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How Do You Get Your Morning Caffeine Fix?

I have a serious coffee habit. After not drinking if for years (read two pregnancies in two years), I came back to the habit easily. The seriousness of my habit is not related to quantity, but rather constancy. I begin every day with a homemade latte. I wax and wane on having a second cup, but new research indicates that regular coffee drinkers, who drink two or more cups a day, have a lower all-cause mortality rate than non-coffee drinkers. This is probably due to the abundance of disease-fighting antioxidants in this rich brew. This news makes it so easy to rationalize a second cup.

Unfortunately, the brewing process can change how your java affects your health. Coffee that is not filtered, for example, can can raise blood fats, which means paper filters are better for your health than using a French press.

Bearing all this in mind, I am curious . . .


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Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
I have green tea most days, but I try to make sure that I'm already awake when I start preparing it. I don't want to become dependant on a chemical to wake me up. I like knowing that I can do it on my own and it won't negatively impact my day or performance if I don't have my tea fix.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 8 years
I take in so much caffeine every morning!!
marie-lee marie-lee 8 years
I usually drink tea, if I do drink coffee at home it is using my french press. I can't stand filtered coffee.
nowari_101 nowari_101 8 years
i like drinking white tea with pepper mint (( thats if im not hungry 4 bfast)) other wise OJ with vegg + eggs cereal blueberries yogurt with chopped pears n honey or banana oatmeal
audrina audrina 8 years
I drink black and green tea EVERY day. Mostly two cups in the morning then switch to red or white tea throughout the day.
austerity austerity 8 years
I'm glad holiday season is coming up: it means all those fancy holiday special flavors are going to be back at Starbucks: Pumpkin Spice, Cinnamon something, Eggnog...:) Anyway, I have two tall cups of instant coffee with liberal amounts of cream and some sweetener, one when I get up, one in the late afternoon...hell I am just NOT approachable before I've had my fix in the morning!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
lucky for me there's a starbucks in my office building and i always get iced green tea when i get into the office.
mcfolly mcfolly 8 years
I drink a 2-3 cups in the morning, then 1-2 in the afternoon. We have this k-cup system at my work, so it's really easy to just keep on drinking it. LOVE IT.
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 8 years
I practically LIVE at Starbucks! During the work week I'll have a cup of hazelnut flavored instant coffee with one splenda and some non-fat milk, and around lunch or after I'm done teaching I'll have a brewed coffee from the cafeteria, or an iced coffee from Starbucks. On the weekends I usually get a sugar-free iced vanilla latte. I really enjoy my coffee on ice. I'm convinced it tastes better cold!
danielle854 danielle854 8 years
Don't consume caffeine. Don't like coffee nor tea. The carbonation in soda irratates my throat.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I usually drink Diet Coke in the morning to wake me up and I enjoy a nice big mug of half-caff filtered coffee that I grind myself. The reason why unfiltered coffee (coffee made in a French press or a percolator) raises your blood fats is because coffee beans contain oils that the filters normally trap. If you don't use a filter, you get the oils in your coffee. Probably part of why French press coffee tastes so good :)
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
I drink earl grey or oolong tea during the workweek. I love to have coffee on the weekends. I usually make one pot (filtered) and share it with hubby. However, I love french-pressed coffee but if I drink more than one cup I'll get overly wired.
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
Redline when I need it <3
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I drink filtered coffee in the morning, but it's usually more than one or two cups. After noon, I switch to hot tea, either black or green.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
I'm really not a huge coffee drinker, but I do enjoy a good cut every now and then (usually the weekends). As far as other caffeine is concerned, I typically stay away, but I do love green tea. I probably drink a total of 5 cups of coffee a month :]
misfitgirl misfitgirl 8 years
I tried to avoid the coffee habit for so long, but now I am hooked (I blame the start of it on all the craziness related to being maid of honor at my friend's wedding last year, haha). The first thing that I do when I get up is stumble into the kitchen, toss food in my dog's bowl, and then attend to Mr. Coffee. I have one or two cups, it varies, but always with 2 tablespoons Coffeemate (I literally measure out the Coffeemate because that stuff has calories) and 1 pack of Sweet 'n Low. Lately I've been having one cup and then one cup of black tea (pumpkin spice...mmm). Sometimes I'll have one of those bottled Frappuccino Lites if I'm running late, but I like the fresh ground stuff better in the a.m. I'll also occasionally stop by Starbuck's.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
I don't drink any caffeine in the morning, I do drink green tea throughout the day but only because I enjoy it iced tea and not because I need a boost.
heartbreakerx62x heartbreakerx62x 8 years
I have recently given up caffeine. It was really hard, but so far so good!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I'm not into caffeine.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
I drink Stash Green Tea, sometimes mixing it up with non caffinated teas. I very rarely drink coffee. Usually only if my fiancee makes it, and most of the time I like it, but that's like only once a month.
WriterChick54 WriterChick54 8 years
I think I love coffee for the sake of having a reason to get up out of my seat or out of the office. We have one of those single cup makers here. Is that filtered? I start off every weekday with a cup along with some power creamer and a splenda packet. I might go for one more in the afternoon. Then on days when I have class at night (I'm a part-time grad student) I might get one just to get me through class. Although, if I get a drink on the weekend, it's usually chai instead.
mudnessa mudnessa 8 years
i usually have what equals 2 cups of french press coffee with very vanilla soy milk. on cold and dreary days i sometimes have a homemade chai tea latte instead, they are so comforting.
1apple 1apple 8 years
Sometimes a cup of weak chai tea with a little bit of milk/Splenda in the morning, sometimes plain green tea. I think I'm "caffeine sensitive" or cup of coffee gives me the jitters!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Two cups of strong french press coffee. Hmmm, how does french press coffee raise blood fat? I take my coffee with non-fat milk. Well, I think my blood fat level is fine, per my blood work (for annual physical). My doctor was so impressed with my lab results that he showed them to his medical colleagues.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
no caffeine.
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