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    I started drinking coffee at age 18...only because I had a job which required me to wake up at 4am! Prior to that my parents didnt alow me to drink coffee and I didnt really have any desire to anyway.


    I would be interested to know what people think is a reasonable age for kids to drink coffee...I guess there are medical considerations which I am not aware of. Do the children CS of members nag them to have a cup of the good stuff?

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    I have a 9 month old who is fascinated by the coffee machine and laughs when I grind, tamp, pull shot and steam. She has yet to sample the brew! Im thinking 15 (years not months) so thankfully there is a lot of bling to keep her occupied. I started with 43beans at 13. Not a great start but the journey quickly improved and took in far more pleasant scenery.

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    My much better half is a high school teacher, and a few of her year 8s turn up to first class with a takeaway latte to start the new day, others have energy drinks, power bars etc, a lot of these kids live on the stuff!, caffeine that is.....

    Not too keen on kids drinking this stuff, i never did and i had tonnes of energy, played a lot of sport, very active, kids these days seem to be a little..........well, flat i suppose you could say, i wonder................

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    I have 2 boys, eldest 14 years, has tasted coffee (my brews). Not interested. Youngest 11 years would drink it even if he didnt like it cause dad does.

    I think about 16 years of age would be ok, not terribly keen on them drinking it prior, not sure of what medical effects it may have at that age, would prefer to let them drink a hot choc, Milo or one of my Decafe-WOWs .

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    I had my first coffee (stovetop) when I was 5 and there have been very few missed days since...

    I have no regrets whatsoever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5C696463574B676E6E6D6D080 link=1259208150/5#5 date=1259218864
    I had my first coffee (stovetop) when I was 5 and there have been very few missed days since...

    I have no regrets whatsoever! *
    :) :) Chris, *I have no doubt that black stuff runs through your veins..... ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 16232E291D012D24242727420 link=1259208150/5#5 date=1259218864
    I had my first coffee (stovetop) when I was 5 and there have been very few missed days since...
    Snap! :)

    Soon thereafter I was also allowed to stand on a chair to use the wall-mounted grinder. :D


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    Caffeine is the enemy, it leaches calcium from your bones :o

    I dont think the odd cup of coffee is going to do your kids any harm but if they are drinking it to keep awake or wake up then that cant be healthy.

    I probably started drinking coffee in my mid teens and I find I am relatively caffeine tolerant able to drink a double shot an hour or so before bed.

    They are finding teenagers with osteoporosis because they have stopped drinking milk and instead drink caffeinated energy drinks and other soft drinks.

    I have heard that coca cola say under 12 year olds shouldnt drink coke, but they make it the first choice drink for happy Meals at McDonalds, so go figure :-?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3D3B2C273D3A2220490 link=1259208150/8#8 date=1259226458
    Caffeine is the enemy, it leaches calcium from your bones :o

    I dont think the odd cup of coffee is going to do your kids any harm but if they are drinking it to keep awake or wake up then that cant be healthy.

    I probably started drinking coffee in my mid teens and I find I am relatively caffeine tolerant able to drink a double shot an hour or so before bed.

    They are finding teenagers with osteoporosis because they have stopped drinking milk and instead drink caffeinated energy drinks and other soft drinks.

    I have heard that coca cola say under 12 year olds shouldnt drink coke, but they make it the first choice drink for happy Meals at McDonalds, so go figure :-?
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    Yet again; it comes back to common sense... Opps not available these days ;)

    Simple ... Look at the Sugars and the salts in all the processed food and drinks.. Let alone the other stuff..

    As to Milk.. Love it.. Yet many out there pushing that it is wrong for us to drink so much milk..

    Ya just cant win.. So pass me teh Butter, the white bread and a coffee to go ;D

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    I was allowed to taste it from as early as I remember, but did not like it. Instant was just horrible stuff (just like it is now :) ) and the fresh ground stovetop was half and half in my mind - half very interesting, complex, amazing but the other half was still YUCK. However I always loved the smell of fresh coffee, especially as it was being ground, and would never turn down a chance to tag along with mum and dad to the local fresh bean supplier just to wander the shop breathing that wonderful aroma.

    My tastebuds evolved into liking coffee at 18 years, mostly using a plunger at that stage.

    If I had kids I would let them taste coffee (a couple of sips only) until about the teens when I would highly persuade (aka obey or I will mess with your life) to drink fresh coffee instead of any of the energy drinks. Only my second crack.

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    My boy was actually managing the school coffee machine business at age 15. Hed been drinking coffee since about 13/14 I think.

    Much to his disgust, I still tell people he is not allowed to drink coke. *;D

    But sadly, I see that some of these so called "energy drinks" empty cans are adorning his book shelves. I really dont know what that is about and in the next week or so Im about to find out... >:(

    I have always been able to tell when he has drunk coke or these crappy drinks...Id prefer hed just drink coffee really. It was an Aussie lady by the name of Pat Coleby that convinced me to never let my son drink coke, she had a son who suffered from Hodgekins disease and she blamed in part coke for aggravating it.

    However, I cant control what he does now as a young adult...except hope that he will come to his senses and ignore the marketing and stop drinking this rubbish...after all...garbage in/garbage out... ::)

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    my first was just after 18 - before then I loved the smell but hated the taste of it, if it wasnt for getting around the taste it probably would have been around 15 or 16

    if I had kids theyd be drinking real coffee along with me and the partner, none of this dust for them... not straight espresso though

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    My son has started drinking coffee occasionally; espresso at that.
    His best mates uncle got him onto it a few weeks ago (theyre Italian).
    I suppose hes old enough now at 28.

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    I would have been about 7-8 y.o. when I was first allowed to imbibe and like Chris and Den, havent missed many days since 8-) ;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6A7A76766D78467E7875190 link=1259208150/11#11 date=1259231949
    But sadly, I see that some of these so called "energy drinks" empty cans are adorning his book shelves. I really dont know what that is about and in the next week or so Im about to find out...
    I reckon the cans of Mother are just because he misses his dear old Ma... ;)


    I started drinking instant at 7 or so. I think its fine for kids to drink some (we give our 6yo decaf). Parents have to be careful though. In late high school I had a bit of insomnia. Then one day I thought, "maybe its the 8 cups of coffee a day that Im drinking! (Slow learner here!) Fixed intake; fixed sleep problem. Funny to think of enjoying all that instant now!

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    My little guy is 2 now and he loves to try and drain that last drop from my empty cup. I think in moderation (maybe 1 cup on occasion) once hes older than say 10 I will allow it. I remember begging mum n dad to let me drink coffee (I think because it was glamourized in some Garfield cartoons! of all reasons! haha) and they held off until I was about 14.
    Used to suckle at one of those coffee n milk tubes when off doing rock eisteddfods/plays/etc... it was like a drip tube of energy haha. Wouldnt recommend that now! Yeah, looking back I think I will be quite happy if my boy wants to try coffee, but I am glad Im in a position to share quality coffee with him so he wont walk around all crazy off coffee tubes or numerous cups of instant!

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    Jury is out for me on this. Not sure if it is a State Health ad running here in just BNE or if it is a National Health ad but the message from that re: alcohol (Yes different) is that is has adverse effects on the brain development of children (a teen is seen asking his dad for a drink).

    Similarly I suppose Im wary, simply because I dont know enough about the effects (long or short term) a stimulant has on the brain development of my kids.

    At its most basic level caffeine affects the brain and the nervous system so Ill be erring on the side of caution with my kids and not letting them drink it just yet.

    Ive intentionally not entered into the decaf side of things. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5B70627E110 link=1259208150/17#17 date=1259279755
    Jury is out for me on this. *Not sure if it is a State Health ad running here in just BNE or if it is a National Health ad but the message from that re: alcohol (Yes different) is that is has adverse effects on the brain development of children (a teen is seen asking his dad for a drink).

    Similarly I suppose Im wary, simply because I dont know enough about the effects (long or short term) a stimulant has on the brain development of my kids.

    At its most basic level caffeine affects the brain and the nervous system so Ill be erring on the side of caution with my kids and not letting them drink it just yet.

    Ive intentionally not entered into the decaf side of things. * :)
    Our kids never had softdrink..For that matter any fizzi drinks.. Milk, Juice, Water and on special occasions a little wine with a meal... Italian gathering... They have taken on the culture as to drinking coffee and small amounts of alcohol... As a social activity; not one of, Lets get pissed or I need a buzz = 2 or 3 energy drinks...

    Dentist was always impressed - 20 and 17 and no fillings - No fluoride then either

    Many items have stimulants and other chemicals that can have an adverse effect on kids and Adults..

    As stated before... Every thing in moderation and that includes Water, Oxygen and many other accepted every day chemicals, food stuffs... It is all about a balance... However today many can not understand and get off on a tangent and end up doing harm..

    Many seeds have small amounts of chemicals that the body can use... But when someone goes on a fad and consumes lots (thinking more is better), then any number of less than desirable effects can happen..

    Its like the latest Lemon Detox.. WTF.. Might as well go on Survivor as it is in effect a starvation diet.. Nothing but lemon water and sugar for 10 days your metabolism is going to mad and of course you will loose weight and feel strange and light headed.. Eat correctly and a bit of exercise.. But there is no $$$ in that :D ;D :o ::)

    Outcome = Every thing in moderation and can I have a coffee with that ;)

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    My kids (4 and 2) are allowed to taste coffee ... that is, they are allowed to stick a spoon into my spro and taste the crema, or they can have, say, about a tablespoon of filter coffee.

    I initially let them taste spro with the intention of them screwing their faces up in distaste and thus ceasing to pester me whilst I was drinking coffee. It backfired. (I did the same thing with softdrink - I gave them sparkling mineral water as their first taste of "fizzy drink". 4 year old now refuses anything with bubbles ... and the 2 year old ... well he drinks sparkling mineral water ;D ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 47686163744B67686761636B636872060 link=1259208150/18#18 date=1259282470
    Many items have stimulants and other chemicals that can have an adverse effect on kids and Adults..

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    Outcome = Every thing in moderation and can I have a coffee with that *;)
    The moderation argument is one that I agree with but I did mention child brain development. For me Id rather not take the chance with my kids.

    PS: Im 34, grew up chewing Fluoride tablets and still dont have a filling. ;)

    Also AM youre in BNE. You will have seen the ad I was referring to re: alcohol effects on teen brain development.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4A61736F000 link=1259208150/20#20 date=1259283706
    You will have seen the ad I was referring to re: alcohol effects on teen brain development.
    Yep.. Thats why years ago it was 21 for many things... Today the so called rights and lowering of the age for many things... I personally feel is actually having a negative effect over all.

    The self belief in a total sense of entitlement and no responsibility will however, only be realised in years to come... The I generation will suffer, but we are the cause..

    Watched a doc on SBS last night... The local Inuit was saying how by the age of 5 or 6 they would be out hunting with a gun and with the men... Today however, he stated the access to modern technology and the supermarket has mad them less self aware and lacking the ability to think for themselves... A gov handout ($$) and pizza was too easy... The culture is failing....

    Yes there are always exceptions... And dont the media and others love to use them... My daughter is about to turn 17, but has a maturity much further along... I guess a hard work ethic and commitment to her Ballet.. Not with standing teh Russian teacher who will take NO crap... From child OR Parent.. Have seen many in tears, but when their parents try to take them out of class... They get up and defend the Teacher...

    My son and the large majority of his mates are all about 20 - 22 going on 12.... Yet in the 1940, 50s etc they would have been MEN with a sense of duty and pride... If you got into a fight.. there were unspoken rules... No laying teh boot in and or using a glass etc. To day it is one of do as much damage as possible and then blame some one else for it.. Then walk around with a badge of Honour...

    Play footy and get over paid and do it at such a young age that they have no skills to manage the pressure and responsibility that comes with it.. To day ya get in the paper and make even more money by glassing, fighting, taking drugs and assault on either sex.. These are our Roll models...

    Idiocracy

    A great B grade movie and yet it says SOOOO much.

    Now... Moderation of my rant, and can I have a coffee with that ;)






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    Quote Originally Posted by 020E070704040D141215610 link=1259208150/15#15 date=1259264721
    I reckon the cans of Mother are just because he misses his dear old Ma... ;)
    I hope youre not referring to me as being..."old"... >:( :P ;D

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    I have always tried to step back from prevailing social mores & values and ask myself "does this make sense" and is it "reality-based".
    By that I mean common-sense based not just on my own prejudices but on a wider more global level - looking at the facts/evidence that is available. We are tempted to do a lot of stuff because of fashion, or just other people are doing it, or because it is the path of least resistence.
    A lot of parents cant wait to rush their kids into adult-hood and seem to derive some sort of vicarious enjoyment from this. Maybe they are trying to re-live their life through their kids. I totally reject the idea of being my kids best friend. I am and will always be their parent and that carries some responsibilities that will mean at times I will have to impose discipline that they wont like.
    I see no good reason to encourage my kids to drink coke, coffee or alcohol, or for that matter to eat McDonalds. I have always encouraged them to be individuals, think about their choices, and not be over-influenced by what others do.
    Adulthood and all its responsibilities (and dangers) comes soon enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1A272B2331480 link=1259208150/23#23 date=1259361633
    A lot of parents cant wait to rush their kids into adult-hood and seem to derive some sort of vicarious enjoyment from this. Maybe they are trying to re-live their life through their kids. *I totally reject the idea of being my kids best friend. *I am and will always be their parent and that carries some responsibilities that will mean at times I will have to impose discipline that they wont like.
    Sage advice! I am a school teacher by day, and firmly believe that the parents who over-indulge and just cant say no set themselves up for issues during the difficult teenage years. We had a wonderful doctor in a district where I worked who instead of writing prescriptions for behaviour-difficulties instead wrote nutritional and dietry plans for the kids and their parents. The change he affected in the students he worked with was inspirational and a lesson for us all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 614C484449250 link=1259208150/14#14 date=1259240153
    I would have been about 7-8 y.o. when I was first allowed to imbibe and like Chris and Den, havent missed many days since

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    Ditto. Our young girls 6 and 8 will try anything Dad has. I make some iced coffees and give them half and espresso cup each on a rare occasion. Other than that i am hoping they will have the VBM sussed soon enough even if they are not allowed to drink any ;D


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    I dont allow my children either Coke or Coffee - I figure the little terrors have enough energy in their system without anything artificial added.

    Having said that, Im not from the water only brigade either - having grown up in he North of WA in the 70s and 80s where straight water was disgusting and there was no such thing as bottled water, I dont myself drink straight water unless dancing - but I do give them cordial, juice and some soft drink. Emily also gets very weak tea on occasion, too, but this is Petes influence not mine.

    For me, its all about energy levels (and my inability to keep up with kids + caffeine) more than anything.

    I will probably let them start drinking it, if they want to, around the age of 16 or so - to me, this is when their bodies are old enough and energy levels have dropped enough to cope with some added "kick". However, like all things in life, Ill go with the flow and have no problem with reevaluated decisions along the way - Im a fairly flexible parent within reason.

    And I echo AMs sentiments...everything in moderation!

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    I used to drain the dregs out of my grandfathers blend 43 from the time I was 2 years old. Revolting, I know; they tried to stop me but I had an enabler (my grandfather) and I just loved the stuff. I can still remember his cup. Im 29 now and there aint nothin wrong with my brains :o . As Mr Luwaks said, we let them drink decaf but tend to give water only with very occasional treats of juice or fizz. They love water and ask for it most of the time.

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    I started drinking the good stuff around mid teens with lots of sugar. * :P *Ive since gone without sugar (it tastes awful now when it gets served up sometimes) and moved on from instant to espresso. *It hasnt harmed me (Not that I know of *:D ) however the modern high energy/caffeine drinks are a worry.

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    My children and grandson, Ammius, came to lunch today. Apparently Ammius (22 months) likes espresso...




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    My nephews drink coffee (Milo with a bit of coffee, that is) every morning on their way to school. The older one is 12 and the younger one is 8. Im not sure why their mom even gives it to them.

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    I dont have a problem with it, in supervised moderation. My kids are a bit young yet at 2 and 4 but one of my 2 year old twins has a thing about the coffee beans. They love to watch me roast and make coffee and seem to really enjoy the smell of it. He snags a stray bean whenever he can and carries it around for hours saying these are Mummies special beans..." and eventually eats it. I figure one bean here and there cant really hurt. ;D

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    HAd a customer in the cafe today ordered a cafe latte for her 11yr ols daughter - now we use 20g baskets and double espresso standard for our coffees which I most certainly do NOT recommend for anyone of that age - had I known I wouldve pulled the shot sort!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 66746C736F6264686161626260727E070 link=1259208150/31#31 date=1269269555
    I most certainly do NOT recommend for anyone of that age - had I known I wouldve pulled the shot sort!
    I think youll find the coffee is bad for kids/stunts your growth wives tale was started to stop them winding up on the ceiling.

    There have been studies that have concluded positive results in children consuming coffee. They do also advise that you should ensure calcium levels are maintained (so its not used as a milk replacement) and dietary intake stays sufficient (ensuring appetite suppressing isnt excessive).

    Perhaps advise the parent your coffees are stronger than usual and allowing her to make an informed decision?

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    I think consumption of cola drinks and chocolate is a bigger concern in children. These not only contain similar levels of caffeine but also a heck of a lot more calories than a coffee.

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    The old Mello Yellow soft drink used to contain more caffeine than Coca Cola.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mello_Yello

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    We allowed our daughter to start trying new things like coke and coffee when she turned 10. Coke is reserved for special occasions like parties. With coffee, she is allowed one a week on the weekend. She doesnt always ask for one though.

    I figure that level of intake isnt going to hurt her. We did closely watch her for reactions like going hyper the first couple of times, but there were no problems. Day to day she still drinks mostly water, like the rest of us.

    I also must admit to enjoying teaching her the ritual of making a good coffee. My wife is not a coffee drinker so it was just me at home.

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    My 10yo will have a coffee every now & again, thinks hes the man ;D ;D I agree with AM coffee in moderation. We tend to steer away from soft drinks of any form. My younger kids still think that mineral water with a dash of juice is lemonade - which is served as a special treat 8-)



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