New Year New Fads

2018 was a great year for the coffee industry, introducing some pretty interesting trends. Just as I was getting over the Butter Coffee fad, 2019 came in strong with some up and coming concoctions.

Nitro Coffee

One of the most fascinating trends I’ve come across is Nitro Coffee. Like the name implies, it is coffee that has been infused with nitrogen gas. Just like your favourite ale, the aerated coffee is kept in a pressurized keg and is poured from a tap, producing a great infusion of texture and taste. This method makes it a more velvety and sweeter tasting coffee when compared to regular iced coffee.

Nitro VS Hot Coffee

Besides the obvious differences between a glass of frothy nitrogen coffee and a warm mug of regular coffee, there are a lot of things lying under the surface that may influence your decision to try it. For starters, nitro coffee actually contains about 30% more caffeine than a regular coffee does, which can lead to an increase in anxiety levels. Nitro coffee doesn’t require any milk and sugar after pouring which could be a huge benefit if you’re trying to enjoy a flavourful caffeinated beverage without the additional calories. Both beverages contain antioxidants that fight free radical damage and reduce inflammation as well as providing a boost in mental and physical performance.

Mushroom Coffee

My initial portrayal of this in my mind was a hot cup of coffee ruined by some random spongy bits of mushrooms. After further research, I was relieved this was not the case. Making its introduction in 2018, Mushroom coffee is expected to hit peak popularity in 2019. Using a variety of different kinds of medicinal mushrooms, they are able to isolate and spray-dry different key components of the ‘shrooms to create a powder which is then infused with the coffee. This take on coffee is actually lower in caffeine than regular coffee, which could be beneficial for those who tend to avoid coffee for its high caffeine content. Mushroom coffee could also potentially help you with your New Year’s resolution with studies claiming it can help boost energy, improve brain power, help with indigestion and possibly also aid in weight loss.

Most Common ‘Shrooms Used

  • cordyceps
  • chaga
  • lion’s mane
  • turkey tail
  • reishi

So whether you’re looking for a new trendy caffeinated beverage for your Instagram page, or trying to find something to help keep you on track for your New Year goals, 2019 has something for you.

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How drinking coffee before bed affects you

Did you know your circadian clock tells you when to wake, eat, sleep and a whole bunch of other things!

Caffeine messes up your circadian clock – but how much caffeine does it take to mess it up?

Well…..

  • A double espresso shifts your clock by 40 minutes
  • Bright light: shifts your clock by 85 minutes
  • A double espresso plus a bright light shifts your clock by 105 minutes!!!

So, in conclusion just drink coffee in the dark! 🙂

Your body works on a rhythm and is directed by your Circadian clock. This is a 24-hour hormone cycle that happens in your body. It tells you when it’s time to eat, sleep, wake up etc.

At a certain time in the rhythm, something called cortisol is being formed – which is a hormone that makes you feel alert, awake and ready to start the day. Producing cortisol happens between 8 and 9AM meaning that your body is naturally caffeinating (I know cool, right?) during these hours of the day.

If you drink coffee at the same time as your Cortisol’s are rising, then the effects of caffeine won’t be working as well, since you’re already experiencing a natural jolt ⚡.

SO, if you find yourself upping your daily caffeine intake then TRY drinking your coffee AFTER your cortisol levels have dropped (don’t worry, that’s a couple times a day). The first drop happens 9:30 and 11:30AM.



COFFEE IS ACTUALLY BENEFITING YOUR LIFE?

Could you imagine a day without coffee? Could you imagine a month without coffee? Then there is no way you could last a whole lifetime without coffee!! People have been going around for decades telling us that coffee is the worst thing for you but you always ask yourself “is it THAT bad for me?” So today we are here to tell you that coffee actually is not the worst thing for you on a daily basis and you can keep drinking that steaming cup of joe. Coffee has been around for a long time and is often blamed for many illnesses. From stunting your growth to causing heart problems but newer research shows that it may actually have health benefits. There are many different ways that coffee can help benefit your daily life including:  

1. You could live longer.

Recent studies found that coffee drinkers are less likely to die from some of the leading causes of death in women: coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.

2.Your body may process glucose (or sugar) better.

That’s the theory behind studies that found that people who drink more coffee are less likely to get type 2 diabetes.

3. You’re less likely to develop heart failure.

Drinking one to two cups of coffee a day may help ward off heart failure, when a weakened heart has difficulty pumping enough blood to the body.  

4. You are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease.

Caffeine is not only linked to a lower chance of developing Parkinson’s disease, but it may also help those with the condition better control their movements.

5. Your liver will thank you.

Both regular and decaf coffee seem to have a protective effect on your liver. Research shows that coffee drinkers are more likely to have liver enzyme levels within a healthy range than people who don’t drink coffee.

6. Your DNA will be stronger.

Dark roast coffee decreases breakage in DNA strands, which occur naturally but can lead to cancer or tumors if not repaired by your cells.  

7. Your odds of getting colon cancer will go way down.

One in 23 women develop colon cancer. But researchers found that coffee drinkers were 26 percent less likely to develop colorectal cancer.

8. You may decrease your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.

Almost two-thirds of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease are women. But the caffeine in two cups of coffee may provide significant protection against developing the condition.

Even though coffee has these amazing health benefits it also comes with the factors of how much you are drinking in one day. It is a true fact that drinking too much coffee has side effects. Excessive intake of coffee can make you jittery and cause different effects including:

  • Increased heart rates
  • Raised blood pressure
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Anxiety

So the question you still have is how much coffee can I drink in a day to get the benefits and still avoid the bad effects? I will tell you dont worry. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, it’s safe for most people to drink three to five cups of coffee a day to receive all the goodness and avoid the negative parts to it.

So now that you know that there ARE health benefits to drinking coffee on a daily basis scroll on down to look for some different types of coffees and different ways on making them to satisfy your coffee cravings : )

Cool Beans & Baristas

What’s better than starting your day off with a steaming hot cappuccino with the perfect blend of espresso and frothed milk mixed with a shot of hazelnut? I’m going to go ahead and say nothing. 

For the past 14 years, Espresso Bella has been flourishing as a successful personal Barista and Espresso Bar catering service, specializing in espresso as well as many other espresso based beverages. Whether you’re brewing Espresso Bella’s beans at home or using them for your upcoming event, I guarantee it will be an unparalleled experience.   

Focusing primarily on providing enthusiastic service to a variety of clientele. From weddings and bridal showers, to holiday parties, Espresso Bella is proud of their versatility.

This personal Barista service goes above and beyond the typical tea and coffee you find at many events. With educated and professional staff, you are guaranteed the perfect cup of espresso – brewed just for you, every time. 

What They Can Do For You

Looking to impress your boss at your next office meeting? Or maybe you want to wow your guests at your wedding?

Trying to please all customers, your Espresso Bar can be as simple or complex as you desire. Delightful machiatto or rich espresso? Both? Espresso Bella offers everything your inner coffee fiend could ever desire. 

The Standard Bar is typically for people looking for a simpler coffee experience. Espresso, Americano, Cappuccino, and Tea will help you get your caffeine fix without the extra flavours the Deluxe Bar offers. However, the Deluxe Bar has lots of options to appeal to your more adventurous guests. 

Driven by the importance of enjoying quality products, adding Espresso Bella to any event is guaranteed to provide your guests with an unforgettable experience. 

“Making every cup an Espresso Bella”

Cannabis Coffee

This past week, Canada became among the list of countries that have legalized the recreational use of cannabis. With the legalization, we got to thinking – “What about cannabis-infused coffee?”. Well, it’s a thing! There are several pros to adding cannabis to your coffee and we’re going to go through them all!

Before we get into the ‘good’ stuff, let’s discuss what it is exactly that you’d be putting into your coffee. We’re talkin’ CBD, or cannabidiol, which is a natural derivative from the cannabis plant. CBD is known for being the non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant – those who use cannabis for medicinal purposes usually look for such that has a higher CBD content.

Pros:

If you’re an avid coffee drinker, you’ve probably encountered a time or two with the ‘jitters’ and/or high anxiety. One of the first pros of enjoying CBD coffee is that those effects almost disappear and you are more often than not, actually relaxed. If we look at the science behind it, both caffeine (found in coffee) and cannabinoids are adenosine reactants, this means that while the caffeine will suppress your feelings to go to sleep, the cannabinoids will keep adenosine in place to allow for that calming factor.

Now, we know many people simply cannot function without their morning cup of jo; however, there has been a few studies that suggest that CBD coffee can increase your feelings of awakeness without the need for extra caffeine – so no, you won’t have to add that extra shot!

Further, many people feel those aches and pains in the morning and as we mentioned earlier, higher CBD content is mainly found in medical marijuana products – this means, that alongside you being more awake, the non-psychoactive and body calming effects will have your body ready to go in no time!

Wanna try it?

There are several ways to infuse your coffee with CBD: from using CBD oil to buying CBD-infused beans (that’s right, before they’re roasted!). As many know, with the legalization of cannabis in Canada, there were a few ‘terms and conditions’. For instance, edibles and drinkables are not yet legal; however, oils can be purchased and you are more than welcome to make and enjoy these treats at home. With that said, pure CBD oil is not yet available on the government website; therefore, when following at-home tutorials to make edibles and drinkables, please remember that THC does in fact have psychoactive effects and it is illegal to drive under its influence.

We actually reached out to our Facebook and Instagram followers to ask how many people would be interested if we were able to offer a drinkable and this was the response:

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The responses we’re surprising – both Facebook and Instagram had almost identical answers but for the opposite choice! There is still time to choose a side though, drinkables won’t be available for sale until sometime in 2019. Don’t worry though, we’re looking into it!

#NationalLiqueurDay

To celebrate two of our favourite things: espresso and cocktails, we have three espresso-based drinks for you to try. Oh, and just a hint: for each cocktail you’ll need only the finest espresso.

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This is probably the most basic of the three, but also the most well-known. You can use this recipe as a base for any other flavours and garnishes.

Espresso Martini Rec

Start by adding the vodka, Kahlua, espresso, and syrup to your shaker. Once you’ve added your ice, shake, shake, shake! The key to a beautiful, frothy Espresso Martini is shaking it until you feel the texture in your shaker change. After rimming your martini glass with caramel (or your sauce of choice) pour your delicious martini and enjoy!

 

Siciliano

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This espresso cocktail is for those that can’t decide if they want a sweet treat or an amaro after dinner. (An amaro is an Italian herbal liqueur typically enjoyed as an after-dinner digestif). This cocktail combines the syrupy, bitter-sweet flavours of the liqueur with rich espresso and sweet vermouth.

Siciliano RecStart by adding your liqueurs, espresso, and syrup to your shaker. Once you’ve added your ice, give your cocktail a few shakes. Pour the contents into a glass and fill with club soda. You can garnish with any fruit you’d like, but with our espresso, cherries pair perfectly!

 

Cafe Don Juan

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The Cafe Don Juan is the perfect espresso cocktail for those with a sweet tooth. It combines spicy rum with sweet Kahlua and of course we top it with whipped cream! This beverage is so good you can almost call it dessert in a cup!

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The directions are quite simple: just add your espresso and liqueurs to your glass and top with fresh whipping cream! To keep things classy, add some cocoa powder on top as well!

 

 

We hope you took some time to celebrate #NationalLiqueurDay! Have fun with these recipes and make them your own!

 

Please drink responsibly. 

Excess Grinds? No Problem

These days it’s all about DIYs and all-natural home remedies and if you have an abundance of expired or leftover coffee grounds then you’re able to do both! Coffee, and coffee grounds, can make a great addition to any skin and hair care routine.

(We also suggest not using coffee grounds that have already been used as their antioxidant properties have already been taken away!)

Exfoliant

Coffee grounds make a great exfoliant because of the abrasive texture and natural 44197110_890449161149886_2910389763846438912_nproperties. Just by mixing a few tablespoons of coffee grounds with your favourite oil (coconut works the best!) you can use this scrub all over your body! This works best for getting rid of that excess dry layer of skin to reveal the beautiful healthy skin underneath.

There’s also a rumor that coffee scrubs can help get rid of cellulite, but there is little evidence to back this up. So instead of suggesting that it works, we’ll tell you that the potential is there as coffee is loaded with antioxidants that can help tighten your skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Facial

Coffee as well as its grounds can also be used in facial products – not just as a scrub like mentioned above but also to rejuvenate the skin. You’ve probably noticed that many skin care companies are even incorporating coffee into their products. This is because coffee has been proven to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles while energizing the skin and improving elasticity. Because of its antioxidants, coffee has also been shown to reduce redness and inflammation of the skin, which is perfect for giving your face an even complexion.

 

Hair Treatment

Coffee is one of the best all natural ‘pick-me-ups’ for your hair. Not only does the motion of rubbing the grinds in your scalp promote blood circulation and therefore hair growth, but exfoliating your scalp helps unclog hair follicles and leads to stronger hair all around. By mixing the grinds with your favourite oil, not only does your scalp become refreshed as dead skin cells and dandruff are rubbed away, but your scalp is moisturized in the process.44245440_2220294811532425_6246123565083525120_n

Coffee can also be used to revive your hair and bring back its shine! Next time you pour yourself a ‘spro, make an extra one just for your hair. Jump in the shower, wash your hair, apply your coffee evenly over your locks and let it sit for up to 20 minutes (so, while your do all your other things) and then rinse it out! This rinse is best for those with darker hair because coffee is also a natural dye and can affect lighter hair.

 

 

Robusta, Arabica’s Best Friend

If you’ve ever been looking to buy or try a new coffee, you’ve probably come across the words ‘Arabica’ and ‘Robusta’ more than once. We know them as the two different types of coffee beans that can be found in any blend or roast, but do you truly know the difference?

For a coffee lover, the sight of ‘Robusta’ on a bag usually screams “buyer beware!” but in reality, these beans, if of the right quality, can make a profound cup of espresso with a crema like no other.

So, what’s the difference?

To start, Robusta and Arabica beans are not the only two species of coffee – they just make up most of the world’s coffee growth and selection. However, they are quite different, from the size, shape, and crease to the taste, aroma, and mouth feel.

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This comparison probably doesn’t explain much in terms of why Robusta isn’t something to turn away from, but it does help explain why mixing Arabica and Robusta beans can make an amazing blend, especially for espresso.

High-quality Robusta beans are typically used for espresso blends because they produce a luxurious crema and can pack that bold flavour you expect from a darker roast of coffee. With the right mix of Arabica, these coffees have subtle sweetness and can be enjoyed with anything from your savory morning breakfast to a sweet dessert.

If we take Mokador for example, their capsules are the perfect explanation for how blending these two beans can develop multiple types of espresso.

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Mokador Più Crema consists of species of prized Coffea Robusta from the best plantations in India and Africa. This blend is identified by a dense structure, dark colour and persistent creaminess. The body is described as intensely structured with a decisive taste and pleasant syrupy quality. It is suggested that this blend is ideal for breakfast.

100Arabica

Mokador Crema is a rounded and full bodied coffee blend, consisting of species of Coffea Arabica and Coffea Robusta. This blend produces a thick texture and dark-brown colour throughout. This blend is described as being a coffee with a spirited and lively personality. It is suggested that this blend is ideal for either breakfast or lunch.

Crema

Finally, Mokador 100% Arabica can be seen having many different flavours and aromas than that of those with Robusta blended. It’s described as a blend of sweet tasting aromatic coffee consisting of a selection of prized varieties of Coffea Arabica from Central and South America. This espresso is identified by a silky mouthfeel and the golden colour. Acidity is prominent which is typical of the best varieties of Arabica Coffee. The body is delicate while the aroma ranges from floral to fruity notes with an aftertaste of citrus and cocoa. This coffee is best for your first break and dinner.

If you’ve ever tried any of these Mokador espresso blends, you know that these flavours are unique, yet specific. The strong, bold flavour of a Robusta bean is quite complimentary to that of the sweet flavours from Arabica; thus, making a perfectly balanced espresso. So next time you see Robusta included in a bag of coffee, don’t stray away – give it a try!

Caffeine and Mental Health

Let’s face it, nowadays, almost everyone is a coffee drinker, whether it be for the taste, the ‘cool’ factor, or for that sweet burst of energy. With all of these coffee drinkers it’s expected that there are a lot of opinions on if coffee is good or bad for you. While there may be quite a bit of health benefits to what you do or do not put in your coffee, such as sugar, cream, syrups or even cinnamon, we should also consider the health benefits of just black coffee itself.

We also often overlook the benefits or impacts on your mental and brain health coffee has. Obviously, there are a few obvious effects that coffee has such as stimulation and alertness, but what about long-term effects such as those towards depression and anxiety? Not to mention, coffee, or caffeine rather, is technically a drug, so what about the effects of withdrawal on your body.

Let’s start with the good.

In recent studies, and one particularly from the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, caffeine has causes the direct response of motivation, alertness, and anti-depressive effects. This is because caffeine is a psycho-stimulant causing your body and brain to want to ‘get things going’. Further, caffeine is known for binding to adenosine receptors and blocking them. If that last sentence was gibberish to you, that’s fine: basically, caffeine stops the hormone that causes drowsiness and a lack of motivation and energy – meaning, your awake, alert, and ready to get shi– I mean, stuff done.

One last thing, coffee is a social beverage. That being said, it’s a great excuse to grab your friends that you may not have seen in a while, meet at your local coffee shop, and talk it all out. It’s a way to keep you out of your room and get you out of the house.

But what about those that battle anxiety? Is coffee good or bad?

The truth is, there isn’t a definitive answer. Those with anxiety tend to feel stress and nervousness at any given time and more often than not, feel almost a weight on their shoulders. Caffeine isn’t necessarily beneficial towards these feelings. This is because caffeine is a stimulant that increases heart rate, blood pressure and can lead to extreme levels of stress hormones in your body.

Now this doesn’t mean if you’re struggling with anxiety or stress that you should give up coffee altogether, it just means you should know your limit and stay within it.

Last but not least, have you ever tried to give up coffee? Or accidentally skipped your morning ‘spro? You might have felt a few of these things…

The number one effect from caffeine withdrawal is a headache – this is because caffeine narrows your blood vessels in your brain, with the absence of caffeine there is a sudden flow of blood to your brain which can cause a headache until your brain adapts to the change, or until your next fix.

Next is irritability. We’ve all seen those t-shirts and mugs that say something like “give me my coffee and no one gets hurt”. Well, there’s a reason those sayings fall true: without your mood-boosting beverage, you’re most likely going to feel angry or ‘moody’.

If you’re thinking of cutting out coffee, try going slow and not attempting the cold turkey technique. Also, make sure you’re staying hydrated and getting the right amount of sleep!

In the end, it’s important to know yourself and your body – what amount of caffeine you can handle and how much is too much. Because, let’s face it, you can in fact have too much of a good thing.