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By the doctor who is not afraid to tell you what you don't want to hear

Want to know
how much a caffeine addict you are?

by Dr. C. K. Wong, M.D.
September, 2000

COFFEE

Want to know how much a coffee addict you are? Are you man or woman enough to face the truth?

If you drink decaffeinated coffee (if you can call that a drink), then actually, you really don't count. Nevertheless, your appreciation level would be a measly 2-4 milligrams per 8 oz. cup (if you can call that appreciation). You'd have to drink at least 30 cups a day to match one of those weakling Hawaiian Japanese men who consume just ONE cup of regular coffee a day. You shouldn't even be reading this article !!! ( See To Drink or Not to Drink....Your Cup of Coffee )

If you have strong moral fiber (surely that's the way you would like to put it), and you are appreciating only one 8-oz. cup of regular brewed/dripped coffee a day, then don't pride yourself on having the temperance of a Quaker, when maybe you just lack exquisite java appreciation, or the fine-tuned java palate (the dark brown kind) and all the wired-up neurons that real javamanity possesses. With this one cup, you are appreciating 65-120 mg of caffeine a day.

For those who drink Espresso, sipping a foamy 1 one-oz. cup a day: don't be so smug. You are only appreciating 30-50 mg of caffeine a day. You'd need to sip 2 cups to match the gusto of the less civilized javaman who swallows 8 oz at a time.

For real javamen, or javawomen, those who appreciate up to 4 or more cups a day (or who live from withdrawal to withdrawal, depending on how you look at it), you are incorrigible. You could jump-start an 18 wheeler with your bare neurons, for you are enjoying more than 480 mg of caffeine a day (if you have any neurons left to enjoy it)!

If you drink instant coffee, shape up and be a real javaman, because you're embarrassing the rest of javamanity. Why? Because you're taking in all the caffeine (60-85 mg per 8-oz.cup), but you're really not indulging in the subtleties in fragrance and the intoxicating (and I mean it) aroma that the real javaman can claim as a saving grace.

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