You'll have to forgive my Brain Droppings post being a day late and all. I honest-to-goodness thought today was Tuesday until this very moment. Ah, vacation... Jealous?
Being away from convenient coffee shops AND my beloved espresso maker has got me thinking about my caffeine addiction...
When I was 18 and job hunting, I only applied places where I wouldn't be tempted by my wares. I did not want to fall prey to the weight gain and pimple increase experienced by my pizza joint, donut shop or ice cream parlor employed friends.
So I only applied at butcher shops (being vegetarian and all) and cafes (because, *GASP* I didn't drink coffee).
Probably for the best, I landed a job as a barista. Alas, during my first vacation from my employment, I got these rather strange headaches that Google kindly informed me were 'caffeine withdrawal headaches.'
Huh? What gives?! Turns out caffeine can seep into your skin (hence, caffeinated soap). Sneaky.
After a few headache-relieving lattes, I was hooked. Drat. While there IS a cafe in the closest town to where we're camping, it's not always open, nor is it convenient to make the trek every day.
So what's a girl to do? Coffee seems like the natural solution... easy to carry, store and make. Unless, of course, you're me.
For some reason, I never could make the switch to coffee. My own dear mother accused me of bourgeoisie-iness but honest to goodness, I can't handle the stuff! Even a teensy, tiny sample cupful often leaves me doubled over in tummy pain.
Aside from the added expense of a latte vs. coffee, this preference hasn't proved too much of a problem. Unless of course, it's a holiday and the cafes are closed (but I solved THAT in this post) or I'm removed from a convenient espresso source as I am now.
In my self defense, I did some research which brings us to the topic of today:
But there's hope, turns out dark-roasted coffees also contain this stuff*, so there may be a chance for me yet.
How about you guys? Which do you prefer? Does anyone else have problems with coffee (or problems with espresso)?*N-methylpyridium
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