Black Coffee Makes Me Vomit

drinking coffeeI once tried to wean myself off the cream and sugar I put in coffee. The first time I went cold-turkey, drinking just black coffee, I vomited an hour after I drank it. Maybe it was the eggs I ate with breakfast.

The next day, drinking it black, I vomited it again about an hour after I finished the coffee. Maybe it was bad coffee.

When it occurred the third day I figured I was dumb; it must be the lack of sugar or cream. I added a teaspoon of sugar the next time with no cream, and I didn’t vomit.

Over the next few days I reduced the amount of sugar until I had none, and then I vomited. I need sugar in my coffee.

Apple juice doesn’t appeal to me either; it’s never made me puke, but its acidity makes me nauseated after a few sips.

So, my question: does any common food or beverage make you vomit like clockwork?

Burning Coffee For Fuel

java logJava-log:

The firelog made from spent coffee grounds.
It was invented in 1998 by Rod Sprules, when one evening at his home, he conducted an experiment where he used dried coffee grounds from his coffee maker filter, combined it with candle wax and then compressed it with a pen into an old cigar tube. It burned so well that he then made prototypes in a loaf pan and gave it to some friends to try…
Java-Logs have a faint sweet scent arising from the mixture of molasses and coffee. Most people don’t smell anything while others smell a faint sweet coffee aroma – no chemical scent.

I wish I thought of this.

Tim Hortons ain’t got no MSG – Part 3

Yesterday I sent an email to Tim Hortons asking if they put MSG in their coffee. Today I received their reply:

Dear Ms. Cairns,

Thank you for contacting us at our Head Office regarding the ingredients in our coffee.
I want to first assure you that Tim Hortons coffee contains NO MSG as the rumour now circulating indicates. Our coffee consists only of the highest quality premium Arabica beans with absolutely no additives.

In addition, our decaffeinated coffee goes through a process that uses only pure water to extract the caffeine. It is called the Swiss Water Process, and uses no chemicals or additives in the process.

I hope I have answered your concerns Ms.Cairns. We appreciate hearing from our customers, and try to learn from the input they give us. Should you have further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us toll free at 1-888-601-1616.

Your truly,
The TDL Group Corp.
Operations Services Representative

The information contained in this message is confidential and may be legally privileged. The message is intended solely for the addressee(s). If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, or reproduction is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by return e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.

That’s cool (except for the Ms.).

It’s nice to know they use the Swiss Water Process.

A double-double plus a pinch of MSG – Part 1

It’s come to my attention that there’s a rumor about Tim Hortons putting MSG in their coffee. According to they don’t:

Tim Hortons coffee contains neither nicotine nor MSG. Indeed, it contains nothing other than coffee. Just as the USA has its Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to oversee the safety of commercially-sold ingestibles, so Canada has its Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Neither agency would permit the inclusion of a poison in a beverage vended to an unwary public.

The internet knows all. However, I sent the following email today:

Dear Tim Hortons,
I’ve been a happy Tim Hortons’ coffee drinker for over 20 years; however, I’ve recently heard a rumor that Tim Hortons puts MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) in their coffee, possibly to enhance the flavor.
Is there any truth to the rumor?
I look forward to your response.
jody cairns

Given their prompt response from my last email, I expect a reply by the end of the week.

Updates: See Part 2, their automated response, and Part 3, their formal reply.