it’s difficult for me to have a morning without my coffee.
am i an addict? perhaps a little. at least for the first cup – rarely do i have more that my 1 cup a day. and recently, i’ve discovered i’m not so much addicted to the caffeine as i am to the flavor. and warmth.
you have no idea how a hot cup of coffee has helped me through such a long and cold winter.
but getting back to the caffeine. i did some research about coffee (or more, caffeine) and diabetes. up until recently, the news boasted that coffee, within moderation, is great for cutting down the risks of developing diabetes type 2. and yet, my diabetes team, while assessing me, asked how much i drank a day. when i said normally i just have my cup-of-joe once a day, they gave me a satisfied, good! keep it that way.
so which is it? for diabetics, that is? yay or nay?
upon digging deeper into this mystery, i learned some studies have found that while coffee is good for cutting down the risk of developing diabetes type 2, for those who are already diabetics, the caffeine causes resistance to insulin.
ah – so that’s the difference.
and so, while i still allow myself to have caffeinated coffee, i’m also starting to have decaf or half-decaf.
i don’t notice ANY difference.
i have people at work who grumble that decaf is not the same – that it just doesn’t taste very good. well of course it doesn’t. when you go to a regular donut shop, or tim hortons (which is basically a donut shop), you’re not getting good coffee anyway.
which, now, leads me to a long, overdue rant.
i must to say, this drives me crazy. i’ve had enough with people who walk around with tim horton’s or mcdonald’s coffee, sprouting out things that makes them look like they understand what coffee is about. saying things like, “coffee is coffee. they’re all the same.”
THEY ARE SO NOT THE SAME!
news flash people – it’s okay if you like that low-grade coffee. it’s okay if you’re not picky. but you don’t know shit about coffee when you’re drinking coffee that’s shit!
mind you, i usually drink starbucks coffee mainly because it’s the only decent coffee-to-go when i’m heading into the office. and i’m not saying i’m a expert in coffee. but i can pick out certain dark roasts coffee beans from starbucks from it’s flavour (as i have my favourites) and i HAVE had good coffee, made properly, grounded from fresh beans, pressed, dripped and the whole professional barista way from different, actual, specialty espresso bars both out in the west coast (where they pride themselves for their knowledge of coffee – with good reason) and here in toronto. i do treat doug and i to rich and aromatic organic beans which we keep whole and cool, only grinding up what we need when we need it in order to keep the beans fresh (once they are not in their whole bean state, they start to loose the freshness within days).
yes – i believe i do know a think or two about coffee. and no, those k-cups are not real coffee. i’ll drink them but i prefer aeropress-ing my coffee one cup at a time, while at home.
anyway… the decaf variety. if it’s from quality beans, it tastes just as rich and bold as any of the regular coffee i usually take. in fact, my decaf-variety puts the tim hortons regular coffee to shame. it’s not even a fair contest.
so, deal with it.