Nutrition Facts in Coffee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone needs a cup of coffee in their life once in a while (or possibly every day if you are like me). Coffee is a very pleasant drink for the taste buds and it has such a strong ability to subdue a person and make them feel less stressed and focused when they need it. People all over the world understand the purpose and potency of coffee. Coffee is good, it promotes socialization, and it offers a good energy boost when you really need it, but other than that does anybody really know a lot more about coffee. Aware of the benefits? What it can do for you? What types of coffee you should try to drink and which you should try to avoid for your own health? What can coffee give you calorie wise and what happens when you start throwing in all those extra ingredients like caramel, chocolate, milk, sugar, syrups, etc.? Not much of the general population of coffee drinkers know much about coffee in that sense. Nonetheless if you feel as if you are lacking in your skills and knowledge of coffee when it comes to what it can offer you nutritionally, then look no more. You can read this article and find out for yourself what you are getting nutritionally from your morning cup of joe as well as what you shouldn’t expect to get from your daily coffee! Who knows maybe some of the facts can surprise you.

Coffee Nutrition 101
Talking about the nutritional value you can get from coffee can be a pretty complex subject to talk about considering coffee is so diverse. There is a myriad of ways that you can choose to make your coffee and so many ingredients you can add to your coffee in order to manipulate it to your own taste preferences. For this reason, there are no set nutritional facts that you can expect from each coffee you consume. It will definitely vary depending on the amount of coffee you drink, the amount of extra ingredients you choose to add to it and so on. Yet this article will work to generalize and estimate what you can roughly expect nutritionally in your cup of joe and will go through the process of adding more complex ingredients to your coffee to see what you are receiving from it! The main nutrition facts we will focus on in relation to coffee include fats, protein, calories, sugar, sodium, potassium, and calcium. Before we start delving a bit into how you can understand your coffee and what it can do for you, it is first extremely important that you we go through a process of understanding exactly what the above nutrition facts can do for your body. By understanding what nutrition facts to look out for you can understand what certain nutrition facts mean for your body.

Fats
Some fats can be good for you, but some are not. Do not fall into the habit of thinking that all fats are naturally bad for you and therefore should be avoided. It is important to understand what type of fats you should what to get from your diet. All fats have nine calories per gram. Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats can help protect your heart and lower your risk of type 2 diabetes. Harmful saturated and trans fats can have the opposite effect for you and end up damaging your body. When thinking about your fat intake and consumption, focus on keeping your fat to 20-35% of your total daily calories!

Protein
Protein is very important for you! It is a structural component for your muscle tissues, organs, and cell walls. In addition, it is a great source of energy for when you do not have carbohydrates or fat. Protein is about 4 calories per gram. When it comes to how much protein you should be consuming in a day, keep in mind that 10-35% of your calories should come from protein. This number can be altered depending on your activity level.

Calories
Most people are very much aware of what calories are. They are definitely not a type of compound like the other nutritional facts, rather a unit of energy. The whole world though is very much aware of what calories are and our entire diet is based off calories and caloric intake in a day. They are a unit of energy and are very important when understanding what amounts of vitamins and nutritional compounds you need to have daily as well as helping you to understand if you are eating enough to provide yourself with energy for the day.

Sugar
Sugar is often regarded as a very bad part of a diet, but not all sugars are bad for you. Sugars from fruits as well as sugar from the lactose in milk are not bad for you. The sugars that you should be aware of are sugars like sucrose, dextrose, maltose, or any other sweeteners that are added. If the sugar is not naturally occurring in the food or drink than most likely it is not good for you (meaning any sugar you add in your coffee in the form of syrups, sauces, and sweeteners are not healthy for you).

Potassium
Potassium in the correct amounts can actually be very good for you. Potassium intake that is low can actually lead to low blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. High potassium can actually decrease mortality rate by about 20% by decreasing the risk of stroke, high blood pressure, protecting against loss of muscle mass, preserving bone mineral density, as well as the reduction of the formation of kidney stones. Of course, too much potassium can be very bad and for that reason is recommended in moderate amounts.

Sodium
Sodium is an essential mineral for your body. It helps to regulate the body’s fluid balance and can help send nerve impulses that can affect muscle function. Changes in sodium can be very detrimental to the body and brain. Low levels of sodium can result in the body and brain going into a state of lethargy, confusion, and dizziness. The recommended daily amount of sodium can help aid in regulating blood pressure which is vital for maintaining good heart health. Any high levels of sodium (like high levels of anything) are not good for the body and therefore it is recommended that you stay within the target amount as not doing so can lead to high blood pressure. Overall though a good amount of sodium is needed daily to promote a strong and healthy body.

Calcium
No doubt, calcium is vital for good health. A good consumption of calcium is needed to build and maintain strong bones and a healthy communication between the brain and the other parts of the body. In addition, calcium can help with muscle contraction, prevent blood clotting, and more. They affect the smooth muscle surrounding blood vessels allowing them to relax. Calcium is also the cofactor for many enzymes and without the presence of calcium, such enzymes cannot work properly. In this way, it is ideal that your body has good calcium intake.

Black Coffee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We first start this off by talking about plain black coffee. The simplest that coffee can possibly get and probably the healthiest you can get when it comes to consuming coffee. Black coffee is merely the product of ground up coffee beans and water. Coffee in its purest form. When it comes to black coffee, if you consume about an eight-ounce cup, you can expect around 2.4 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of sugar, 0.3 grams of protein, 5 mg of sodium, 116 mg of potassium, and about 4.7 mg of calcium. Therefore, with black coffee consumption you can look to reap the benefits of low calories, some protein, sodium, potassium, and a bit of calcium. It is good that black coffee has no sugars or bad fats, so in this way you do not have to worry about high sugar consumption of the bad kind and fat.

Bulletproof Coffee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are unaware of what bulletproof coffee is. It is basically this new trend of coffee that has been making the rounds as a new way to lose weight. It should contain healthy fats from the grass-fed butter and its ingredients are known to help reduce appetite and increase the feeling of being full. Bulletproof coffee is known to be made with about 2 ½ heaping tablespoons of bulletproof coffee beans, 1 cup of filtered water, 1 tbsp-2 tbsp of brain octane oil, and about 1-2 tbsp of grass-fed unsalted butter. With this type of coffee, you can expect about 223 calories, 25.1 grams of fat, 11 mg of sodium, 235.9 mg of potassium, 0 grams of sugar, 0.7 g of protein, and about 1.3% of your daily calcium (calculated based off a 2,000-calorie diet). As you can compare to the black coffee, bulletproof coffee offers you healthy fats, extra protein by about 0.4 grams, 6 extra grams of sodium, and 119.9 extra grams of potassium. As you can see bulletproof coffee can offer you an extra boost in some nutritional compounds, minerals, and vitamins and it still lays off of the artificial sweetener which is very important. If you dislike the taste of plain black coffee and are looking for a way to liven your coffee up a bit without making it too unhealthy than bulletproof coffee may be just the thing for you!

Iced Caramel Macchiato

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The iced caramel macchiato is all the craze for younger coffee fanatics who absolutely love their coffee with a good amount of sweetness. This drink is one of the most popular drinks to grace coffee houses like Starbucks and it is quite the sugary drink for the coffee lovers. An iced caramel macchiato is simply cold milk mixed with pumps of vanilla syrup, espresso poured over the top, ice and caramel sauce drizzled all over. This beautiful and absolutely eye-catching coffee drink is a lot more on the unhealthy side of the other two more simple coffee drinks. A medium iced caramel macchiato roughly contains about 250 calories, 7 grams of fat (about 4.5 grams of it is from saturated fat), 34 grams of sugar, 10 grams of protein, 150 mg of sodium, 270 mg of calcium, and about 0 mg of potassium. You can tell that this drink warrants a bit of some unhealthy unsaturated fats and a lot of unhealthy added sugars that most likely arise from the caramel sauce and vanilla syrup. It seems that with these nutritional facts, iced caramel macchiatos should serve as a once in a while coffee treat and not your go-to coffee drink.

Iced Mocha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iced mochas are also another popular drink that you see many people ordering and consuming in coffee shops. They are definitely one of the most standard coffee drinks that probably make it onto the menu of every known coffee house. Iced mochas are the delicious result of espresso combined with bittersweet mocha sauce, milk, and ice. They are the epitome of a delicious coffee drink, but once again are probably not the best nutritionally for everyday coffee consumption. Iced mochas are typically about 350 calories, 17 grams of fat (with 11 grams of that fat being saturated, 100 mg of sodium, 30 grams of sugar, 0 mg of potassium, 9 grams of protein, and 270 mg of calcium. Once again, the coffee is a source of sodium and protein, but not a very good source of fat as it contains a lot of saturated fats and is very high in sugar. Iced mochas should probably be your guilty pleasure drink that you enjoy here and there, but when selecting a go-to everyday coffee drink, it is probably wise to stick to cold brew or plain coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since there are so many different types of coffee drinks, this article would be so incredibly long if we went through all of them as well as all of the nutrition facts associated with those drinks, but hopefully these few common coffee drinks have inspired you to be more educated about the coffee you choose to drink and put into your body. If you realize that you probably are not making the healthiest decision for your daily coffee than hopefully seeing some of the nutritional facts associated with the first few coffee drinks can inspire you to create your own coffee tailored to your preferences while also keeping you happy and healthy!

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Types of Coffee Beans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee has been one of those universal drinks that has had the ability to bring people together for centuries. Coffee is powerful in so many ways as it has been able to offer a good energy boost for those in need of it and have become a symbol of a society that is constantly developing socially. Since the time coffee beans were found and made, people from hundreds of years ago until now have had the opportunity to use coffee as an enigmatic drinking experience that provides high energy and gives one the ability to socialize and learn from the world around them. It is often crazy to imagine that delicious and creamy drinks we enjoy come from tiny little beans. All that caffeine and flavor powered and packed in a single tiny little coffee bean, makes one realize how potent and important coffee really is to us, offering a more appreciative understanding of coffee. Today though we take the spotlight off of the coffee drink itself and turn our attention towards the little beans that are the forefront behind the concept of coffee to begin with. It is so easy for people to praise the actual coffee drink, but we often spend so much time on the way coffee can be made and enjoyed that we can naturally forget all about the little beans that make the coffee drink what it is today. So, cheers to the little ones, this article is for you, we promise you were never forgotten!

 

Types of Coffee Beans

Today we will focus on on a little information regarding each type of coffee bean that circulates the world currently. For all those avid coffee drinkers (or perhaps people who have not had such a positive coffee experience), here is the lowdown on what to expect from each coffee bean out there and which coffee beans to look for when trying to understand what type of coffee flavor that you enjoy going for. The four different types of coffee beans we will focus on today are coffee arabica, coffee robusta, coffee liberica, and coffee exceisa (aka coffee liberica var. dewevrei). These are the four coffee beans that are known to be cultivated and circulated around the world and it is these coffee beans that we will direct our attention to for today!

 

Coffee Arabica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first coffee bean we will focus on is known as coffee arabica. Coffee arabica can also be known as “the coffee shrub of Arabia”, “mountain coffee”, or “arabica coffee. This type of coffee bean is actually the most popular coffee bean of all the coffee beans cultivated and sold worldwide, making this coffee bean the dominator of the coffee market. Coffee arabica is originally from Ethiopia and this specific coffee bean is known to grow in conditions where it is humid and the soil is known to be deep and crumbly. This type of coffee bean is also known to be a bit of a diva, considering that it needs to grow in near perfect conditions with the right weather and soil. One of the reasons that may contribute to why coffee arabica is a lot more popular around the coffee market than robusta could be related to the fact that coffee arabica beans are thought to have a much better taste than any of the other coffee beans out there. Many people who have tried the taste of coffee made from the arabica beans report that the coffee tastes sweeter, softer, and contain tons of sugar, fruit, floral scents, and berries. This is not the case for coffee robusta beans and for that reason coffee arabica frequents coffee shops and markets way more than any other coffee bean in existence. They have a higher acidity similar to wine and for that reason produce a sort of wine taste that many people find enjoyable to drink. One drawback of the coffee arabica bean is the fact that they are a lot harder to grow and cultivate compared to the other coffee beans, which additionally makes them more expensive. There are a variety of places that produce the coffee arabica bean such as countries in Latin America like Brazil and Colombia. These places are the most predominant places where the arabica coffee bean is cultivated, but other countries and continents can grow them as well like Africa and Papua New Guinea.

 

Coffee Robusta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee robusta is the second most common coffee bean produced in the world after coffee arabica. This coffee bean originates from the plant known as the Coffee canephora, which is known to produce beans that are low in acidity and high in bitterness. This coffee bean is known to be used more for instant coffees, espressos, and as a filler for ground up coffee blends. The coffee robusta is not a diva, like the arabica bean is, when it comes to cultivation. This type of coffee bean can actually grow in places of low altitude which coffee arabica beans fail to do and can also produce twice as much caffeine as the arabica bean is. They produce their fruit a lot quicker, are less vulnerable to the threat of pests and weather conditions and offer more yield per crop. In this way, coffee robusta could seem like the better option for coffee beans because it is a lot less of a headache to cultivate and for this reason is a lot cheaper to grow and sell. Yet the problem behind why coffee robusta is not as prominent as the coffee arabica bean is due to the fact that the flavor and quality is a lot more inferior. Not many people would enjoy the taste of the coffee robusta bean and this is due to the fact that many people report it as being very strong, harsh, having a sort of grain-like overtone, and carrying an aftertaste that is reminiscent of peanuts. It appears that not many avid coffee drinkers would really enjoy this, yet despite this drawback to the coffee robusta, this does not mean that it is not a favorable coffee bean to grow. It actually does better than coffee arabica when it comes to creating strong and harsh types of coffees like espresso. The bitter taste offers a deep flavor and the texture of the coffee bean allows the espresso to create a really nice crema (the foam that typically generates on top of freshly made espresso). For this reason, coffee robusta definitely has its perks and it isn’t too difficult to understand why it would be the second most popular coffee bean to cultivate and sell around the world. Places that are common for growing the coffee robusta bean include the Eastern Hemisphere of the world, mostly countries like Africa, Indonesia, India, and Brazil.

 

Coffee Liberica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The origins of the coffee bean liberica are very similar to its name. This is a Liberian coffee that comes from a species of flowering plant in the Rubiaceae family. This coffee bean is not produced very much around the world. In fact, the coffee liberia, only accounts for 2% of the world’s coffee consumption. Liberica has actually run into the problem of near extinction and for that reason has become a very rare commodity in terms of coffee bean production. It is known to have a very dense flavor that is not typically suited for most people’s palate and for that reason in the Philippines, this coffee bean is known as the “Manly Coffee.” Although the coffee bean is not very popular in certain parts of the world such as Europe, North America, South America, etc. there is an extremely dedicated following to this coffee bean in countries like the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Part of the reason why this could be the case is possibly due to the fact that around the end of the 19th century, many of the arabica trees in Indonesia died out due to a coffee rust disease. This is the case for other countries like Malaysia and Philippines who were actually very popular cultivators of the arabica bean around the 19th century as well, but the coffee rust disease killed out a majority of the arabica trees. The flavor of this coffee bean is known to be very different in comparison to the big two coffee beans (aka arabica and robusta). The coffee liberica plant contains huge coffee berries that are smoky, nutty, and contains notes of dark chocolate when the bean is roasted and brewed. If you like strong coffee with a hint of dark chocolate then coffee liberica may be the coffee bean that you have been anticipating.

 

Coffee Excelsa or Coffee Liberica var. Dewevrei

The last coffee bean types we will talk about is the coffee bean known as the coffee excelsa. This coffee bean is a bit on the controversial side, mainly because it was re-classified as a member of the Liberica family, but a lot of people view these two coffee beans as completely different and worthy of distinction as two separate types of coffee. The main reason for their reclassification is due to the fact that this coffee bean grows on large 20-30 feet trees like the Liberica coffee bean. They both grow at very similar altitudes and possess very similar almond-like shapes. This particular coffee bean is a little more widespread than the coffee liberica bean, accounting for a 7% of the world’s coffee circulation, but definitely nowhere near popular to the arabica and robusta coffee bean. The flavor of coffee excelsa is observed as having a tart and fruity body similar to what you would taste when drinking a standard light roast coffee. Yet at the same time there is also a hint of dark roast notes within the coffee that leads this type of coffee bean somewhere in the middle of light and dark notes. The majority of coffee excelsa beans are produced for the purpose of being used for coffee blends. They tend to give coffee blends a more extra boost of flavor and complexity that leaves a lot of coffee drinkers satisfied with the taste. The exelsa coffee bean is most enjoyed by front-palate people. If you are extremely confused by what I just said then basically what this means is that the coffee is better suited for people who like to use their back-palate a lot more. People who are more in tune with the back-palate of their mouth are attracted to coffees that are more in depth and have a certain weight that can hit the taste buds in the back. Front-palate people enjoy coffee that is more bright, aromatic, and lighter in body and for this reason would be more drawn to the taste of excelsa than robusta or liberica. The excelsa coffee beans are mainly known to grow in the Southeast region of Asia.

Hopefully this article worked to make you more aware of the various types of coffee flavors that you encounter when drinking or purchasing coffee. If you find that you don’t like certain flavors of coffee from a certain store or brand then this could be a sign to you that maybe the coffee bean is where your problem is at and not more so the coffee itself. Know yourself and what kind of flavors you seek out when enjoying a good cup of joe and from there research to understand what kind of flavors work best with your preference. Since you are now aware of the fact that coffee can actually come in many different natural flavors, you can now further understand the diversity of coffee which also makes it more unique and hopefully appealing to you (for those of you who aren’t too crazy about coffee but want to understand what all the fuss is about!). Want bold, dark coffee? Rich, smooth, and light? Looking for huge caffeine punch? Or are you just looking for a sweet cup of coffee to sip on when out with friends? No matter your reason for wanting to consume or seek out coffee, with the diversity of coffee and the complexity with which it can be made, there is no doubt that soon enough you will find the right cup of joe that complements your taste and preferences perfectly!

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Snacks to Enjoy with Bowery Coffee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee itself is a wonderful and enjoyable drink to have while you are studying hard, enjoying some me time, running off to work, or socializing with friends. No matter what you are doing, coffee is there to support you through it all. Coffee is such a versatile beverage, offered in many different types of flavors, creams, methods, etc. It is truly something to enjoy and you can even enjoy what coffee has to offer with delicious snacks that you can pair with it. You can choose from a wide variety of savory and sweet snacks that you can easily pair and enjoy with your favorite cup of bowery coffee. Get ready for some awesome snacks that you can enjoy, coming your way right now!

Bowery Coffee, Your Best Option
Bowery coffee is a great coffee brand to get hooked on. Bowery coffee does not exceed short of all the expectations that you have set in a cup of coffee. Without a doubt, bowery coffee meets and exceeds them all! Bowery coffee are bottled California brands of cold brew coffees coming in a wide range of delicious and addicting flavors such as original, Tahitian vanilla, cacao, toasted caramel, and dirty chai. In addition, bowery coffee is kosher, vegan, and non-GMO. A coffee that is incredibly delicious and good for your health? Talk about the perfect cup of joe. Now that you know the best coffee to enjoy with your snacks, let’s move on to the best type of snacks that you can enjoy with your favorite bowery cold brew coffee.

Snacks to Replicate and Try Out Now!

Savory Snacks


If you are leaning more to the savory side of a snack to enjoy with your cold brew coffee, then here you are, I have you covered on delicious recipes you can try out and enjoy with your cup of coffee, no matter the time of day.

Pesto Goat Cheese Croissants (foodnetwork.com)
If you love pesto and cheese, here you go! The delicious flavor of pesto and goat cheese pairs deliciously with a piping hot and fresh croissant. The snack is super simple to make and ultra-delicious to enjoy with your coffee.
Ingredients
●1 sheet of thawed puff pastry
●6 tsp of pesto
●6 tsp of fresh goat cheese
●1 egg
Directions
1.Begin by first preheating your oven to about 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2.Roll out a sheet of a thawed puff pastry that is about 200 grams until it reaches the size of about a cookie sheet.
3.Slice the puff pastry into 6 squares.
4.Spread about 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of the pesto onto each square to coat the puff pastry lightly. Do not spread the spread too far onto the edges.
5.Top the spread and puff pastry with about 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of freshly crumbled goat cheese.
6.Fold the square over so that you can make it into a triangle. You can either pinch the edges of the pastry together and bake it into those shape or start with back of the triangle and roll forward so that you can form a crescent.
7.After this, brush the pastry with a beaten egg.
8.Put the pastry into the oven and bake it for about 15 minutes or until it is golden on both the top and bottom.
9.Afterwards allow it to cool slightly and then serve.
Enjoy!

Goat Cheese Quiche with Hash-Brown Crust (delish.com)
Ingredients
●2 tbsp of butter
●1 package of frozen hash brown potatoes
●12 large eggs
●Coarse salt
●Ground pepper
●1 1/2 cup of reduced-fat sour cream
●1 package of soft goat cheese
●4 scallions

Directions
1.First begin by preheating the oven to about 375 degrees F. Brush a 9-by-2 1/2-inch springform pan with butter and then line the sides of the pan with strips of waxed paper. Then continue to brush the paper with butter, so that the entire bottom surface of the pan is coated in butter.
2.Squeeze any excess moisture from the hash brown potatoes and then mix the potatoes in with a bowl of butter, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Then pat ingredients into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan. You can use a measuring cup for this. Place this on a rimmed baking sheet and then bake until set, about 15-20 minutes.
3.After, in a large bowl whisk together sour cream, goat cheese, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, 1/4 teaspoons pepper until it is all well combined. After this whisk in the remaining 11 eggs. Pour the mixture into the crust and sprinkle with the scallions. Put into oven and bake for about 45 to 50 minutes. Un mold the finished quiche, remove wax paper, and enjoy!

Biscuits with Pancetta, Collard Greens, Marbleized Eggs, and Espresso Aioli (saveur.com)
Ingredients to make Buttermilk Biscuits
●5 cups of flour
●5 tbsp. Sugar
●2 tbsp. Baking powder
●1 tbsp. Kosher salt
●10 tbsp. Unsalted butter, frozen with 4 tbsp. of butter melted
●1 3/4 cups of buttermilk
●2 tbsp. Of honey

For the Sandwich Toppings
●7 oz. of thinly sliced pancetta (about 32 slices)
●1 lb. of collard greens that are trimmed and roughly chopped
●1/2 of a small Vidalia onion, which is thinly sliced
●3/4 cup of chicken stock
●1 tsp. Dijon mustard
●1 clove of garlic that is mashed into paste
●8 eggs plus about 1 egg yolk
●1/2 cup of canola oil
●1 1/2 tbsp. Espresso
●1/4 cup of minced chives
●Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper for taste

Directions
1.To start off making your biscuits, heat the oven to about 400 f. Whisk together your flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Use a box grater and grate your frozen butter (against the course side) into the flour mixture, combine the butter and the mixture together. After you have mixed it up it should reach a dough like consistency. Transfer your dough to a lightly floured surface and work to pat your dough into a 7” by 9” rectangle that is about 2 inches thick. After this use a 4-inch round cutter so that you can cut out 4 biscuits, reusing the scraps if you have any. Place the cut-out biscuits on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake your dough until they are about golden brown (around 18-20 minutes). Stir in your melted butter and honey into a bowl and then brush over that spread onto your hot biscuits. Return them back into the oven and cook an additional 5 minutes more until they are golden brown.
2.Prepare the pancetta by arranging the slices onto a single layer on 2 baking sheets. Bake them for about 5- 7 minutes until they are crispy. Use the fat from the pancetta later, so pour into another bowl and set aside.
3.In order to make the braised collard greens begin by bringing a large pot of salt water to a boil. Cook in your greens for about 4-6 minutes or until they are tender than drain. After heat your skillet and pour your pancetta fat into the skillet over medium heat. Cook in the onion until it is soft. Add in your greens, salt, pepper, and stock. Simmer until the stock has evaporated (10-12 minutes).
4.Whisk mustard, garlic, 1 egg yolk, and salt into a bowl for the espresso aioli. As you are whisking, slowly drizzle your oil and espresso until the aioli has emulsified.
5.For your marbleized eggs, melt in 1 tbsp of butter into an 8-inch non-stick skillet over medium and then crack 2 eggs into a skillet. Break the yolks. Use the tip of a spatula and gently swirl the yolks into egg whites, making a flat omelet (do not scramble eggs). Cook for about 3 minutes. Add in 1 tbsp. of chives and salt. Fold the omelet into quarters and transfer into a plate and keep it warm. Repeat to make 4 omelets total.
6.Assemble sandwich and enjoy!

Sweet Snacks to Try

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee Energy Bites (yummly.com)
Ingredients
●1 cup of dry whole grain oatmeal
●1/2 cup of ground flaxseed
●1 1/2 tbsp of fresh ground and unused coffee beans
●1/2 cup of creamy almond butter
●1/4 cup of honey
●1 tsp of vanilla
●1/4 cup of chocolate chips
●1/4 cup of dried cranberries
Directions
Simply stir in your oatmeal, flaxseed, and coffee beans together into a medium sized bowl until they are thoroughly mixed. Then add in your almond butter, honey, and vanilla. After they have been combined well, fold in the chocolate chips and cranberries. Stir them all well. Let it all chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. Once chilled, roll into balls, of whatever size you prefer. Store in airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 1 week! Enjoy!

Peach Berry Granola Yogurt Bowl (pillsbury.com)
Ingredients
●1 ounce of Greek peach yogurt
●1/2 cup of nature valley of oats ’n’ honey granola (from the 11-ounce bag)
●1/2 cup of fresh blackberries
●1 tbsp. of chopped pistachio nuts

Directions (Super easy and delicious!)
Simply spoon the yogurt into a bowl and top with the remaining ingredients Enjoy!

Sun Butter, Banana & Chia Seed Toast (theskinnyfork.com)
Ingredients
●1 slice of whole wheat bread
●1 tbsp of sunbather
●1/2 medium banana that is sliced
●1/2 tsp of chia seeds

Directions
Toast bread, spread the sun butter, and place banana sliced over the sun butter. Top if all off with chia seeds. Serve and enjoy!

Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats (greatist.com)
Ingredients
●1/3 cup of oats either gluten free or regular
●1/3 cup of almond milk
●1 tsp of Chia seeds
●1/2 tsp of maple syrup
●1 tsp of vanilla extract
●2 tbsp. of slivered almonds
●1/2 medium banana, sliced
●1/3 cup of blueberries

Directions
Mix together oats, almond milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, and vanilla. Seal up the container and place in the fridge overnight. In the morning stir up the oats and top it off with slivered almonds, sliced bananas, and blueberries. Enjoy!

Snacks with Bowery Coffee (On-the-Go for you busy bees!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those who have a crazy hectic schedule and don’t have as much time as they wish they did to cook up a storm in the kitchen for delicious homemade coffee snacks then have no worry. Here is a list of many other on-the-go coffee snacks that you can keep in your head when buying your next bowery coffee. The great thing of these options is that there is always an on-the-go version of each at your local store or coffeeshop/cafe. So, hit them up anywhere and get the same great tasting snacks for less time!
Muffins (chocolate, fruit, cinnamon)
● Bagels (everything, jalapeño and cheese, poppy seeds, original, blueberry, and more!)
● Banana bread
● Coffee cake
● Biscotti
● Madeleines
● Chocolate
● Deli sandwiches
● Oatmeal’s
● Breakfast sandwiches
● Yogurt
● Trail mix
● Almonds, cashews, nuts etc.
● Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
● Doughnuts
● Hash browns
● Avocado toast
● Cookies
● Pretzels and chocolate covered pretzels
● Cheesecake
● Bear Claws
● Pan dulce
● Macarons
● Beignets
● Cheesecake
● Slice of pie
● Croissants (chocolate, butter, cheese)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a wide array of snacks that you can enjoy with your coffee. The best thing about coffee especially bowery coffee is that no matter the flavor or what you get, coffee has the magical power to taste good with almost anything. you can switch up the types of foods you enjoy with your coffee, get crafty in the kitchen, or purchase your snacks on-the-go! No matter what you decide, guaranteed that no doubt you will be enjoying all that bowery coffee and your sweet and savory snacks have to offer. Indulge today on all different kinds of treats that can actually fuel with good energy and keep you full and satisfied to power through your busy days!

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Benefits of Organic Coffee

All over America and around the world, coffee has definitely taken the world by storm. Many people turn to various types of coffee shops and cafes to find relief and enjoyment in a good cup of coffee. Coffee is a great way to enjoy a good time with friends, find serious relaxation time, and get the needed caffeine to function throughout the day. Coffee is great for so many reasons and serves so many purposes for everyone that it is no wonder that so many people gravitate and crave coffee on the daily. There are so many benefits to drinking coffee besides the social and taste aspect of coffee, coffee provides you with so many health benefits from promoting heart health to reducing the chances of certain cancer and providing many antioxidants that other foods cannot provide you with. Coffee truly has it all, but today we are going to dive a little further into coffee and examine a certain type of coffee that doesn’t get enough recognition for all the great things it can do for you. I am talking about the amazing organic coffee. Organic coffee has gained some recognition but it definitely isn’t talked about enough. Organic coffee provides you with the same benefits that regular coffee can provide you with yet it is organic, therefore offering more benefits than regular coffee. If you are not too sure what exactly organic coffee is and what it can provide you with, then do not worry. This article will go over everything organic coffee and why you should consider organic coffee as your daily coffee option.

What is Organic Coffee?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organic coffee is coffee that is produced without the incorporation of artificial chemicals such as pesticides, additives, and herbicides. There are a lot of things that go into a coffee being considered organic. For starters the farm from which the coffee comes from has to be considered an organic farm. This means the fertilizers have to be 100% organic. This means the fertilizer should be made with organic and naturally occurring elements such as animal wastes, general compost, coffee pulp, and more. If the fertilizer is composed of anything but this, such as synthetic nitrogen, phosphate, etc. then the farm cannot be considered organic. In addition, the coffee can be grown with pesticides yet the pesticides have to be considered organic as well. This means the pesticides are natural and not made of synthetic or toxic elements. It is very common for inspectors to come and visit the farms where these organic coffees are being made and ensure that they are properly following all the standards to be certified as organic. The US standards of organic foods and drinks are set by the National Organic Program (NOP) in the US Department of Agriculture. The standards itself are set to provide an ecological balance, conserve biodiversity, and promote a sustainable amount of resources for farming.

Benefits of Organic Coffee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that we have gone over the difference between organic and regular coffee, let us examine the benefits of drinking organic coffee and why this potent drink should be one you take into consideration as a possible option for your daily coffee.

Do Not Deal with Harmful Pesticides
One key difference between organic and regular coffee pertains to the fact that one is grown with synthetic chemicals and pesticides and one isn’t. Non-organic coffees are grown with chemicals and synthetic pesticides, therefore making it dangerous to consume at time because the coffee you consume may contain residue from the synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Such residues are harmful for the body and may cause disturbances to the body with hormone imbalance, irritation to both the skin and eyes, cancer, and nervous system disturbances. This is where the benefit of consuming organic coffee comes in. Organic coffee does not have any of the chemical residues or harmful health side effects that regular coffee has.

Organic Coffee is Great for the Environment
For starters, working on an organic coffee provides many good benefits. Workers are not exposed to potentially harmful chemicals like workers who produce regular coffee can be. Since they do not use chemicals to grow the coffee beans, no harmful chemicals can leak into the nearby soil and contaminate both the soil and the drinking water. They can also end up contaminating the air nearby, putting families and people who live there in serious harm as well as the people who work there. In addition, organic farms use less non-renewable resources such as petroleum which yields a healthier environment, considering it is not ideal to constantly use up resources that cannot be renewed once they have been completely taken. In addition, conventional coffee can actually promote mass destruction of habitats. This is because coffee beans naturally grow in the shades of forests. They have been altered in a way that they are hybrids that are completely developed to thrive in the sun. In order to keep a high yield of coffee beans, farmers clear out large areas of forests, completely decimating animal habitats and populations there, which is a great issue for the environment. The chemical fertilizers and pesticides hurt the soil causing the soil to lose its natural protection that it has against soil erosion. The soil erosion causes the topsoil and pesticides to wash away allowing the pesticides to leak everywhere. In term of organic coffee this is not the case. Organic coffees are naturally grown in the shade and are grown with the help of animals and plants that can help to manage the bugs around there and help to contribute to the natural fertilization of the soil. In this case, the farms are then less susceptible to water erosion and changing weather conditions. The natural vegetation and overall natural process of growing organic coffee beans is great for promoting soil retention and actually greatly aids in replenishing the soil so that there can be natural and sustainable farming for years upon years. Overall, the environment that yields organic coffee is completely natural, working to not harm the environment or animals around it.

Organic Coffee Still Provides You with Great Health Benefits
Organic coffee contains a good number of antioxidants which provide good things for your body such as preventing certain diseases, promoting heart health, offering great and immune system support. A health journal called “Plant Foods for Human Nutrition” describe how the antioxidants in coffee can decrease oxidative stress in the body and can reduce the risk of various diseases such as cancer or reduce inflammation in the body. The health journal “Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism” states that coffee can help to prevent and treat diabetes. They do this by lowering the blood sugar levels after meals.

No Difference in Taste
One another amazing thing about organic coffee is that there is absolutely no taste difference associated with organic coffee. Both organic and conventional coffee yield the same taste as each other which is great! Normally many people are always hesitant to switch to healthier options or alternatives to conventional foods and drinks on the fear that they can offer a whole different taste that doesn’t satisfy them like the conventional one does. You don’t have to make any sacrifice about wanting healthier coffee and wanting great taste coffee. Organic coffee offers you both so you don’t have to make those types of trade-offs. You can enjoy the same great coffee taste that you love while knowing that you are helping the environment.

Other Great Benefits of Organic Coffee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

● Helps with metabolic enhancement with the level of B vitamins that it has. This helps to keep the hormones in your body in a healthy balance.
● Organic coffee is great for physical performance. The coffee leads to an increased amount of adrenaline in the blood after the caffeine stimulates your body. This helps to produce epinephrine. In addition, the caffeine increases the amount of body fat being used for fuel which then can help physical performance by about 12%.
● Coffee is great for fighting depression. A study published in 2011, exhibited that in female coffee drinkers that drank about 4 or more cups per day, there was a 20% lower risk of depression.
● Certain kinds of cancer can be suppressed with organic coffee. These include liver and colorectal cancer, which are actually the 4th and 5th leading causes of cancer deaths in the entire world. Regular coffee drinkers can have up to a 40% lower chance of liver cancer and a 15% lower chance of colorectal cancer.
● Organic coffee can greatly hep with lowering chances of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by about 65% and Parkinson’s disease by about 60%. The brain stimulation that coffee provides can be the sole reason for lowering the risks of these diseases considering that they are neurodegenerative diseases.
● The caffeine provided by organic coffee greatly leads to a much higher level of focus and alertness which then can allow for an increase in the amount of information retention and memory recall. Great for when you are doing homework or studying for a big test.
● Organic coffee works as an appetite suppressant, which doesn’t mean that you won’t be hungry at all (as that is not healthy) but means that you will experience a decrease in your appetite which greatly helps with weight loss.
● Farmers that grow organic coffee beans are actually paid more for their work than farmers who grow conventional coffee beans. Fair-trade coffee growers are paid about $1.41 per pound for certified organic coffee beans whereas conventional coffee bean farmers are paid about 30-50 cents per pound of coffee beans.
● High number of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals help boost the immune system immensely, helping to fight off disease and common sicknesses such as colds, fevers, and more!
Facts About Organic Coffees
● Organic coffees actually come in a wide variety of different coffee types. Each organic coffee variety is grown with the intentions of helping the environment and agriculture at the same time! Some varieties of organic coffees include organic shade-grown coffee, organic bird-friendly coffee, organic Kona coffee, organic decaffeinated coffee, and organic green coffee!
● Organic coffee is healthy in many ways from the way it is harvested, roasted, transported, and stored. All are to ensure that organic coffee is the best that it can be for your safe consumption.
● In addition to the antioxidants that regular coffee has, organic coffee has extra antioxidants that it carries from the soil it grows from, offering more health benefits for you than conventional coffee.
● From years 2000 to 2008, organic coffee sales rose by about 27% and about 85% of organic coffee sales were attributed to the US.
● Forty nations help to contribute to the production of organic coffee.
● The leading producers of organic coffee in the entire world are Brazil, Ethiopia, Mexico, and Peru. Other producers include the US, Uganda, Ghana, Guatemala, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Kenya, India, and more!
● In addition to the regular organic coffee, other organic coffees include sodas, hard candies, chocolate covered organic coffee beans, organic coffee ice creams, and more delicious organic coffee foods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may have notice that a lot of these benefits are benefits that both conventional coffee and organic coffee share, yet it is important that these benefits are brought up because they are a reminder that organic coffee provides all the great health benefits that you look for in coffee, just like conventional coffee does, yet it is way more environmentally friendly, friendly to the workers who put time into growing these coffee beans, safe for the people who live around these farms, provides added benefits that regular coffee does not, and overall is just the best option. You will receive everything that conventional coffee can give you and more, and for the average coffee drinker this means a lot. Now that you have an idea of how great organic coffee is for you, it is time that you put in effort to see for yourself all the benefits that organic coffee can give you!

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Coffee: Helps Us to Lose Weight

Losing weight can prove to be a difficult feat. It isn’t supposed to be easy. Why? Because it is a complete rearrangement of a lifestyle or habit that somebody has fallen comfortable or routine to. Trying to lose weight is trying to change how you eat, what you eat, where you shop, what you choose, how you decide to stay active and more. It changes the routine you have set for yourself and although many understand that this routine is detrimental to their health, often find it is hard to let go because sometimes bringing change to life isn’t always easy. It requires breaking a comfort zone and going towards different choices that people dislike or often have never tried, and for some people that can be a serious source of anxiety. Thankfully though, I know that there are some things in your routine that won’t have to change. For instance, your beloved coffee that makes you happy and working on those hectic days. Life is rough sometimes and sometimes changes need to happen, but if you are looking to lose weight, you can actually turn to your coffee consumption as a constant, comfortable routine that you do not need to give up during your battle to shed some pounds. Confused? Don’t worry this article will aim to clear that confusion right up.

Coffee’s Connection to the Metabolism

Coffee and specifically caffeine have been studied at large by many to truly understand the connection between caffeine and metabolism. Of course, we all know that metabolism is linked to body weight. Those who have high metabolisms mean that their body converts food into energy at a quicker rate and this is linked to being able to eat more without gaining weight while those with low or slow metabolisms mean that their body converts food to energy at a much slower rate, meaning that they can eat less, but gain more weight. There have been studies that show that coffee can actually help mobilize fats from the body’s fat tissues and from there increase the body’s metabolism. Coffee contains caffeine which is a central nervous stimulant. Caffeine helps to mobilize fat from fat tissues by first stimulating the central nervous system into sending direct signals to fat cells. The signals tell the fat cells to break down fat. In addition, caffeine increases our blood levels with a hormone known as epinephrine or adrenaline. The adrenaline then travels through the blood stream sending signals to fat tissues that they need to break down fat and release those fats into the blood. The fats then become free fatty acids within the blood that float freely for use. More studies have shown a link between coffee and an increase in the metabolic rate by about 3-11% with large doses providing an even higher percentage. This is important because the metabolic rate is known as the rate at which our body burns calories while we are at rest. The higher your metabolic rate is, the easier it is for you to lose weight, while the lower it is the easier it is for you to gain weight. In addition, coffee also has what is known as thermogenesis which actually helps to heat up the body and boost metabolism; however, it is true though that as one drinks caffeine more often, body becomes more is tolerant to its effects. Over time the effects of coffee on your metabolism will start to stop eventually, but this also leads to another thing that is still helpful in losing weight, and that is reducing your appetite.

Reduction of Appetite

Coffee also has the power to reduce your appetite which can aid you in your journey to losing weight. There has been links and reports to a suppression of appetite after having a cup of coffee. This suppression of appetite is by no means enough to make you feel full, but it definitely is enough to make you feel as if you want to eat less food then you would normally if you drank no coffee. Also, when you think about it coffee is really just ground up coffee beans mixed with water. Therefore, feeling full may also be attributed to the fact that you filled yourself up on water which is actually known to make you feel fuller and less hungry. If you like your coffee with some milk such as soy milk, then this may also aid in your suppressed appetite since soy milk has protein and protein is known to keep you feeling fuller for longer. Studies on the relationship between coffee and appetite have also shown that decaffeinated coffee has the most profound effect on appetite and can keep you feeling a lot less hungry then normal coffee. This is due to the fact that decaffeinated coffee has an increased amount of peptide which makes you feel less hungry. In addition, coffee may make you feel less hungry because it modifies the hormone that makes you feel satisfied leaving you with no desire to really eat, binge, or overeat.

It Lowers Your Stress Levels


Stress is something that everybody hates. No one likes the feeling of being stressed or overwhelmed. It makes you feel anxious, upset, or depressed and it makes you extremely susceptible to overeating as a way to seek comfort or solace. Many people turn to food as a comfort for their problems when they are stressed. Its natural since food triggers the release of hormones that make you feel happy. Yet it is only temporarily and it won’t be long until you are stressed again and looking to eat more for temporary satisfaction. This could all be stopped with a cup of joe. By drinking coffee, the caffeine can actually stimulate happy hormones like food can, but if consumed correctly won’t harm your chances of losing weight like food can. By drinking some caffeine, you can eliminate your stress and feel more motivated to tackle the day, all while feeling relaxed and satisfied. Meaning there is no need to reach for food as your comfort. In addition, stress can make you feel extremely unmotivated and lazy. By eliminating stress out of your life through some caffeine you can find the motivation and energy to get up and stay healthy and energetic. Perfect behavior that you need to have to lose weight.

How to Drink Coffee the Right Way


Many people will fervently and passionately argue for the idea that coffee is so bad for you and is no way good for your health. They put on the claims of how many coffee companies use so much sugar, cream, artificial sweeteners, and other unhealthy ingredients to make their coffee more appealing, and while this may be true, the fact is that coffee itself, untouched by those fancy decorations, honestly is not bad for you and can benefit you greatly. If you are looking to shed some pounds or lose a little bit of weight then black coffee can help you. Black coffee does all that has been talked about above and it is unharmed by the fancy sugar and milky creamers that people put in it. Yes, coffee can be bad for you in terms of calories and sugar, but that is really only if you are ordering extremely sweet coffees like a caramel macchiato or a mocha Frappuccino. If you are looking to try and consume that and think you will lose weight than you are very mistaken. Those types of drinks consumed regularly offer high amounts of sugar and calories, and this puts your desire to lose weight in jeopardy. To put it in perspective, the World Health Organization suggests that adults should never try to consume beyond 25 grams of sugar a day. A typical Grande Starbucks Frappuccino puts you at about 66 grams of sugar. At that rate you can kiss your chances of getting your dream body goodbye. If you absolutely find the taste of black coffee horrendous (not a problem it is quite an intense taste to deal with) then there are other healthier alternatives you can turn to instead to decorate your caffeine fix at a less riskier price on your health. Here are some tips to think about when trying to incorporate a healthy coffee caffeine fix into your lifestyle while trying to lose those stubborn pounds.

Avoid those Refined or Artificial Sweeteners

In all try your very best to be extremely minimal with the sugar. You don’t want your sugar craving to mask your caffeine fix that you have allowed for yourself while on this journey to losing weight. You will put yourself so far back if you try to do this. If you absolutely need sugar then try a very minimal amount of brown sugar, maple syrup, or honey, but as stated before the key here is to be very minimal or simple. That way you can get your caffeine without harming your health and potency to lose and keep off weight in the long run.

Skip the Artificial Creamers


Those bad boys are so good and taste so sweet but are the absolute worst if you are trying to improve yourself. This one is a hard one and I have to admit it because as a coffee drinker myself, I find my coffee not satisfactory at all unless I have some type of creamer in them to deck it up and make it sweet. Sometimes though you need to make necessary changes for the benefit of creating a better you. The artificial creamers are loaded with bad ingredients like corn syrup solids and hydrogenated oils (a big no no). If you need cream in your coffee you do not need to do away with it completely. Incorporate some natural or organic cream that is grass-fed. Cream like this is not hard to be found and can be normally found in all major grocery stores. Creams like this are also good for you because they have high traces of vitamin K2 which is active in lowering the risk of cancer, heart disease and yes, I said it- it can actually help you in losing weight!

Add in Some Grass-Fed Butter or Coconut Oil


These ingredients are so great for you and make your coffee taste excellent. Adding grass-fed butter to your coffee allows for a good brain booster to start your day. Grass-fed butter is known to be one of the healthiest fats to exist as it contains saturated fats that can help with the heart, lung, liver, bone, immune system, and signal satiety. That is so important because by the body signaling satiety you can feel full quicker and eat less, helping you to lose weight. If you continue drinking coffee it can also help you in maintaining your weight at the same time. Coconut oil works very similar as well. Coconut oil is loaded with MCTs or what is known as medium chain triglycerides. Multiple studies have been done on the power of MCTs and the results have shown that they are actually extremely helpful in improving weight loss. Another great bonus! If you are interested to know more about this coffee, the coffee actually is called bulletproof coffee and it is taken the world by storm!

Through the cool facts you have learned about coffee and the tips and tricks I gave you on how to make your coffee healthy enough for your lifestyle changes, hopefully now you are filled with the wisdom and positive motivation to actively seek a change in your lifestyle to improve yourself and be the person you have always wanted to be. When everything you are known to be familiar with changes, let your coffee be the one thing that stays constant keeping you happy and motivated to plunge on with the new changes you make for yourself until one day over time they become a new routine or comfort for you, making you healthier and happier than before. Grab your cup of coffee and start today!

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Regions: Where Some of the World’s Best Coffee Beans are Produced

People all over the world cannot get enough of coffee. That is no secret it all. Coffee has taken the world by storm ever since the first coffee bean was discovered in the 9th century in Ethiopia. Over time this little bean became a hit all over the continent of Africa, spreading into the Middle East and soon gaining momentum with Europeans who traveled through these places and were able to get a sip of this delectable drink. Since then coffee shops have been booming everywhere around the world with popular places like Starbucks, Costa, Peet’s Coffee, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and other shops being posted in cute pictures all over social media. Coffee is popular and the mere internet and social media is proof of that. It’s not a secret as to why coffee is so well liked among many. It has a sweet, aromatic, smell to it. Characterized with an acidic yet smooth and rich flavor and multiplied with the addition of sweet creamers and syrups for those who have a sweet tooth. Coffee beans when ground produce extremely addictive smells that are earthy, strong, yet extremely aromatic and comforting whenever you smell it. Coffee beans are potent little things. They have the power to make the whole world go crazy, seeking for the best coffee beans and they bring about such potent smells that have everyone lining up, and craving one. They also pack a serious caffeine punch as a stimulant and give a good amount of energy to people who are sluggish or slow on those really busy days. The question that rings out though for most people is where to buy and possess the best quality of coffee beans that exist? For everyone knows that the quality of the coffee beans is what makes the quality of the coffee. Not so great coffee beans yield a disappointing cup of Joe that is not worthy enjoying and when days get real rough you want to avoid that at all costs. So, without further ado I give you some of the best coffee beans that are notably produced around the world. Take these coffee bean regions into consideration when making your next smart purchase on homemade coffee for you and your family!

Best Countries for Production of Coffee Beans


It appears that on thrillist.com they also had similar questions about where is the best place to spend your money when it comes to coffee beans. They hauled in many coffee industry experts from around the world to give their expert advice and ideas on the countries that produce the best tasting coffee beans globally. Here is what the results yielded!

Ethiopia

It appears that Ethiopia had the highest picks of all other coffee producing countries in terms of where the best coffee beans are produced. It kind of makes sense though when you think about it considering the first ever coffee bean discovered in the 9th century was in Ethiopia. Ethiopia hit about 221,000 tons of coffee beans that they produced in the year 2017. What sets Ethiopia apart from all other coffee producing areas around the world can be attributed to the fact that not only is it the birthplace of coffee but it also is a way of life for the Ethiopian population. Many coffees producing regions produced coffee beans as a cash crop through colonization. Ethiopia is not like that and in that sense the care and passion put into the growing the coffee beans the right way that it is insurmountable when compared to all other coffee bean regions. Everything in Ethiopia is intertwined with coffee production and through that there is ardent care and carefulness put in the coffee beans when produced. Add that to the fact that Ethiopian coffee beans have genetically 99% more material than other coffee beans, there is no doubt about it that Ethiopia is number one for coffee lovers. They are known to have an extreme variety of coffee beans that produce a wide array of flavors. Their coffee beans can come in a natural state or a washed state. The dry state of the coffee beans is characterized by cherry being dried around the coffee bean whereas the washed state of the coffee beans produced are washed and the fruit gets stripped off within 12 hours. These two different methods yield different flavors for the coffee beans. The natural coffee bean has a fruitier and wine-like flavor while the washed coffee bean has a more light and floral flavor. Think of Ethiopian coffee beans as the original or the mother of coffee beans and all other coffee producing regions are a copy. A copy that is very exceptional tasting but never quite imitates the original with its fruity and sweet notes and an earthy, floral aroma. If you are looking for the best of the best then look no further. Ethiopian coffee beans are true coffee and all that it has to offer.

Kenya

Kenya was chosen as the next best coffee bean producing country in the world by the coffee industry experts. The experts who chose Kenya as the best region stated that of the many coffee cups they had that were the most exquisite, majority of the coffee beans hailed from either Ethiopia or Kenya. One distinctive aspect of how the Kenyan coffee beans are produced is the fact that they are actually grown majority of the time in the shade, which is different from other types of coffee beans. Most state that when tasting Kenyan coffee, they report a sort of berry and currant taste that is sweet and mixed with acidic and smooth texture of the coffee. The flavors mix well together in a way that is very memorable. They produce arabica coffee beans like Ethiopia does. Their coffee bean body is known to be very rich and heavy with a bright acidity flavor. Their most prominent flavor as stated before carries a sort of berry or lemongrass flavor that makes the coffee beans taste less bitter and more smooth and sweet, although sometimes people say they taste an almost tomato like flavor in the acidity aspect of the coffee beans. Extremely unique but wonderful tasting. Some people have compared the taste to having a certain characteristic that is similar to a wine aftertaste.

Colombia

Colombia was listed as another one of the best countries for coffee bean production according to many coffee lovers and experts. One unique aspect of the Colombian coffee region, is that it experiences two harvest seasons instead of one harvest season. This allows for more delicious coffee beans to be produced year-round for the rest of the world enjoy. Upon drinking Colombian coffee beans, many report that they experience a rich fruity flavor that is similar to fresh fruits. Of course, the region produces an array of different coffee beans that result in many different flavors, but for the most part, a lot of people report that they always notice a fruity characteristic in their coffee beans that produce a ripe and distinctive flavor that sets this coffee apart from others. Their coffee beans have also been noted to carry a caramel or nutty undertone with a more mellow acidity than typical coffee beans, making them more medium-bodied and less bitter.

Guatemala

Guatemala is known as a popular hit between many coffee industry experts as well. Many experts included Guatemala in their list of top 3 coffee bean regions, stating that the Guatemalan coffee beans have a really sweet, balanced, and full-flavored coffee taste. Guatemala is unique in the sense that they have a volcanic soil that actually nourishes their crops. This volcanic soil alters the taste of the coffee beans providing a primarily extremely strong acidity taste with a taste reminiscent of rich chocolate. Some coffee experts state they enjoy how the coffee beans sort of provide a smoky taste. The Guatemalan highlands have a jungle type environment with shade that provides very good growing conditions for a bright coffee full of smoky, floral, and fruity flavors. If the coffee beans come from around Lake Attilan area than the coffee beans there produce a more cinnamon and chocolate flavor for those who enjoy a more rich and sweet coffee. The Antigua region of Guatemala is known to have really high-quality coffee beans. The soils for the coffee are known to be optimal for the coffee beans, providing the coffee bean with a full and velvety body.

Best Regions in Each Country

that I have narrowed down the list of the best coffee producing countries, I will now narrow it down to the best coffee producing regions within each country if you wish to be even more specific when making choices about the right coffee beans to enjoy. These regions have been picked by coffee experts and connoisseurs who have explored the coffee beans of each region to truly see if the coffee beans live up to the ultimate high standard for coffee.

Ethiopia’s Coffee Bean Regions
The best regions in Ethiopia for coffee bean production actually happen to also be the only three coffee bean regions in the country, but what else is expected when the country far succeeds any other in the best coffee beans? The country is home to the Harrar, Ghimbi, and Sidamo (Yirgarcheffee) regions. The Harrar region is home to many small farms that produce coffee beans known to have an intense but wonderful strong and dry edge flavor coupled with a wine -like and fruity acidity. The best Harrar coffees possess a strong blackberry or blueberry flavor and it is often used in espresso blends to produce intense aromas. The Ghimbi region in western Ethiopia is home to the washed method of coffee beans meaning its coffee beans produce a delectable, heavy and longer lasting body, that is very balanced in flavors. The last region (but certainly not the least) is the Sidamo or Yirgarcheffee region in the south, where the coffee beans are less intense in acidity and flavor, but very aromatic and fruity. No matter what coffee bean region you choose, if it is from Ethiopia it is sure to be good!

Kenya’s Coffee Bean Regions
The best region in Kenya for coffee would have to be the region Mt. Kenya. Mt. Kenya is known to be the region that produces the most of Kenya’s coffee beans. The region boasts equatorial sunlight with a moderate climate. Since the region is in elevation this allows the coffee bean to grow slowly allowing for ample time for the flavor of the coffee beans to develop. It also allows for more nutrients to be in the coffee bean, providing a lot of good benefits for those who decide to drink it!

Colombia’s Coffee Bean Regions
The best regions for coffee beans in Colombia boil down to the central and eastern regions of the country. The country has the Medillin coffee bean region in the central part of Colombia. Its popularity comes about due to its heavy body, rich flavor, and balanced acidity. The flavors of Medillin are starkly different from the Bogota region in the east which has a less acidic factor, yet retains a similar richness.

Guatemala’s Coffee Bean Regions
The best coffee bean regions in Guatemala would most likely have to be attributed to the Antigua region and the Atitlan region. The Atitlan is susceptible to high volcanic ash, ideal for soil along with humidity hovering in the area. The soil and weather allow for coffee beans that are pronounced in acidity and body, yet very crisp. The Antigua coffee region of Guatemala is known as one of the top regions for high quality coffee. The soil is known to be optimal for coffee bean growth with wet and dry seasons that allow for a uniform in maturation. The result introduces types of coffee beans that have a balanced acidity, a velvety body, and a rich aroma to it.

Here you are! I presented to you the best coffee bean producing countries and regions for all of your coffee experts, lovers, connoisseurs, or even coffee beginners. The coffee beans from these regions have been tried and tested by many experts and are guaranteed to be of the best and highest quality, that will ensure an enhanced coffee drinking experience that you can enjoy every morning. Try it out and make them the best start to your mornings that you have ever had!

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How to Clean a Coffee Maker with Vinegar


No matter what the general population of America is doing, you can bet that a very good majority of the American population is selling, buying, making, and consuming a good amount of coffee daily. Coffee is a normal and natural part of the American routine, almost so normal and routine that it is similar to brushing our teeth. Its no wonder that with the love we have for coffee that over time our money and pockets would get smaller with the amount of cash we are dishing out daily at coffee shops to get our much needed caffeine in. That is why with the advent and popularity of coffee, comes the advent of numerous amount of fancy coffee machines that we can purchase to make our own perfect cup of joe right in the comfort of our home. These machines decorate the kitchens of almost every American household and has become a staple household appliance. Of course with the many benefits that buying a coffee maker provides for you such as ease, less money, and the ability to personalize your coffee to your own tastes, also comes some cons such as time and this would be most directly correlated to the time you spend cleaning these coffee makers after using them over and over again. Unclean and dirty coffee makers, can over time affect the flavor and tastes of your coffee and can make your coffee taste horrible no matter how expensive and amazing your coffee beans are. Of course though with the constant consumption of coffee also comes the constant need to clean this appliance and that can sometimes be frustrating for the very busy average American. Don´t fret. This article aims to introduce a very cool and effective way of cleaning your coffee maker in a way that gets the job done the right way and is extremely easy to utilize.
Method: Cleaning Your Coffee Maker with Vinegar

This method is probably the most easiest and most effective way to clean your coffee maker. Simply running your coffee maker under water or cleaning it with some dish soap every now and then is not going to produce the best results and get the job done most effectively. You need something a bit more stronger and this is where vinegar comes to play. White vinegar is extremely potent for deep cleaning because it is highly acidic. The high acidity of white vinegar can help to counteract some seriously nasty and dirty buildup that can occur. The acid can aid in dissolving away tough soap scums and brines that can be left behind by hard water. This is exactly the type of potency that coffee makers need because coffee makers are a very moist environment. This is very bad because a moist environment leads to high growth rate of mold and bacteria. Yuck! Our bodies can tolerate a certain amount of mold and bacteria, but past a certain number can cause serious sicknesses. In addition, contrary to popular belief hot water is simply not enough to get those tough bacteria and gunky mold out. This means we need to look for something stronger, and this is where we look to vinegar to solve our issue. Below is an outline of the entirely easy steps you can take to decalcify and clean your coffee maker with white vinegar.
1. First you begin with filling the chamber of your coffee maker with equal parts water and white vinegar. Allow the coffee maker to brew as you use a paper filter. Brew the coffee maker until the chamber is half empty.
2. After you have done this, proceed to turn the coffee maker off and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Then continue brewing until all the water is gone from the chamber.
3. Once all the white vinegar and water mixture is gone from the chamber, use a new coffee filter and brew with new, clean water so that the coffee chamber can get a good rinse. Make sure to do this step twice for a really good and effective rinse as you do not want a vinegar smell or taste to be lingering around.
4. Proceed to fill your coffee maker´s carafe with warm, sudsy water and rice as rice is a gentle abrasive. Swirl the mixture around in the pot and then use a sponge to effectively rub away any gunk or stains. Then let the pot dry after thoroughly rinsing it.
5. Lastly, wipe the outside of the pot and the coffee maker with a damp cloth (you should do this step daily).
As you can see, a method to clean your coffee maker effectively is here and it is extremely easy to do. You should routinely rinse your coffee maker and rub with a damp cloth after every use, but also use the white vinegar method about once a month, to ensure that your coffee maker never causes any sicknesses and runs the best to produce the best tasting coffee that you can enjoy.
Coffee Maker Cleaning Tips

Some tips to clean your coffee maker are here for your ow browsing pleasure!
• For really effective cleaning of a coffee maker try investing in equipment such as espresso machine cleaning brushes. These brushes will speed up the process of cleaning your coffee maker and help to get in those small nooks and crannies that your coffee maker can have. It will work way more effectively then a regular sponge and will get rid of gunk and stains at a quicker rate! The best type of brush for this type of cleaning would be a group head brush that you can purchase for about $7.
• If you don´t have any vinegar in your own home or do not wish to use vinegar (but still need your coffee maker to be deeply cleaned) than try out cleaners such as the Cafiza Espresso Machine Cleaner, for a clean that will be as deep as vinegar cleaning. This powder runs at about $12 a bottle which definitely isn´t bad at all, considering that it means a clean coffee machine and a great cup of joe!
• If you want even more ways of learning how to use and take care of your coffee maker then check out pinterest. Pinterest has a ton of diys and effective ways to clean and keep your coffee maker in mint condition!
• Don´t run through the hassle of handwashing every part of your coffee maker! That takes up way too much time and energy. Pay attention to your coffee maker and what parts are dishwasher safe. For the most part, majority of the elements of a coffee maker are dishwasher safe, saving you a lot of cleaning time!
• Any left over water that is kept in your reservoir or chamber should be dumped out after one week. If you have not touched your coffee maker in a week and have left over water, start new and fill it up with fresh water. Over time dust, debris, and bacteria can fill up in the left over water and those are horrible elements to your morning cup of joe. Plus it will make your coffee taste not that great which is a miserable start to a morning.
• To prevent germs from growing and thriving in a moist environment, keep the top of the coffee maker open after a brew.
• If you want to clean and decalcify your coffee maker less often than attempt to use a specific type of water. Some types of water such as hard water can produce tough stains on your coffee maker which leads to it needing to be cleaned more often. Try using distilled water over tap water. The reason being that distilled water doesn´t have as much minerals as tap water does and this will result in less buildup and stains.
Homemade Coffee MakingTips

Now that you have some serious knowledge and background on how to clean a coffee maker effectively, here are some tips for utilizing the most out of your coffee maker to ensure the best, quality, homemade coffee out there!
Buy High Quality Coffee Beans
The staple of coffee is of course coffee beans. Failure to buy the best coffee beans means a poor tasting cup of joe. Be sure to do your research to find the best coffee beans that suit your taste and use them in your coffee maker. Your coffee maker can only do so much to make your cup of joe the best and unfortunately it is just not possible to have a coffee maker that works so well that it simply can mask the taste of bad coffee beans.
Fresh Coffee is the Best Coffee
Fresh coffee is the way to go when being smart about purchasing your coffee beans. Be wary of the roast date on the bags of coffee beans to ensure that you are buying coffee beans that have been roasted very recently. If coffee is not as fresh, then the taste and well as the benefits it brings you fades, and at that point what is the purpose of even drinking coffee? The answer is there wouldn´t be.
Grinding Beans
Only grind your beans right before you use them. Do not grind your beans early because doing that will actually degrade the coffee beans rapidly. Be aware and grind your beans only when you are going to use it at that moment, otherwise ground beans that are left in the dust do not produce delicious results.
Be Exact in Your Measurements
The key to amazing and great tasting coffee starts with being completely exact about the amount of water and beans you are using. Maybe in cooking, estimation may not be a big deal, but when it comes to the perfect cup of joe, measuring exactly down to the right amount is crucial. This ensures the best tasting coffee that your own homemade coffee maker can produce. Failure to be exact on the ratio of coffee beans to water is what causes coffee to either be too strong or too watery and leads to a coffee that isn´t paired to your exact preference.
Serve or Drink Your Coffee Immediately
Right after brewing your coffee, it is absolutely imperative that you serve or drink it immediately. Coffee that sits around for more than 15 minutes can instantly start to lose its true flavors. This is due to natural oils (that provide the taste) beginning to break down and evaporate. Your best bet to avoiding such a mess is by instantly pouring your coffee in a carafe or thermos to best preserve all the goodness that the cup of joe has to offer you.
Thing to Consider When Buying a Coffee Maker
Buying a coffee maker is one of the most important appliance buying decision you can make. Coffee makers don’t always come cheap and it is smart that you do your research before throwing yourself out there and buying the first one that you see. Before going out there, take certain factors into consideration such as…
• How often do you drink coffee?
• How small or large do you need it to be?
• How complex must the machine be in its coffee making abilities?
• What kind of coffee are you going for?
• How many cups do you want it to make at once?
Asking yourself simple questions like these are imperative in making an important and logical decision about exactly what coffee maker is best for suiting your individual and personalized coffee making needs.
Conclusion

After reading this article you have now become the coffee maker aficionado. You know all the best tips and tricks for cleaning your handy dandy coffee maker and keeping it in mint condition, and you are in the loop on the to dos and what not to dos when it comes to brewing and crafting your own homemade coffee. Now that you are knowledgeable in the land of homemade coffee making it is now time to put your skills to the test. Go to your kitchen and put what you know to action, to make yourself the best cup of joe that even coffee shops will be jealous about.

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Coffee Health Benefits

Coffee Health Benefits
Coffee is quite literally the most important drink for Americans to consume. It offers a great delicious taste that people often find to be addictive (must be that caffeine and that delicious roasted coffee bean taste), and offers what seems to be amazing powers in the art of packing a great energy punch for the fast moving and constantly working, average American community. The average coffee drinking American will drink up to an average of 3.1 coffee cups a day! 75% of caffeine consumption here in America is from America´s obsession with coffee. These facts no doubt prove that we Americans are hooked on all that coffee has got for us. It is quite a crazy thing to think about because back in the days, so many people attempted to give coffee a bad rep by naming out outrageous lies about the effects coffee can have on us such as diabetes, stunting our growth, etc. As time has passed, numerous research and studies have actually shown us that coffee poses a numerous amount of great health benefits for us in terms of both mental and physical health. In this article we will tackle all the benefits that coffee has provided that has been confirmed by evidence and experimental studies. With both the numbers and the facts, after reading this article there is absolutely no way that you will even be able to say that coffee is remotely bad for you.

It Can Help Ward Off Cancer
There was a point in time where coffee was actually thought to be a carcinogen, but further studies and research has actually proved that this is not the case. Quite the opposite actually. The World Health Organization has actually stated that there is actually no link between coffee consumption and an increased risk of getting cancer. In addition, 1,000 pieces of research has actually proved and supported the statement that coffee is actually estimated to reduce the risk of liver cancer by about 15% when comparing coffee drinkers to non-coffee drinkers. Other research has shown that coffee consumption can reduce the risk of endometrial cancer by about 7% per cup. Consumption of about 5 or more cups of coffee a day, can also help to reduce glioma (brain tumor) by about 40%.
It Can Help You Burn Fat
The energy that coffee is known to provide you actually does more than wake you up and keep you alert. It also keeps your metabolism up and running as well. Coffee helps to move your metabolism and aid in digestion at a much quicker rate. The Nutrition and Metabolism website published a study stating that drinking coffee prior to physical activity actually kick starts your body into fat burning mode as opposed to energy burning mode. The caffeine in coffee stimulates your nervous system and causes it to send signals to your fat cells to break down your body fat.If you drink a cup of coffee before revving up the physical activity you can experience overall more weight loss as opposed to not drinking coffee at all.
Improves Your Memory

In 2014, researchers at John Hopkins University did studies that actually proved that coffee can enhance the brain´s ability to create long term memories. The effects of these long term memories can last up to 24 hours so consuming about 200 mg or one strong cup of coffee can greatly help with longer and deeper memory retention. In addition, studies have shown that it can help with memory in patients who are at risk of Alzheimers. A 2015 study published in the Journal of Alzheimers Disease has stated that healthy adults who drank about 1-2 cups of coffee a day were less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment. Studies done in 2016 showed that consumption of coffee lead to a 27% reduced risk in Alzheimers. Experts in the field also believe that the caffeine in coffee can also help with keeping blood vessels healthy and keep inflammation low, both of which are ideal for a healthy brain.So drink up a good cup of joe before that midterm studying or right before an important presentation and let the results impress you!
It Greatly Improves Your Mood
Research has been done on this particular statement at the Harvard´s Public School of Health. The study showed that coffee consumption acted as a natural antidepressant that helped to improve mood and reduce suicidal tendencies. It can help reduce fatigue and elevate the mood by releasing dopamine and serotonin in the brain, a chemical that makes you very happy and satisfied. It can also help in reducing stress and providing a more relaxed mood.Drinking about 2-4 cups of coffee will be best in helping to improve mood and combat the blues.
Coffee Can Help Protect Against Diseases
Many studies have shown and proven that coffee can provide aid against certain types of diseases. Doctors used to worry at one point that coffee´s acidity could be harmful to internal organs, but lots of studies have proven this to not be true at all. These studies have shown that coffee can actually help protect against chronic health problemssuch as type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer, liver disease and stroke. Drinking about 3 cups of coffee can also help with prevention of cardiovascular diseases by almost 21% in comparison to those who don´t drink coffee at all. The Journal of Heptatology has published a recent study in which people with HIV and Hepatitis C were 50% less likely to die if they consumed about 3-5 cups a day. The journal has stated that this can be due to the fact that coffee has liver protective and anti-inflammatory properties.
It Contains Healthy Antioxidants

There are thousands of antioxidants found in coffee beans and hundreds more are released when you brew coffee beans. Actually, no other food comes close to the amount of antioxidants that coffee can provide. Coffee provides about 600% more antioxidants than its next contributer which is fruit. Fruits and veggies may be the best bet, but even then the body appears to absorb more of the antioxidants that coffee provides rather than fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are very important for the human body because they help to keep us healthy by protecting the cells in our body. It can also help ease the symptoms of chronic conditions such as joint pain and arthritis by reducing inflammation. The antioxidants in coffee can also be linked to prevention against cardiovascular diseases. It contains a number of essential nutrients, including riboflavin (11% of the RDA), pantothenic acid (6% of the RDA), manganese (3% of the RDA), potassium (3% of the RDA), magnesium (2% of the RDA) and niacin (2% of the RDA). It can also control how fast you age by preventing free radicals! Overall coffee can make you feel and look good!
It Can Prevent Against Diabetes
Studies done on the link between coffeeand diabetesshowed that those who consumed at least 3 cups of coffee were able to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by about 42%. If diabetes is a concern in your family than try to consume more coffee with less sugar to experience a reduced risk in this disease. If you absolutely need your coffee to be sweet in order to drink it then try switching to low calorie sweeteners or other alternatives such as honey to get the sweetness you taste without all that extra bad stuff that regular white sugar can bring.
Coffee Can Overall Prolong Your Life
Coffee consumption on the daily can actually help prolong your life. This is due to the fact that coffee prevents numerous amount of ailments that can lead to a shorter life span. These ailments include parkinsons, alzheimers, dementia, cirrhosis, depression, cancer, diabetes, liver disease, coronary heart disease, strokes, gout, some types of cancer and more. So if you are feeling the urge to drink some coffee, don´t deny your body and drink up!
It Can Keeps Your Liver Healthy
There isresearch that has substantial evidence that active ingredients in coffee are what help prevent your liver from having alcoholic cirrhosis after a long night of drinking. Drinking coffee after having alcohol can help reduce your risk of cirrhosis (but don´t go overboard with the alcoholic drinking). Over a long period of time of coffee consumption and alcohol consumption, evidence shows that your risk of getting cirrhosis can actually decrease by about 50%. Studies done on the power of tea and the liver did not produce the same effects which shows that coffee most definitely has something unique to it that provides many benefits.
Black Coffee Can Prevent Tooth Cavities

Coffee can help protect your teeth by destroying a certain bacteria called Streptoccocus Mucus (S.Mutans). This bacteria is linked to creating cavities within the teeth. The study has shown that at the very least it can inhibit the progress of the S.Mutans bacteria by about 40%. Bear in mind though that this is specifically in relation to black coffee. Coffee with fancy additives and syrup can actually be counter productive to destroying S.Mutans so it is wise that if you are trying to prevent dental cavities that you reach for black coffee instead.
Coffee Can Reduce the Risk ofParkinson´s Disease
Many studies have been done to prove or disprove the validity of this statement and it appears that evidence shows that one cup of coffee can reduce parkinson´s disease by about 31%. The reduction increases once you eliminate other factos such as smoking and drinking alcohol. With these factors eliminated, parkinson´s disease can be reduced by about 58%. Other studies showed that when drinking about 5 cups of coffee a day, this disease can be reduced by about 60% in women and 61% in men. The awareness of exactly what ingredient causes this is a bit muddled, but it is thought to be related to caffeine.
Fun Facts about Coffee!
• Coffee is the 2nd most traded commodity on earth (the first being oil). According to the Global Exchange, approximately 25 million farmers in over 50 countries are involved in the production of coffee.
• Coffee comes in about 2 different beans: Arabica and Robusta. 70% of coffee beans are Arabica beans while the other are Robusta. Robusta beans are not that popular, but are known to be twice as bitter and carry a lot more caffeine.
• Coffee can be overdosed on, but that would take about 100 cups of coffee before it actually becomes lethal.
• Adding milk to coffee actually reduces the caffeine effects of coffee, by making it weaker. Our bodies have to absorb coffee a lot slower when it has milk in it and this decreases the effect of the stimulant.
• The mere effect of inhaling the smell of coffee can actually wake you up and keep you alert. Inhaling the aroma of coffee can change the activity of certain genes in your brain and this can reduce the effects of sleep deprivation, causing you to be more awake.
• Americans consume a serious amount of coffee. They consume about 400 million cups of coffee a per day. This translates to about 146 billion of cups of coffee consumed in a year, and this puts America at the leading consumer of coffee in the world.
Conclusion

Coffee seems to rule the world and put us in a trance (at least to us Americans), but hopefully this article put into perspective why this is the case. Coffee poses so many benefits to us that we don´t even realize and it tastes amazing making it the ultimate addicting drink in America. From the way it is made, its smell, taste and the way it makes us feel we are truly under the magnetic spell of coffee and the powers it can do to our mind and body. Now upon hearing all these potent benefits, what are you waiting for? Get your cup of joe now and enjoy the rest of your day or power through your homework/work successfully. Whatever the purpose is, coffee is sure to be there for you!

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Mugged: Bowery Coffee

It is safe to say that not many people often think of mugs when they already are so busy with their hectic schedules and lives. I mean mugs? What is there to them? While mugs seem to be of no important value to many and merely seen as an object that holds your trusty beverage, mugs are actually a lot more powerful than you think. There is something exciting about them other than the fact that they hold whatever drink you consume (mostly hot). Mugs are more than just objects. When you look deep into what mugs are, you will see that they are also a symbol of creativity and artistic vision. They, like any object, when used by someone can tell a story about that someone with the mere way that they are used and the way they look. Different types of mugs and the different ways they look each help to represent the personality and depth of every individual out there. Mugs are made to provide you with warmth and also send a message across to people about the kind of person you are. Let us for starters delve into what mugs symbolize.
Mugs and What They Stand For

Mugs are often symbolic of happy and joyous occasions. Normally mugs are designed for the purpose of holding hot drinks. They are characterized by having a handle and normally are larger and deeper than cups used to carry cold drinks. Mugs are often used to hold hot drinks such as coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or even hot foods such as soup. Mugs carry hot drinks and hot drinks are often a symbol of colder seasons. We often associate drinking hot beverages with colder seasons and colder seasons like fall or winter are representative of many different things. Fall is characterized by warmer clothing, cute boots, warm orange colors that decorate trees, auburn and copper colors, crisp leaves, pumpkins (pumpkin spice latte, pies, and all), and so much more. Fall is also representative of food as it is when Thanksgiving takes place. All of these elements make fall an exciting season to experience and therefore drinking hot drinks during this season where temperatures dip lower can definitely make one feel very excited. Fall is an important time for a new season to begin, for the Earth to begin shedding the everything old, and for family to get together over great food. All of these jovial elements make fall and mugs linked together in a way that unconsciously makes one very enthusiastic. Of course you also cannot forget about winter. Winter is linked to snow, cold seasons, snowmen, bells, Christmas, New Years, family and more. All elements that are meant to trigger feelings of excitement and eagerness. Winter represents even colder weather and with that mugs to hold your trusty beverages as they keep you warm during the chilly, but joyous season. As you can see mugs unconsciously can bring forth a lot of anticipation of the idea that their mere function provides us warmth and comfort during seasons where contentment and satisfaction run rampant. Mugs represent the idea of warmth, comfort, holidays and family and for that reason they are more than just their intended function.
They are a Reflection of You
Another great thing about mugs is that they don´t just come looking like one, simple object and that is it. Mugs are all different and unique on their own. They often feature cool colors, drawings, pictures, quotes, patterns and more that are all insanely unique and beautiful in their own way. Mugs come in various styles that can each cater to everyone´s own specific individuality. They make a statement about a person and for that reason, so many people love them. It would be a lie to say that it isn´t intriguing to go looking for your own cute mugs that represent you. When you have so many options to choose from seasonal mugs to sports mugs to funny quotes or philosophical ones and more. There are millions of mugs that each can represent a little part of who you are such as your favorite season, sports team, color or quirky things that you yourself find funny or inspiring. Mugs can also be a great way for companies to advertise themselves to others and make profit. Mugs are a symbolic representation of your artistic, creative, and business side and for that reason these little objects shouldn’t be overlooked.
All Types of Mugs

Mugs can come in all different types of materials. Old mugs back in the day (I´m talking ancient mugs) used to be shaped out of wood, bone, or clay. Modern mugs are now made of a variety of materials such as bone china, earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain which are all ceramics. They can also be made of a strengthened glass such as pyrex, though these types of mugs are not very common. When the mugs are crafted to resist breakage or reduce weight than the mugs can also come in forms of enameled metal, plastic, or steel. Generally mugs will carry logos, pictures, and words that are fired onto the mug to ensure they don´t get destroyed. Silk screen printing or decals are used to apply these decals, logos, pictures, and more. Mugs can also come in a travel type with a lid on top to avoid spillage. These travel mugs can also be decorated as well. Mugs are often crafted with thick walls to ensure that there is no quick heating or cooling of drinks. The bottoms of mug are not flat rather concave to prevent as much thermal contact from the happening between the bottom of the mug and whatever surface it is on. The cross-like structure of the handle is used to help with making sure the heat of the liquid does not heat the handle.
Uses for Mugs

Mugs have now been branched as having multiple functions other than its intended function. Many people over time have devised creative uses for mugs that shy away from its traditional function and this makes mugs even more versatile in functionality and usage.
Make a Candle
There are now many do it yourself projects that encompass using your mug as a very cute and unique candle holder. Many websites post cool ways of turning your mug into an artsy candle holder to decorate your room or other places.
Create a Mini Garden
Other purposes for mugs include making your own little garden. Forget about flower pots when you have your own little mug that is more decorative than those average flower pots. You can plant tiny little flowers in your mug and make it the perfect décor for any room!
Craft Delicious, 5 Minute Desserts
Try using your mug to make delicious treats! Your mugs can be used to make microwaveable desserts such as mug cakes and brownies that are ready to eat within 5 minutes of heating! You can use one mug to hold your delicious tea or coffee as you use another mug to eat your 5 minute cake or brownie. The best part is that they taste like the ones that you bake in the oven and they require very little preparation time in comparison.
Get Crafty with Old Mugs
If you are feeling as if your favorite mug has done some serious time and it starting to show signs of wear, then you can actually try this cool DIY that includes breaking your mug to make an extremely cool mug mosaic. Various websites give you specific instructions on just how you can achieve this to make your old mugs look cool and new again.
Use it as a Music Speaker
If you enjoy music than you will really enjoy this cool mug trick that involves amplifying the music from your phone. You simply place the mug on its side, put the phone in the mug, with speakers of the phone facing the bottom of the mug and from there play your favorite music with a much louder and amplified sound. This helps because the sound bounces off the depth of the walls.
The Perfect Cookie Cutter
Use them to make perfect round shapes for your cookies. If you don´t have a cookie cutter and you don´t feel like investing in one, simply place the bottom of your mug into your dough and cut out perfect round shapes for cookies.
Control the Portions of Your Snacks
Using a mug can also help with portion control when it comes to snacking. It is quite common for people to snack on large amounts of food to the point that they spoil lunch or dinner for themselves. They often do this by using large bowls and filling those bowls to the rim with various amounts of snack that result in a portion size that is way beyond snacking. To have more control over this, place your snacks in a mug instead. You will see that a mug carries a lot less snacks than a bowl and that helps you to snack on a good amount so that you don´t fill yourself up before a meal.
Why Mug Collections are a Hit
The art of mug collecting is quite a common thing among many coffee and tea drinkers. They tend to over time build a grandeur stock of various beautiful mugs that all carry their own specific meaning, value, and individuality. Many people love to collect mugs for the reason that the mere idea of choosing a mug for your drink in the morning is actually very exciting. The art of choosing anything really from a wide variety of objects you love is bound to produce a form of happiness. It is a little pick me up in the morning where life can sometimes go beyond your scope of choices and it is nice to have a beautiful collection that is tied to uniquely you and something only you have control over. The mere thought of that makes mug collecting a very appealing activity. Mug collecting can also help with your motivation and desire to travel the world. Over time as you gain an impressive stock of mugs, obtaining mugs from various places soon becomes a desire. You use it as a souvenir and a way to commemorate a trip you did and a place you fell in love with. Add that in addition to the fact that you can actually personalize your own mugs and order as many mugs tailored to your own desire and imagination. Choose mugs that represent the mood you are feeling that day. These options are what make mug collecting a serious hit for many coffee and tea drinkers.
Types of Mugs You Can Collect
Here is a nice list of different types of mugs you can think about collecting as you get your own mug collection started!
To-go and travel size mugs
Personalized mugs
Souvenir mugs
Patterned mugs
Sports mugs
Alumni/school mugs
Mugs with quotes on them
Mugs that reference movies, songs, artists
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A mug rack or display case (because your going to need to proudly display those beautiful objects)
As time goes on and you start to really gain a serious momentum with your collection of mugs you can even check out extremely cool and creative spaces that you can create within your living space so that you can keep your mugs in all one area, as your collection expands further. Mug collectors can feel free to decorate the space around the display of mugs and that could make for some serious artistic talent being demonstrated.

After this article, I hope you see why mugs deserve more credit and spotlight than they actually get. Yeah sure the drinks they carry are extremely cool, but these nifty articles are truly an advantage to possess as they symbolize creativity, individuality, and thinking outside the box when it comes to functionality. They are the inventive objects of the modern society and all the unique and diverse people that make it up and for that reasons mugs are totally deserving of this much needed spotlight.

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Coffee in Los Angeles/Benefits of Coffee

Coffee is the beacon of energy for many Americans as they scramble and work for hours on end to carry out the necessary tasks and functions for the day. Coffee is a holy grail on those sleepless nights where work or school rule the night and the body has no choice but to keep persisting tirelessly despite its warnings for much needed sleep and rest. Sometimes though life catches up by surprise and sleep is often put in the back of our mind and it seems the only way that we can really truly get through the never ending day is by having that cup of joe. Drinking coffee as a source of energy has become the main and most exciting part of most people´s routines. The best part about coffee is that it has become a symbol for socialization and relaxation. A drink that poses numerous benefits by providing advantageous energy in a great delicious flavor, that changes depending on your tastes and preferences. It is the perfect drink to enjoy on hot days, cold days, work days, school days, days off, and any other days in between. It is basically the best drink to enjoy everyday and any day and that is one of the many reasons why so many people love it. Coffee is important to people in so many ways and can be enjoyed in different varieties. Many places around the world make coffee their staple and offer a myriad of cool, funky coffee shops to satisfy that energy or caffeine craving. Of these many places let us take a pit stop at one city known for their many (and I do truly mean many) coffee shops and various coffee places for people to enjoy- Los Angeles, California.
Coffee in Los Angeles

There are 4 leading cities that lead the nation into the reputation of consuming and selling the most coffee. These 4 locations being, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. Can you guess which of these cities carries the most coffee shops?…It is Los Angeles! The city of Los Angeles boasts about 801 different coffee shops for both residents and tourists to enjoy. Coffee means a myriad of things for a city with a bustling population like Los Angeles. The city is home to those rich enough to stay at home and those busting their butt to make it through work. Both sides of the spectrums love their coffee. Coffee in LA has not only become a symbol of caffeine and a necessity, but for a way to mix business and leisure together. When you step through any coffee shop in LA you will be greeted by many different crowds, the ones trying desperately to get their coffee in before work, the crowd leisurely talking about going to the beach to surf, the crowd of preteens talking about homecoming, the ones conducting their business meeting, the moms trying to get errands done, and so many more. Coffee has value for everyone. It doesn´t stand out as a symbol that attracts one type of crowd but rather many, and for that reason coffee has become of serious popularity in one of the most populated cities of the United States. I mean it also makes sense on why coffee is such a buzz in Los Angeles. The city boasts millions of busy people in the industry from actors, singers, producers, musicians, models, record label employees, newscasts, modeling agencies and so much more. As being the Entertainment Capital of the World, the city has become a place for entertainers and those being entertained to stop, rest, and socialize. The city booms with people working from all over the industry and the ratings of being the top city in coffee consumption in the nation, is just proof of that.
Coffee Shops to Hit Up in LA

If you live near the beautiful city of Los Angeles or ever find yourself in this magical and busy city, here are some renown coffee shops known for mixing both the art of coffee and creativity together into an amazing, best selling coffee shop that is truly something worth checking out!
Alfred´s Coffee and Kitchen
You may not have heard of this coffee shop, but I think this one will ring a bell when I say that it is known for it´s popular instagram worthy ¨But first, coffee¨ coffee quotes that are printed out on their cups. These types of coffee cups have graced all forms of social media from twitter to instagram to tumblr and more! They are known for creating delightful espressos and delicious cold brews that are all made from their stumptown beans. Many celebrities have been spotted gracing this coffee shop and it is also home to its own tea room where you have a lovely selection of teas to choose from as well.
Cognoscenti Coffee
This shop has equal parts great coffee mixed with amazing interior decorating. The coffee shop has a modern and light interior feel to it, with its cool art galleries posted on the walls and its funky owl picture on the wall itself. The shop itself is adorned with vibrant, colorful chairs and tile flooring that is worthy of instagramming. The overall vibe of the store screams aesthetic and artsy, making it an even more appealing place to grab a cup of joe. The coffee menu, appears to change throughout the seasons, but regulars still make the cut such as the Seattle´s Kuma Coffee and the San Francisco´s Ritual Coffee.
The Conservatory for Coffee, Tea, and Cocoa
This one is a triple whammy it seems as it carries not only a wide selection of coffee, but a variety of tea and cocoa as well. Their employees know all the right type of information that you need to know for picking up and brewing the best coffee at home, and they know how to keep you informed and interested in what they have to offer. This shop roasts its beans in the shop and have the option for online orders! You´ll check out a wide range of people hanging out at this cool sight from studying to socializing (just make sure that if you do plan on studying here, you don´t bring a computer since it is a no wifi zone area). Instead you see people writing things out the old fashioned ways and what? Reading a book? If you want a break away from all that technology and kick back old school than come to this shop for you definitely will not regret it!
The Benefits of a Cup of Joe
One of the many reasons that coffee can appeal to people in so many ways could probably be linked to the fact that coffee provides so many benefits that it is seriously unreal how water and simple beans can concoct such advantageous rewards for you.
It May Reduce Type II Diabetes

Shilpa Bhupathiraju, a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health´s Department of Nutrition, has stated that metabolic studies of caffeine in blood glucose levels and insulin resistance (with over 20 years of follow up) resulted in an 8 percent decrease in the risk of type II diabetes in women while there was a 4 percent decrease in males. The study was conducted by observing around 80,000 women and 40,000 men from the 1980´s to 2008. It seems thought that a majority of people associate coffee as a sweet, luxurious drink to consume rather one that would actually help us in terms of health. This is because people often go for the coffee with lots of sugar and creamer in it and that of course will reverse the coffee´s effects. For this reason, it is best to try to consume coffee with a small amount of sugar and creamer so that you can reap more health benefits from it.
Coffee Can Help with Burning Fat

Detailed studies have taken place that show that coffee is actually one of the very few substances that can help aid the body with burning fat. The studies showed that caffeine could help burn fat by 3-11%. Other studies have used this research to further expand on the link between caffeine and fat burning and they have also come to the conclusion that coffee can actually aid obese people in burning fat by up to 10% and 29% for lean individuals. Studies have not been extensive enough to conclude whether this benefit in coffee consumption can decrease as the consumption of coffee increases in an individual.
Coffee Contains Nutrients that are Essential for You

An average cup of coffee can have about 6% of the RDA for Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), 11% of the RDA for Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), 2% of the RDA for Niacin (B3) and Thiamine (B1), and 3% of the RDA for Potassium and Manganese. Pantothenic acid is good for you because it is linked to decreased levels of stress and anxiety, lower risk of asthma, hair loss, allergies, and more. Riboflavin is beneficial for you because it helps to improve blood circulation, energy, and help promote growth and development (so coffee really doesn´t make you short). Niacin is helpful in maintaining skin health, supporting proper brain function, joint mobility and improvements in cholesterol levels. Thiamine is crucial for preventing heart disease, protecting the nerves, promoting digestion, and having anti-aging properties. Potassium is important for relief from strokes and blood pressure, muscle strength, and reduced anxiety and stress. Lastly Manganese aids in the production of healthy bone structures, bone metabolism, and helping to create essential enzymes for bone structure. As you can see, all of these ingredients found in coffee produce great health benefits for coffee consumers only making the whole ordeal of drinking coffee, even more appealing!
It Gives You a Lot of Antioxidants

Coffee is known to carry a lot of antioxidants. Antioxidants are important for us for a myriad of reasons that include supporting a good immune system, providing healthy skin, and can improve a number of problems related to eyes, mood, heart, memory, and immune system. Antioxidants can also be provided by consumption of fruits and vegetables, but it appears that out of all 3 categories, antioxidants that come from coffee get absorbed by the body even more.
Coffee Can Improve Your Mood

The National Insitute of Health conducted a study in which they found out that people who actually drank 4 or more cups of coffee were less upset or depressed by about 10% than those who didn´t drink coffee. The reason that coffee makes you feel happier or excited is not because of the caffeine but actually because of the many antioxidants that it provides. This is of extreme importance because a study done by the Harvard School of Health stated that consumption of coffee to about 2-4 cups can help reduce suicide in men and women by about 50%. Coffee helps aid in the production of neurotransmitters that make you happy or excited such as serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline. This allows it to act as a mild antidepressant.
The Final Thought
It is no secret that coffee is a pastime enjoyed by many. People from all over the world have been drinking this powerful beverage since somewhere around the 9th century. For hundreds and hundreds of years, coffee has been a way for strangers to band together, form new relationships, exchange important information, laugh, be more productive, and have a good time. With all of these powerful things that coffee can do in addition to the amazing health benefits it provides, this drink is truly a magic to behold that will continue to rise in popularity as time goes on. Stretching for more research, exchange of knowledge, new friendships, and expanding on all types of creativity and artistic talent. Let coffee be the beacon of light and a ray of sunshine that is will always be constant in a fast moving and continuously advancing society that is always changing.

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