xanthine alkaloid

I have joked for some time that I’ve been trying to become a coffee drinker but just can’t seem to get addicted. What if there is a hole in my life, that I don’t know about, that can only be filled by a caffeine addiction?

It would be fair to say that in 2013 I have had a cup most mornings, but whenever I fail to have a morning cup I usually also fail to notice.  I can’t recall making it just for myself, typically for at least one other person and then pour myself a cup too.

Yesterday was one of those days where I didn’t have one. I didn’t notice its absence explicitly but late in the afternoon, when I commented that I was feeling a bit more lethargic than usual, it was pointed out I hadn’t had a coffee. Even if I am not “addicted”, this must at least mean my body has become “accustomed” to starting the day a particular way.

Is this how it starts? Will I soon be jonesing for my morning cup? Grumpy until I smell the grounds? Irritable before it’s poured? Antisocial until it hits my lips?

And then what, a cup before bed just to tie me over until morning? This is uncharted territory for me…



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6 Responses to xanthine alkaloid

  1. Sarah says:

    Thoroughly addicted, you are. So much so, that I’m surprised you haven’t already transitioned to other addictions- chocolate, feng shuei, heroin…

  2. I really enjoyed this post. Like, I normally don’t even like the stuff you write. But this one was great.

    I’m kidding, of course. I’m a huge fan of everything you produce on this well-curated blog of curiosities, oddities and daily life. Keep up the gnar.

  3. Gibsons Doug says:

    It’s all about associations; you haven’t had the right ones. For me it was the BC Forest Service (Tess might confirm this one)- if an army marches on its stomach, the BCFS marches on its bladder. Day 1 of my orientation course, 10:00 am and the instructor says “coffee time” and leads the 7 class members to a 50-cup urn. I later learned that the BCFS doesn’t own any coffee maker smaller than 50 cups.
    If you need to know more about coffee in the morning, ask Brendan.

  4. michaelmcburnie says:

    I think I’m on a similar journey.  I resisted making coffee a daily habit for years, until recently I noticed I feel out of it on weekends.  So now I’m holding steady at one a day.  The big trap with a desk job though is drinking coffee all day just to keep occupied.  I find hot water suffices, and it covers the 8 cups a day, and I get exercise walking to the washroom a half dozen times a day, and I stop to talk to people on the way (but not in the washroom – that throws me off my game).  I also get clean hands out of the deal.  That’s a lot of win-wins.

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