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Where did all the decaf go?

Dr. John | Oct 14, 201807:52 PM    

I love good coffee. I have one strong cup every morning, the kind with caffeine.

I also love having a coffee after dinner when I am dining out. If I have a caffeinated coffee then, I don't sleep. So I order a decaf - americano, drip, bodum, I don't care. Good quality decaf tastes just as good as the caffeinated stuff to me (and should, since the caffeine is extracted before the beans are roasted).

But in the last few years, very few of the newer restaurants seem to be serving decaf. Why is this? Is decaf too unhip? Chabrol gave the excuse that they would have to have a second grinder and they don't have the space. OK, but that doesn't explain why much bigger places can't do it. Rosalinda is gigantic and they didn't have it. Actinolite is not so big and thank goodness, they were happy to brew me a fresh cup.

I am going to have to start bringing a supply of my own decaf grounds with me to see if I can convince various places to brew me a cup to finish my dinner.

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