getting enough blood to it. Though sometimes I actually feel a bit foggy/lightheaded and I guess even a drunk kind of feeling after too many coffees.

                        My main complaint is nausea; I get nausea when I drink too much coffee. If I know I will be drinking a fair bit (and not eating enough) I will sometimes pop an antiemetic pill

                        Another interesting thing which i would LOVE to verify relates to the diuretic effect of coffee. A friend was telling me about a paper he read which had two randomised groups; one drinking caffienated coffee and the other drinking the same amount of decaffienated coffee. They measured urine output. And apparently there was no statistical significant difference between the urine output of the two groups.

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                        • #13
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                          Interesting point regarding the diuretic effect of coffee, I was told years ago that to combat the effects of 1 coffee you needed to drink 2 cups of water. Which means that they thought that one coffee removed 3 cups of water from your system (obviously not true). I read recently that coffee has a diuretic effect but only in people who dont drink it, so nobody here.

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                            Re: Poisoned by coffee?

                            Originally posted by 7A68676A61090 link=1238772508/11#11 date=1238933384
                            i would LOVE to verify relates to the diuretic effect of coffee.
                            Coffee does not induce the Tom Hanks moment like tea does for me.
                            (Tom Hanks moment: you would need to have seen "A League of Their Own", "Green Mile" and one or two others of his movies to understand but he made pointing percy at the porcelain into an art form.


                            Originally posted by 6E606D627563620C0 link=1238772508/12#12 date=1238995864
                            I was told years ago that to combat the effects of 1 coffee you needed to drink 2 cups of water. Which means that they thought that one coffee removed 3 cups of water from your system (obviously not true).  
                            I think its more to do with the water needed by your kidneys to process the chemicals in coffee. Its similar to how you cant drink sea water to quench thirst as you need twice as much water to filter out the salts.

                            Ive heard that tea and coffee can contribute to the arbitrary 8 cups of water per day. In fact the American Journal of Physiology could not find where this magical 8 cups comes from. We have a built-in water level meter: its called thirst. I agree that replacing water with alcohol is not such a good idea.

                            On another somewhat OT note, did anyone watch the Gruen Transfer (ABC1) last week: it was all about how bottled water is actually a bit of a rip-off and some could not taste the difference between premium bottled water and tap water. OTOH, Ive been to some places where you could not drink water from the tap because it is so polluted or foul-tasting.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Poisoned by coffee?

                              Originally posted by 2B39363B30580 link=1238772508/11#11 date=1238933384

                              My main complaint is nausea; I get nausea when I drink too much coffee.  If I know I will be drinking a fair bit (and not eating enough) I will sometimes pop an antiemetic pill
                              I also feel incredibly nauseous if I drink too much espresso. Espresso, not caffeine! I can drink stupid quantities of caffeine, but excessive espresso shooting makes me feel really sick. Im told its something to do with the oils and retro-nasals.

                              Sanch, Id never thought to take anti-nausea medicine before embarking on a espresso-shooting spree. Hehehe, thanks for the tip!

                              Look out Dan! ;D ;D ;D

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