Brewing the Perfect Cup of Coffee

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

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

The Pour-Over Method (www.eatingwell.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

The French Press Method (www.illy.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

The Drip Method

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

How to Jazz Up Your Homemade Coffee

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Coffee vs. Tea: The Better Option

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

What is Coffee?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

What is Tea?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

How Both Can Become Bad for You

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Art of Coffee

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

What Makes Coffee an Art?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

The Beauty of Foam Art


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

They Know the Milk Needs to Be Silky and Smooth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

The Art Behind the Perfect Cup of Joe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Intake of Coffee Per Day

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

Too Much Coffee & its Effect on You

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

The Great Benefits of Moderate Coffee Intake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

What is Moderate Coffee Consumption?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Benefits of Kosher Drinks


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

What is Kosher & How is it Determined?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Kosher Coffee Benefits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

The Bottom Line with Kosher Beverages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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Best Time to Have Coffee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Why Does it Matter?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Take Advantage of Your Dip Levels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Be Wary of the Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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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