The Station Wagon podcast: Seattle - Snoqualmie - Olympia: Episode 27: Giving up Caffeine

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Episode 27: Giving up Caffeine

"Caffeine. The gateway drug." --Eddie Vedder

Congratulations to us, we gave up caffeine and we are still alive. Marc didn't think this was possible especially since we are the guzzling the awful grey soup known as winter in the Pacific Northwest. Listen to us and decide for yourself if you can give it up too! Spoiler, one of did and is still off of it, the other one is a tool!

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Marc's work coffee robot

Marc's yummy diet 7-up


900 B.C.E

Homer makes a reference to a mysterious black and bitter beverage with the power to ward off sleep.
1615-1721 A.C.E
“European travelers to the Near East brought back stories of an unusual dark black beverage. By the 17th century, coffee had made its way to Europe and was becoming popular across the continent.

Some people reacted to this new beverage with suspicion or fear, calling it the “bitter invention of Satan.” The local clergy condemned coffee when it came to Venice in 1615. The controversy was so great that Pope Clement VIII was asked to intervene. He decided to taste the beverage for himself before making a decision, and found the drink so satisfying that he gave it papal approval.

Despite such controversy, coffee houses were quickly becoming centers of social activity and communication in the major cities of England, Austria, France, Germany and Holland. In England “penny universities” sprang up, so called because for the price of a penny one could purchase a cup of coffee and engage in stimulating conversation.  

Coffee began to replace the common breakfast drink beverages of the time — beer and wine. Those who drank coffee instead of alcohol began the day alert and energized, and not surprisingly, the quality of their work was greatly improved. (We like to think of this a precursor to the modern office coffee service.)

By the mid-17th century, there were over 300 coffee houses in London, many of which attracted like-minded patrons, including merchants, shippers, brokers and artists.”
December 16, 1773
Boston Tea Party

Coffee brought to New York (was new Amsterdam) in mid 17th century. Boston tea
In the mid-1600's, coffee was brought to New Amsterdam, later called New York by the British.

"Coffee - the favorite drink of the civilized world." - Thomas Jefferson

No-Doz Brought to Market
Each caplet contains 200 mg of caffeine.
Starbucks opens first store in Seattle’s Pike Place Market.
In December 2012, Consumer Reports published an article on 27 energy drinks including 5-hour Energy, which compared the caffeine content of the 27 drinks. Caffeine levels in 5-hour Energy are: Decaf (6 mg), Original (215 mg), and Extra Strength (242 mg).[9] The publication also reviewed a double blind study and reported that "5-Hour Energy will probably chase away grogginess at least as well as a cup of coffee" and that "little if any research" indicated that amino acids and B vitamins would result in a difference in energy level.[3]
We got a single serve coffee maker that uses a biodegradable pod and packaging with free trade shade grown beans.


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