Am I weird for despising coffee?

likemyorbs

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Everyone around me on a daily basis thinks I'm crazy for disliking the taste of coffee. Not only that, i feel no need to have a hot beverage in the morning to wake me up. I love tea and hot cocoa, but feel no need to have them in the morning. I drink them more in the winter time. As for coffee, i can't stand the taste of it, not even coffee ice cream or even if it's 99% milk and 1% coffee. I feel like i'm in the minority with that. Anyone else feel the same?
 

Don't panic

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It is probably better for your health that you dislike coffee.
DR. Freedman and colleagues beg to differ
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1112010

...We used data from a very large study, the National Institutes of Health (NIH)–AARP Diet and Health Study (ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT00340015), to determine whether coffee consumption is associated with total or cause-specific mortality.32 The current analysis, involving more than 400,000 participants and 52,000 deaths, had ample power to detect even modest associations and allowed for subgroup analyses according to important baseline factors, including the presence or absence of adiposity and diabetes, as well as cigarette-smoking status...


DISCUSSION
In this large, prospective U.S. cohort study, we observed a dose-dependent inverse association between coffee drinking and total mortality, after adjusting for potential confounders (smoking status in particular). As compared with men who did not drink coffee, men who drank 6 or more cups of coffee per day had a 10% lower risk of death, whereas women in this category of consumption had a 15% lower risk. Similar associations were observed whether participants drank predominantly caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee. Inverse associations persisted among many subgroups, including participants who had never smoked and those who were former smokers and participants with a normal BMI and those with a high BMI. Associations were also similar for deaths that occurred in the categories of follow-up time examined (0 to <4 years, 4 to <9 years, and 9 to 14 years)...

...Our results are concordant with previous studies showing inverse associations between coffee consumption and diabetes,4 stroke,16-18 and death due to inflammatory diseases.11 In addition, we observed an inverse association of coffee consumption with deaths from injuries and accidents...


...In summary, this large prospective cohort study showed significant inverse associations of coffee consumption with deaths from all causes and specifically with deaths due to heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, injuries and accidents, diabetes, and infections. Our results provide reassurance with respect to the concern that coffee drinking might adversely affect health.
 

imahawki

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I'd say coffee is a wash health-wise. It has been proven to have many long term effects for moderate use including reduction in certain types of cancer, reduction in Alzheimers, and surprisingly even thing such as reduction in cavities. That said, many people drink far too much of it and disrupt their bodies normal rhythms, cause sleep problems, etc.
 

likemyorbs

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The health aspect of it is irrelevant to me. I drink diet soda and eat way too much fast food anyway. How i'm still pretty skinny is beyond me. I'm just purely talking about taste. I can't tolerate the taste, i can't even swallow coffee when i do try it, it makes me gag.
 

OutThere

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I don't particularly care for the taste of coffee--I've had excellent and terrible coffee and never really felt the need to go back for more.

The real thing that keeps me from drinking coffee is that it seems to be the one thing that doesn't always agree with my stomach. My stomach often feels unsettled after I drink coffee. I could quite honestly mix wine, beer and liquor, eat a big bowl of chili and ride an 80mph roller coaster upside down and not feel sick to my stomach, but a cup of coffee will do it. :confused:

I do kind of wish I smoked and drank coffee, because I feel like I'm missing out on wandering-around-the-office time that those people get. ;)
 

tvh13

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Jul 8, 2008
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Weird?

Not weird to dislike it but a little strange to post your dislike here. I am writing this as I finish a nice strong cup of Kenyan.

I do find that when I am not drinking coffee my energY and sleep cycles are more even and stable.
 

184550

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I dislike coffee and tea.

The only hot beverage I'll drink is hot chocolate. I get plenty of weird looks when I meet my friends for coffee somewhere, especially in the summer, and I order hot chocolate.
 

likemyorbs

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Then perhaps you haven't tried the Nespresso system?
You don't understand, no matter what kind of flavor the coffee is or how good it might taste to you, the general background taste of ALL coffee absolutely disgusts me.
 

niuniu

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Rarely drink coffee - if it's too strong I feel anxious. Tea also has caffeine it in, but I drink a lot of that all day and feel fine. Weird.

My girlfriend is hooked on it. Typical finance type, up early, first thing she needs is a quick coffee before heading out. No breakfast needed. She'll have about 3 or 4 more at work and another one or two when she comes home.

There was a study recently that showed it's the smell of coffee that psychologically wakes you up. You don't even need to drink the stuff :p
 

KnightWRX

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You don't understand, no matter what kind of flavor the coffee is or how good it might taste to you, the general background taste of ALL coffee absolutely disgusts me.
Do you also dislike beer ?

If you do, might just be that you don't like bitter tasting food/drinks. Dark chocolate would probably be something else you don't like in this case.
 

malman89

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I generally dislike the smell and taste of pretty much all coffee. The only slight exception is I'll have a cappuccino if I'm stuck in a cafe sort of business meeting.

When I was living in Rome, I at least went out and tried everything at least once from espresso to cappuccinos hot and cold, but it was really just to say I tried it when I was there.

I also find that dark beers like Guinness (or darker) have a hint of what tastes like coffee to me, so I usually tend to avoid those.
 

OutThere

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Rarely drink coffee - if it's too strong I feel anxious. Tea also has caffeine it in, but I drink a lot of that all day and feel fine. Weird.
I find the same thing to be true. I am not at all an anxious person in general, but caffeine makes me kind of edgy. Usually doesn't happen with tea, but it will happen with coffee or no-doz.
 

likemyorbs

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Do you also dislike beer ?

If you do, might just be that you don't like bitter tasting food/drinks. Dark chocolate would probably be something else you don't like in this case.
YES!!!! I don't drink beer at all whatsoever. I think it's gross. I do love me some hard liquor though. I tolerate dark chocolate but i definitely prefer milk chocolate.
 

diane143

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I don't like coffee at all. Some of the (fresh) grounds smell good. I do like coffee ice cream. I can't even stand the smell of tea but I like hot chocolate.

One of my coworkers made a great point - he just doesn't like hot drinks. They are too hot to drink when you first get them and by the time you're done they are freezing.

Also nothing worse than trying to help out a coworker (or customer) and getting bowled over by coffee breath!!!
 

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