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I didn’t drink coffee until I was 30. Now, I drink at least 2 cups every morning. Sometimes I make a pot of decaf hazelnut in the middle of the afternoon, just for me! When I was pregnant, I drank decaf in the morning too and . . . it just didn’t work for me, so over time, we’ve modified the morning coffee routine in two ways:

First, we brew half caf, half decaf. Still great taste, still a little perk from the caffeine, but not too much.

Secondly, we drink “suicide” coffee. Ever see a kid (or maybe you do this) go to the soda fountain dispenser at a restaurant and put a little bit of every kind of soda in the same glass? I’ve heard that drink called a “suicide” since my high school days working at McDonalds. Kids used to order it.

So, what is “suicide” coffee? Well, when we brew our haf caf, half decalf, we use two different flavors of coffee, See, we drink coffee made with flavored beans in this house (it’s one of our few luxuries), and whenever we open a new bag of coffee, we never know what flavors will emerge. We’ve gotten into a routine of using Barnie’s Santa’s White Christmas as a decaf “base” coffee, but we switch out the caffeinated coffee flavors every time.

Also, we don’t buy a cup of coffee every morning, we brew our own. Even after buying the flavored coffees and the 500 count box of Dixie hot cups and lids at Sam’s Club, we still spend less than everyone at Starbucks. Besides, Starbucks doesn’t have flavored beans. And we LOVE our flavored beans.

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April 1, 2008 - Posted by | caffeine, recipes |


  1. I bet your homemade coffee is a thousand times better than Starbucks, which I think is overrated and overpriced!
    I like Folger’s with French Vanilla cream in it, myself.
    Never heard that soda called a ‘suicide’ but my kids always liked to mix up all the flavors like that!

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    Comment by mom2fur | April 1, 2008 | Reply

  2. That’s too funny that you know what a suicide it! I grew up out west and that’s what we called it. No body here (upstate NY) seems to have heard of it. A blast from the past!!

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    Comment by Right Brain Thinker | April 4, 2008 | Reply

  3. I remember drinking suicides when I worked as a waitress!! Oh My!

    For coffee, you might want to try

    “Saint’s Coffee is a small-batch, micro-roaster offering specialty blends and unique varietals of 100% Fair Trade Certified™ and organic coffees. But beyond being the freshest, finest, and fairest of them all—Saint’s Coffee is transforming the lives of orphaned children by investing over 1/3rd of net profits from every sale into organizations helping children.” Buy a pound, feed an orphan for a month!

    Tina – Thanks, I’ll check it out! (by JSM)

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    Comment by Tina Ruddell | October 2, 2008 | Reply

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