A cup filled with coffee beans from Chazzano Coffee Roasters

Coffee master roaster shares tips to help wean yourself from caffeine for an easier fast.

Yom Kippur is a wonderful time of the year to reflect on mistakes, forgive and start anew. But preparation is always key to prayer and fasting for 25 hours, which may be a bit painful for those who religiously drink a cup a coffee first thing in the morning.

Frank Lanzkron-Tamarazo, owner of Coffee Roasters in Ferndale, says some of his customers start changing their coffee habits days before the holiday.

Frank Lanzkron-Tamarazo, owner and master roaster of Chazzano Coffee Roasters
Frank Lanzkron-Tamarazo, owner and master roaster of Chazzano Coffee Roasters

“Some of my customers drink decaffeinated coffee up to a week beforehand or they’ll switch to tea. Some of the teas have caffeine, but tea has a chemical in it that allows the caffeine to be processed over a longer period of time,” Lanzkron-Tamarazo explained.

While the master roaster himself has no issue with skipping coffee for a day, others like his brother-in-law take an extra step to avoid the splitting headache during the fast.

“Often before the Yom Kippur fast, I’ll drink eight or 10 cups of coffee at dinner because I want to get hydrated. Luckily, it doesn’t have an effect on me,” he said. “The only thing I really miss is the taste of coffee. My brother-in-law starts weaning himself off caffeine about a month before Tisha b’Av, the Jewish fast day in the summer, so that he’s ready for Yom Kippur.”

It just depends on the person, Lanzkron-Tamarazo added.

“There are some people who drink lots of coffee before Yom Kippur so that they can get their caffeine intake in before the 25-hour fast day, while others start preparing days in advanced.”

An employee at Spreads Bagels & Café in Southfield, who has many different flavors of kosher bagels, says they have heard that some of their customers use caffeine pills to help have an easier fast.

Regardless of what everyone says, always do what is best for you and your body.

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