Instructions on Storing Coffee Beans















Coffee is truly a versatile and satisfying beverage to consume. It is delicious and provides you with immense energy to kickstart your day or night (for all of you who tend to pull those all-nighters). The hype with coffee and all it can do has made people yearn to replicate the same java goodness in the comfort of their own home with either fancy K-pods or coffee beans that are bought from the store. It is quite popular for many to become their own baristas at home, but it has become quite common for people to struggle with making coffee that is fit to their own personal standards (normally the standards of the coffee places that they tend to frequent). The reason for why great tasting coffee at the cafe does not always taste the same at home, even when using coffee beans that come from that cafe specifically, may have to do with the way you are choosing to take care of your coffee beans. Think of coffee like wine. It bursts with flavors and comes in all types of varieties, yet must be handled carefully. If improperly stored, the taste of your coffee (like wine) begins to alter and change differently with exposure to air and this greatly affects your ability to enjoy the freshest and most quality coffee out there. If you find that your own homemade coffee just does not seem to taste the same, then this could be a signal to you that you could be possibly storing your coffee beans completely wrong! Yet, do not fear, for this article will tell you what you need to know about storing coffee beans so that you never make the same mistake again!

Tips on How to Store Coffee Beans

Control Your Environment
















There are four conditions that cause your coffee to be greatly altered. This is air, moisture, heat, and light. The National Coffee Association states that to keep such conditions from ruining your coffee beans, it is ideal that you store your coffee beans in an opaque, airtight container in room temperature. Having opaque coffee containers is so important because the darker color blocks more of the light out. Clear containers will cause more of the light to stream through and affect the taste of your coffee beans. It is advised that you keep your beans in a location that is both dark and coo. Keep them away from areas where it can get warm, like a cabinet located near the oven or on the countertops right near the stove. These are not ideal places for keeping your coffee beans completely fresh. It is advisable that you completely do away with the packaging that the coffee beans come in. They are not meant for long-time storage or keeping your beans fresh, so once you have opened the bag, it is best that you pour the rest out in a storage canister with an airtight seal and discard the retail packaging.

Frozen Beans?

It may sound like freezing your coffee beans is a downright no and while I would advocate for not doing this process to begin with, you can do it if you see yourself as somebody who will take a while to finish up their bag of coffee beans. Coffee beans are best when you use them up fairly quickly after opening up the bag (and of course following the storage tip that I outlined above). There are many differing views on the concept of throwing your coffee beans in the refrigerator and those who are on the no side of the argument tend to say that coffee beans are naturally hygroscopic. This means that they tend to absorb whatever is in the air around them. This causes your coffee beans to become freezer burned or taste funky relatively quickly. Yet, those who agree that it is okay to freeze your coffee beans argue that it all comes down to how airtight your containers are. Most home storage containers tend to always let in a little oxygen and that little oxygen can greatly compromise the taste of the coffee beans. Yet if you are positive that you can invest (or already have) an airtight container that you think works extremely well at keeping all air out, then by all means you are welcome to try and freeze your beans. Yet, I advocate for absolutely never refrigerating your coffee beans. Just do not do it. The fridge only brings a hassle to what you buy by condensation your coffee beans and then pushing the oils to the surface. This actually causes the coffee to age a lot faster. But in all honesty if you know that you can finish your coffee beans fairly quickly after opening it for the first time, then I would not even suggest freezing your coffee beans at all. It just ends up being more work and your coffee beans won’t change too drastically if the above tip is followed correctly! Plus, think about it. Frozen and fresh never really taste the same, no matter how much you try so I would honestly just aim for really trying to use that bag up as quick as possible.

Gage the Amount of Coffee Beans to Buy
















Immediately upon being roasted, coffee tends to lose its freshness. In this case, I would advise buying smaller batches of freshly roasted coffee more frequently (like every one to two weeks). As stated before, extra exposure to air is really bad for your coffee beans, so if you can get away with buying smaller portions at a time, you can be even more sure that your coffee beans will not go stale when it comes time to use it. If you are someone who tends to go for aesthetically pleasing containers and want a coffee container that looks good on your counter space, then I would say use that container to pour a little bit of your coffee beans into and keep the rest all in an airtight container that you can hide away in your cabinet. This way, the small portion of coffee beans get used immediately and the larger, unused portion can then be put away properly so that it is fresh when you switch containers. I would be even more wary of the amount of coffee beans that have been bought, if you are someone who tends to buy pre-ground coffee beans because you do not have a coffee bean grinder at home. Pre-ground coffee tends to trap in more oxygen than regular whole coffee beans, so buy less of the pre-ground coffee! If you can, I would invest in a coffee maker that already has a grinder in it or buy a separate coffee grinder. The coffee grinder allows you to grind up your whole beans immediately before brewing which produces a much more flavorful and fresher cup of coffee. The reason being that the bean itself is the vessel for protecting the quality and aromas of that coffee. Once the bean has been broken, the vessel breaks as well, and the coffee grinds will begin oxidizing rapidly. By grinding your beans and then roasting them right after, you can expect a coffee that is sweeter and livelier in flavor and aroma.

Take Roast Date into Consideration

Roast date does matter for coffee beans. Be wary of the coffee beans roast date so that you can have a good idea of when you should start utilizing the beans for your own cup. Trevor Corlett of Madcap Coffee Company in Michigan and Washington D.C. states that you should think of coffee beans like a good steak. After roasting, they need to sit and rest because a lot of the gas gets trapped in there and can affect the way the coffee ends up tasting. For regular coffee beans, it is advised that you let it sit and rest for about 24 to 48 hours. For espresso, the time it needs to rest has to be at least 5 days. Otherwise, one will notice that the coffee produces a little bit of a salty taste due to the carbon dioxide releasing (you may even notice small bubbles within your latte). If you are one who French presses or filter brews your coffee, then do not touch your coffee beans until about three to ten days after the roast date. For espresso, you should wait about five to twelve days!

Do Not Throw Away Your Stale Beans
















If you are someone who finds that they often cannot finish their coffee beans at the right time and then find your last bit of beans looking very stale, you may have the strong tendency to just throw it out. Yet, it is advised that stale coffee beans can actually come in handy for a specific type of coffee known as the infamous cold brew. Using fresh coffee beans to make cold brew is actually considered to be a waste because cold brew can taste the exact same whether you use fresh coffee beans or beans that are pretty stale. So, don’t throw away your money and don’t use up your fresh coffee beans for cold brew. Use up your old beans and you will find that it still produces that same great cold brew flavor that everyone enjoys!

How Long Can Coffee Beans Last?

Whole-bean coffee in ambient oxygen will tend to produce stale flavors about 10-14 days after being opened. Ground coffee, on the other hand is a completely different story and can already begin to produce stale flavors about 24 hours after! That leaves with you barely any time to enjoy it all before the taste becomes stale and you become incredibly disappointed at the money you shelled out! Coffee is perishable (although that can be hard to think about!). It really is like your average lettuce or sour cream, that must be used up within a week or two before you honestly cannot consume it. I think that by thinking of your coffee as being perishable, you will automatically be more careful about how you choose to store it. So, keep that in mind when choosing you next coffee bean purchase!

When Can Coffee Be Kept in the Bag?















So, there is good news! Not all the time will you have to look into buying a super great airtight container to keep your coffee in. There is a specific type of bag that some brands of coffee beans come in that is actually great for storing coffee! It is a foil bag with those one-way valves on it. If you notice that your coffee beans come in that, then you absolutely don’t even need to shell out extra cash on an airtight container. That will end up storing and keeping your coffee beans absolutely fresh for as long as possible! Yet, if you end up buying your coffee beans from paper bags or any other type of packaging than the foil one, then you will see that your coffee will oxidize quick. In that case, stick to the airtight, opaque container!

Do Your Research!

I would say one of the most important tips of all is doing your research on your coffee beans. Are you buying the best coffee beans out there or are you buying a brand of coffee bean that is not the best in flavor and richness even when it is completely fresh? Maybe the brand you are buying is simply not that great as it claims to be and that is why your coffee seems to be lacking greatly. Do research on the brand of beans you buy, look up reviews, and see what other people and coffee consumers have to say about your coffee beans. If there is nothing but praises for the brand of coffee beans then maybe the problem fell all along with the way you chose to store the beans. If you notice that people are stating the same disappointments as you, then you know it may be a good time to switch out your normal brand of coffee for something different. Coffee is like a science. You need to really understand the makeup of the coffee bean in order to be an expert on how to create the freshest, aromatic cup out there! Once you do all of that, I’m sure the results will be far past your expectations!

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Guide to Finding a Quality Coffee Machine

It isn’t wrong to be picky about the coffee you choose to drink on the daily. Coffee comes in so many variations and methods of production, that are all crafted with the concept of creating that rich cup for every individual preference out there. Let’s be honest here. When coffee is good, it is really good. When coffee is made bad than it is really bad. You can try all you want to force yourself to enjoy it but at the end of the day, if you don’t pay attention to how you are making your coffee or what supplies you are utilizing, then you are practically hopeless at trying to replicate the same java experience that you often find in your favorite cafes or restaurants. No need to fear. If you feel as if your daily homemade coffee is seriously lacking than maybe it is time to check out this article and see the many different tips and tricks that you need to understand when it comes to buying the perfect machinery for your own cup of joe! By doing so, you are only helping yourself get closer to achieving that one cup of coffee perfection that you have been waiting for!

The Lowdown on All Things Coffee Machines















Know What You Want in Your Own Coffee

Before you delve into all the endless options you have for a coffee machine (and make yourself feel incredibly overwhelmed), it is first extremely important that you narrow down what you are looking for in your own coffee. Are you looking for straight-shot espressos? Lattes? Cappuccinos? Or really just any form of hot coffee that you can dress up yourself with your own creamer? Are you willing to put in extra time to make a good cup of coffee or do you need a caffeine boost produced as quick as possible? It is important that you really ask yourself these questions and get to the bottom of what you know you are looking for in a cup of coffee, so that you can greatly narrow down your search of coffee makers. For example, people who may be looking for espressos and fancy lattes, may find that an espresso machine works best for you. They are definitely way more on the pricier side, but if you consider yourself a coffee connoisseur and want a cup of coffee that packs a punch and creates fancy variations than maybe it is worth it to spend that extra money! Yet, keep in mind that with an espresso machine, it may take a longer time to create your own cup of coffee, if you prefer steamed milk or you like large amounts of coffee at once. Since espresso is a much more concentrated coffee type, it typically involves a much smaller amount of coffee than the average. It does not do cup or pots, so if you see yourself as a person who needs a lot of coffee (or you love to make coffee for many), then this may not be the machine for you! Maybe you do not like heavily concentrated coffee and are looking for a type of coffee that is lighter, pairs more with creamers, and takes less time and money. In this case, investing in a Keurig may be the option for you! The bottom line is, everyone’s coffee needs are different and since coffee machines come with a variety of different methods and ways to create aromatic coffee flavors, it is wise that you really get down to the details.
Some questions you should ask yourself include…
● Do you think you need single serve coffee machines or machines that can produce a lot of coffee?
● Are you looking for plain coffee or fancier coffee options like lattes, cappuccinos, and macchiatos?
● How much money are you willing to spend?
● How much time can you delegate (or do you want to delegate) to making your cup of joe?
● Do you prefer pods or loose coffee beans that you measure out and pour?
● Do you want your coffee making method to utilize electricity?
● How much quantity of coffee do you want in a single serving of coffee?
● How much do you care about the quality of coffee you make at home? Are you picky?

Asking yourself these simple questions can be a great way in understanding what you are expecting from not only your cup of coffee, but your coffee maker, thus making the process of buying a coffee maker much easier and efficient for you! No one wants to splurge a lot of money on a coffee maker only to find out that it doesn’t meet your expectations. Therefore, check out these extra features that many coffee makers have and see if these are features that you want in your own coffee maker.

Program Settings















The program settings relate to how you expect your coffee to be made. There are actually coffee makers that can be programmed the night before at a certain time so that when you wake up and get ready in the morning, your coffee is already ready to go when you are! This works great for people who find their mornings to be incredibly hectic and do not have the extra time to spend on crafting the cup of coffee that they need. You can even program your coffee maker to make a certain amount of coffee in the morning as well. If this is something that interests you then be sure that when finding your own quality coffee maker, you are sure to read up on the extra specs to see if this setting is included or not!

Multiple Warmers

If you are possibly investing in a coffee maker for a very large family, see yourself making coffee when entertaining guests frequently, or you want to invest in a coffee maker for the office or other commercial settings, then the concept of having multiple warmers may be what you are looking for! Multiple warmers within a single coffee maker, allow you to keep many pots of coffee warm at the same time. This is especially perfect, if you are the type of person who drinks more than one cup of coffee per day. In this way, you are able to brew one batch of coffee in the morning and have it ready to drink hot as you go about your day!
















If you love milk in your coffee and especially love the taste of frothy and foamy milk that you often get at your favorite coffee shop than purchasing a steamer/frothier with your coffee maker may be a very good idea. By doing so, you can get that perfect cup of coffee that you enjoy at your local coffee shop, in the comfort of your own home (without the hefty price). A good majority of espresso machines nowadays come with steamers or brothers (even those that are on the cheaper side). Since steamed milk is often accompanied and enjoyed with espresso as opposed to regular brewed coffee, then this could signal to you that you are looking for an espresso machine as opposed to a regular coffee maker. If you prefer black coffee though, then this feature may not be that important to you (and can save you big bucks) when you are researching the right coffee maker to purchase.


I had never known that this feature existed and had I known previously, I probably would have purchased a coffee maker that had this specific quality. It is exactly what it sounds like and basically refers to a coffee maker being able shut itself off if it has been running for a certain amount of time. This is such a helpful feature for those who are often very forgetful when it comes to things like that or just have a lot to do in the mornings to the point that the thought of turning off their coffee maker just never occurs to them. If this is the case for you, then having an automatic shutoff is a great solution so that you can still be sure your coffee maker doesn’t run all day (and eventually break down)!

Built-in Grinders















Another feature to consider before choosing the best coffee maker to fit your coffee needs, is the built-in feature of coffee grinders. Many coffees experts state that the best coffee comes from beans that have been freshly ground as opposed to buying coffee beans from the store that have already been ground up. There is a large science behind this, but the bottom line is that coffee beans that have been ground up immediately and then used to make coffee, tends to produce the freshest quality coffee that you can get. If you really aim for quality fresh coffee, then you may want to consider a built-in grinder. You can also purchase a grinder separately from your coffee maker purchase, but doing so will probably take up more counter space and cause you to spend more money than you need to. By purchasing a coffee maker that already has a grinder built into it, you simply just need to buy whole coffee beans, pour them into your grinder, and let your coffee maker do the rest of the work. In the end, you don’t need to put in more work and your coffee will taste fresher than ever!

Water Filter

Some coffee makers can also come with water filters. This allows you to use tap water as a way to make your coffee, while also removing all the impurities from the water that can alter the taste of the coffee. Water comes in all sorts of types and these types can actually greatly affect the way your coffee tastes. If you use tap most of the time, do not have a refrigerator, separate water filter, etc. then you should probably think about looking for a coffee maker that has a water filter in it! That way the flavor of your coffee still tastes great no matter what!

The Most Popular Coffee Makers Out There

Sometimes when people make purchases, they often find it easier to understand what is the best out there when it comes to whatever product they are buying and why. Some people enjoy buying the best of the best and often consider it a worthy investment! If you are someone who prefers to purchase your coffee maker based off of what is considered to be highly reputable and well known then look no further for, I will give you a little list of some of the most popular coffee makers on the market right now!

Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew

It is often regarded as the best keep-it-hot coffee maker out there. It is known to be for those coffee maker lovers who tend to refill their coffee about three to four times in a day and expect their coffee to stay hot no matter what. The carafe is thermal insulated, which means that regardless of whether this coffee carafe is sitting in your coffee machine or on your pot, you can still expect very hot and fresh coffee for you all day long! The coffee machine comes with a removable water reservoir and has programmable settings that allow you to set what time you want your coffee to brew and what type of coffee you prefer it to brew! A wonderful coffee machine for sure!

Bunn Single Cup My Cafe MCU

For any of you who expect your coffee to be brewed and ready to go at the minute, I highly recommend looking into this coffee maker. The device is known to be one of the most versatile coffee makers out there and it can handle many different types of coffee including teas! K-cups, coffee pods, coffee grinds, loose tea, and more are absolutely no problem for this coffee maker! If you are one who likes to switch up your coffee often, then this product may be what you are looking for. The best part is that it brews anything under one minute! If you need quick and convenient then this may be what you need.

DeLong BCO430

If you are someone who likes regular coffee sometimes, but then also feel as if you need an espresso kick with a latte or cappuccino, then maybe you should definitely look into this coffee maker. It is essentially a coffee maker meets espresso machine. You no longer have to spend hefty money to buy separate coffee makers or choose between buying a coffee maker versus an espresso maker. You can have both and pay a reasonable price for it. This coffee maker has two reservoirs so that you are able to make your coffee and espresso separately and even comes with a milk frothier to make delicious cappuccinos and lattes!















Through reading this article you should now have a fairly good idea of what you look for in coffee maker. You at least have reached the stage of thinking heavily about what you want and expect from your machine and now that some knowledge has been imparted to you about the various features and makers to consider, I would say you are good to go on doing some research to find exactly what you need to satisfy all your coffee desires.

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How to Make Restaurant Quality Coffee at Home

Often coffee tends to be simplified when made at home. Many people tend to resort to quite easy methods when making their own at-home coffee, such as using instant coffee and basic creamers and milks. It can sometimes be hard to go beyond this basic process because it can be quite daunting to approach the more complex methods of coffee making that restaurants typically utilize and therefore, we tend to shun away from the possibility of even adopting such methods within our own home. It becomes even more difficult for people to utilize restaurant style techniques of coffee making at home, when such techniques are completely new to people. When something is new or unfamiliar to someone, they tend to be very slow at doing whatever new thing they are doing and sometimes even make many mistakes along the way. The two perfect reasons that become excuses for why people stick to instant coffee. Don’t get me wrong. I myself, am also an instant coffee user. I do use it quite a bit when I need a coffee fix, but don’t have enough time and it for sure satiates my coffee fix, but sometimes I do crave for more. If you find yourself often desiring restaurant style coffee almost every morning, but do not have the courage to switch up your easy and familiar coffee routine for one that is more complex, yet rewarding then look no further. In this article, I will go over the methods, tips, and tricks that you should consider when creating that perfect restaurant style coffee. In this way, making a more complex coffee can be something challenging and rewarding, while also becoming a more familiar routine to you! Here we go!

Problem Solve Your Mediocre Coffee Problem!
I know that when I realized I was spending too much money on cafe or restaurant style coffee, I was aching to make myself a good cup of coffee at home. That way I could save a lot of money! I realized though quite quickly, that no matter how many recipes of coffee that exist out there on the internet, I was often disappointed with the tastes it produced. It often tasted nothing like the coffee I enjoyed at my favorite cafe and that made me quite sad. I wanted to be able to enjoy the same great tasting coffee from my favorite cafe without ever feeling that horrid guilt of dropping about $5 for a cup of it daily. Even when I looked on the internet for the tips on how to make my coffee exactly like my favorite cafe, the results still fell short from my expectations. If you are currently experiencing the same issue as me, then the first thing you should do to get yourself closer to that perfect, cafe style cup of joe is to problem solve where your problem may be. There can actually be a myriad of factors that are inhibiting you from getting that great-tasting coffee, even when you follow the directions exactly as stated! Check them out!

Blame it On Your Coffee Machine


















If you are using instant coffee to try and recreate your favorite cafe coffee then that already signals to you your problem! Instant coffee may give you the satisfaction you need, but it is instant and therefore will not produce the best and greatest tasting coffee. If you really want to create that perfect cup of joe then takes some time to survey the tools you are using. Does your coffee machine have good reviews on various websites? Or did you pick the cheapest one you could find at the store without ever really doing your research on whether they were as good as they claim to be. A good coffee machine is going to grind your coffee beans and mix them up in the water in a way that produces the smoothest and richest coffee. If you aren’t feeling that from your own coffee machine, then chances are your coffee machine may not be the best one out there. Unfortunately, recreating amazing restaurant style coffee may come with a bit of a price. You might need to invest quite a bit of money into a really good, well known coffee machine, if you are absolutely determined to yield similar coffee tastes to the ones you enjoy at cafes and restaurants. Do a lot of research and realize that if you are feeling a little uneasy about dropping a lot of money on a coffee machine that many say produce great coffee, just remember that the investment is worth it in the end, if it produces the taste you are looking for without that hefty price that comes per cup!

Are You Maintaining Your Coffee Machine Well?
Another problem that could be inhibiting you from being able to enjoy a similar restaurant style coffee can be attributed to your inability to clean your coffee machine. Improper maintenance of your coffee machine may actually be the culprit behind your mediocre homemade coffee. A dirty coffee machine will most likely leave behind oily residue from old coffee beans that actually end up greatly affecting the taste of your new coffee beans believe it or not. If you tend to brew with hard water (tap water), over time the water leaves behind harsh calcium deposits that end up affecting the flavors of your coffee beans when it brews. Overall, you need to aim to clean your coffee machine, once a month at the very least, in order to ensure that your coffee machine is working at its optimal level and offering you the best with every brew!

It’s All in Your Grind















In addition to the proper maintenance and correct usage of your coffee machine, your coffee beans are just as important to creating that perfect homemade, restaurant style coffee. If you feel like your coffee flavor is severely lacking then this could be the problem of your coffee beans. They may not be a very good brand. Do your research on the many brands of coffee beans that exist out there and be mindful of the many flavors they can produce as well as their reputation. Tastier coffee beans will inevitably be pricier, but it will be rewarding in the end, if it means giving you that cup of joe that you have been craving. A general rule of thumb when it comes to purchasing coffee beans is to typically go for arabica beans as opposed to Robusta. Arabica beans account for almost 97% of the world’s coffee beans and undoubtedly produce the best coffee results. The beans that come from the arabica coffee bean plant are typically smoother and richer. They often are not accompanied with harsh and bitter notes that the Robusta bean can often provide. For this reason, it is important to search for the perfect coffee beans. If you really want to, head out to your favorite restaurant or cafe and ask them what kind of coffee beans they use. They will most definitely help you out and this will no doubt you get you closer to crafting a professional style cup of joe!

Tips on How to Perfect Restaurant Style Coffee at Home (Approved by Professional Baristas!)

Stick to Whole Bean Coffee















If you feel as if you can’t invest a lot of money on the same type of coffee beans that your favorite restaurant uses or another reason prevents you from buying that coffee bean then that is okay! You can still invest good money on coffee beans that are not breaking your bank totally and will still yield similar results to professional coffee. The key to buying good coffee beans is to go for whole coffee beans as opposed to coffee beans that have already been ground up. The act of purchasing whole bean coffee and then grinding up the beans yourself, produces a more fresh and flavorful coffee, and this fact has been approved by many professional coffee makers out there!

Try Out a Scale
Scales will actually be your friend as opposed to spoons! Great tasting coffee seems to taste even better when the ratios of coffee beans have been measured out on a scale as opposed to with a spoon. For some reason, measuring on the spoon, does not produces as accurate results of coffee bean ratios as they do when you measure them out on a scale. The perfect cup of coffee entails having the exact measurements down. If ratios are skewed then the coffee becomes unbalanced and less flavorful. It is typically recommended that you measure about 180 grams of whole bean coffee per carafe. Carafes will typically be used if you want to share your amazing homemade coffee with a myriad of guests! It is best to measure out about 180 grams of whole bean coffee per carafe. If you want to make a smaller amount of that infamous restaurant style coffee, measure about 90 grams of whole bean coffee per 6-cup automatic drip coffeemaker! Using that scale, will surely get you closer to that perfect cup of cafe quality joe.

Store Your Coffee in Ceramic Canisters






















Once that bag of coffee beans has been opened, you must keep the coffee beans elsewhere! Failure to store your coffee beans properly can yield to stale coffee beans that do not taste fresh at all! Shield your coffee beans away in a ceramic canister that is located away from the sunlight. Typically opt for ceramic or glass containers that are dark in color. They work the best in helping to keep your coffee beans fresh once the bag has been opened. Be sure to never freeze your coffee beans as well. Freezing your coffee beans can actually absorb the moisture within the bean itself and this can greatly affect the flavor!

Have Some Knowledge on Your Coffee Bean
Another rookie mistake that people tend to make when trying to create that perfect cup of joe, is failure to do enough research on the coffee beans that they are using. It is very important that you understand where your coffee beans come from. Coffee beans can come from a wide variety of geographical places and these places have a very profound effect on how the coffee will end up tasting. For example, coffee beans that come from places within Africa will typically be very dark and acidic. South American coffee beans are way less acidic and fall on the line of a medium roast. Do some research on the type of coffee beans that many professionals tend to opt for and also figure out your own preferences. Knowing what you want out of a professional tasting cup of coffee will help get you closer to the homemade perfection that you desire.

Practice, Practice, Practice






















Telling you the exact way to make the coffee you desire would be quite difficult because coffee comes in so many different flavors and everyone has a different taste preference that they prefer when drinking coffee. It is up to not only you to figure out what you are looking for to satisfy your professional coffee desires, but you also owe it to yourself to practice and stay determined. Note that even the most professional coffee makers, made bad coffee at one point and even they had to work hard to perfect their skills. Creating the perfect restaurant style cup of joe is not going to happen instantaneously. A more complex coffee is going to be more difficult to create. It honestly boils down to a type of science and it will take many trials and errors until you get there, but don’t give up. Practice really does make perfect and if your patient enough to stick it out, a delicious, homemade, professional tasting coffee is truly more around the corner then you think. So, don’t be discouraged. Take these tips into serious consideration. Get in the kitchen and start brewing! Most importantly have fun! When you have a positive attitude and are optimistic while brewing that coffee, you truly will taste the difference!

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Coffee Dessert

Let’s be honest here. The next best thing to coffee is coffee desserts! Coffee already produces such wondrous and addictive flavors so it is easy to see how coffee can take the world by storm. It can be bitter and a strong caffeine kick when you need it or it can be mellow and sweet when you want it to be. It is all up to you and the duality of coffee is probably what makes it so popular! Coffee is the most perfect drink that can be enjoyed around any time of the day and pairs well with almost all kinds of foods such as desserts, bakery items, breakfast, and even simple lunch items like deli sandwiches or salads! The only thing that is just as good as drinking coffee is when you are able to eat your coffee in the form of a delicious dessert, snack, ice-cream etc. I don’t know about you, but I know that as a coffee addict, I often go to coffee when it comes to both a caffeine and a sugar fix. There is something within the nature of coffee beans that makes it taste so incredibly delicious when paired with something sweet. The smoky, fruit-like, and sometimes earthy taste of coffee seems to enhance and offer a totally original experience when you pair coffee with something else that is sugary and delicious. If you are a coffee addict like me and love coffee flavored desserts and items just as much as the real thing then you need to check this article out, for I am giving you the lowdown on awesome coffee dessert recipes that you can try out for yourself when you want to indulge your coffee desires a little bit more!


White Chocolate-Cappuccino Cookies (

















Mocha cappuccino mix comes in handy to bake these delicious soft, baked cookies that are lined with white chocolate icing for the perfect mix between dessert and coffee heaven!

Yields: 4 servings

Prep: 15 minutes + chilling Bake 10 min + cooling


  • 2 envelopes of mocha cappuccino mix
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of hot water
  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • Baking cocoa, optional
  • 2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 8 ounces of white candy coating that is melted


  1. Using a small bowl, dissolve the 2 envelopes of cappuccino mix into the 1 tablespoon of hot water. Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl until it is light and fluffy. Beat in the cappuccino mixture along with the egg yolk, then follow up with whisking flour, cinnamon, and salt in another bowl. Gradually beat this mixture into the creamed mixture that was mixed previously.
  2. Divide the dough up into a half. Shape each part of the dough into a disk and wrap them up in plastic. Refrigerate both parts for about 30 minutes or until the dough is firm enough to roll out.
  3. Proceed to preheat the oven to about 375 degrees and on a lightly floured surface, roll about each portion of the dough until it is about ¼ inch thick. Use a floured 2 ½ cup of coffee cup shaped cookie cutter. Place the cookies about 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake the cookies at about 10-12 minutes until the edges have become brown. Cool them on a pan for about 2 minutes and then move them to an area in which you can allow them to cool completely.
  5. Use a plastic Ziploc bag with the corner cut off or use a pipe to pipe the melted candy coating over the cookies. You can pipe however much you prefer onto each cookie. If you want to, you can even choose to dip half the cookie into the melted candy coating and then allow the excess to drip off. Place the cookies on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. If you desire, dust with cocoa.
  6. If you have any excess dough that you wish to use at a later time then simply transfer the wrapped disks to a resealable plastic freezer bag and freeze them. Then thaw the dough in a refrigerator until the dough has become soft enough to roll. Prepare the cookies and decorate as previously directed.


Exposed Chocolate, Coffee, and Caramel Layer Cake (

A more complex dessert that serves to wow party guests. Chocolate coffee cake are baked in various sizes to create a delicious layered cake that is soft, moist, and decadent with a rich caramel finish!


  • 3 cups of self-rising flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup of cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp of baking powder that has been sifted
  • 200 grams of butter that has been softened
  • 1 cup of milk or unsweetened yogurt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup of boiling hot coffee

Caramel Buttercream

  • 230 grams of butter that has been softened
  • 120 milliliters of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste or 3 teaspoons of vanilla essence
  • 1 kg of icing sugar
  • ¼ cup of caramel (extra can be for decorating!)


  1. Begin by preheating the oven to about 320 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven is preheating, butter and flour 2 x 20 cm and 2 x 6” round cake tins. Be sure to also line the base with baking paper.
  2. Place all ingredients that have been listed on the ingredient list (minus those for the caramel buttercream) in a large mixing bowl. Mix or beat for about 5-10 minutes until the ingredients have been combined and the butter has become fully incorporated into the mix. Pour out the mixture into the tins and then gently smooth the top over with a spoon or flat spatula. Bake the cake batter for about 45 minutes-1 hour or poke a skewer into the center and check to see if it comes out clean. The cakes in the 6” tin will only take about 20 minutes to cook so be aware of that as to not accidentally burn them! Allow them to cool in the tin for a little bit before turning them out on a wire rack to cool completely before beginning the icing.
  3. In terms of making buttercream, beat the butter, milk, vanilla essence, and half of the icing sugar in an electric mixing bowl until it has all combined properly. Gradually add in the remaining icing sugar and caramel and beat until the texture of the cream is smooth. The longer you mix, the silkier your icing will become so be patient!
  4. Once you are sure that your cakes have completely cooled down, carefully level the tops of the cakes so that they are all flat.
  5. Beginning with the larger cakes, spread a small amount of icing onto the cut side of the cake and then gently place on a cake board or cake stand. This aids in the process of ensuring that the cakes will not move around while being iced. Add about 1 cup of icing to the top of the cake and use a pallet knife to spread the icing on top of the cake until it has a smooth finish. Be cautious about not letting the icing go over the edge of the cake. Proceed to place the first layer of the cake into the fridge and then allow that to cool before you begin to add the next layer of cake and icing. Once cooled, repeat the steps again!
  6. For the 6” layers, repeat the same steps as said above, but this time only use about ½ cup of icing. Once they have been iced, place them in the refrigerator to cool for an additional 10 minutes.
  7. Using a small bowl, gently melt about 4 tablespoons of caramel in the microwave before deciding to drizzle it over the iced cake. Drizzle with a spoon and decorate your cake with fresh and delicious coffee beans. Serve up generous slices of cake at your next party or devour all on your own! Enjoy!


Caramel Macchiato Banana Bread (

















Instead of having a caramel macchiato with banana bread, why not have caramel macchiato in your banana bread. Sounds quite interesting, but trust me it tastes so good! Caramel and bananas go so well in this delicious baked treat that is finished with a caramel glaze and a hint of coffee goodness.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Ready in: 2 hours


  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 very large, ripe bananas
  • ½ cup of caramel macchiato flavored liquid coffee cream (an example of this would be international delight)
  • ½ cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup of white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of instant coffee granules
  • 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons of packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to about 350 degrees Fahrenheit. You will need a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan along with some cooking spray. Spray the pan thoroughly. Then in another bowl, proceed with whisking together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. In another large mixing bowl, mash up the bananas with a fork until they are a smooth consistency. Then follow up by stirring in the coffee creamer, vegetable oil, eggs, sugar, and instant coffee granules until the coffee granules have been dissolved. Gradually stir in the flour mixture that you had made previously. Follow a process in which you stir about ½ cup of the flour mixture at a time, until the batter becomes almost smooth and then pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  3. Bake the batter in the preheated oven for about 1 hour or until you can insert a toothpick into the center of the cake and it comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool thoroughly before removing it from the baking pan.
  4. Melt the unsalted butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Then proceed to add in the brown sugar and vanilla extract. Bring this mixture to a boil and stir to completely dissolve the sugar. Then reduce the heat of the stove so that you can bring the mixture to a simmer. Simmer the syrup for about 3 minutes and allow the syrup to cool to a warm, but liquid temperature. Pour this glaze over the banana bread. Serve once the glaze has been set.



 Vegan Mocha Milkshake (because who says you can’t have a milkshake for dessert?) (

If you don’t feel like eating your dessert then have no fear for here is a way to drink your dessert instead and still enjoy that amazing coffee taste. Plus, the recipe is vegan for all those vegans out there who have a tough time trying to figure their own dessert and coffee cravings without dealing with all those dairy products!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 2


  • 2 cups of vanilla bean coconut ice cream
  • 1-2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
  • ½-¾ cup of brewed coffee (chilled // medium to bold roast works best for this recipe)
  • 2-4 tbsp of unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • Vegan magic shell and or coconut whipped cream


  1. Throw in the ice cream, cocoa powder (about 1 tbsp at first), and coffee (about ½ cup) to a blender and blend the ingredients all up until they are smooth and creamy. Add in more coffee or almond milk if you find that they are not blending well.
  2. Taste and adjust ingredients as needed. Add in more cocoa powder for a more chocolate flavor, more coffee if you desire a more coffee flavor, or add in more almond milk if you are looking for something that is a little bit creamier.
  3. Divide the amount between 2 glasses and top off with either vegan magic shell or coconut whipped cream. It is seriously delicious!

















These are just some of the many easy coffee desserts that you can try. Perfect for coffee lovers and even people who have a complex relationship with coffee. If you love the taste of coffee, but do not drink it often because of the way in which the caffeine makes you feel then trying out these coffee desserts can be a great way to get that same great coffee tasting flavor without all the symptoms that can come about from having too much caffeine! The best part is that it is sweet so you can still indulge in your sweet tooth cravings while getting that infamous java flavor that you love so much!

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Brewing the Perfect Cup of Coffee

If you are a coffee drinker like me then you surely understand that a cup of coffee is an important aspect of your day to day life. Whether you are running errands, staying at home, or having a productive day at school or work, coffee is that one drink that is on your mind the moment you wake up. I know for me, this is the case. I especially loved going to my favorite coffee shop to pick up my own coffee. It was the highlight of my day and I couldn’t deal without it! Yet, over time I realized that going almost every morning to pick up a nice and well-rounded cup of coffee put quite a dent in my wallet. I was throwing out about $4-5 a day for a delicious, cup of coffee and while I think it is completely worth it, I did realize that I was spending a bit beyond my limit. This then posed the question of what to do. I could never give up my precious coffee, but I also needed a way to save up on my money so that I could buy other necessities as well. This then brought in the concept of me actually working to make myself my own cup of coffee in the morning. This way I could buy the ingredients once a month and really save on a lot of money. It appeared daunting at first, but over time I realized that brewing your own cup of coffee in the morning was just as satisfying as having the barista hand it to you. Maybe even more. If you are in the same boat as me where you can appreciate a good cup of coffee, but are unsure whether you can actually replicate one for yourself at home! Don’t fret! This article will give you some serious tips and advice on how to brew the perfect cup of coffee at home, making you the ultimate barista!

The Methods to Choose From
One of the most exciting things about making coffee at home is probably all the options you have to truly personalize your coffee and make it incredibly unique to your own tastes. There are three methods of coffee brewing that you can consider when making that perfect cup of joe right in the comfort of your own home. These three methods are known as the drip, the pour-over method, and lastly but certainly not least the French press method. There really is no method that outshines another, it is all based on your personal preference! Nonetheless, whichever coffee method you decide to choose you will definitely need to have a good bag of coffee beans. Do your research and seek out a coffee brand that you think you will enjoy the most. I would recommend buying coffee beans that have already been ground up so that the coffee making process is a lot easier for you. It is recommended that when making an 8-ounce cup of coffee (which is typically the standard amount of coffee) that you weigh out about 15 grams of ground coffee.

The Pour-Over Method (















If you feel as if the pour-over method may be one for you then you should definitely give it a try. The pour-over method is surely one that will not disappoint you. It will offer the most aromatic cup of coffee that is both delicious and complex!
1. The first thing you want to do with this method of coffee making is bring water to a boil in a kettle or water boiler (or however you prefer to boil your water!).
2. If you don’t have ground beans to work with then that is okay, just grind up your coffee beans to uniform consistency that is similar looking to table salt.
3. Grab a coffee filter and put the filter over the pour over brewer (these are easy and affordable to buy online!). Be sure to rinse the filter up with hot water so that any papery residue that may be sitting atop the filter will go away and it also helps to warm up the brewer, keeping your coffee hot for a much longer time! Be sure to discard the water away after rinsing it.
4. The proceed to add your grounds of coffee to the filter, but be sure that the the surface is level so that you can be exact! After removing the water from its heat source, slowly and steadily begin pouring the water just enough so that the coffee grounds really have that time to saturate with the water. Start from the middle of the filter, working your way outward and stop immediately once you notice the actual coffee beginning to drip through. This is known as a bloom pour!
5. Proceed to slowly pour in any remaining water that you wish to add in. Be sure to keep the water in the dripper between half and three quarters full. This process will take about 3-4 minutes. Carefully proceed to remove the filter and voila! Beautiful coffee ready for you to enjoy!

The French Press Method (















The French press method is another fun coffee method that you can try out in order to brew that perfect cup of joe that is just right for you! This method involves a cylindrical pot that has a plunger and built-in filter screen. It brews a delicious pot of coffee by pressing hot water through ground coffee creating a delicious earthy and exotic flavor. The tip for a French press coffee is that you choose medium coffee grinds that have a very good uniformity and consistency. Grinds that are too course will end up clogging the filter making for a disastrous coffee making experience while grinds that are way too find will end up passing through the filter easily, resulting in lumpy and grainy coffee (yuck!). So be very, very picky with your coffee grinds if you choose this method of coffee brewing. Once you do, you will be beyond satisfied with the results!

1. We first begin the journey of French press coffee making by placing your French press coffee pot on a dry, flat leveled surface. Hold on to the handle of the French press firmly and proceed to pull out the plunger.
2. Throw in a nice, heaping tablespoon (that is about 7-8 grams) of coffee grinds for every 6.7 ounce of water.
3. Then pour in hot water. The key to this method that differs from the previous method mentioned above is that you do not pour in boiling water. To brew the perfect cup of coffee the pour-over method requires boiling water whereas the French press method works the best when the water is hot, but has not quite boiled yet. Pour this water into the pot and gently stir it.
4. Carefully take the plunger and reinsert it, but do not insert it fully or quickly into the pot. You want to stop right where the coffee and water is sitting and allow them to sit together and saturate for about 3-4 minutes.
5. Then proceed to push the plunger down in a slow and patient manner. Exert some steady pressure as you are doing this. Once you have plunged the plunger all the way down, your delicious homemade coffee is ready to enjoy! Super easy!

The Drip Method















The third method of coffee making that you can test out as well involves making coffee with a drip! The drip coffee brewing method is basically coffee brewing that involves pouring hot water over roasted, ground coffee beans that are in an enclosed filter. The pour-over method that we actually talked about previously can also be considered a drip method as well. This method is a drip coffee method that incorporates the use of a drip coffee machine rather than a filter and pot. Investing in a good drip coffee machine can be a great alternative to the pour-over method if you tend to make coffee for a lot of people. Many people still tend to turn to the pour-over method as opposed to this method because it is easier and there are less chances in messing it up. Yet if you love making coffee in big batches then the pour-over method will have you in the kitchen for hours. The drip coffee machine method is really great too, it all just depends on the type of drip coffee machine you want to buy. Don’t buy the cheapest machine out there, but there is also no need to get crazy expensive. Do really good research and read extensive reviews on different types of drip coffee machines so that you know you are putting your money on one that is really good! Once you do that though, then this method is just as great as the pour-over and French press methods!

1. The first thing you want to do is grind up your coffee beans (if they aren’t already ground) to a size that is about medium-fine.
2. Proceed to place the coffee filter in a filter basket. All automatic drip coffee machines will have a place where you can place the filter. It normally is located right under the brew head where the water comes out.
3. Add in about one tablespoon of coffee to your paper filter. Keep in mind that this one tablespoon of coffee is for about 6 ounces of water. So, if you are making more than 6 ounces, be careful with your measurements as being more careful will yield the best coffee results. If you really want your coffee to stand out and be richer and more full-bodied then I recommend purchasing a permanent coffee filter.
4. Add in cold, filtered water! No boiling water, no water that is hot but not boiling hot, you need cold water for this particular method. It works the best. Pour your cold, filtered water into the reservoir.
5. Press the start button on your coffee drip machine and the machine will start making liquid magic for you to enjoy!

How to Jazz Up Your Homemade Coffee

Steamed Milk
There is a myriad of ways that you can jazz up your freshly brewed coffee! One of the most popular ways to jazz up coffee is adding steamed milk. Steamed milk is very delicious and offers a frothy consistency that goes well with the silkiness and aromatic richness of your cup of coffee. They balance so well that guaranteed every time you make a cup of coffee you will want to add in some steamed milk! It is the perfect and easiest way to decorate your plain, black coffee! Steaming milk at home is a pretty valuable skill to learn and add to your basic coffee making knowledge. Simply buy a steamer (some coffee machines already have a steamer that come with them so when buying a machine and knowing that steamed milk may be a possible option for you, it is best to look for coffee machines that have built-in steamers with them!). It is very ideal that when purchasing your steamer, you find a steamer that has the capability of producing somewhere around 1-1.5 bars of steam pressure. If your steamer wand has more than one hole at the bottom then even better! This will greatly help in allowing for more controlled turbulence of the milk in your pitcher which thus creates steamed milk that is nice and bubbly in texture. Search up various techniques that you can utilize to make the perfect cup of steamed milk. Hey even get creative and start making your own latte art!

Throw in Some Sweeteners
Jazz up your coffee with a little hint of sweeteners. There are so many sweeteners and creamers that you can try out there that will greatly improve your cup of coffee in the morning. Go for a steaming cup of coffee with a hint of vanilla, hazelnut, pumpkin, caramel, mocha, white chocolate, coconut, creme Brule, and more! Whatever your taste preference is, there is sure to be a creamer that will pair so deliciously well with your coffee!

Get Creamy with It
Throw in some delicious options that will make that cup of joe very creamy if that is what you prefer! Choose options such as milk, coconut milk, almond milk, heavy whipping cream, half and half, whipped cream, and more!















Now that you have been imparted with the wisdom of how to make a perfect brew of coffee at home, it is time for you to get started. Do your research, brew, and most importantly have fun!

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Coffee vs. Tea: The Better Option

It appears that the two most competitive drinks that dominate a good majority of restaurants and cafes are none other than the infamous coffee and tea. Of all the drinks that exist out there in the world it appears that coffee and tea remain the two most potent drinks that many people enjoy whether it be hot or iced. It also seems to be the most popular beverages to pit against each other. You always hear someone ask “Coffee or tea?” and a good majority of the time, every person is always on one side or the other. It is like asking the question “Are you a dog person or a cat person?” They are two very different things yet share some similarities enough for them to be compared to one another. You will hear a lot of people say they prefer tea, others prefer coffee, some prefer none, and some love both. Yet we have to get done to a varying level of seriousness when asking this question of coffee vs. tea. Which one is honestly better? Which offers more nutritional benefits? Is there more variety in one than the other? What is the honest, factual answer to the commonly asked “Coffee or tea?” question. To answer this, we have to do some research on both beverages. Through this research you will actually find that they are way more similar to each other than most people let on.

What is Coffee?
















Before we start comparing the two it is probably best that we get an idea of exactly what both drinks are made of exactly. We know them for what they are, but not many people get into the idea of where these delicious drinks come from and how they exist naturally within the world. Coffee can trace its origin to a genus of plants known as coffee. Experts have estimated that there are anywhere from 25 to 100 species of coffee plants that exist today. In the commercial coffee industry, the two most dominant coffee species are known as coffee arabica and coffee Robusta. The coffee arabica is a descendant of the original coffee trees that were discovered in Ethiopia. They tend to produce a type of coffee that is aromatic, fine, and mild. It is also the most popular type of coffee that exists out there and for this reason, it actually makes up about 70% of the world’s coffee production. The Robusta coffee bean exists in places such as Central and Western Africa, certain parts of Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Brazil. The Robusta bean is not as popular as the Arabica bean and therefore only accounts for 30% of the world’s coffee market. It typically makes up various coffee blends and instant coffee. It tends to be rounder and smaller than the Arabica bean and is much easier to cultivate. Coffee exists from the coffee cherry. The beans that make up coffee are actually roasted seeds from a fruit known as the coffee cherry. A majority of the time, two coffee beans lie side by side inside a single coffee cherry. These beans are then taken and ground up where they can then be mixed with water to make various types of coffee such as espressos, americanos, and more.

What is Tea?






















Like coffee, tea also comes from a plant. There tend to many tea varieties with the most popular ones being black, green, oolong, white, and Pu-erh. All tea varieties come from the same plant known as the Camellia sinensis. This is a sub-tropical evergreen plant that is native to Asia, but is now cultivated worldwide. The tea plant tends to grow best in conditions in which the soil is loose and deep, on a high altitude, and in a climate that is typically sub-tropical. The tea tends to grown on terrain that requires premium tea to be hand-plucked and it typically takes around 2,000 tiny tea leaves to make up just a single pound of tea.

Is One Healthier than the Other?
Lots of tea drinkers often advocate that tea is better for you than coffee. Many coffee drinkers would argue back and say that coffee can actually produce a wide array of benefits for you. Both are true. It is honestly quite difficult to pinpoint which one is healthier for you because that really depends on you. How you choose to consume your tea or coffee is going to have the greatest effect on how healthy or unhealthy your tea or coffee becomes. So, to try to level the field as much as possible we will examine some of the widely known benefits that come from drinking black coffee alone as well as black tea alone. It appears that both seem to have positive effects on the body in the sense that one can help reduce the risks of horrible diseases and illnesses. Lisa Cimperman, a clinical dietician at University Hospitals Case Medical Center has stated that studies have been done on the effect of tea and it appears that tea can be linked with lowering the risk of cancer, heart disease, help improve weight loss, and lead to a much stronger immune system. Yet, at the same time coffee also has its benefits in the sense that coffee can reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes, liver disease, heart problems, and can also improve weight loss. With this in mind, it appears that both beverages are exceptionally great at providing health benefits for the body. They don’t necessarily provide the same health benefits, but they do provide a general health benefits, so by making the claim that one or the other is better, it would only have to be based off the fact that you perceive the health benefits of one to be more important to you than the health benefits of the other. This is purely subjective and based off opinion so examining the health benefits of both beverages won’t give us a factual answer of whether one is healthier than the other. Therefore, one cannot claim that coffee is healthier than tea or tea is healthier than coffee, because they both are healthy, they are just healthy for different reasons. To exemplify this, let’s look at the fact that studies done on the relationship between heart health and tea/coffee. An MD named Elliot Miller from the National Institutes of Health looked at signs of heart disease in more than 6,800 people from many different backgrounds across the country. 75% of those people drank coffee while about 40% of them drank tea. It appeared that drinking more tea seemed to link to less buildup of calcium in arteries that are designed to supply blood to the heart. This is extremely important in protecting against heart disease. While this was the case for those who drank tea, the same could not exactly be said for those who drank coffee. The results showed that coffee had no effect on heart health. It didn’t reduce the risk, but it definitely did not increase the risk either. In this example we see a situation in which tea seems to have a health benefit that coffee does not, but this isn’t always the case. In a study done by Charles Fuchs, a MD and director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Center, found that regular coffee drinking actually helped prevent against colon cancer returning after treatment. There was a significant and linear association between a lower risk of colon cancer returning and drinking about 4 cups of coffee a day. When drinking tea on the other hand, no effects were really recorded. So, in this case, coffee provided a health benefit that tea could not provide. By understanding these studies, it becomes quite evident that we really cannot write off one beverage being healthier than the other because it really just depends on what health benefits you perceive to be more important to you!

How Both Can Become Bad for You

















To continue on the argument that tea and coffee are actually not too different from one another, it is also important to highlight the fact that both tea and coffee have the power to e both extremely healthy in their natural form and then be very bad for you when people get too creative with these beverages. For example, black coffee is great for you! It provides a lot of minerals, gives you a good boost of caffeine, boosts memory, cleanses the stomach, is beneficial for the liver, and so on! Yet, add in specific lattes, Frappuccino’s, macchiatos, and more, and these benefits appear to diminish. That is because these specific types of coffee drinks are factored in with a lot of fancy milk, sugars, syrups, toppings, etc. that increasingly diminish the health aspect and put you at risk for high caloric and sugar intake. In these cases, then, coffee really becomes bad for you; however, the same can also be said for tea. Ever heard of Boba drinks? A good majority of Boba drinks are made of tea and include things like milk tea, Thai tea, etc. Teas that are not the healthiest for you because they have high dairy contents and are packed with artificial sugar or sweetened condensed milk. Some people cannot handle their tea black and load up on sugar and various creams. This also negates the benefits that black tea can provide such as improving gut health, reducing blood pressure, reducing the risk of stroke, lowering blood sugar levels, and more! So really in addition to the various health benefits that both black tea and coffee are uniquely knowing for providing, both can end up being very bad for you when consumed in not so healthy ways, further supporting the argument that coffee and tea may not be as different as you once thought them to be.

What Taste Suits You?
The other aspect of this debate to consider is the taste. Once again it is impossible to prove factually that either tea or coffee is tastier because that is a matter of opinion. It all starts with what taste you prefer to have. Many people love tea because of the taste it brings and many enjoy coffee because of the flavor it brings as well. For sure, these beverages do taste uniquely different so let’s break down the overall flavors of both coffee and tea. The smell of good coffee is typically known to have a strong potent smell that is both bitter but produces a sort of lingering sweetness throughout the air. The taste of coffee is known to be acrid (harsh and sour) but also mixed a bright, earthy, and sometimes caramelly flavor. Coffee contains a sort of fresh earth taste that is not too overbearing but subtle enough to taste both tropical and exotic. It can sometimes be reminiscent of a floral or herbal smell as well. Overall though the notes of coffee are more on the bitter side, with a hint of sweetness and cherry tasting as it lingers on the tongue. Tea on the other hand is not that bitter like coffee and this most likely due to the fact that tea has half the caffeine content as coffee. Black tea will not produce a harsh, acrid taste to the palate like coffee, rather it will produce a subtle grassy, Smokey, and slightly fruity presence instead. The smell is similar to when you smell your garden and is earthier than that of coffee. Of course, there are more varieties of tea than just black tea so the flavor profile of those can also be different from black tea. In all, the tastes of both coffee and tea are different from one another, but their tastes are not something you can factually states as being more delicious than the other.















Through presenting some of the similarities between tea and coffee, hopefully one can understand that the debate of tea or coffee is not black or white like asking whether apples or twinkies are better for you. Both are different in their tastes and the health benefits that they provide, but they are similar in the sense that both can be extremely healthy for you and extremely bad for you depending on how you choose to consume these beverages. In all, both are amazing choices that can be enjoyed iced or hot, with milk and other ingredients (for a sweet treat), and are surely good enough to satisfy your taste buds. Whether you are an avid tea drinker or an obsessive coffee drinker, both types of drinkers can revel in the fact that both of these beverages are great and refreshing choices and that is for sure factual!

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Art of Coffee

Coffee is most definitely a form of art on its own. Many people don’t realize it, but there is a form of artistic expression in coffee that one can subtly pick up on. This is what makes coffee so beautiful. Really anything that requires a certain amount of artistic thinking, patience, and skill becomes a form of art and making coffee is no exception to that rule. Think about the baristas that skillfully measure and put together a myriad of ingredients in a way that has new types of flavors and tastes bursting on your tongue. On top of that you cannot forget how they work and practice to give you beautiful foam art on your delicious cappuccinos and lattes so that you can smile a little bit before starting off your day before work, school, errands, or even relaxation. Today we are going to take the time to appreciate and say thank you to all the beauty and expression that a cup of coffee gives to the world.

What Makes Coffee an Art?















To many practical people, many would argue that coffee making cannot be considered a form of art in any way. Simply because society and our rules has placed art as something related to painting, music, literature, or dance. No one ever uses the term art when referring to things such as coffee making or even cooking. Why our society chooses to do this? I am not entirely sure, but coffee making redefines the parameters of artistic expression, pushing the boundaries of art to be beyond what you see and what you hear. Art should be able to attack all the senses, meaning smell and taste as well. The whole purpose of art is to evoke emotions within someone through the use of another person’s application of skill and imagination. This is exactly what coffee does. Through the skill of coffee making, one is able to make a cup of coffee each suited for a myriad of individual taste and preferences while evoking emotion in that person through the taste of coffee and the aroma of coffee. I mean without a doubt does coffee evoke something in us. We feel happy, relaxed, and energized. Being able to bask in the flavors that coffee can bring makes us appreciative and happy of this powerful drink and if that isn’t art then I don’t know what is. Add in the beautiful foam art that graces cappuccinos and lattes, and one can easily see how coffee is truly an art form of its own.

The Beauty of Foam Art

















As stated before coffee is truly an exquisite form of expression from barista to customer. You may look at these little pieces of art and see them as childsplay, something that can has no deep metaphorical or philosophical value to it and therefore is not art (at least not serious art), but society should understand that art doesn’t always have to be symbolic and deep. It can be simple and make you feel elated or sad. The mere fact of using the skills of latte art to evoke emotions within customers, means that coffee is by all means an art that should be appreciated as well. I mean it is beautiful that we can see something visually appealing, smell how appealing it is, and then taste it as well. We use all three of our senses to appreciate coffee for what it is and all that it does for us. On top of that, think of the serious skill it takes to create the art that appears in your cup. It is no walk in the park and it takes some serious imagination to come up with something so simple yet visually appealing and photograph worthy. I mean if you think it is easy to get that simple rosetta on coffee then by all means impress us away, but you will find that when you actually try it, it is a lot harder than it looks!

The Skill of Latte Art
For starters you could see latte art and coffee as an art simply because you don’t practice by watching or reading about it. You can only really achieve the skill through doing it over and over again. Think of dancing, painting, sculpting, writing or producing a song, crafting a story, and so on. Do you think people who becomes professionals at this became professionals through reading about it? No! What makes these a form of art is the level of practice, imagination, and motivation that you need to have in order to perfect these skills. You have to do it on your own in order to get it right and foam art is no exception to this rule. You need a level of patience, a calm attitude, a bit of an imagination, and practice to create those foamtastic artistry that you see decorating the hot coffee. You also have to be skilled and understanding of the do’s and don’ts to getting the right visuals on the cup. Similar to how artists know the right colors to paint a fiery sunset, or how a ballet dancer knows the right speed to do a pirouette, or how a song producer knows the right keys to creating a sad melody. You need to have the skill or learn the skill before you can create the art and the same can be said about latte art. Check out these hard tips that will make you realize just how skillful baristas have to be with their coffee!

They Know the Milk Needs to Be Silky and Smooth






















The first fact a barista needs to know before they can become a coffee artist of their own, is that it all boils down to the milk. The latte art is formed over the steamed milk. If the base of the latte art (the steamed milk) is not up to standards then you can expect a wonky looking piece of work. To first master this art, you must achieve optimal milk that is both silky and smooth enough to provide the canvas of your work. To do this you must position the wand of the steamer correctly. You need to place your wand in the middle of the pitcher of milk and tilt the pitcher in such a way that wand is a third of the way of the side of the pitcher. This means you need to tilt it at a very little degree. Only then can you expect a huge whirlpool of milk around your wand which is exactly what you want! In addition to that you have to make sure that there is the right amount of air in your milk. If you hear a sucking sound once the steamer is on then you are doing well. If you do not, then this signals to you that you must tilt your pitcher lower until you do! If your milk does not create the right amount of foam, then you can forget about crafting the correct masterpiece! Baristas also need to keep temperature in mind before they begin their creations. Steamed milk should hold the perfect temperature of about 55-62 degrees Celsius. Do not go below 50 degrees (unless you want your customers to dislike you) and don’t go over 70 degrees (no one enjoys burning their tongue in the name of coffee).

Contrast is Very Important
This is where you start to see the art knowledge aspect being applied to latte art. Baristas know that the milk has contrast perfectly against the coffee. If they do not contrast well with one another then your art latte becomes muddled within the coffee, creating a sort of mess that no one will be able to distinguish. To cancel this out, baristas have to understand and be sure that when pouring the milk over the coffee, that they do it in such a way that the milk goes through the crema. They have to angle their hands at a certain height and pour directly in the middle of the cup while moving their hands in such a way that the art is being made well and contrasts perfectly against the dark brown coffee. Failure to know the proper height, the correct angle of your hand, the correct speed at which to pour the coffee, and more can cause the art to be disproportionate. This part of latte art makes you understand how much practice and skill must really go into coffee making and art.

Angles are Everything
The barista must also take into account the angles they are working with when it comes to creating the right symbol. You have to tilt the cup in a certain direction in which the coffee isn’t spilling, but the cup is also not standing in a straight direction to the point that your pattern does not come out looking properly. If you do end up keeping the cup straight, you will run into the issue of not having as much control over the art aspect of the coffee. Coffee makers also have to consider the correct position or most comfortable position that allows them to produce the best results. Learning the most comfortable position to hold the cup of coffee and the steamed milk takes a lot of practice and that is some hard work on its own as well!

The Art Behind the Perfect Cup of Joe















As stated before, creating the perfect cup of coffee will be different for everyone. Everyone has differing opinions on how strong or sweet coffee should taste, how creamy it should be, whether it should be hot or iced, etc. Coffee is not simply made by throwing some coffee beans and water together and topping it off with some milk and sweetener. You do that and you realize that you made yourself a steaming pile of watery bitterness. There is a science behind coffee that turns coffee into something so beautiful for everyone to enjoy. Baristas and coffee makers use coffee ingredients like it is paint for a painter. They wove the magic into a single cup of coffee like a painter puts together a painting on a canvas. Both need to have imagination to go beyond the normal and make their product stand out from the rest. Both must be skilled enough to understand the correct amount of materials needed to create something different that will appeal to many and be original. Similar to a painter who knows just the right amount of pink to put in a sunset, a barista must know the right amount of coffee beans, milk, syrup, sweetener, etc. to put into their coffee to create the perfect harmony of ingredients that produce an outstanding taste that customers will enjoy! With this being said coffee making is truly an art form of its own and even though many would not regard it as being a part of the traditional forms of art, the amount of skill, level of imagination, and intense patience and practice to produce something worthy, is what makes coffee making an artistic form of expression that is truly one to be recognized and appreciated. So, hats off to all the baristas out there who work hard to produce a cup of coffee that is original and something of its own. These people seriously do not get as much credit as they should! They practice hard, using their imagination to think outside of the box, and perfecting their knowledge behind the science of coffee so that they can give you a cup of joe experience that is like no other. The next time you decide to make a pit stop for some coffee at your local shop, send a statement of gratitude to the people working hard to satisfy your taste buds and help you start your busy days with a smile on your face. Smell the coffee, taste the coffee, and appreciate the coffee artists who are happy to use their skills and passion to make their customers happy even on the hardest of days!

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Intake of Coffee Per Day

For many coffee lovers when it comes to coffee we most certainly do not play around. Coffee has become the number one most important thing that we look forward to in hopes of starting our day off on the right foot. There is something so addictive about the flavors and notes that coffee provides. The aromas and the makeup of coffee feels as if it is designed to set us into a trance, constantly wanting more and more. We crave the way it tastes and most importantly what it does for us. Coffee can give us a serious caffeine boost which practically everyone needs whether you stay at home and manage the household, go to work, or even attend school. Whatever we do, we work hard at our job, and coffee gives us the confidence and willpower to keep pushing forward no matter how tired we are mentally and physically. That is why many coffee drinkers always drink at the very least one cup of coffee every day. For coffee connoisseurs, one cup a day may seem like training wheels, with many people actually drinking around 2-3 cups of coffee a day. Coffee has become a regular part of our routine that we don’t really realize how much we drink daily. Most people do not even know how much cups are considered okay and most people are too busy to even care. Let’s take a look to see what coffee does to our body and how much coffee we should be consuming to still be considered healthy. Of course, anything in large quantities is going to have serious consequences on the body, so don’t think that you need to cut out coffee from your regular diet. Learn about what levels of caffeine are good for each day and be assured that as long as you stay within the recommended limit of coffee then you are not putting any unnecessary stresses or harm to your body! To start off this article we are going to examine the negative effects of too much coffee for the body as well as the great effects that coffee can have when consumed in the right amount. In addition, we will also examine the right amount of coffee you should be drinking to reap the benefits that coffee can provide your body with!

Too Much Coffee & its Effect on You















Moderation is the key for everything. Too much of anything is never good, but quitting cold turkey and not enjoying anything is no fun at all. Moderation is the key to living the best life for yourself! This includes everything from your sugar fixes, the amount of carbs you intake, your protein levels, and yes your caffeine levels. Caffeine can do great things for your body, but consumed in high quantities can do really bad things as well. Knowing about the bad side of too much caffeine can possibly help you with cutting down on your coffee if you are a person who tends to consume too much! It is very easy for people to know that something is bad for them, but continue anyways because they don’t want to stop. If people became more educated about the specifics of how bad coffee can be for you then people can make more educated decisions about how to moderate their intake on coffee!

It Can Raise Blood Pressure
A Carnegie Mellon study was done on the effects of too much coffee and what it can do to your body. According to this study, coffee can stimulate the heart and cause shallow breathing. This can be really bad because it raises your body’s blood pressure. High blood pressure is something that you should avoid as it puts extra strain on the heart and the blood vessels of the heart. Over time the extra strain will actually increase the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. In other cases, high blood pressure can also cause heart and kidney disease. Either way the results of high blood pressure do not seem good at all so it is best to try to keep your blood pressure at a stable level and that means being mindful of how much coffee you are drinking.

You Can Actually Start Hearing Things
In very extreme cases, too much coffee can actually make you hear things that aren’t there. The University of Melbourne stated that coffee is “the most commonly used and psychoactive drug” and drinking more than 5 cups a day can actually make you experience psychosis-like symptoms. The University of Melbourne ended up performing a study on 92 subjects in which they gave them very large amounts of coffee and then had them listen to white noise. They were told that through the white noise they may be able to hear parts of the song White Christmas and if they do they must press a button. The white noise did not have any parts of the song White Christmas included, but those who had large amounts of coffee became very stressed and thought they heard the song anyways.

Too much coffee can also give you insomnia which is so hard for people who have a tight schedule during the days and really need proper rest. Studies have been done in which people found that a higher intake of caffeine appears to actually increase the amount of time it could take to help you fall asleep. If you are experiencing difficulty sleeping then trying to figure out the source of your lack of sleep may be difficult. Too much coffee can affect your sleep and if you cannot sleep then this may signal that you are drinking too much coffee, yet at the same time this isn’t always the case. You can actually drink a good amount of coffee and still experience difficulty with sleeping if you consume your coffee about 5 hours before the time you sleep. To figure out where your sleeping problem may be coming from, it is suggested that you can try drinking your normal amount of coffee but skip out on drinking coffee about 5-6 hours before you sleep and see if this affects your sleeping. If you still feel as if you are experiencing insomnia then this could be a sign that you are drinking too much caffeine without realizing it.

The Great Benefits of Moderate Coffee Intake















Now do not get me wrong, hopefully after reading the negative side effects of coffee you are not turned away from coffee altogether. Coffee is still really good for you and can provide you with a myriad of benefits that your body will be thankful for. To reap these benefits and avoid all the negative side effects that coffee can bring you, just stay within a moderate amount of coffee intake.

Fight Off Depression
Coffee can be really useful for your mental state. The caffeine in coffee can boost dopamine levels in the bloodstream. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for a myriad of things within your body such as movement, memory, and cognition. It also plays a role in feeling happy or satisfied as well. Studies done by Harvard have shown that women who drank the recommended amount of coffee had a 20% lower chance of having depression. Another study was performed on coffee and its effects on a person’s mental state and mood. In this study of about 208, 424 people who drank coffee, 53% of those people were less likely to be suicidal. It appears that for this study the magical number of coffees seemed to be about 4 cups. In other words, coffee can be great in improving your mental state and improving your quality of life, making you feel happier and more motivated. Depression links a person to feeling unmotivated, lethargic, and sad. These are all feelings that are completely counterproductive to a healthy and successful life. Drinking coffee in a moderate amount could mean having a more productive and active lifestyle for yourself! That could be life-changing!

Come and Get Your Antioxidants!
CGA also known as chlorogenic acid is known to be one of the strongest antioxidants out there. A study done by Cornell University actually found out that coffee is full of CGA and that this amazing antioxidant is linked to reduced death of retinal cells induced by hypoxia and oxidative stress. This study helped find greater link to prevention of retinal degeneration, a degeneration that affects millions of people worldwide and is so very damaging to one’s way of life. Other diseases that moderate coffee intake can prevent include Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) and Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). These diseases can leave you with many hard decisions that you have to make and carry out such as gene therapy, optogenetics, and cell transplants. It is comforting to know that by just drinking a moderate level of coffee that you are a higher chance of avoiding diseases like these.

Say Bye Bye to Heart Failure
It seems almost odd to say that a moderate level of coffee can reduce the chances of heart failure, considering that coffee is linked to an increase in blood pressure. Be sure to remember that the important word here is “moderate.” So long as you are moderate in your intake of coffee than you surely do not need to worry about high blood pressure and all the miserable possibilities that come with it! Coffee can increase blood pressure but so long as you are not drinking too much then the effects are very minimal at only about 3-4 mm/Hg and even then when you become a regular coffee drinker your blood pressure naturally stabilizes. Studies have also shown that women who drink coffee have also showed a reduced risk of heart disease. Furthermore, other studies showed that there is a 20% lower risk of stroke in moderate coffee drinkers as well. You could say thank you to the antioxidants for that!

What is Moderate Coffee Consumption?






















Now that I have presented you with the bad effects of too much drinking and the positive effects of moderate coffee drinking, hopefully you are now intrigued by what is considered to be a moderate amount! Many rule out that the amount of caffeine that one consumes in a day should be limited to 400 mg of caffeine a day. When you think about it, that is actually quite a lot of coffee that you are still able to consume. 400 mg of caffeine translates to about 4 cups of coffee. So, you heavy coffee connoisseurs do not need to worry about having to really cut down on the amount of coffee that you drink daily. A cup of coffee (8 ounces) translates to about 95-100 mg of caffeine, so if you are aiming to drink less than 400 mg than you can figure out how much you choose to consume based off knowing the amount of mg in one cup of coffee! If you realize that you may be drinking more than 400 mg of caffeine (you probably just pour your coffee in a really big cup!) than I think it is about time that you work on cutting that down to at least 400 mg. Try to portion your coffees in smaller cups and drink more smaller cups throughout the day. That way it feels like you are drinking a lot of coffee to get you through the day, but you are really just sipping it in small sips throughout the day (which is actually good for you!). Time your coffee out and figure out what times work best for you and also keep in mind that when drinking coffee, it is best to reduce other caffeinated drinks. In our coffee haze we sometimes forget that other drinks we drink also have caffeine as well. If you drink soda, energy drinks, or other beverages that may contain caffeine then do keep in mind that you have to reduce your coffee intake even more to make sure you never go above the daily 400 mg limit. Now that you know this, drink your coffee and carry on!

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Benefits of Kosher Drinks

Kosher is an extremely important aspect to the faith of a Jewish person. Kosher is a reference to a set of biblical laws that detail the types of food a Jewish person are allowed to eat and the ways in which they can and cannot eat the food. For something to be considered kosher the ingredients and method of preparation all must be certified for orthodox-kosher compliance. Kosher is a concept that is very much ingrained in the religion of Judaism and it is so imperative that people of the Jewish faith adhere to the idea of kosher. This can be very difficult to do considering a lot of kitchens, cafes, restaurants, etc. do not follow the guidelines of kosher typically and end up preparing food in the presence of other food which is not allowed. This makes it very difficult for people of the Jewish faith to be able to enjoy kosher wherever they go. The problem of why restaurants do not think about implementing the concept of kosher foods and practice into their kitchen could be due to the fact that they see kosher as something difficult to implement into their process, but this is most likely because they do not know of all the wonderful benefits of kosher nor are they fully educated on what kosher is. If cafes, shops, restaurants spent more time on understanding kosher and maybe attempting to implement it into their process it would help those of the Jewish faith have more opportunities for food options when thinking about consuming food outside of the house. In addition, there are actually many benefits to having kosher be a part of not only food preparation, but drink preparation as well and this may surprise you!

What is Kosher & How is it Determined?














So now you understand that kosher is an essential part of the Jewish faith, but maybe a lot of non-Jewish readers out there are confused by what kind of laws or guidelines are set when referring to kosher food and drinks? Basically, kosher foods are divided into three categories which are meat, dairy, and pareve. Meat and dairy items cannot be eaten together nor can they be prepared together using the same cooking pots, pans, or utensils. Pareve tends to refer to foods that are considered neutral and for that reason can be enjoyed and cooked with either dairy or meat items. In reference to drinks (which will be our main focus for today), kosher drinks have to go through a certification process in which an agency must determine that every ingredient that is a part of the drink is kosher, therefore making the drink in all of its entirety kosher. If you for example, decide to open up a coffee shop and wish to make your coffee shop kosher, then you would begin by filling out an application and sending it in to a kosher agency that will determine what kind of drinks or food you are dealing with and assign your application to the most appropriate Rabbinic Coordinator. This Rabbinic Coordinator will then reach out to you and discuss the entirety of your ingredients manufacturing process as well as what would be considered the basics of kosher compliance. During this time, you are encouraged to ask questions and create a sort of plan of how you wish to start and maintain your kosher shop to the best of standards. You are then given a quote on the annual fee you will pay for having your facility kosher certified. The fee will never be created based off the number of products you have or how much you sell out, rather it is based on the depth of work that the agency would have to put in to make sure everything is kosher compliant. A new Accounts Specialist will then walk you through the process of determining how to submit the necessary information about your raw materials. A visit will be arranged to the facility and the Rabbi will make the necessary plans and procedures to ensure that your coffee shop in its entirety always follows kosher procedures. In addition, your staff will be thoroughly trained on how to stick to the highest standards of kosher so that it ensured that everyone working at the facility is on the same page. After this a contract will be drafted and you will be certified! It isn’t a hard process to go through and many are there to help walk you through the process of getting your cafe or shop kosher certified.

Why Choose to Kosher Certify?
So why choose to kosher certify? Are there any benefits to having kosher food and drinks? The answer is yes! Kosher drinks specifically can offer many benefits to the person! Since they are held to the strictest standards and are created based off the concept that all food and beverages have to be pure, you can be sure that your kosher products Here are some benefits that one can expect from a variety of kosher drinks! Check out these benefits of kosher beverages like coffee, tea, and more!

Kosher Coffee Benefits














In the case of kosher coffee there are some benefits that one can receive over the standard coffee. Coffee is considered a neutral food or a pareve. This means it can be eaten with dairy or meat without breaking any guidelines. This means that kosher coffee can still have creamer and dairy in it, but the process of obtaining the dairy is different from that for non-kosher dairy consumers. The dairy must come from a kosher animal and it all must be produced, processed and packaged on kosher equipment. Kosher animals are fed in very good conditions. They are not injected with possible hormones and other bad toxins that could be possible if the animal was not kosher. Kosher animals are fed a very healthy diet, ensuring that the milk from the kosher animal is very clean! You do not need to worry about extra hormones and toxins when you have kosher dairy instead of regular dairy, making that cup of coffee a lot cleaner and healthier for you! Extra hormones that have been added in many cows across America have been deemed to make the dairy that is served at markets and stores, full of extra hormones that can possibly disrupt your own hormones within your body. When it comes to dairy, you want nothing but the best for yourself and kosher dairy products can offer that to you. Since kosher products are put under very strict guidelines and are routinely checked up on, you can be sure that your kosher milk, creamer, and coffee are not filled with other hormones and toxins. You know exactly what you are getting from it, which is so important! In addition, the flavor of kosher coffee is not different at all! You don’t have to sacrifice flavor when it comes to kosher meaning you can still have the same great tasting coffee just with the knowledge that the ingredients are 100% pure and healthy for your body!

Kosher Tea Benefits
Kosher tea has similar benefits to kosher coffee as well. Kosher tea is offered through a myriad of different varieties of tea that people all over the world enjoy. When it comes to kosher drinks, the options you have are still the same and the taste is still something you can thoroughly enjoy! You can rest easy knowing that the ingredients that were prepped to make the tea are 100% of only those ingredients and no other surprises! Manufacturers who are non-kosher can sometimes run into the habit of marketing and selling their products as made of certain ingredients, but since there are no crazy, strict guidelines watching what they put in their product, they could be adding in extra additives or replacing ingredients with things that are unhealthy, yet cheaper. You really honestly can never tell so is so helpful that with kosher you know these products cannot be sold without being supervised on strict conditions, meaning that when you drink your tea, you know exactly what you are getting out of it! You can enjoy a myriad of kosher tea flavors like black tea, green tea, oolong, herbal tea, white, and flavored!

The benefits listed above that apply to both coffee and tea can actually apply to all kosher drinks like soda and juices as well! Kosher sodas and juices are no exception to the rule. As a parent or someone concerned about what they put into their bodies, it is very crucial to make important and informed decisions about the brands of beverages you are buying and where they actually come from. America doesn’t run the tightest ship on their company standards with beverage and food products and it allows many manufacturers to get away with doing the bare minimum on the quality and health safety of their products. Kosher will always be checked in on by a Rabbi and these will always ensure that the kosher products you are receiving are not deceiving you at all like other non-kosher brands can. This becomes the ultimate and most important benefit of consuming kosher beverages!

The Bottom Line with Kosher Beverages














To sum it up for everyone who are curious about buying kosher beverages or actually making your own beverage company, kosher certified, remember that there is absolutely nothing that could really go wrong from choosing to go kosher with your drinks over your regular drinks! You will not have to sacrifice flavor or quality and you can be sure that the standards of your drinks are met to the highest of standards and nothing less. With kosher you are choosing high quality and increased food safety. Those with allergies can rest easy knowing that nothing that is not supposed to be in the product, actually gets into the product which is a major health concern with those who have deadly allergies. In all, going kosher is saying yes to health and demonstrates your understanding to put only the best and appropriate ingredients into your body!

Start with Bowery Cold Brew
If this article has got you excited about all things kosher beverages and you yourself are eager to get your hands on something kosher, then look no more! Bowery cold brew coffee is 100% kosher and super delicious. If you are looking for an iced drink to keep you cool on those hot, sunny days and you still want to reap all the benefits that kosher can bring to you then try out Bowery Coffee today! It is insanely rich and delicious and is made with only the best 100% arabica beans. You can try flavors like original, toasted caramel, dirty chai, cacao, and Tahitian vanilla. All of these flavors are super rich and delicious, deriving their flavor from being steeped for over 12 hours. You can enjoy the dark roast of the coffee with yummy dark chocolate flavor notes and sip in satisfaction knowing that it is kosher, non-GMO, direct trade, and single origin! Sounds like a good time to me. Bowery coffee believes in the importance of not just quality coffee, but coffee that makes a bold statement. This bold statement being that anyone and everyone should be able to be a part of the wonderful experience of coffee. No one should ever be excluded. Whether you are vegan, have crazy allergies, live a kosher lifestyle, or more, we want you to know that we make this coffee with everyone in mind. Being inclusive is so important. We acknowledge the diversity of the world and want the world to know that their differences are what makes them unique and we accept them wholeheartedly while taking them into account every step of the way when making such coffee products. So, sip on some bowery coffee or explore other great kosher beverages out there and experience what kosher can bring to you. Guarantee you it will put a smile on your face and you will know deep down in your heart that you made the right decision!

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Best Time to Have Coffee















Coffee is a universal drink enjoyed by many people. It comes in a wide variety of flavors and can have a lot of different ingredients added to it depending on your preference. With the wide range of ingredients that can be added to coffee it has become the ultimate drink for many to enjoy. People drink coffee at night to power them through the hectic all-nighters they need to pull for work or school related reasons. Then they need coffee to power themselves through the morning when they feel like crashing due to the lack of sleep. It happens. Life gets crazy busy and sometimes the occasion calls for coffee. Yet due to the fact that coffee has a lot of caffeine in it, it often begs the question of whether drinking coffee late at night is a smart thing even though you really need it. With the caffeine being a major factor of coffee and the most important reason as to why people love coffee so much this begs the question of whether all times of the day is truly the best time of day for coffee? Or does coffee work the best during certain hours?

Why Does it Matter?















Many people would beg to differ that coffee is never supposed to be a just a certain time. Coffee can be enjoyed any time of the day no matter what the day is. That may be true. Leisurely coffee is the best any time of the day, no matter the weather or what you are doing. Whether you are going to work, hanging out at the beach, catching up on some reading, coffee can be enjoyed at all times! Yet this would work best for those who are drinking coffee not for the caffeine purposes, but rather for the purpose of enjoying it. The time would definitely matter though if you are drinking coffee for the purpose of reaping the most out of the caffeine. If you are hung up on a project, a major final, essay, or something more and need to have caffeine to help you through the day and night then it may be very beneficial for you to research the best times to drink your coffee and the worst times to drink your coffee. That way you know that you are getting most out of the caffeine you are consuming. Choosing to drink caffeine at times that are not the best for you and your body can actually lead to serious consequences and health concerns. Your body can begin to experience a high tolerance towards coffee which is never a good thing. You do not want to build a tolerance to caffeine because then you won’t have many options to keep yourself alert and awake when you need it. In addition, high tolerances to caffeine can also make you less able to sleep. Lack of sleep is so bad for your body. When you do not get enough sleep, you become more tired. Your body is unable to perform necessary functions for your body likes repairing and improving your skin and energy (meaning you are going to have really bad skin). You are also more sensitive to stress with a lack of sleep so your quality of life goes downhill. You are more prone to feeling depressed and lethargic. Overall bad things happen with a lack of sleep. All of this can be avoided if you become informed about the best and worst times to consume your caffeine. Here are some coffee facts and tips that can help guide your understanding of when your caffeine intake is going to help you the best!

Morning is Actually Not the Best
Everyone drinks coffee in the morning. In fact, the morning is the most popular time for people to make their coffee or occupy the coffee shops. Coffee shops are always crazy busy in the rush hour morning as people make their way in to seek good caffeine to power them through their work or school days. The entire American culture is ingrained in the idea of drinking coffee first thing in the morning, but it may come as a shock to you that coffee first thing in the morning may not be the best way to get the most caffeine out of your cup of joe! The science behind it all begins with the production of this human hormone known as cortisol. Cortisol is the hormone responsible for our ability to feel awake and alert. The peak production of cortisol happens around 8-9 am in the morning. This means that as people make their way to grab a cup of caffeine they already do not realize that their body is running on cortisol and is technically caffeinated by choosing to stimulate your body with additional caffeine when it is already at peak cortisol levels, you are actually allowing for those cortisol levels to completely diminish the caffeine that you just drank meaning you bought and drank that cup of coffee for essentially no advantage or benefit. In addition, over time this will cause your body to build a fast tolerance for it and over time the buzz you get from the coffee will eventually diminish. This can actually lead to other harmful effects on your health such as disturbing your circadian rhythm through heightening the amount of cortisol your body makes (in simpler terms your sleep becomes affected as a result).

Take Advantage of Your Dip Levels















Your peak cortisol levels accumulate throughout your day as well! There are specific times that your body actually produces cortisol and the main way to figure out the best time to enjoy your cup of joe is related to understanding what times of the day your body dips in its production of cortisol. Those are the times that you want to take advantage of. Now since everybody’s body is different, these peak cortisol times can differ depending on your own body, but typically through much research scientists have dictated that your peak cortisol levels occur during 8-9 am, 12-1 pm, and 5:30-6:30 pm. With an understanding of these general times you can then figure out that any time that is in between these times would be the best time for you to drink coffee. Through this knowledge you can then effectively create maybe a coffee schedule in which you can determine when you think is the best time that you are able to buy or make your coffee between your work or school schedule (or even as a stay at home parent). By doing this you can ensure that you do not feel jittery or hyper alert after drinking coffee and then crash immediately afterwards. In fact, many people often wonder why they feel so tired a few hours after drinking coffee and what the problem is. They become alarmed that coffee may not work for them and it can be a frustrating situation to feel helpless and tired all day long. I guarantee you that if you take this cortisol schedule into consideration you will feel a lot more energized after your cup of coffee!

If You are an Early Riser
The situation of creating a coffee schedule and understanding how to maximize your coffee can be a little bit harder for some people. Some people do not wake up right at 8 am or 9 am in the morning and the time that they wake up can greatly affect when your body decides to produce cortisol. If you are waking up at noon as opposed to 8 in the morning than the way your body produces cortisol and the times that it does so can end up being different from the typical times mentioned above. In this case for those who wake up a little later and are unsure whether their body has produced cortisol or not, people say that it is best to wait about 3-4 hours after waking up to fully ensure that your body is in a dip in cortisol levels at the moment. So, if you are someone who rises at noon then chooses to have your cup of joe around 3-4 pm. If you are an early riser and you awake way before the first cortisol peak at 8 am-9am, then wait around 11 am to noon to have your first cup of coffee. For some this may make them a bit anxious considering people do not think they can physically function that long after waking up without coffee, but many have never actually tried to wait a bit before buying coffee to find out. Guarantee you, your cortisol peak will have you covered and will give you the energy you need for the next few hours before you can reach for that first cup.

Be Wary of the Time





















When figuring out the best time to enjoy the added caffeine, it may also be wise to take into consideration the latest time you should have coffee before it will affect your bedtime. For those of you who are late sleepers and sleep past 9pm then this is not for you, but for those of you that have to sleep early because of work or classes, it may be wise to take this into consideration. Try to stop having coffee past 3 pm. For some of you that is absolutely no problem and for others this may be a very horrible statement to hear, but it is true. If you go to sleep on a strict schedule and you need to be in bed at a reasonable time than it is best that you halt all caffeine (coffee, soda, etc.) after 3 in the afternoon. If you work a little late or you have later classes and this proves to be difficult for you, then the best thing you can do is maybe switch a black tea or green tea. Black tea has half the amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee and green tea has about one third of the amount of caffeine as coffee. This way you can still get a bit of a caffeine boost, but it won’t be enough to have you wide-eyed and restless around your bedtime. Another trick you can do is drink water! Water is a great way for you to get some energy without having any threats to your sleep schedule or nighttime routine.

Don’t Be Nervous
With all this talk about lack of sleep, stress, high cortisol levels, and more it may seem as if coffee is trickier than once thought and it may even put you off from ever wanting to consume it ever again! Do not worry! Have no fear at all because coffee still has so many health benefits for you that if you just take this information into consideration and become smarter about the times you choose to drink coffee than all of this can be easily avoided. You basically go the full lowdown and the basics on when to drink coffee and when not to and with this knowledge, you no doubt have what you need to make very good and healthy decisions about your coffee. Don’t cut it out! Just make some lifestyle changes and you can enjoy coffee the right way with all the amazing benefits that it can provide you with.

Coffee Fun Facts
● Kona coffee is a brand of coffee that comes from the state of Hawaii. Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that commercially grows coffee because of its optimal weather for harvesting beans.
● Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers have been able to prove that older patients with higher level of caffeine were more likely to avoid Alzheimer’s. The caffeine from coffee also has a positive effect on type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. It has even been shown to protect against skin cancer in women.
● Dark roast coffees can actually have less caffeine than lighter roasts and this can be due to the fact that the dark roasts are burned more allowing for that caffeine to burn off more quickly.















Just some facts for you to enjoy and realize that coffee doesn’t have to be daunting and scary. The right knowledge can allow you to reap the benefits and fun from coffee with the best health effects for you!

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