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VirusKiller

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Sad, but true, but I've felt for some time that my brain is better off without caffeine.

I'd appreciate recommendation for the best:

- Instant decaf.
- Filter decaf.

Thanks!
 

Dave Mac

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I drink about 15 mugs of (Kenco) coffee a day and sometimes had trouble getting to sleep. About 2 years ago I switched to Kenco Decaf and hardly noticed the difference in flavour (I'm sure coffee purists would disagree). No trouble with sleepless nights either.
 

kevgermany

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I haven't found a decaff that's good, but Lavazza seems to be the best of a bad bunch.
 

Flipper2008

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Rombouts individual filter coffee pots, the kind that sit on top of your cup that you fill with water and then chuck away, they are the tops for decaf, so much flavour :)
 

Little My

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Marks and Spencer fairtrade Columbian decaff (I think it's Columbian, in silver and blue foil packaging). The first time I drank an espresso made from this I was convinced that they had labelled it wrong. Yet it didn't keep me awake at all, at bedtime 4hrours later.
 

Jules

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IMO- its a situation like vegetarian fake meats (a bit of an inadequate compromise and never a patch on the real thing)..... I find decaff just makes me think... Hm, this isn't quite right. My top tip for a coffee substitute (and my favourite new addiction) Chai- spiced Indian tea, absolutely lovely stuff- try chai teabags with a bit of honey, a tiny sliver of root ginger and a cardamon pod in- then leave to infuse rather longer than normal tea.......
 

saxnik

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I quite like the Carte Noire instant (both normal & decaf), and Taylors of Harrogate do a pretty good ground blend decaf.
But then I do drink any old rubbish too...

N
 

thehunt

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I have to agree with Jules, maybe cut down on the real coffees as i too don't think decaf is any substitute for the real thing, i intersperse my days with lemon and ginger tea i also drink rooibos which is nice as well. I remember well when i lived in Paris i would drink about 10-12 espressos a day, after a year of that, i was on the metro one day and thought my heart my trying to leave my body by banging so hard on my ribs, so i cut down straight away, too much of a good thing. Oh! Try yorkshire tea, lovely and strong.
IMO- its a situation like vegetarian fake meats (a bit of an inadequate compromise and never a patch on the real thing)..... I find decaff just makes me think... Hm, this isn't quite right. My top tip for a coffee substitute (and my favourite new addiction) Chai- spiced Indian tea, absolutely lovely stuff- try chai teabags with a bit of honey, a tiny sliver of root ginger and a cardamon pod in- then leave to infuse rather longer than normal tea.......
 

old git

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Have to add that tea also contains caffeine. Keep on the coffee but only drink Jamaican Blue Mountain. You'll only be able to afford two cups a day.;}
 

VirusKiller

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Thanks all for your suggestions so far. I'm currently on Alta Rica decaf (which isn't great), and the Flavia decaf sachets at work (which aren't great). I tend only to have a couple of cups of coffee a day, and peppermint tea is my preferred non-coffee alternative.

I keep forgetting about Rombouts; I went to school with one of their heirs...
 

Little My

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ha, I could tell I was pregnant when the Flavia decaff at work started tasting ok...
 

kevgermany

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ha, I could tell I was pregnant when the Flavia decaff at work started tasting ok...
:)))

Reminds me of when my wife was pregnat the first time. She asked me for the pepper to put on her custard, with a look that said "If you say one word.......". So I did the manly thing and passed the pepper, silently...
 

Pee Dee

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Try Camp coffee. Comes in a bottle, and is mixed with chicory, and sweet, delicious! It's not decaf, but as good as.
Yes, you can still get it.........
 

MandyH

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Having had to live completely without any caffiene or sparkling drinks for 3 years, I now drink both decaf tea and decaf coffee.
However, rest assured there is still caffiene in both.
My specialist told me that 2 mugs of decaf tea and one of decaf coffee a day was far too much caffiene, so lord only knows what you are doing with 15 cups of the real stuff!
Sadly there is also caffiene in chocolate - this really ruins things for a woman IMHO :)
I just buy supermarket own brand Gold decaf instant coffee, or occasionally Douwe Egberts decaf instant. For the ground stuff, I think we use Taylors, but more than the recommended 1 dessertspoon per cup, possibly 1.5 tbsp.
 

Justin Chune

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My niece is a doctor and many years ago she told me that the chemicals used to decaf coffee are just as hazardous as caffeine. We just can't win. I drink lots of regular coffee every day and I'm fine.

Jim.
 
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