Seven Damn Good Reasons To Drink Cup Of Coffee
1. Coffee Is Brain Food
Caffeine, the psychoactive stimulant found in coffee makes you feel more awake. Moreover, it blocks adenosine, an inhibitory neurotransmitter
2. Strengthen The Mind
A Harvard Study showed that four cups per day lessened the risk of depression by 20%. While over half were likely to commit suicide. Studies suggest that you are 65% less likely to contact Alzheimer disease through drinking coffee.
3. Weight Loss
Studies suggest that 10% of fat is burned by obese people, while non obese people can say goodbye to around 29% of their body fat simply by drinking coffee. In addition, other studies have shown that your metabolic rate is boosted between 3-11%, which is another fat booster.
4. Reduce Risk Of Liver Cancer
Studies suggest that coffee reduces the chance of contracting both liver and colorectal cancer. In addition, coffee drinks may have a lower chance of contracting type II diabetes by 25-50%
5. Nutrients In Coffee
Through regular consumption, you are contributing to your recommended daily amount (RDA) of certain types of nutrients.
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA
- Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA
- Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
- Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA
6. Enhances Physical performance
Studies suggest that performance levels improve by 11-12% on average. This is partly because caffeine releases Epinephrine (Adrenaline) into your blood.
Given that most people do not eat much fruit and vegetables as they should do, coffee for most people provides the strongest source of antioxidants.
9 Healthy Reasons To Keep Drinking Coffee
- Increases Physical Performance
When caffeine enters your bloodstream, it behaves like a fuel. An easy way to improve physical performance is to drink a cup of coffee roughly an hour before physically demanding exercise
- Coffee Is A Potent Source of Antioxidants
Coffee shows more antioxidant activity than green tea and cocoa, two antioxidant superstars. Numerous studies have cited coffee as a major and in some cases, the primary dietary source of antioxidants for many people
- Reduce Your Risk Of Developing Diabetes
According to a study in the diabetic journal, those who drink coffee tend to have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
- Improves Your Brain Function
In addiction to boosting energy levels, caffeine also assists brain function. Coffee improves your reaction time, short term memory and cognitive function
- Reduce Your Alzheimer’s Risk
According to a study by scientific American, they found coffee drinkers are less likely to be affected by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease later in life.
- Coffee Can Make You Feel Happier
Coffee’s famous for its mood lifting effect, although its protection from depression may not be attributed to caffeine. According to research, coffee’s mood-lifting effect can be traced to its antioxidants.
- Coffee Drinkers Have Longer Life Span
According to a recent medical study people who drink coffee have a longer life span, as they are less susceptible to health issues such as heart disease, high cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Coffee Helps You Burn Out Fat
Tiredness and obesity aren’t traits of coffee drinkers. Many fat burning supplements contain caffeine due to its fat-burning properties that are known to boost your metabolic rate by 3-11%
- Reduce The Risk Of Getting Skin Cancer
Brigham & Women’s Hospital with Harvard medical school followed 112,897 men and women over a 20 year period and apparently, women who drink three or more cups of coffee a day are less likely to develop skin cancer than those who don’t.
How To Make French Press Coffee
BOIL: Bring 3 and half CUPS-of filtered water to a rolling boil.
GRIND: Grind three, 1/8 cup, scoops of coffee beans on a coarse setting. (Grounds should be large, not too powder-like)
SCOOP: Put three, 1/8 CUP, scoops of coarse coffee grounds in the bottom of your empty french press.
POUR: Pour your boiled water over-top the coffee grounds in the French Press and lightly stir the grounds with the water.
WAIT: Place the lid on the French Press. Do not press down the plunger at this time, water sit for a full 4 minutes.
PUSH: After waiting for 4 minutes. Push down on the plunger, forcing all of the coffee grounds to the bottom of the French Press.
ENJOY: Serve immediately after pressing and enjoy your fresh hand made, French Press Coffee
What Your Coffee Says About You
You’re friendly and adaptive. You actually like the taste of coffee, a rare but admirable trait.
- Double Espresso
You’re practical and hard-working. You like knowing that one shot just doesn’t do it for you anymore
- Triple Espresso
You’re enthusiastic but obsessive. You’ve been awake since the late 90’s
You’re fun-loving and creative., you hate the taste of coffee, but you need the pick-me up, so you improvise.
You’re reflective but often indecisive. In a world of unknowns, you like the safe pick.
You’re warm-hearted but oblivious at times. Your friends have to remind you to wipe the foam off your lip.
You’re traditional and reserved, but for the most part, you hate foam mustaches.
- Iced Coffee
You’re assertive and outspoken. You don’t let seasons dictate how you live your life. Also you like straws
You’re calm and conscientious. You enjoy the simple things in life, like picnics in the park, birds chriping and watery coffee.
You’re happy and energetic. You claim to love coffee, but really, you just love ice cream.
You’re serious and focused. You believe when the going gets tough, the tough get cardboard sleeves because the cups too hot.
You’re clever, annoying, or both. You knowingly or unknowingly mispronounce eSpresso. Either way, i hate you.
Your Body On Coffee
Sure, it’s addictive and you’re right to blame it for sometimes giving you jitters, but coffee works head to toe for its health halo. Drink it all in:
200 mg of caffeine -the amount in two 8-oz cups -improved long-term memory in a recent study.
Depression risk was 20% lower in women who drank 4 daily 8-oz cups of coffee, finds a Harvard School of Public Health study. Caffeine may affect brain chemicals like serotonin and dopamine.
200 to 300 mg of caffeine a day make your heart perform better by improving blood flow during rest.
Women who consumed more than 3 cups of coffee a day had a significantly lower risk of basal cell carcinoma in a 2012 study
Drinking more than 2 cups of coffee a day appears to protect against liver diseases such as cirrhosis.
Drink 3 to 4 cups of coffee an hour prior to a workout and you’ll go for longer, finds a PLoS One study.
Drinking 6 daily cups of coffee reduced the risk of gout for men by 59%. Coffee appears to lower levels of uric acid in the blood.
- Diabetes Risk
Drinking six 8-oz cups of coffee daily was linked to a 33% lower risk of type 2 diabetes, according to Harvard review of 28 studies.
Why Does Your Coffee Taste And Smell Delicious?
The major difference between coffee roasts come from the chemical reactions that occur in the coffee beans at certain temperatures. As a result of these chemical reactions, aromatics, acids and other flavor components are created, balanced or altered in a way to build the perfect flavor, acidity, after taste and body of coffee.
1. Maillard Reaction
A key reaction for the development of roasted coffee flavor and color is the Maillard reaction. At temperatures from 150-200 degrees Celsius, carbonyl groups (from sugars) and amino groups in protein react to form aroma and flavor compounds. Hundreds of coffee flavor compounds are formed from Maillard chemistry, including potent coffee aroma flavor component, 2-furfurylrhiol.
Flavor Compounds Include:
- The roasted flavor in coffee comes from 2-furfurylrhiol and
- Trigonelline gives coffee that bitter taste
From 170-200 degrees Celsius, the sugar in coffee start caramelizing which browns the sugar and releases aromatic and acidic compounds during roasting, most of the sucrose is converted to caromelized compounds, but if you roast the coffee too lightly, the bitter tasting compounds won’t degrade
Caramelized Compounds Include
- Diocetyl gives coffee a buttery or butterscotch flavor and
- Furonones have a burnt sugar flavor
3. First Crack
Around 205 degree Celsius, water inside the bean vaporizes, causing the bean to expand and crack (both physically and audibly). This first crack makes the bean double in size. Prior to first crack, the bean changes from a green/yellow color to a light brown color. At this point, the bean loses about 5% of its weight from water loss
At approximately 220 degrees Celsius, the heat causes a chemical change inside the beans, leading to the release of carbon dioxide. This process is called pyrolysis. The color changes to a medium brown and the bean losses 13% of its weight. Light roasts are done after this step
Acetaldehyde is produce during pyrolysis and has a green apple aroma
5. Second Crack
Pyrolysis continues as temperature reach 225-230 degrees Celsius, causing the second crack in the bean, That second crack in the cellulose in the cell wall of the bean breaking apart. The bean is now medium -dark brown in color and has an oily sheen. It’s during this step where the aromatic compunds are releases, contributing to coffee’s classic flavor.
Aromatic Compounds Include:
- 2-isobutyl-3-methoxypyrozine gives coffee an earthly scent and
- 2-ethyl-3,5-dimenthylpyrozine odds earthly, roosted notes
Coffee & Carbon
The impact of coffee supply chain:
To produce 1kg of green coffee it takes 477 liters of fresh-water.
2.4kg CO2e Per 1kg of coffee has the below stages before consumption
- Distribution 18%
- Growing 22%
- Packaging 13%
- Roasting 32%
- Transportation 15%
How far a product is transported before being consumed is to as food miles. (SEATTLE 4530)
One large cargo ship emits as much asthma and cancer causing pollutants as 50 million cars.
The GHG emissions resulting from brewing and consuming coffee varies wildly, depending on the method used to brew the beverage.
Brewing 1kg of coffee takes an average of 16 liters of water
Data derived from carbon life-cycle study-organic, fair trade coffee Peru to Seattle, Washington
What’s in your Coffee
A guide to understanding the chemicals in the growing and roasting process
Chemicals to be aware of…
Not all coffee is free from harmful chemicals. Coffee often contains small of 4-methylimidazole and acrylamide, two chemicals that have been identified by the national Toxiology program as carcinogens. To avoid these chemicals, it is best to follow these below labels
- Organic: Organic coffee is produced without artificial chemical substances.
- Fair Trade: The fair trade certification guarantees that the coffee is produced by farmers who are members of democratically run cooperative and that the final exporter is paid a minimum price and a price premium.
- Shade-grown: This process is considered more sustainable as it helps reduce soil erosion and has significantly less runoff of surface water.
Like espresso? Espresso has lower concentrations of carcinogens because the chemical has less opportunity to transfer in the brewing process.
Health benefits of drinking coffee:
- Prevents tooth decay
- Prevents gallstones
- Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease
- Good source of antioxidants
Would you like cream or sugar? Cream changes antioxidant chemistry and likely lesson the effect
The perfect temperature: Coffee roasting occurs between 220 C and 250 C. At lighter roasts, the beans have more flavor from their origin.
Why caffeine might be better for you…
The are multiple solutions to removing caffeine from coffee beans but two of the most commonly used processes are the direct method and the Swiss water process. The direct method rinses in the beans with either ethyl acetate or dichloromethane for 19 hours. this is a synthetic process that often leaves residue, however ethyl acetate is often labelled as natural since it can be derived from fruits and vegetables. The Swiss water process is safer alternative that uses water as a solvent. This process usually result in less flavorful coffee since the water will also extract desirable oil.
How does TAB coffee compare?
The coffee served in TABS is purchased from crooked porch coffee roaster. It is organic roasted locally and fair-trade. They also use the Swiss water process for the decaf blend, but the product is not shade-grown
Caffeine: America’s Addiction
Dating back to the early 1900’s, caffeine has been the drug of choice for many people with over 80% of Americans consuming caffeine daily, Facts and effects of caffeine should be recognized
- Caffeine was ones isolated from coffee in 1820
- One 8 oz. can of red bull contains 80 mg of caffeine. That is twice the amount in a Mr. Pibb and four times the amount in a chocolate slim fast.
- Caffeine can be found in over 60 plants such as coffee beans, tea leaves, guarana, kola nuts, yerba mate etc
- It is not just drinks, many foods are full of caffeine too. The amount of caffeine a product contains is not on the food label
- Ben and Jerry’s coffee flavored ice cream contains 68mg of caffeine
- A Hershey special dark chocolate bar contains 31mg of caffeine
- A cup of chocolate pudding contains 9mg of caffeine
- There are three top sources of caffeine in adults: coffee 70%, Soda 16% and Tea 12%
- The word caffeine came from the German word kaffee and french word cafe, each meaning coffee
- Caffeine has a greater effect on men than women. These effects start just 10 minutes after it’s first consumed
- Since 2000, caffeine has been banned by the Olympic committee
- Caffeine in athletics has been linked to the belief that it can enhance their physical, as well as, mental performance. Caffeine can improve the athletes endurance in sports where long term stamina is needed.
- Caffeine can be lethal! A fatal dose for adults has shown to be more than 10 grams, which would be drinking 80-100 cups of coffee in rapid succession
- Caffeine may be useful as part of a weight control program because it increases the rate at which the body burns calories for three or more hours after being consumed
- The chemically correct name for caffeine is 1,3,7 trimethylxanthine.
- Despite the act of ‘decaffeinating’ a drink, many decaffeinated drinks still contain trace amount of caffeine. About 2% of the original still remains in deaf drinks
- Even when moderate amounts of caffeine are withdrawn for 18-24 hours, one may feel symptoms such as depression and poor concentration.
Caffeine is the most commonly used mood- altering drug in the world.
The Coffee Facts
The Bean Belt
All of the worlds coffee grows here, found between the topics of cancer and Capricorn
Top 5 Coffee Producers
33% of the worlds coffee is produced in Brazil
Top 5 Coffee Consumers
56% of adults in the United States drink coffee and None of the coffee consuming countries are located in the bean belt
- United States
2ND MOST traded commodity in the world just second to oil
Commonly Used Beans
1. Arabica Beans
- Mildly aromatic
- Naturally lesser caffeine
- Grown at altitudes above 800m
- 70% of all coffee beans grown
2. Robusta Beans
- Bitter Tasting
- Has Twice the caffeine
- Grown at lower altitudes
- Used for everyday instant coffees
Other interesting facts includes:
- 65% of coffee consumption takes place during breakfast hours
- COFFEE BEANS CONTAINS CAFFEINE Which is a white crystalline xanthine alkaloid that acts as a stimulant drug, WHICH HELPS (when taken in moderation)
- Increases attention and memory performance
- Increases dopamine level making you feel happier
- Decrease risk of heart diseases
- Increases physical performance & muscular recovery
Caffeine consumption above 650MG about 8-10 cups of coffee a day can cause longer term effects like chronic insomnia, persistent anxiety, depression and stomach ulcer
The most expensive coffee in the world is KOPI LUWAK
From Indonesia Made from coffee beans eaten, partly digested and then excreted by the common palm civet, A weasel-like animal, It sells for more than $600 a pound averaging $50 a cup of coffee
- 35% Of coffee drinkers prefer their coffee black
- 2ND MOST Popular drink in the world after water
SEPTEMBER 29TH is NATIONAL COFFEE DAY in the United States