An intriguing article by Scott Wood from iNform Health and Fitness entitled, Coffee – The cigarettes of the 21st century, should give all coffee drinkers some pause for thought.
Once we all get through the knee-jerk, defensive responses shared by people dependent on all kinds of substances, there are some interesting insights in Scott’s article that illuminate why Baristador was created in the first place and why we should always question how much coffee we consume.
In his article, Scott suggests:
- Taking coffee is a convenient foundation for ritualistic workplace bonding, replacing the smokers’ break
- The making process is a key attractor for those most entranced by coffee
- Most of the coffee making and drinking process meets American Psychiatric Association definitions of substance dependence
- Regular caffeine intake can disrupt sleep cycles, lead to adrenal fatigue and cause ulcers
- Caffeine also benefits from myths about its virtue based on flawed scientific research of the past
What is Scott trying to tell us and how does this all marry with the Baristador approach to coffee? Let me explain.