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Decaffeinated Coffee Substitutes That Taste Decent? Caro Or Similar?

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I'm a caffeine addict (usually coffee, sometimes tea, depending on my mood). For a variety of reasons my GP has told me I really need to watch my caffeine intake (shame as I have very few vices). Y…
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5m, 2d agoPosted 5 months, 2 days ago
I'm a caffeine addict (usually coffee, sometimes tea, depending on my mood).

For a variety of reasons my GP has told me I really need to watch my caffeine intake (shame as I have very few vices). Years and years ago I used to work with a guy who drunk Caro powder (looks like this https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51aCKda5DBL.jpg )

Can't remember it being too bad to drink, though this is a long time ago. I've tried a few Decafs and they've always had a slight metally taste I can't get along with.

Any of you lovely people have recommendations/decent prices? Thank you :)
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5m, 2d agoPosted 5 months, 2 days ago
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#1
I would be interested to know why you have to limit you caffeine intake as I drink loads
#2
I've never had a problem with the taste of Kenco decaf. Think it tastes near enough the same as regular.
#3
Carte Noir is nice, I love coffee too and this is the only instant decaf I can stand! If you have a look on Amazon there's a ridiculously good decaf but it's ground beans so takes a bit of effort to make. Totally worth it though.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01GQ49GGC/ref=cm_sw_r_apa_Pl.4xbFWQMGP8
#4
shadey12
I would be interested to know why you have to limit you caffeine intake as I drink loads
There are likely a number of reasons. I can't have any after about 17:00 each day, as I'm sensitive to it, and can't sleep due to the onset of panic attacks / hot sweats. It's weird, but at least I can still drink it during the day.:D
#5
Not really the place to go into my health history (and it would get a bit indulgent)!

Tried Carte Noire decaff and hated it :) Guess I'll just have to keep experimenting.

Picked up some Tesco Gold instant coffee (decaff version), it's drinkable but not very nice.
#6
I find that Dolce Gusto Lungo decaf is very nice. But you will have to buy a machine and the pods are about 22p each.
#7
Quietus
shadey12
I would be interested to know why you have to limit you caffeine intake as I drink loads
There are likely a number of reasons. I can't have any after about 17:00 each day, as I'm sensitive to it, and can't sleep due to the onset of panic attacks / hot sweats. It's weird, but at least I can still drink it during the day.:D


​ok, fair enough, I was just wondering if it made any health problems worse or caused any.
#8
shadey12
​ok, fair enough, I was just wondering if it made any health problems worse or caused any.
You could dig into it more, but I suspect it'd end up like everything else, with one scientific body saying it does, and another saying it doesn't.X)
#9
Quietus
shadey12
​ok, fair enough, I was just wondering if it made any health problems worse or caused any.
You could dig into it more, but I suspect it'd end up like everything else, with one scientific body saying it does, and another saying it doesn't.X)


​over the years I've kept looking. advice seems to be "don't drink too much" still don't know why. I'm just waiting for a scientific study saying drink 15-20 cups a day and you will live to 100+
#10
Barley Cup is decent enough stuff.
#11
If you cutting out the caffeine why not just replace with another drink?
Decaf is never going to taste like normal coffee due to the amount of processing needed to make it.
#12
joedastudd
If you cutting out the caffeine why not just replace with another drink?
Decaf is never going to taste like normal coffee due to the amount of processing needed to make it.

Surely the whole point of Decaf is - with all the processing - to make it taste like caffeinated coffee? I refuse to believe that not a single company has achieved this aim. Loads of foods and drinks have high amounts of processing for the sole aim of tasting good anyway.

shadey12
Quietus
shadey12
I would be interested to know why you have to limit you caffeine intake as I drink loads
There are likely a number of reasons. I can't have any after about 17:00 each day, as I'm sensitive to it, and can't sleep due to the onset of panic attacks / hot sweats. It's weird, but at least I can still drink it during the day.:D

​ok, fair enough, I was just wondering if it made any health problems worse or caused any.

As for health, I've just had a quick Google and these are 2 reputable medical papers (It's always better to read medical papers than a news establishment that reports inaccurately:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26899133
Caffeine typically prolonged sleep latency, reduced total sleep time and sleep efficiency, and worsened perceived sleep quality. Slow-wave sleep and electroencephalographic (EEG) slow-wave activity were typically reduced, whereas stage-1, wakefulness, and arousals were increased. Dose- and timing-response relationships were established. The sleep of older adults may be more sensitive to caffeine compared to younger adults.


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23331476
Evidence indicates a negative effect of caffeine intake on blood glucose control in individuals with type II diabetes.
Caffeine reduced decreasing insulin sensitivity by 14-37% -
that is massive and I'm surprised that's not a newspaper headline. Your body not listening to insulin's effects on sugars is basically type 2 diabetes summarized in a sentence and, caffeine seemingly makes your body ignore insulin even more.

There's an absolute bucketload of reviews that have found caffeine is bad for your health - and the above two papers have summarised tens of other research papers into the topic and reached those conclusions on just two topics (Sleep and type 2 diabetes).

That's not to say I won't drink a cup most days but it's important to think of everything in moderation and certainly not make it your staple drink through the day.


Edited By: Firefly1 on Sep 22, 2016 20:14
#13
Dandelion and chicory is apparently very good, but the main brand has just changed hands and is produced mainly glucose now, so looking for another.
#14
Firefly1
joedastudd
If you cutting out the caffeine why not just replace with another drink?
Decaf is never going to taste like normal coffee due to the amount of processing needed to make it.
Surely the whole point of Decaf is - with all the processing - to make it taste like caffeinated coffee? I refuse to believe that not a single company has achieved this aim. Loads of foods and drinks have high amounts of processing for the sole aim of tasting good anyway.
To remove the caffeine they have to process the hell out of it in the first place then have to try to reconstruct it.
With instant coffee they process it even more so it's a lot of reconstruct required.

Think trying to recreate an apple without any sugar. No matter how much you try it's not going to be the same
#15
More like tea than coffee.... have you tried Redbush yet? If not, I would highly recommend it.

We like the vanilla variant too.

I started to drink it more when I cut down on coffee years ago.

Try some fruit teas too, just make sure that you steep the bag for at least 5 minutes.

Again, if you persevere for a week, you will find you start to enjoy them.

Sometimes it isn't the taste of coffee we want, just something warm and an excuse for a break/chill, especially when at work.
#16
Firefly1
joedastudd
If you cutting out the caffeine why not just replace with another drink?
Decaf is never going to taste like normal coffee due to the amount of processing needed to make it.

Surely the whole point of Decaf is - with all the processing - to make it taste like caffeinated coffee? I refuse to believe that not a single company has achieved this aim. Loads of foods and drinks have high amounts of processing for the sole aim of tasting good anyway.

shadey12
Quietus
shadey12
I would be interested to know why you have to limit you caffeine intake as I drink loads
There are likely a number of reasons. I can't have any after about 17:00 each day, as I'm sensitive to it, and can't sleep due to the onset of panic attacks / hot sweats. It's weird, but at least I can still drink it during the day.:D

​ok, fair enough, I was just wondering if it made any health problems worse or caused any.

As for health, I've just had a quick Google and these are 2 reputable medical papers (It's always better to read medical papers than a news establishment that reports inaccurately:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26899133
Caffeine typically prolonged sleep latency, reduced total sleep time and sleep efficiency, and worsened perceived sleep quality. Slow-wave sleep and electroencephalographic (EEG) slow-wave activity were typically reduced, whereas stage-1, wakefulness, and arousals were increased. Dose- and timing-response relationships were established. The sleep of older adults may be more sensitive to caffeine compared to younger adults.


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23331476
Evidence indicates a negative effect of caffeine intake on blood glucose control in individuals with type II diabetes.
Caffeine reduced decreasing insulin sensitivity by 14-37% -
that is massive and I'm surprised that's not a newspaper headline. Your body not listening to insulin's effects on sugars is basically type 2 diabetes summarized in a sentence and, caffeine seemingly makes your body ignore insulin even more.

There's an absolute bucketload of reviews that have found caffeine is bad for your health - and the above two papers have summarised tens of other research papers into the topic and reached those conclusions on just two topics (Sleep and type 2 diabetes).

That's not to say I won't drink a cup most days but it's important to think of everything in moderation and certainly not make it your staple drink through the day.



​thanks for that, however I sleep well and I'm not diabetic but I hope this is common knowledge to people with diabetes. thanks again
#17
louise, the best ?? decafe I found when I became ill was lidl's own brand
some thing like gold in a blue jar.
Thankfully can now drink proper coffee again
you can't beat filter coffee :{:D
#18
louiselouise
Not really the place to go into my health history (and it would get a bit indulgent)!
Tried Carte Noire decaff and hated it :) Guess I'll just have to keep experimenting.
Picked up some Tesco Gold instant coffee (decaff version), it's drinkable but not very nice.

quitting caffein entirely is a bad idea as well. caffeine is an addictive substance. ever seen what happens to people that stop taking addictive substances?

you medical history (even brief) would be a good idea to share
a. caffein can interact with certain drugs, eg antibiotics, antidepressants, blood thinners (warfarin), the side effect of combination of both can be deadly
b. caffeine doesnt help if you have high blood pressure
c. if you have poor kidney function, caffeine is a diuretic meaning it causes your kidneys to work slightly different than normal
d. if you have poor bladder control caffeine is not going to be helpful either (see point c)

so no not really, your medical history is not important at all :)

so the question is... did your GP told you to quit or to limit your coffee intake. because these are two different things
#19
louiselouise
Not really the place to go into my health history (and it would get a bit indulgent)!
Tried Carte Noire decaff and hated it :) Guess I'll just have to keep experimenting.
Picked up some Tesco Gold instant coffee (decaff version), it's drinkable but not very nice.

One of the guys in work only drinks decaf and it is always Nescafe Gold Decaf instant or Starbucks Decaf (Cafeteria he uses and they grind the beans for you free) he uses. Must admit the Nescafe Gold Decaf isn't bad as we commonly run out of coffee and off course his is always the one never touched lol!

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