I am not a huge caffeine person.  I don’t drink soda.  I have coffee, but I am not fanatical about it.  I do like chocolate, but that is a very low concentration.

Coffee is something I like.  Usually, I like it with milk, or caramel, hazelnut flavored, or fancy.  That said, I don’t necessarily drink it every day.  Here in Chile, I am always disappointed that people mostly serve or have in their houses Nescafe.  Somehow dissolved powder in hot water just doesn’t seem like coffee to me– even if it tastes like not great coffee.  I have, however, learned to love it because you can make it with milk instead of water.  This way, it is like chocolate flavored hot cocoa.

Only having access to Nescafe in milk in the castle, I drink it daily and don’t complain.  Still, I was shocked the other day when I had real drip coffee how much it affected me.  To add insult to injury, today I learned that it is not even regular Nescafe I am drinking in the castle– it is decaf! I can’t imagine that regular Nescafe actually has much caffeine… but this certainly has less.  I am not sure I can even call it coffee anymore



  1. There’s nothing wrong with Nescafe…however, there is bad/cheap Nescafe and there is good/expensive Nescafe and the taste also varies greatly from country to country. Personally I find the Indonesian Nescafe superior to any other…and I have to agree with you, decaf cannot be called coffee 🙂

  2. Coffee puts the system under the strain of metabolizing a deadly acid-forming drug, depositing its insoluble cellulose, which cements the wall of the liver, causing this vital organ to swell to twice its proper size. In addition, coffee is heavily sprayed. (Ninety-two pesticides are applied to its leaves.) Diuretic properties of caffeine cause potassium and other minerals to be flushed from the body.

    All this went away when I quit, and it was the book that inspired me to do it called The Truth About Caffeine by Marina Kushner. There are five things I liked about this book:

    1) It details–thoroughly–the ways in which caffeine may damage your health.

    2) It reveals the damage that coffee does to the environment. Specifically, coffee was once grown in the shade, so that trees were left in place. Then sun coffee was introduced, allowing greater yields but contributing to the destruction of rain forests. I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere else.

    3) It explains how best to go off coffee. This is important. If you try cold turkey, as most people probably do, the withdrawal symptoms will likely drive you right back to coffee.

    4) Helped me find a great resource for the latest studies at

    5) Also, if you drink decaf you won’t want to miss this special free report on the dangers of decaf available at

  3. The previous poster speaks with alarming urgency about caffeine as a destructive addiction that is highly toxic and makes organs fail and persons ill, requires “quitting” strategies, and might trigger severe “withdrawal”.

    Although I have my doubts about the veracity of these claims, specifically when it comes to dosage and toxicity, I wanted to respond to remind us of Rule #1. What is that, you ask? As with all things, moderation is the key. Congrats on quitting, très chère.

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