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Thread: How many shots do you drink in a day!?

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    Question How many shots do you drink in a day!?

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    Bit of a slow work morning - So Iíve got to thinking about coffee (some more), and a question Iím burning to get more real life experiences on.



    Iím keen to know how many coffees people drink a day



    As well as the average drinker - I also wonder about baristas, particularly baristas preparing for a competition. How many shots will they taste/drink in a day as they prepare for an event?

    For my part, Iíve found that if I drink 4-5 shots, with the last shot in the late afternoon, Iím feeling buzzed up and probably not getting to sleep for a while.


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    I can drink 1 in the mid morning when I get a bit hungry and then maybe another at around 9pm at night.

    I can't drink coffee early in the morning or any time during the day, it just seems odd.

    Sometimes I'll go days or weeks without drinking any coffee, just don't feel like it.
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    I try to limit myself to 3 coffees a day, odd times might be 4. Morning, post lunch and before dinner. No certain times seem to affect me and can have one late at night and still sleep.

    When I did my basic Barista course, I drank/tasted lots of coffee and after that I then I felt massively buzzed up and stomach churning a fair bit...
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    I often used to drink a couple of double shots (with milk) in the morning. Sometimes this amount, and certainly any more, would really get me buzzing, particularly if I drank them on an empty stomach.
    Since I have been roasting my own beans, I now drink predominantly Arabica, single origin or blend espressos, and can have up to 6 shots in the morning without really feeling it. Doesn't seem to matter if I've eaten or not.
    I put it down to the fact I'm only drinking Arabica where I didn't always know the bean variety in the roasted blends I was buying. (I've tried roasting some Robusta but so far haven't found it adds anything worthwhile to a blend - I've got a bag so will keep trying).
    As a general rule I never drink any in the late afternoon / evening, when caffeine tends to be replaced by a more wheat-based blend.
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    Usually I have 2-3 shots per day, and I generally avoid drinking caffeine after 2pm (used to be 4pm but then my sleep specialist told me that was too late).
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    Normal day:

    7am : 14g (old school double)
    8:30 : 18g double usually split with a colleague, so a single
    recess or "big play" : 18g double
    4pm : 14g
    8pm : 14g or pourover.


    thats about 7 shots. Gets me through.
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    Almost always 2 double shots. Very occasionally it's only 1, and also occasionally if there's a reason I might have 3 (experimenting, entertaining, on holiday etc.).
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    These days, I've cut back to a couple of Triples a day...
    Must be getting old...

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    4 double shots. Some times only 2 double shots and 2 x 60ml of cold drip 10:1 ratio.

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    Different between summer and winter.

    One waking up or after a bike ride 7am

    Winter have one on way to work 8.30.

    10am mid morning one.

    Usually a 1pm afternoon one.
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    generally about 3 during weekdays and 5 on weekend

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    i try to stick to under 3 double espressos a day or equivalent. Though I only realized this week that the basket on my work machine holds 17-18 grams.

    Weekends it might be 36g through a siphon and/or another double or two through the Gaggia Baby.

    Oh and maybe sub in a cold drip or two now the weather's getting warmer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fg1972 View Post
    generally about 3 during weekdays and 5 on weekend
    would that be 3 doubles, or singles?

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    normal days i would have 3 doubles
    weekends, depends, anywhere from 4 - 7 doubles
    if we have guests, its just coffee after coffee...

    dont have sleep issues, so can have them even 10 minutes before bed and still out like a log
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnA View Post
    normal days i would have 3 doubles
    weekends, depends, anywhere from 4 - 7 doubles
    if we have guests, its just coffee after coffee...

    dont have sleep issues, so can have them even 10 minutes before bed and still out like a log
    sounds like a gift . I used to be able to drink a lot of coffee, and before bed, but one day that seemed to change, and I found I have a limmit.

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    Usually two singles (VST 7g, dosed to 7.2g "mostly") a day. Until summer, rarely more than that.

    Really hot days (today is 39 in Perth), I often add a "nitro iced coffee" - an 18g double ristretto poured over a natural ice cream, no pansy stuff like water or milk. Refreshing & uplifting. Sometimes I do a hazelnut afrogato as a change.

    The other main strays are the times I make a cold steep or a Turkish (or three - hard to stop at one).

    On (rare) testing / tasting days I usually have the equivalent of 6 * 15g doubles before I buzz.

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    Thanks for the fascinating replies. Makes me feel better to know most people drink around the same as me give or take. Interesting reading.

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    I'm good for 3 doubles. One in a cap, the other two as espressos. Keeps me feeling the best I can be

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    Lately because I love Andy's Zimbabwe Chimanimani so much (CS9/10) I've been drinking three, four or five doubles (15grm Rancilio standard basket dosed to 17-17.5grms, 25 ml or so at 28-38 seconds at 6.5 bar), but I just scored a new press at the op shop for $0.50 - Ka-ching! and made a big-ass (16oz) cup of the Zim and will probably have a piccolo after dinner and then a shot of the Indian Elephant Hills I roasted last Wednesday.
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    ... is that ok? I should probably drink some water.

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    I would literally be sick if I drank that much and I'm not even old.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by sprezzatura View Post
    ... is that ok? I should probably drink some water.
    maybe a glass or two.

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    On weekdays, usually a long mac with 2 doubles in the morning, and a triple around lunch. That's enough for me.

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    How many shots do you drink in a day!?

    There's a misconception that caffeine 'dehydrates' you. This is not the case. It is however a mild diuretic so it can make you urinate a bit more than normal which in turn can dehydrate you. Obviously it's different from person to person but most people don't drink enough coffee for this to be a problem.
    However most people also don't drink enough water so I would highly recommend everyone drink more water. About a year ago I had some minor health problems and after a bit of research I found a water drinking philosophy to try. It was the only thing that made any difference and its lead me to make some even greater dietary changes. I still drink 2 double shot coffees most days, but I also drink anything up to 5L of water starting from as soon as I wake up. (I've also cut out most of the added sugar from my diet along with a few other changes).

    Anyway back to the coffee - I've read some interesting articles recently about research into the effects of caffeine on the body. Some were posted here on CS, others I found through work. I won't go into detail, but it's lead me to follow these simple rules as much as possible:
    - 2 coffees a day maximum
    - No caffeine within 6hrs of bedtime (important for me being a shift worker).
    - Ideal time periods for drinking coffee (or any caffeine intake) are between 10am and Noon, and again between 2pm and 4pm (outside peak cortisol production).

    All research shows that even people who don't think they are affected by a late night coffee do actually experience negative impacts on their sleep quality, so the 6hr rule is probably the most important.

    Another piece of research found that most people would experience almost no negative effects of caffeine consumption if they were to have just one double shot of coffee every 48hrs. Ideally it would be drunk at around 10-11am every 2nd day. I've chosen to ignore this one. For now anyway.

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    I know that if I've had a coffee or two (not with milk) I'll feel more dehydrated or at least have a dryer feeling mouth if I went the same period of time without water and no coffee.

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    Yeah there's generally enough 'fluid' in a standard milk coffee or long black/Americano to counteract the diuretic effect of the caffeine. Obviously an espresso/short black/ristretto lacks this so its not surprising.

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    Double in the morning and single mid afternoon... That's my limit

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    More on weekends

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    new to CS and havent even introduced myself yet but felt the need to chime in on this. I work upwards of 15 hours a day, 7 days a week, and find I'm now having 3 doubles before 8.30am, a few more through the day and finishing up around 5pm with a Vietnamese Iced coffee.

    Too much? Probably. Care factor? Zero at the moment. This intake is required at the moment while my wife and I get the new business off the ground.

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    Jeez ... I haven't done that sort of work since I did commercial diving.

    We were too afraid to drink much caffeine then due to fears of vasoconstriction and decompression illness. I drank a lot of ginger tea with honey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sotired View Post
    new to CS and havent even introduced myself yet but felt the need to chime in on this. I work upwards of 15 hours a day, 7 days a week, and find I'm now having 3 doubles before 8.30am, a few more through the day and finishing up around 5pm with a Vietnamese Iced coffee.

    Too much? Probably. Care factor? Zero at the moment. This intake is required at the moment while my wife and I get the new business off the ground.
    Welcome to CS, interesting first post. I can definitely understand the draw of a caffeine fix in your situation. I haven't done those sort of hours for a few years, but shift work is a bit tougher even with shorter hours so I often find myself tempted to have 'just one more' coffee when I'm a bit tired after a 3am start or something. And I'm doing a fair bit of O/T at the moment which adds to it all.
    So I won't preach reduction or anything to you, but I will tell you that in my situation I was able to help reduce tiredness with a couple of simple things and they could be worth a try for you too cause the caffeine merry-go-round is a viscous circle really. So things to reduce other than the caffeine are added sugars and confectionery, and other carbohydrates such as bread and pasta (but not too much). Things to increase are water (most important, drink as much as possible), fruit (especially apples as they can do more for alertness than a cup of coffee), and sleep. Sleep is the hardest, I still struggle with getting enough. Power naps are good and everyone could do with one or two 15min naps a day, but they don't replace a good nights sleep of 7-8hrs.
    I really hope that came across helpful and not preachy as I hate being lectured to. But when I've been able to improve my own health in some simple ways I feel almost obliged to share.

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    LeroyC,

    No preaching I notice. A very informative post which gives a good outlook on living well and being comfortable enjoying coffee.

    I may be kidding myself, but I do not call drinking my French Press coffee as "shots". Might be mind set but a shot for me is that pulled shot with crema in that small cup to be partaken with delight!

    Health issues restrict me to very few "shots" these days. Back in the day, I used drink between 10-12 espressos....and be a jitterbug!
    I reckon what you wrote,Leroy is excellent. We can all learn how to take our coffee and enjoy.

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    Thanks for your kind words GBG, but I fear from the resounding silence that I was in fact a bit preachy and I've killed the conversation. In fact I made a graph of what I've done to the thread.

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1447992643.955260.jpg

    So apologies everyone, let's get this thread back on topic.

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    Hey. I second GBG. I enjoyed hearing about your experience and find it really relevant to a discussion around coffee consumption.

    GBG: Would telling us how many grams approx. you put into your French press help in getting things back in the ball park?? Also - what made you reduce from the crazy amount of 10-12 shots you were enjoying??

    Also - yet to hear from any baristas. Or none have disclosed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    Thanks for your kind words GBG, but I fear from the resounding silence that I was in fact a bit preachy and I've killed the conversation. In fact I made a graph of what I've done to the thread.

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1447992643.955260.jpg

    So apologies everyone, let's get this thread back on topic.
    Nope, judging from what generally happens on threads when someone brings up something scientific, i.e. degenerating into personal attacks, argumentation and boasting, i think there's no replies probably because you covered the topic, were thorough and accurate and nobody can or is willing to insert their opinion.

    Also, that graph is an accurate representation of my level of effort this week hehe.
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    Good news on my shot consumption from a 'moderate' viewpoint: zero.

    (I sold my machine)

    However, I did make my missus and meself a 1lt press and I put 12g per 250ml (id est 48g total) and let it do its complicated, sprezzatura press-method thing (which involves forgetting about the whole operation and walking off).

    Anyway, the brew was very nice (IEH A City+ roasted 7 days' ago). And potent! Woo! I was gritting my teeth.
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    LeroyC never fear, not preachy at all!! I've just finished 16.5 hours today stacked on top of a full week of this, and now is the first time I've logged onto CS since I posted. I've pulled myself back a bit this week finally as my body has settled into the hours I'm currently working, (its only taken 4 months) so I'm down on my consumption. Not easy when the first 3 hours of my day are in front of an Expobar serving people their morning nectar from 6am, but I persevere. And yes, water and fruit play a bit part in my diet, not due to coffee, mainly due to standing over fryers and a grill plate all day, cooking fish and burgers.

    Correct on the sleep too. The main problem I have is finishing around 9pm at night, I'm unable to "switch off"until around midnight, and the circle starts again at 5.20am when I go again.

    5.20am = Can't Brain = Need Coffee

    Cheers guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by sotired View Post
    LeroyC never fear, not preachy at all!! I've just finished 16.5 hours today stacked on top of a full week of this.

    5.20am = Can't Brain = Need Coffee

    Cheers guys
    That's a big workload dude, hope all the hard work is starting to pay dividends.

    'Can't brain = need coffee'!!!!!!!! I had a laugh! Yep. I reckon a few people could relate to this.

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    I've been back on the roster at the roastery and have been trying not to count how many shots I drink. Mainly, it's because I'm constantly just sipping on different things and it's impossible to really keep track! But I'd say easily 4-5 a day when I'm working.
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