By Michael W. Austin, Scott F. Parker
Supplying philosophical insights into the preferred morning brew, Coffee -- Philosophy for Everyone kick begins the day with an enjoyable yet serious dialogue of the ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, and tradition of coffee.
Matt Lounsbury of pioneering company Stumptown espresso discusses simply how strong espresso can be
Caffeine-related chapters disguise the ethics of the espresso alternate, the metaphysics of espresso and the centrality of the espresso residence to the general public sphere
Includes a foreword by way of Donald Schoenholt, President at Gillies espresso corporation
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Yet moderate caffeine intake has benefits. As Harry Hollingworth found in his 1911 double-blind studies, caffeine can minimally improve motor skills and reaction time while leaving sleep patterns relatively unaffected. ” Caffeine can help those who suffer from asthma and is given to infants suffering from neonatal apnea (cessation of spontaneous breathing). Some adults with allergies find that caffeine allays symptoms. It can mitigate the pain of migraine headaches (though withdrawal from caffeine causes other headaches).
42 Pendergrast, Uncommon Grounds, p. 411; Jack E. James, Understanding Caffeine: A Behavioral Analysis (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1997), pp. 1–14. 43 Pendergrast, Uncommon Grounds, pp. 412–413; Stephen Braun, Buzz: The Science and Lore of Alcohol and Caffeine (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996), pp. 107–195. indd 24 MARK P ENDERGRAS T 12/9/2010 7:22:36 PM M I C H A E L W. ” As I write this, there is a commercial airing on television in which a guy apparently cannot interact with other people in anything resembling a pleasant fashion until he has had his morning cup of coffee.
32 Coffee was not a food but a powerful drug. ”33 Post was not alone in damning coffee. Most doctors of the era warned against the beverage’s habitual use. ”34 Even American physicians such as George Niles had harsh words for the drink so beloved by his countrymen. ”36 On the whole, coffee came in for an inordinate amount of criticism in the first two decades of the twentieth century. The beleaguered coffee industry responded with anecdotal stories to illustrate the drink’s beneficial effects on longevity.