5 Lies about Coffee!

1. Coffee Insomnia

No, No, No.. Coffee actually goes away faster than you think. It takes about 4-6 hours for the caffeine to leave your system, so you can’t use the excuse about not being able to sleep because of coffee anymore! (That is – unless you drink a cup minutes before you sleep.. then we have a problem)

2. Coffee Stresses you out

WRONG! Coffee actually makes you happier 🙂 A recent study shows that people who drink about 4 cups of coffee a day are less likely to be depressed. That being said.. if you’re having a bad day, drink a cup of coffee – it’ll cheer you up! The study also showed that people who drink 2-4 cups of coffee a day, are less likely to be suicidal

3. Coffee causes diseases

Coffee actually has quite a few benefits:

  • It helps with long term memory
  • Lowers your risk of Parkinson’s
  • Lowers your risk of developing type 2 diabetes
  • Reduces risk of developing many types of cancer

4. Coffee sobers you up

Now I know many of you will be sad to hear, but coffee doesn’t actually sober you up and won’t fix your hangover. But on the bright side, coffee does help with recovering your damaged liver from alcohol: 4 cups a day drops the risk of liver cirrhosis by 65%.. meaning the more the better!

5. Being addicted to Coffee

Nope – impossible! Caffeine withdrawal will make you sleepy or give you a headache, but we already knew that. Though, coffee doesn’t threaten your physical or social health as addictive drugs do. On the reverse side, coffee is addicted to you!! So keep drinking coffee and all will be good a prosper 🙂 Happy coffee drinking!

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What does your coffee say about your personality?

There’s been a recent study that tested the habits of 1,000 coffee drinkers. It measured the different types of coffee that people drink daily, and then linked their habits along with psychological styles and personality traits. This is what they found:

The Black coffee drinker:

  • Straightforward
  • Quiet, but moody
  • Likes to keep things simple
  • All about minimalism

The Espresso drinker:

  • Hardworking, but moody
  • Takes on Leadership
  • Knows how to get what they want

The Latte drinker:

  • Likes to please people
  • Often indecisive when it comes to making decisions
  • Tends to be anxious

The Cappuccino drinker:

  • Controlling and obsessive
  • Creative, honest and motivated
  • Makes great friends, but gets bored with people who are unimaginative

The Frappuccino drinker:

  • Will try almost anything once
  • Trend setter
  • Courageous and adventurous
  • Doesn’t make healthy choices

The Instant coffee drinker:

  • Laid back
  • Cheerful and optimistic
  • Tends to out things off

The Soy milk drinker:

  • High maintenance
  • Detail oriented
  • Self centered and self-righteous

5 Facts between Coffee and Poop!

Ever drink a coffee and have to go to the washroom minutes later? Well… you and me! I’m going to tell you a few facts about the correlation between coffee and poop.

  1. Coffee helps release a hormone in your body that is somehow really good at simulating a certain part of the muscle in your large intestine aka. THE COLON. Funny enough, Scientists still don’t know why!
  2. Does caffeine do it? Not so much, studies show that even decaf coffee will make you poop!
  3. Coffee drops the poop bomb as soon as 4 minutes after your first coffee (that’s extremely fast!) Make sure you don’t have coffee just before coming to work, because you’ll be hogging up the toilet!!
  4. If you have no clue what the coffee-poop feeling is, then you are among the lucky ones! Only 29% of coffee drinkers are affected by this coffee-poop relationship
  5. And Ladies… unfortunately this coffee-poop relationship affects you twice as much as men.

If you’ve learned anything from this, it’s that only 29% of coffee drinkers are affected by the coffee-poop relationship, and everyone else doesn’t feel it. (Sadly, I’m part of the 29% that is affected). It’s funny how there isn’t scientific reasoning for this, but I’m sure that in the near future, scientists will be able to provide us with answers to our coffee-poop problems! Until then, stay close to a washroom while drinking your coffee – you might need it more than you know!

What is Third Wave Coffee?

First Wave Coffee
Coffee became more easily accessible in places outside of restaurants and cafes and became a daily beverage many consumed at home or the office.
The emergence of instant coffee allowed for coffee to be enjoyed anywhere and everywhere
Brands like Nestle, Folgers, and Maxwell House became popular.
Coffee during this time as weak and acidic.
Second Wave Coffee
Chain coffee shops like Starbucks began to bring quality espresso-based beverages that were now easily accessible.
The coffee business became a big business – and specialty, personalized beverages became everyone’s fave.
Darker Roast coffees and espresso beverages became the daily drink of choice over instant coffee.
The appreciation for coffee began to slowly take over with people wanting to learn about the beans and other brewing methods.
Third Wave Coffee
People became eager to learn about coffee’s origins, the trading process, and the best way to brew it.
This wave brought out interest in manual brewing methods such as pour overs, soft brew, and cold brew.
People became interested in the chemistry behind coffee and its different flavours and notes.
Specialty coffees with unique stories and lighter roasts became the new favourite.

Third wave coffee can be described as the result of the evolution of the appreciation of coffee.
People have gone from wanting coffee easily in mass amounts to enjoying and appreciating its value and the journey of the bean.

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!

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.

PiuCrema

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.

Love is Brewing…

Every bride wants to be different, unique, please her guests, and have that one thing that makes everyone say, “Wow! Such a good idea!”

Let me tell you, the ordinary drip coffee that comes with your venue or catering company might not provide that ‘wow’ factor.

But there are other options to give your guests that extra “pick me up” after dinner that’s guaranteed to get everyone dancing all night long!

Even if you’re not having a late wedding, you could enjoy espresso as you’re getting all dolled up in the morning, after the service, midday, or even making it an ad

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dition to your cocktail hour!

Have you ever wanted a personal barista, someone equipped with all the knowledge and skills, that will make the perfect cappuccino just for you? That’s espresso bar catering.

There are many options to make your wedding unique: the perfect venue, décor, a photo booth, an awesome DJ, and now, your own personal barista and espresso bar.

You’re probably thinking: “I paid for a caterer, they come with coffee and tea.” Yes, but imagine the perfect espresso, that sweet crema and caramel notes – that is the treat your guests should be enjoying after the caterer does what they do best: food.

Also, you have a barista that greets each and every one of 38140409_10156461484021727_8987819297149550592_nyour guests with a smile and friendly service.

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Just like a bar, espresso bar catering can be open for service for as long or as little as you’d like, giving your guests the choice of when they want an espresso – even if that means jumping off the dance floor for that quick extra burst of energy.

We know that your day is all about you, so let’s make it just that! Got a wedding hashtag, or a cute theme? Put that on your lattes! It’ll definitely be Instagram worthy, making your wedding the one everyone is talking about.

Speaking of lattes, there’s so much more to offer! Cappuccino, macchiato, espresso, americano, or any flavour addition…You name it, you can have it!

 

So, why not add this Pinterest pinnable, Instagram worthy service to your wedding and relax knowing your guests are enjoying the perfect after dinner espresso bella.