Mr. Coffee Nerves And Postum

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    @Beth Gallagher

    Same here. First taste of beer turned my stomach......I refrained for years until in my 20s, overheated and overworked, I forced down a Mickey's Malt Liquor. That stuff can grow on you. Almost a year ago, going on kidney dialysis, meant no alky, haven't had a drop since.

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    Oddly, I have always loved beer. I don't like whisky or many other alcoholic beverages, and I don't like wine. I have 2 or 3 beers a week, usually with some sort of food that just "calls for it." :D

    I really hate the dialysis for you; I know how disrupting and uncomfortable it is and I wish there was another solution for you, Frank.
     
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    I remember Postum really well. as a teenager, I remember having Postum instead of coffee, although I also had a cup of coffee in the morning with my mom and dad.
    I don’t really remember the commercials, but when I read them, it did sound vaguely familiar, so I think that I probably did see that back in the day.
    Postum was a cereal drink made by Post, then General Foods, and then they stopped making it. An independent company bought the rights to make Postum again, so it is now on the market, although not in very many stores. It is around $10 for the little 8 oz. container, so not cheap, and it now comes in three flavors, plain, coffee, and chocolate.
    The reviews on Amazon are mixed, with some people saying it tastes just like they remembered, and other people saying that it is noting like the “old Postum” was.
    I have been thinking about trying some, but not sure which flavor to try. You can save money if you get a 3-pack variety pack; but then I would be stuck with all three if I decided that I do not like it anymore.
    I think that if I do get some, I will try out the original flavor and see if it still tastes like I remember.

    There is also Pero and Cafix, and a few others that are similar, but I don’t see any in the grocery store anymore.

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    My grandmother drank this a lot of mornings.
     
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    As for coffee. We drink Folgers 50/50 and have for almost 30 years. I could not handle the full body coffee
    due to heart issue at the time. But I can drink this with no problems.
    I have 3 cups of morning , but maybe 4 in winter. I like iced coffee also.
     
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    I have been wanting to try some of the coffee substitutes, like Postum, and have been looking at the different options, the prices, and reading the reviews. For all of them, there are people who say it is the very best and someone else who said they threw it out, it was so awful.
    Not much help there….

    So next, I just started reading more about the benefits of each one, and it looks like this one, called “Dandy Blend”, and has dandelion root, beet root, and chicory roots in it, might be the healthiest one.
    I have read before about the dandelion detox teas that are for helping kidneys and liver, and since I have kidney failure, I think that this would be a good beverage for me.
    Even if I do not like it hot, I can drink most of them if they are cold and blended as an iced coffee drink in the summer, so one way or the other, I will drink it.
    It arrives tomorrow, so I can report back in on flavor once I have tried it.

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    I quit drinking coffee for a while, and even tried Postum for a bit.

    The biggest difference I noticed (after getting over the headaches) was that when I woke up in the morning, I was awake. I did not feel groggy, and I did not need that cup/pot of coffee to "get going."

    Regarding those ads: never saw them. But I recall Postum from back then.
     
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    Amazing, isn't it?

    Just like smoking...our bodies try to cough it up, yet we force it.
     
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    I'd be interested in tasting some of the "coffee substitutes," but not enough to actually buy them. I loves me some coffee. :D
     
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    There are a bunch of different types of tea out there. You gotta buy loose tea, not bags. I always drank hot tea when I was a kid because my British mother always had a pot of it at the ready (I never remember anyone drinking coffee, but recall us getting it ground at the store.)

    Tea has less caffeine in it, and to me it feels as though it's a different caffeine...it's a mellower slow-release feel to it. I don't drink tea often these days, but when I do, it's a pleasant change.
     
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    No, thanks. I'll stick to my coffee.
     
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    I remember seeing the Postum ads and seeing it in the store, but I've never tried it. I don't think I even knew what it was supposed to be, I guess because if I wanted coffee, I'd have coffee. I think I thought it was an instant coffee.
     
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    People who do not drink coffee often drank Postum, like the LDS and the SDA churches, and maybe some others besides that. When I was a member of the Mormon Church, I stopped drinking coffee, and drank Postum in the mornings. Nothing tastes like coffee to me, except coffee; but if you are just looking at it as a hot beverage and not a coffee substitute, then it tastes fine.

    This article is a couple of years old, but explains really well what Postum is, and how it was developed.
    https://spectrummagazine.org/article/2018/04/28/postum-making-comeback
     
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    As a kid, I remember my maternal grandma preparing Postum instead of coffee.Not old enough to understand the ideas involved, I sensed it replaced coffee somehow, for some reason. Then somehow a jar of it appeared on our pantry shelf, and I of course had to investigate. I distinctly remember the stuff stank when opened unlike any other concoction I had smelled for human consumption!
     
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    Thanks! I enjoyed reading that!

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