I love coffee. Unfortunately, coffee no longer loves me. The high acidity of coffee, along with the massive intake of caffeine throughout the work day, made my body revolt and forced me to recognize my acidy stomach and accelerated, exploding, heart rate were not beneficial to my long term well being in the galaxy.
Ten years ago, I hopped off the caffeine truck and coffee train and drank only hot water for a year.
Then, the aroma — and the pull of a socially accepted addiction to coffee — led me back into the black of a ritualistic, early morning, caffeine high.
My coffee days are now behind me.
To replace the experience of drinking something chewy and fun in the morning, I have successfully moved my taste buds over to Pero:
PERO is a 100% natural beverage with a coffee-like taste. It’s 100%
naturally caffeine free and blended from select all-natural
ingredients–malted barley, chicory, and rye. And because PERO contains
no stimulants, it will not elevate heart rate or blood pressure, cause
sleeplessness or create any adverse physical ailments typically
associated with caffeine consumption. Plus the low acidity of this
natural beverage makes it easy to enjoy morning, noon or night without
the fear of stomach upset.
I like Pero a lot. Who knew chicory was so tasty?
I find that Pero has a non-coffee, grainy, taste that pleases me. Each serving has a single calorie. I drink it all day long and well into the evening without ill effects.
The other Big Name in Grains Beverages is: Cafix. I am not a big fan of Cafix. It has a more bitter taste than Pero and it is made with Malted Barley, Barley, Chicory, Figs and Beet Roots. I drink one cup of Cafix to 20 cups of Pero.
It’s good to have choices in life, and Cafix is a good palate cleanser for Pero because Cafix always reminds you of how much better tasting Pero is than Cafix.
Growing up in Nebraska, I often drank Postum to warm me up during the cold winter months when I didn’t want to get a forced caffeine high from coffee.
Postum is “the original grain” drink — but in January of this year, Kraft Foods decided to cease production — even though the beverage had been part of the American landscape since 1895.
Postum always tasted like drinking chalk — but you drank it because it was supposed to be good for you, and so we swallowed it with smiles on our faces and groaning in our hearts.
I don’t think it’s healthy to rely on outside stimulants to help you stay awake throughout the day — and while I miss the taste of my morning coffee ritual — I do not miss its adverse effects on my body.
Caffeine is made to shake you up — but it always shreds you more than it perks you up.