Michael J. Radwin

Tales of a software engineer who keeps kosher and hates the web.

The Caffeine Disadvantage?

My favorite drug: 1,3,7-Trimethylxanthine JR Conlin: “Caffeine has become the new nicotine.”

Over the past 10 years I’ve kicked my caffeine habit twice but fell off the wagon both times. A few years ago we got an espresso maker as a wedding present, and I’ve been drinking a shot or two every morning. It turns out that a shot of espresso has about as much caffeine as a 6-oz cup of coffee, so it’s not like I’m a complete junkie. Some folks drink 6-8 cups of regular (drip) coffee a day!

Of course, I’ve been known to have a Diet Coke or two during the day as well, so my total daily intake is probably close to half a gram.

I’ve always loved the way caffeine has made me feel. I’m so alert and awake, and it lifts me out of the occasional blues. We stumbled across Weinberg & Bealer’s book in a bookstore last year and I’d love to find the time to sit down and read it.