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    caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

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    well im attempting it.. day 1 today..

    its proving hard then I thought it would be.. constant head ache.. my brain keeps thinking about coffee.. my mood is terrible :/

    will tomorrow be better?

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    ive been forced to do it for 2 months.

    it was a real torture..

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    You can do it yes (well unless you have a medical need for it I suppose). I have avoided it for 12 days so far, with 33 being my goal. I started lent a week late.

    I got headaches, which surprised me as I am not a consumer of high amounts of coffee. My headaches lasted over a week. I have still been making coffee for people as well as roasting. It has screwed my social life over though, as I normally go every week to a place that only sells coffee.

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    I think NO is my answer. Well, unless those around me dont want to live. Especially at WORK!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0D3C2F27293B3D4E0 link=1268023651/3#3 date=1268042977
    I think NO is my answer. Well, unless those around me dont want to live. Especially at WORK!
    Err I guess I could stoop to drinking Tea, if not allowed Coffee..

    But as to Caffeine Free...

    If you mean total Caffeine Free.. NOOOoooooooo!

    You have any idea how many good/bad things have caffeine in them :o :o :o :o



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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    Haha... im certainly not addicted to caffeine, and i made it clear to myself when i started my coffee journey that it would never become something which controlled me and that i would rely on. Am not a fan of relying on coffee as a drug... even though i have admittedly used it for situations where ive been extremely tired and had things on that day... but yes, to each their own :)

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    My wife and I did it for a month once (also during Lent, like Brett - but it was more about proving we could do it than being pious! :P).

    The first week is the hardest. I also had a constant headache. Its quite disturbing to think that I had been so addicted that my body reacted for that long.

    Heres the thread where we discussed it last time. http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1238573668/

    I can agree with Brett on the social thing too! Coffee consumption is very social and, personally, going to cafe to drink a *hot chocolate* just seems like a waste of time and money!!

    Petar - yes, you can do it. And no, tomorrow wont be better. ;)
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    I competed in a long running event a while ago, and in the last 2 weeks of training i cut caffeine all together......WOW thats what i call a headache! after the event was finished i literally had a tripple shot latte.......headache gone, within 15 mins! Real eye opener, i limit myself to 2 shots(total) a day now.........


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    Quote Originally Posted by 13173128282D32252A440 link=1268023651/7#7 date=1268057950
    i limit myself to 2 shots(total) a day now.........
    Thats not what it looks like in your avatar! :P

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    I had a laugh ;D its just a lot of milk......oooops im lactose intolerant too!

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    ;)

    Lactose intolerance is a whole nuther topic, but Ive heard of plenty of baristas/coffee professionals who have had to cut back on milk because they developed (slight) intolerance to dairy...

    The things we do for our [s]caffeine[/s] coffee, eh?

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by 4B5E4F5A493B0 link=1268023651/0#0 date=1268023651
    will tomorrow be better? *
    Depends if you are drinking coffee tomorrow!

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    I regularly have a week off coffee and dont really have a problem.

    Mind you, im only a one or two a day drinker at best so its probably easier for me to stop than those drinking much more.

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    day 2.. the headache is still very much there.. surprising as I dont have more then one cup most days..

    i keep thinking about coffee tho, i can smell it most places I go..

    anyhow, im looking forward to friday when i can get back on the bandwagon!

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    got headaches going around South America as I could only handle one coffee a day there until I found a nice place in Rio. If I dont get a good coffee within an hour of waking up, the headache starts. If I leave it for 3 hours, I cant shake it no matter how many coffees I have. Im an addict, but I dont have a problem until it affects my ability to live (if I got addicted to Kopi Luwak for example, I might not have a house).

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    I have gone caffeine free for over 2 weeks last year
    If you have strong will anything is possible

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    5 years ago I went without coffee for 3 months after brain surgery.
    Depends on how determined you are.

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    I could do it but really what would be the reason? I dont want to miss out on the lovely coffee I have daily! :D

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    Where can I get caffeine for free?

    ;D

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by 4850555540517A48444B1312250 link=1268023651/18#18 date=1268134910
    Where can I get caffeine for free?

    ;D
    ;Dthats exactly what i thought when i first read the title of the thread!

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    day 3.. withdraw headache is almost all but gone, yay.. now coffee is on my mind constantly.. i can smell it everywhere i go.. i feel the worst of it is over now, looking forward to my friday cuppa!

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    Tried it for a couple of days back in my Melbourne Instunt office days (used to have a two plungers and 6+ instunts/day), headaches killed.

    Solution never go without your coffee :)

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    petar, I must say why! Is it to torture yourself or a bet?

    I went without Coffee for 3months when I was 20 after having a total collectomy.
    Also 5 years ago after having more bowel surgery for 3 weeks. Headache wasnt a problem though, strong painkillers for abdo pain sorted that out.

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    WHY WHY WHY would you put your body through that. I can give up grog ive kicked smoking but coffee my poor wife would shoot me after just 2 days.

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    I can go without coffee anytime I like as long it is for no longer than 2 hours :D. I have given up alcohol and cigarettes and I dont gamble or womanise (the wife would kill me) so without coffee I would be extremely bored and lifeless. :( :(

    So I will maintain my one and only habit. I will be a Coffeesnob forever.

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    Why would you do that to yourself? Think Id rather pull my own teeth out, give birth to a chair and spend a week in an IKEA store before giving up caffeine...

    This one time (no, not at band camp), i tried it
    I got uber sick
    It was a horrific
    Figured.... Id never try that again.


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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    I could do it, and I will in April as I am going to the US and Canada. Actually I am going to Seattle the home of Starbucks, so wont be drinking coffee there ;D actually they have quite the cafe scene so maybe it wont be caffeine free after all :D

    I usually have a coffee on the way to work and another at about 8pm, the rest of the time I drink tea, maybe 3 or 4 cups a day. On the weekends I might have three coffees but if I miss that first one I get headaches.

    Im Ok if I wean myself off it but cold turkey hurts, for me its a chemical dependency rather than an addiction, which to me implies the habit side of it

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    Ive decided i am going to give it up tomorrow.

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by 457067653633020 link=1268023651/27#27 date=1268219060
    Ive decided i am going to give it up tomorrow.

    MOD ban him now, he is not one of us !!!

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    I decided TODAY that i would give up TOMORROW. But when tomorrow comes i will decide THEN, whether it will be TODAY or TOMORROW.

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    I had a laugh

    not sure i could do it, i am real bad in the morning now to i get my 1st coffee...... then its like BING!! ready to go....

    i often wonder if it is mind over matter, or i am really addicted to caffeine...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 59555C515158340 link=1268023651/30#30 date=1268220698
    not sure i could do it, i am real bad in the morning now to i get my 1st coffee...... then its like BING!! ready to go....
    i know how you feel. It would have to be doctors orders for me to give it up. Its giving me a headache now just thinking of it.

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    Not a snow flakes chance in hell!

    Absolutely not freakin way!

    And as for stooping to a tea level....nah ah!

    Red bull would be my drink of choice when coffee is out of the question.

    I simply could not do it and commend anyone that can :)

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    day 4 and im feeling pretty good today.. im still making my wife a nice cup in the morning for that extra bit of torture..

    why am i doing it? I have been thinking about doing it for a while now.. and on the weekend gone I had hit the coffees pretty hard and was feeling a very average sunday night so thought it was a good time to start the challenge..

    I can tell you for I will definitely appreciate coffee so much more now.. ha

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    This all reminds me of a bumper sticker:

    "I gave up drinking, smoking and sex--it was the most horrifying 30 minutes of my life!"

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    im back people..

    ive hit 3 cafes today.. coffee never tasted so good.. i can say the im totally awash with caffeine :D

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by 437A646A50480F0 link=1268023651/32#32 date=1268223141

    Red bull would be my drink of choice when coffee is out of the question.
    seriously? :o

    You go to all the trouble of consuming the best coffee you can and then drink that stuff :-X

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1412050E14130B09600 link=1268023651/36#36 date=1268372005
    You go to all the trouble of consuming the best coffee you can and then drink that stuff
    Well the alternatives are ....

    Mother
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    Red Eye
    etc etc....

    My point is this...I cant bring myself to drink tea as i believe it tastes like dirty dish water. Whenever im out and about and cant find a decent enough coffee shop and trust me, im the type to walk out of 95% of cafes i enter....Red Bull or something similar is the only alternative when i need a caffeine fix.

    Do i know what they put it it?...no but i font really care! I just want my caffeine fix!

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    I love coffee, but I dont think my life relies on it. I can still go on a day without even noticing I havent had a cup. But its still a staple I enjoy very much.

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    I just went a week without coffee.
    Day 1 I was in shock. How could this happen? Bean supplies never get that low! I rocked back and forth, staring at the cold Pav with far less vigor than my normally hyped-up self might have managed.
    Day 2. I thumped on about the stupidity of letting the bean reserves dwindle and wept openly in the coffee aisle of the supermarket. When an old woman suggested I might "need a cuppa" I howled and fled.
    Day 3 I gave that tea-drinking, coffee-hater man of mine what for. I told him there would be no tea until there was coffee in the house, but he only shrugged and said "ok". Typical weak milky tea drinking response. Let it be known: I kicked a man in the shins, just to watch him cry.
    Day 4 I looked over the old gold bags and remembered the good times we had had. I hugged them to my chest and slept on the kitchen floor. It was gritty, because I didnt want to sweep up the last lingering scent of the Volcan Galeras.
    Day 5 I swept up. It seemed more respectful to set those few remaining grinds free, on the open breeze of a sea-side cliff, accompanied by a leonard cohen mixtape.
    Day 6 I bought a selection of teas and Day 7 I found myself able to drink them, although not with the same pleasure I had once taken in my morning beverage.

    Day 8 and coffee arrived. It was late in the afternoon but I couldnt hold off, brewed up immediately and spent the early hours of the morning spamming my friends facebook pages, randomly stabbing at the keyboard, suggesting various scientific experiments that my agile mind found quite sensible at the time but now cannot make head nor tail of. :o Im not sure how I expected to transplant my consciousness into a hamster, but apparently it would have been of great benefit to the military industrial complex and heralded a new age for mankind.

    Actually it was only 4 days & it was hell but I did drink tea and whilst it did nothing for me, it did fill my mouth and so stop the constant whining about how crap every other available coffee option is, to the relief of my friends, family and neighbours.

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by 7F727E737E487A170 link=1268023651/38#38 date=1268919136
    I love coffee, but I dont think my life relies on it. I can still go on a day without even noticing I havent had a cup. But its still a staple I enjoy very much.
    Im much the same. Ive been forced to go without coffee for the last six weeks :( (I will admit to weakening last weekend ;)) I love my coffee but I havent had bad cravings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6C646D6862686E7472010 link=1268023651/39#39 date=1268952161
    Typical weak milky tea drinking response. Let it be known: I kicked a man in the shins, just to watch him cry.
    Hahaha. Made my day, Mel! ;)

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    "Caffiene free for a week, can you do it"

    Not a chance. Day maybe, not a week.

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    Re: caffeine free for a week, can you do it?

    Well, I suppose this thread is to blame ... I mean, this thread inspired me.

    Were flying home after our year away in Bulgaria this weekend, and thought it would be a good idea to kick the caffeine addiction prior to: i) trying to sleep on a plane and ii) jet lag. Also, the very nice coffee we bought from Square Mile in London had run out, and we didnt really want to follow it up with Bulgarias typically stale and dodgy beans!

    So, 5 days ago, we gave away our travel grinder, packed up the Aeropress, and went without.

    My headache has been day-on, day-off so far! Strange! Worst on day three but fine on days two and four. Today is day five and Im a bit headachy again but coming out of it. My wife was worst on day two (when I was fine!) but good thereafter. She must have been less addicted?

    Ive done this before and its strange; I never notice any symptoms other than headaches. Others say they feel less lethargic (or more so), or that theyre better able to concentrate... for me, its just a headache. A very specific one, mind you: right behind the eyes (esp. my right eye) and across the forehead.

    My conclusion is that, yes its a bit disturbing that I get 4-5 days of headaches when I dont drink coffee, but the fact that I feel nothing else different assures me that caffeine is one of those acceptable addictions. I dont like to think that Im damaging my body by what I ingest - Im pretty convinced that moderate caffeine consumption is fine!

    Oh, I should say, my consumption over the last year has been 2 cups a day (+/- 1 cup). Drank more last year when I worked at a cafe and was home roasting (of course)! Also, we were getting the occasional "hit" from cola or tea - I suppose thats cheating, but youll be pleased to know it didnt help with the headaches!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 313930353F3533292F5C0 link=1268023651/39#39 date=1268952161
    I just went a week without coffee.
    Day 1 I was in shock. How could this happen? Bean supplies never get that low! I rocked back and forth, staring at the cold Pav with far less vigor than my normally hyped-up self might have managed.
    Day 2. I thumped on about the stupidity of letting the bean reserves dwindle and wept openly in the coffee aisle of the supermarket. When an old woman suggested I might "need a cuppa" I howled and fled. *
    Day 3 I gave that tea-drinking, coffee-hater man of mine what for. I told him there would be no tea until there was coffee in the house, but he only shrugged and said "ok". Typical weak milky tea drinking response. Let it be known: I kicked a man in the shins, just to watch him cry.
    Day 4 I looked over the old gold bags and remembered the good times we had had. I hugged them to my chest and slept on the kitchen floor. It was gritty, because I didnt want to sweep up the last lingering scent of the Volcan Galeras.
    Day 5 I swept up. It seemed more respectful to set those few remaining grinds free, on the open breeze of a sea-side cliff, accompanied by a leonard cohen mixtape.
    Day 6 I bought a selection of teas and Day 7 I found myself able to drink them, although not with the same pleasure I had once taken in my morning beverage.

    Day 8 and coffee arrived. It was late in the afternoon but I couldnt hold off, brewed up immediately and spent the early hours of the morning spamming my friends facebook pages, randomly stabbing at the keyboard, suggesting various scientific experiments that my agile mind found quite sensible at the time but now cannot make head nor tail of. *:o Im not sure how I expected to transplant my consciousness into a hamster, but apparently it would have been of great benefit to the military industrial complex and heralded a new age for mankind.

    Actually it was only 4 days & it was hell but I did drink tea and whilst it did nothing for me, it did fill my mouth and so stop the constant whining about how crap every other available coffee option is, to the relief of my friends, family and neighbours.
    This whole post was pure GOLD melicious, GOLD I say.
    8-)

    This might even have the makings of Leonard Cohen MTV film clip!

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    You poor soul, I know how you feel.

    When I went home to Malaysia I stubbornly refused a coffee which is really just Nescafe with a ton of condensed milk in the bottom and had the worst headache - which just felt like a 14 day hangover!

    Then I remember I couldve drunk some Coke. Damn!!

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight

    I think it would be easy for me to be caffeine free for a week if i didnt have to go to work. If i was at work without coffee i would be really sluggish and slow at my job. I dont get headaches or any other symptoms like other people. ::)



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