A Quick Preamble:
It’s official and it’s brilliant news… about something I’ve always believed in and about something I’ve never intended giving up…
Coffee, it’s a Super-Food… yay… !
OK, I may be a little prejudiced – because I totally adore coffee, always have and always will… so “Super-Food” may be a little “energetic” for some people as far as descriptions go for something that for so long has been considered almost poisonous… but hey, it’s a valid and apt description because this ‘much-maligned’ consumable – along with many others I’ve already discussed, and others I’ve yet to discuss – is now beginning to gain some serious ground with regard to it’s TRUE health strengthening benefits…
… and the list of benefits is growing as more scientific research is carried out all over the world..!
Cutting To The Chase:
This is not just an American thing – or Turkish, or Italian – extracting the seed or the “bean” from the berry of the “Coffea” shrub, roasting it and then drinking the end result after grinding and steeping it in hot water is an international pastime, a worldwide habit, with cultivation of coffee plantations taking place in more than 70 different countries across the globe.
Just as a point of interest, the earliest credible evidence of coffee drinking was actually found in Yemen – the Yemeni were drinking coffee approximately 600 years ago but there’s also, yet-to-be fully proved, further evidence that coffee was being used way before then in other areas of the world.
Oh and before we go any further, please bear in mind that I’m talking aboutGOOD coffee, freshly ground, organically grown coffee, with all its’ caffeine intact and present, a “Whole Food” – NOT decaffeinated or the off-the-shelf “instant” rubbish that basically has no goodness in it whatsoever because of modern food production methods…
… so, based on recent (and plenty of continuing) scientific studies, here are some of the great natural benefits of coffee consumption:
Decreased Pain Levels…
Drinking 2 or 3 cups of coffee an hour or so BEFORE your work-out reduces muscle pain – Yup, you read it right… BEFORE your workout, it’s been proven that it can help you to push a little harder when strength training, with the result of better/quicker gains in muscle strength and endurance.
Increased Muscle Fuel…
Compared to the consumption of carbs alone, a coffee and carb’ combo can give you up to a 66% increase in muscle Glycogen for as long as 4 hours after an intense work-out… this good news because Glycogen is a carb’ that’s normally stored in muscle for energy during heavy exercise… so the more you have, the better your ability for working-out harder and longer.
Improved Blood Circulation…
The better your blood flow, the better your oxygen flow to blood vessels and your muscles… oxygen is our greatest healer and body & mind preserving element… simple..!
The studies carried out for this have it recorded that those who drank coffee regularly, gained a 30% increase in blood flow over a period of 75 minutes… better blood flow means larger oxygen levels for your body and your muscles as well as your brain of course… for better health and again, better work-outs.
Reduced Muscle Atrophy…
OK, I’ll have to get just a little bit technical to explain this one – just bear with me for a little while…
A critical natural element in your muscles is what’s known as the Neuromotor, which in turn, is supported by something called the “Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor” or BDNF – triggered from your brain via coffee… without the Neuromotor, a muscle can be compared to a fire without heat… age-related atrophy of the muscles is partly due to Neuromotor degradation.
It’s been found that coffee helps delay age-related muscle strength, which in turn of course, suggests that coffee is an aid to muscle preservation as you age.
Recent research on a bunch of people conducted at Johns Hopkins University found that 200 milligram (mg) of caffeine enhanced the participants’ memory for up to 24 hours… that’s pretty amazing… again, because of BDNF – it activates brain stem cells to convert into new neurons in your brain… a definite plus, don’t ya think..!?!
And a few other things:
– Don’t be careless… as with everything else, too much of a good thing can be dangerous… a maximum of couple of cups before your workout, maybe even 3, depending on your weight/size… and maybe 1 or 2 small cups post-workout.
– Good quality water should still be in the mix – when you’re thirsty and you’ve already had your coffee quota, water’s the way to go.
– Treat coffee like a “whole-food” – it isn’t just caffeine that’s needed, that can be dangerous on it’s own – Red Bull IS NOT the way to go – you need ALL the nutrients and ingredients that come with a good cup of “Joe”… !
– Don’t poison your cup with cream or sugar – especially sugar – I always use cinnamon with mine, but almond milk or some natural vanilla’s always good.
– And of course, even though we’re beginning to wake up to the positives of coffee, this one point remains a negative… DON’T DRINK IT BEFORE YOU HIT THE SACK..!..I say stay off the coffee for at least 4 hours before you intend to sleep, but even longer would be better.
– The darker the roast, the better – studies find that dark roast coffee restores blood levels of the antioxidants vitamin E and Glutathione more effectively than light roast… the same study group proved that dark roast also led to a significant body weight reduction in pre-obese volunteers, where again, the light roast didn’t.
– Other studies have also showed that dark roast coffee produced more of the chemical N-methylpyridinium… this helps prevent production of excess stomach acid.
A Final Anecdote:
In short it’s still a bit of an awkward food to discuss – you’re either for it or you’re not – and there are, without doubt still a few ‘possible’ inherent dangers, if you drink too much of it… so don’t… you’re human, I’m human (mostly), and a little bit of what we like is never a problem… but moderation is key… !
Like most things that you need to maintain or improve your health and wellness, there’s a balance to maintain… but if consumed correctly, coffee CAN be part of the Naturally Healthy lifestyle that your body and your mind needs.
And a final word from Star Trek – Voyager:
“Coffee, The Finest Organic Suspension Ever Devised”
So what is the best espresso machine that you can choose? It is always important to compare all the best machines that are out there. This is the only way to really know which of the machines are top rated and which ones will give the best results for a longer period of time. Taking time to choose a machine ensures that you get one that meets your own preferences and needs in the level that you are comfortable with. Most of us love coffee and the smell coffee when we wake up is something that is so divine that we yearn for it every day. It is possible to prepare espresso drinks right inside your home and delight in all the things that coffee is able to give us.
One of the best things about the espresso machines is the fact that they help you in the preparation of different espresso drinks. Most of the espresso machines can help you in the making of mochas, coffee beverages and cappuccinos. There are so many models that are available and all these are supposed to help you enjoy a cup of hot coffee at any time, day or night.
If you are looking for control and the easy preparation of espressos, then the espresso machines are an ideal choice at all times. Choosing an ideal machine is important as it will allow you to have perfection in the preparation of coffee and you will totally enjoy all the drinks that you make with the machine. There are machines that can be adjusted and these give you even more power in the whole coffee preparing process.
When you have an espresso machine, then you will have a lot of convenience when you are in the kitchen making a cup of your favorite drink. Creating a perfect coffee mixture is very important and especially if you are a person who totally loves coffee. Getting an espresso machine guarantees that you will not miss a cup of coffee.
When you compare the espresso machines, you will end up settling for the very best. Relying on a guide is also very helpful and it makes a lot of sense to really take your time before selecting a particular brand.
Espresso machine reviews can also be helpful when you are trying to make up your mind. A review can either be good and or even neutral. A review is great as most customers make it their aim to tell the truth about the experience that they have with a specific machine.
It is possible to choose an espresso machine that is stylish and on top of the others. There are various models available and things will help you very much with the choice that you make.
Always go for a machine that is very easy to use and convenient to all your coffee making needs that you may have. It is important to know how well the machine filters work so as to have a feel of what the machine will be able to do for you.
Coffee is one of the primary sources on antioxidants for most people. Coffee has been an important social occasion for over two hundred years and contributes to our daily nutrition. Inexpensive coffee can be found many places, but this coffee may have toxins from the area of its origin or the place that was roasted and ground. Do not ever freeze coffee. This dries it out. Keep fresh coffee beans on hand for a really good drink.
Roasting and grinding machines may be cleaned with products containing benzene or other toxic chemicals. Most coffee roasting factories do not use green cleaning products. This may leave a toxic residue on the machines that can get into the coffee. Coffee can also be grown on plantations that have poor quality chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
There are usually several affordable sources of organic coffee in metropolitan cities. Organic coffee helps your body avoid these serious health hazards. Organic coffee can improve short term memory and stimulate nerve impulses in the brain to make the brain more alert. It will affect the energy level of neurons and stimulate the body to clear slight to moderate brain fog. Drink pure water along with the organic coffee to prevent dehydration which slows metabolism.
Coffee protects your body from type 2 diabetes, gall stones, cardiac disease, liver cirrhosis, liver disease, and Parkinson’s. It can increase mental alertness and enhance cognitive performance. It can improve long-term physical endurance. It can benefit the colon and the liver and helps protect these from cancer. It may also prevent stroke in people with high cholesterol levels.
The antioxidants in coffee can help slow inflammation in the brain. Coffee contains several phenols which are good at protecting the body from inflammation and free radicals. Phenols may protect against certain virus and bacteria. People with high organic coffee intake may experience fewer virus when traveling. Coffee contains chlorogenic acid that reduces blood sugar levels and may help delay the onset or prevent diabetes. If you are drinking coffee, focus on organic coffee for maximum health benefits! This is neuroprotectant. It prevents or slows the onset or progress of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Diabetes Type Two. Do not drink caffeinated coffee if you have MS or Lupus.
A great cup of coffee is made with cool pure filtered water. You can purchase an affordable Brita or Pur pitcher water filter or one that can be attached to your faucet. Grind your beans immediately and grind only the amount you need. Use one tablespoon of coffee for each six-ounce serving of coffee. Purchase a good grinder and stash it under the counter. They are very affordable and are good investments.
Keep several types of coffee on hand. There are French Roast, Colombian, Pacific Island, Brazilian, Italian and many others. There are several types of flavored coffees that may be used for desert coffee. There is a wonderful Swiss method that uses water to remove the caffeine from coffee in a non-toxic manner without chemicals. This Swiss decaf is often available in health food stores and online. There is a difference in the quality of organic coffees and you may need to try several to find a favorite. Look for a roasting factory in your area and try to purchase coffee wholesale.
Drip coffee has more health benefits than percolated coffee. You can purchase an old time hand grinder at an antique store. Always avoid aluminum coffee makers and pots of all types. Drink your coffee within 30 minutes for the maximum amount of antioxidants. Glass is the preferred method to protect your drink from absorbing any toxins. The new single portion coffee dispensers that have the single serving in a plastic container may have plastic contaminants from the very hot water hitting the plastic.
Do you enjoy your morning cup of coffee? I do, and as I write there is a steaming cup of dark coffee next to me.
Not only does coffee continue to be a popular beverage to help start the day, but more and more evidence is showing that there are many health benefits which can come along with it too.
If you are a moderate coffee drinker, you will have lower risk of:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Parkinson’s disease
Even decaffeinated coffee can help in the case of type 2 diabetes.
In a major study, over 193,000 people were examined, and those who drank on average 6-7 cups of coffee were about 35% less likely to be diagnosed with diabetes.
Those who drank 4-6 cups a day had a 28% less risk of type 2 diabetes.
Gender, age, weight – none of that mattered; the risk was still lowered.
In a larger study, Researchers in Australia looked at almost half a million people – and found a 7% drop in risk of diabetes for every extra cup of coffee a day!
In fact, drinking decaf coffee or black tea decreased the risk by almost the same amounts.
What about stroke and heart disease?
What evidence exists to show that coffee can lower these risks?
In men, both the risk of a heart attack and stroke were lowered when they were regular coffee drinkers.
For women, only the risk of stroke was lowered.
One possible reason for this gender difference could be the increased risk of heart attacks women have after menopause, due to their estrogen levels dropping.
As far as Parkinson’s disease, AD and dementia go, the key protective ingredient in coffee appears to be caffeine.
A scientific study looked at almost 1500 people over a period of 20 years.
People who drank 3-5 cups of coffee a day, saw the risk of dementia and AD was 65% less compared to those who did not drink coffee or had fewer than 3 cups a day!
Coffee seems to protect the liver against cirrhosis and even liver cancer. It also appears to protect against gallstones.
Coffee is well-known to help improve concentration and it can improve your ability to exercise.
What is it about coffee besides the caffeine that can help lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease, strokes, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and AD?
Well, at least a part of it has to do with high levels of antioxidants that are found in coffee.
Antioxidants are chemicals found in foods, especially superfoods that eliminate free radicals in the body. Free radicals are produced as a result of normal everyday biochemical reactions in our bodies, but they are very reactive and can damage parts of cells. Your body has natural ways to eliminate free radicals but it can certainly help the body along if you take additional antioxidants either from superfoods, or from supplements.
In fact, coffee is one of the best sources of antioxidants which is easily available.
The science continues to find out how these antioxidants can reduce all of the above illnesses, but we know that they do and there are many studies to prove it. And we know that coffee is a rich course of antioxidants and there are proven health benefits if you drink 3-5 cups a day.
So keep that coffee flowing and stop feeling guilty.
For most of us, coffee is a daily necessity. This magically caffeinated plant travels from points all over the globe to be ground, brewed, and poured into your mug, providing you with the needed fuel to face your day’s many challenges.
Nowadays, your daily brew isn’t just about perking up and getting to work on time. With so many types of beans, blends, and brewing techniques, sippers have a lot to consider before filling their mugs. Luckily, independent roasters are everywhere, giving the aficionado easy access to his or her ideal cup. Let’s look at why buying coffee wholesale from a local roaster can be a great way to improve the way your home or business gets its caffeine fix.
Unique Tastes from One-of-a-Kind Varieties
A bean is a bean, right? Well, not quite. Every bean has its own taste and texture, and a single bean can activate a whole slew of different taste buds. Your cup’s flavor depends on the precise conditions under which the original crop was raised. The climate, altitude, and soil of each farm makes for endless variation in the world’s coffee supply. Local roasters bring you fresh beans from all over the world, often from small, non-commercial farms where the coffee grows like no other. As a result, buying from wholesalers lets you sample rare, unique crops. Whether you operate a restaurant, manage an office, or drink cup after cup at home, buying directly from a wholesaler offers a unique, delicious experience for anyone under your roof.
Precision Roasting and Unparalleled Freshness
Local wholesalers roast their product right in your area, making for extremely fresh brewing. Once beans are shipped in, they undergo a roasting process that determines their body and texture. Independent companies take care to heat each variety perfectly in order to spotlight its characteristic flavors. Precision is the name of the game: independent outfits spend more time perfecting their final product than the average grocery-store brand does. Since the final product travels straight from the roaster to you, it arrives with its natural flavors fully intact.
Proprietary Blends Mixed By the Pros
By buying coffee wholesale, you support a company that’s truly passionate about crafting the perfect cup for every palate. Independent sellers take pride in the creative process, laboring to break new ground and synthesize new blends that taste unlike anything that came before. Many small companies concoct their own proprietary blends, mixing light and dark beans in precise ratios to create flavor complements that will knock drinkers’ socks off. This artisanal spirit sets smaller local roasters apart from commercial giants, which don’t stray far from a few basic blends. Buying coffee wholesale lets you participate in the experiment. You can bravely sample new blends and roasts and give your business or household access to an exciting rotation of fresh brews.
As you can see, coffee isn’t just about waking up. If you and your family members, customers, or co-workers crave a cup that’s fresh, delicious, and unique, consider buying coffee wholesale from a nearby roaster.
When we think of the best coffee, we primarily think of Brazilian coffee. This is because Brazil produces some of the world’s best coffee and has done so for the past 150 years! It all started in 1727 in Pará, Brazil, when Francisco de Melo Palheta planted the first tree. With coffee production starting in Pará, it arrived in Rio de Janeiro gradually by 1770.
Initially, it was planted just for the sole consumption of Brazil. All things changed in the 19th century when Europe and America started demanding more of this Brazilian coffee. So by 1820, plantations started to take root in the Brazilian regions of Mina Gerais, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro—by then, the country was producing 20% of the world’s coffee. When 1830 came, coffee was the largest export of Brazil, which was already 30% of the world’s production!
From the span of 1880 to 1930, Brazil had a substantial increase in coffee production. By 1920, Brazil supplied 80% of the world’s coffee (imagine having almost the entire world dependent on you for coffee!). In more recent times, Brazil supplies almost 60% of the world’s total production (still not a bad feat to be producing for more than half the world).
So, why was there such a clamor for Brazilian coffee and why is it still true today? Perhaps it can be credited to their unique picking method. Brazil strip picks it traditionally—this means that they will only make a pass or two on a tree. So if there is uneven ripening, all levels of ripeness are chosen.
But even beyond their traditional picking method, Brazil makes such great tasting coffee because they go the natural and pulped natural method route in terms of processing. If you would ask a regular Brazilian on the street about this method, they might just inform you that this traditional processing for the past 150 years (even before pulping machines were available) has helped create this very unique Brazilian coffee blend of complexity and sweetness.
What many do not realize, however, is that Brazilian coffee is very popular, also because of its great diversity throughout the country. Traditionally and through specialty coffee, Brazilian coffee is known to be nutty, mildly sweet, and full of body. Nowadays, through advancements in processing and sorting, it can be intensely sweet with chocolate and caramel notes and complimentary acidic.
The diversity in Brazilian coffee is also brought about by the different coffee growing regions in the country. In the largest coffee-growing region of Brazil, Minas Gerais covers 50% of the country’s production and produces its main specialty coffee sources. The region of São Paulo, on the other hand, is one of the more traditional areas in Brazil for growing, producing pure Arabica coffee, and home to Port of Santos, where coffee leaves Brazil. Espiritu Santo, another growing region, is second in Brazilian coffee production, with 28% of its coffee being Arabica. The warm climate and high altitude region of Bahia, farms 75% Arabica coffee, while the Parana region grows Arabica coffee exclusively. Lastly, the region of Rodonia is dedicated solely to Conilon or Robusta coffee.