Coffee and Health: Reducing Caffeine Intake
Of course, if you simply want to cut down on your
caffeine intake, rather than eliminating caffeine from your diet
completely, there are alternatives other than decaffeinated coffees.
One is to drink less coffee while focusing on
enjoying it more. This is a good tactic for people who consume
too much coffee at work out of habit or reflex. Rather than drinking
the coffee from the automatic coffee maker or urn, for example,
make your own coffee carefully in a small plunger pot, focusing
your attention on the act of brewing and drinking.
You can also buy coffees that are naturally low
in caffeine. Specialty coffees contain considerably less caffeine
than cheaper commercial coffees. Most inexpensive commercial blends
are based on robusta coffees, which contain almost double the
amount of caffeine as arabica. So if you drink a specialty coffee,
you are probably consuming considerably less caffeine per cup
than if you were drinking a cheap canned coffee.
Lastly, you can amuse yourself making low-caffeine
blends by combining decaffeinated coffees with varying amounts
of distinctive, full-bodied untreated coffees. Kenyas, Yemens,
the best Ethiopias, and Guatemalas, for example, all pack enough
flavor and body to spruce up even the drabbest of decaffeinated