Legend has it, coffee originated in Ethiopia around 800 B.C., when a shepherd named Kaldi noticed his flock dancing joyously after consuming the leaves and berries of a coffee bush. Kaldi allegedly decided to eat the berries to see if they would cause the same behavior in him and, of course, they did. The rest is history.
Espresso means “pressed out” in Italian.
You can eat coffee cherries as a seed.
You can overdose on coffee. (Don’t worry, you’d need to consume multiple cups in a very short period of time.)
One cup of black coffee has only 1 calorie.
The largest cup of coffee ever filled a 9 ft tall cup.
Coffee drinkers tend to live longer.
Starbucks opens an average of two stores per day.
The word “coffee” comes from the Arabic word for “wine”.
The beans that made your morning cup of coffee are probably one of the two most common species: Arabica or Robusta. Those are the most commercially used, however they are only two out of the hundreds of inter-related species of the coffee plant in the world.
There are approximately 124 types of wild coffee in the world, 60% of those are now classified according to the IUCN Red List standards as being under the threat of extinction due to deforestation, climate change, and the spread and severity of fungal pathogens and pests. Scientists have discovered that it is more difficult and more expensive to keep coffee seeds alive in storage banks compared to other plants, which is why focusing on saving coffee’s natural environment is key. Some of the coffee species assessed have not been seen in the wild for more than 100 years, and it is possible that some may already be extinct. Researchers estimate that, based on climate change alone, the natural population of Arabica is estimated to be reduced by 50% or more by 2088.
Countries like Ethiopia have launched the Yayu Forest Coffee Project, encouraging farmers to plant coffee inside forests, creating a cash crop while protecting precious woodlands.
Coffee is something many of us (including yours truly) can’t live without. By better understanding – and being proactive – about the wild species, we may just find ways to brew up a brighter future for the coffee beans we love.
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:
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
For some, a tiny shot of strong espresso is the only true coffee fix, while others think it’s a bitter waste of perfectly good beans. Whatever your preference may be, it’s always a good idea to get out there and try something new!
Let’s start with the beans. When coffee beans are harvested, they are a pale green and unfit for brewing. Roasting the beans is how you bring out their prime flavour and how you roast them is what determines if they’re to be used for espresso, or drip coffee. Espresso beans require a very dark roast and to be ground up finely – or in correspondence to your Machine settings . Drip coffee requires a medium grind because the water filtering through the machine has more contact time with the beans.
While a cup of coffee technically has more caffeine than a shot of espresso, if we were to pour that drip coffee into an espresso cup (or vice versa) than it would be the espresso with more caffeine.
Everyone and their mother knows the two beverages require two very different machines. The drip coffee machine drips boiling water over ground coffee and from there gravity takes over, pulling the freshly brewed coffee into the pot below. This process is a lot slower than the espresso route, but has it’s benefits. For example, at an office with multiple people looking for their caffeine fix. An espresso machine, however, forces 1.5 ounces of nearly boiling water through tightly packed espresso coffee. Espresso machines were actually dreamed up by Italians way back in the late 19th century. The best shot of espresso takes roughly 25 seconds to brew while using up to 15 atmospheres of pressure to force the water through. Those are some impressive little machines!
For me, espresso is my ride or die! Nothing wakes me up better than the smooth taste of freshly brewed espresso. How do you prefer to drink your caffeine?
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.
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!
Does caffeine do it? Not so much, studies show
that even decaf coffee will make you poop!
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!!
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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
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 : )