I tend to drink coffee as my hot beverage of choice, as I began to find tea a bit hard on my stomach, but about a year ago I switched to only decaf, and haven’t looked back. Caffeine just wreaks havoc on your body.
I felt like shit for about a week, but since then I haven’t noticed any difference in terms of energy etc.
With the growth in popularity of coffee in the UK, I would think there must be independent Roasters that may be able to replicate the Taylor version you had, or could perhaps advise on a suitable alternative?
I love coffee, used to take 5 cups a day until my heart was palpitating that my doctor asked me to reduce. Now probably 2 a day. Best thing for me in Singapore is having choices the expensive coffee at some ‘westernized’ cafe or very good local coffee at less than 1 UK pound.
When in England my mom always has some Taylors (usually medium roast but for me will get in some darker roasts). All of them are good. Occassionally she will have some Adams and Russell coffee which I also find good.
Generally I just buy the cheapest 100% Arabica coffee I can find that doesn’t taste like shit and doesn’t give me that caffein buzz that makes you feel like the worlds falling on top of you. I drink gallons of the stuff it’s no longer a pleasure for me rather a necessity.
Funny story on something that happened to me several years ago.
I was lodging with a good friend at the time and we were both keen kite surfers. He was going to see a friend in Brighton one weekend and invited me along for a kite surfing session which consisted of what is known as a down winder. Basically you start in one place and finish somewhere else down wind. The only downside was he was staying for the weekend so I had to catch a train back.
Anyway the kiting was fantastic. Over 3 hours on the water all in and a pretty full on session it was. Legs wasted and my core muscles utterly ruined. We then went for some lunch where a couple of bevies were had. Later on we also decided to have a couple of expresso’s.
Christ what a mess I was in. Physically shattered from the early start, 3+ hours of full on kite surfing and a couple of beers, followed by a utterly massive caffeine injection. The train journey back to Maidenhead (where I was lodging at the time) from Brighton was pure hell. I honestly didn’t know whether I wanted to sleep, run a marathon or both. I ended up like some quivering jelly in the seat I think.
That combined with an unfortunate Vodka Red Bull encounter that lead me to run 4 miles home one night after a party has led me to the conclusion that I need to be wary of my caffeine intake.
We have an annual christmas treat, Harrod’s Italian Roast. Just gorgeous in a cafe tiere. Do have an espresso machine / steam generator and bean grinder for special occasions but the Harrod’s stuff is gold