Coffee, Tea or Me?

Overwhelmingly that answer appears to be Coffee. A poll that appeared in Reuter’s says Chicago is the most caffeinated city in the U.S. Today the Chicago Tribune tastes 32 different coffees that can be found in Chicagoland.

The eight “best brews” according to the Trib are from Metropolis, Intelligentsia, Coffee Beanery , Whole Foods, Café Colao, Illy, Peet’s Coffee and Julius Meinl. Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks fell into the “These were Satisfying Too” category while Corner Bakery, Cosi, Caribou, McDonald’s, White Hen, Burger King, 7-Eleven and Wendy’s find themselves in “And these were A Bit Of A Grind”.

The taste test only compared the “premium coffees” from these companies, all of which cost less than two dollars with the Burger King and Coffee and Tea Exchange coffees being the cheapest at a buck and Café Colao the priciest at $1.95.

Do you have a favorite?

2 Comments so far

  1. Sam Wotson PHD (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 12:06 pm

    Coffee puts the system under the strain of metabolizing a deadly acid-forming drug, depositing its insoluble cellulose, which cements the wall of the liver, causing this vital organ to swell to twice its proper size. In addition, coffee is heavily sprayed. (Ninety-two pesticides are applied to its leaves.) Diuretic properties of caffeine cause potassium and other minerals to be flushed from the body.

    All this fear went away when I quit, and it was a book that inspired me to do it called The Truth About Caffeine by Marina Kushner. There are five things I liked about this book:

    1) It details–thoroughly–the ways in which caffeine may damage your health.

    2) It reveals the damage that coffee does to the environment. Specifically, coffee was once grown in the shade, so that trees were left in place. Then sun coffee was introduced, allowing greater yields but contributing to the destruction of rain forests. I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere else.

    3) It explains how best to go off coffee. This is important. If you try cold turkey, as most people probably do, the withdrawal symptoms will likely drive you right back to coffee.

    4) Helped me find a great resource for the latest studies at

    5) Also, if you drink decaf you won’t want to miss this special free report on the dangers of decaf available at

  2. Bill V (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 12:25 pm

    Thanks Professor, but I’m going to take my mom’s advice of “everything in moderation”. I drink decaf most of the time and usually a warm mug a morning and not everyday. I think I’m ok, but there are some folks that do drink far too much.

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