I took two weeks to experiment wit caffeine and my taste buds. I had been drinking fully caffeinated coffee with cream everyday for years. I did not really enjoy the taste of plain black tea. It didn't offend but it just wasn't appealing.
So I switched to decaf coffee and kept a jug of strong ice tea (black) in the fridge and I'd have a bit everyday. Over the course of the two weeks I found that the perceived level of bitterness in coffee increased and the perceived bitterness in black tea decreased. At this point I can't say I'm really enjoying coffee, but I really am enjoying black tea.
Has anyone had a similar experience? Anyone feel like trying the experiment out to see if they get comparable results?
EDIT - I'm suggesting that our preferences in beverage is based at least in part of a reward value. Part of why people like coffee is how it makes them feel. If you remove the added reward you don't perceive it as palatable. If you show your body a new source of the stumuli (caffeine) you will develop a taste for that source, even if you didn't really like it to start.
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on April 25, 2012
at 12:13 AM
Was it the same type of coffee, just decaf (e.g., I switched from Peet's Major Dickason's Blend Regular to Peet's Major Dickason's Blend decaf and it seems more bitter), or did the brand/blend switch as well? Maybe the changes are due to brand/blend switches and not the change in caffeine?
I don't know what would have made the appeal change in the black tea over the two week period, unless you had never before attempted drinking tea daily?
I kind of tried this experiment for several months. I gave up coffee entirely in favor of black (hot, not iced) tea in the mornings. I got to the point where my body was fine without the coffee, but tea never seemed a fully acceptable substitute. It's fine to drink at night, or just because I feel like it, but it's just missing something that coffee gives me... I enjoy being a coffee drinker. I've never really been able to say I enjoy being a tea drinker (though I have thoroughly enjoyed some cups of tea from time to time).