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8 ways to make your coffee healthy

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Coffee is good for you. For many people, it is actually the single largest source of antioxidants in the diet, outranking both fruits and vegetables… combined. Here are a few tips to turn your coffee from healthy… to super healthy.

1. No Caffeine After 2PM

Caffeine is a stimulantThis is one of the main reasons we enjoy coffee so much… the caffeine gives us a jolt of energy and helps us stay awake when we feel tired. But if we drink coffee late in the day, this can interfere with our sleep, but poor sleep can cause all sorts of problems (3, 4). For this reason, it is important not to drink coffee late in the day. If you must, choose decaf or opt for a cup of tea instead, which has much less caffeine than coffee. Abstaining from coffee after 2-3 p.m. is a good guideline, depending on the time you go to bed and how sensitive you are to the caffeine.

2. Don’t Load Your Coffee With Sugar

It is very easy to turn coffee into something completely unsuitable for human consumption. The best way to do that is to put a whole bunch of sugar in it, which is arguably the single worst ingredient in the modern diet. Sugar, mainly due to the high amount of fructose, can cause all sorts of serious diseases like obesity and diabetes (5, 6). If you can’t imagine living your life without a sweetener in your coffee, use Stevia.

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Happy Coffee3. Choose a Quality Brand, Preferably Organic

Just like it is with other foods, the quality of the product can vary greatly depending on the processing method and how it was grown. Coffee beans tend to be heavily sprayed with pesticides, herbicides and various toxins that were never intended for human consumption. For this reason, I recommend that you choose organic coffee whenever possible.

4. Don’t Use Artificial Sweeteners

Putting artificial sweeteners in your coffee instead of sugar might seem like a good idea, given that they’re calorie free. But the evidence doesn’t support it. Multiple observational studies associate artificial sweeteners with all sorts of health problems (7, 8). For this reason, do not put artificial sweeteners in your coffee. Again, Stevia is a natural alternative, but really… unsweetened coffee is wonderful if you just give yourself some time to get used to it.

5. Add Some Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a tasty herb that mixes particularly well with the flavor of coffee. Studies show that cinnamon can lower blood glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides in diabetics (9). If you need some flavor, try adding a dash of cinnamon. It’s surprisingly good.

6. Avoid Low-Fat & Artificial Creamers

The commercial low-fat and artificial creamers you might come across tend to be highly processed and full of unnatural, harmful ingredients. High fructose corn syrup and trans fats are likely suspects, as well as others. I recommend you avoid these like the plague. Instead, consider adding some full-fat cream, preferably from grass-fed cows. Studies show that high-fat dairy products are actually associated with a reduced risk of obesity (10).

7. Add Some Cocoa

Cocoa is loaded with antioxidants and associated with all sorts of health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart disease (11). If you want some flavor in your coffee, try adding a little organic unsweetened cocoa to your cup.

8. Brew Your Coffee Using a Paper Filter

Brewed coffee may contain harmful substances known as diterpenes, which can raise cholesterol levels in the blood. However, getting rid of them is simple… just use a paper filter. Brewing coffee with a paper filter effectively removes all the diterpenes, but lets the caffeine and beneficial antioxidants pass through (12).

Article by Kris Gunnars.


Marley Coffee on the rise

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Marley Coffee 1The son of legendary late musician Bob Marley started a coffee company in 2009 with only 52 acres of farmland in Jamaica and a stern warning to his farmers against using pesticides. 

"I said to them, 'If you use any chemicals on this property, I will come and cut every tree down and you won't have a farm,'" Rohan Marley, the founder and chairman of Marley Coffee, told Business Insider in an interview.

Today, Marley Coffee is sold in thousands of stores worldwide. In North America, its biggest market, more than 8,800 stores will sell Marley Coffee this year, up from 300 stores a year ago, according to CEO Brent Toevs.

The company is still small, however, with revenue of just $4.6 million in the nine months ending Oct. 31, 2013. That's up from $1.4 million during the same period a year earlier. 

Marley attributes the company's recent growth to its sustainable farming practices, which he says were inspired by his father and his Rastafarian beliefs.

"I was truly inspired by a vision that came into my mind as the son of Bob Marley," he said. "I thought about how I could really encompass his message of peace, love and sustainability."

He says that he didn't inherit his father's musical talents, so he wanted to find another way to honor him. His father grew up on a farm and often talked about wanting to retire on one, Marley said. Bob Marley died of cancer in 1981 at the age of 36.

Today, the company continues to grow pesticide-free coffee under the "Jamaica Blue Mountain" label. It also sources sustainably grown coffee from sister farms in the Jamaican Blue Mountain region and from farms in Ethiopia and South America.  

In the Jamaican city of Kingston, Marley Coffee is the largest employer.

"We’re more than just this brand that is trying to market some coffee," Toevs said. "We are creating good lives for people who are helping to produce that product through sustainable farming. We’re really passionate about it."

Many of the roasts use the names of Bob Marley songs, including "Get Up, Stand Up," "Buffalo Soldier," and "Simmer Down."

The company also sells four kinds of single-serve coffee pods compatible with Keurig machines, and has plans to add another five flavors in the coming months, Toevs said. A line of Nespresso-friendly pods is also in the works, he said.

Source: businessinsider.com

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Complete Book of Coffee

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Complete Book of CoffeeComplete Book of Coffee. Authors: Mary Banks, Christine Mcfadden, Catherine Atkinson.

A great book for all coffee lovers!

This is the definitive guide to coffee, from humble bean to irresistible beverage. It includes more than 100 classic recipes using coffee - 30 for coffee drinks and over 70 for great desserts, cakes and cookies. It also offers a fascinating tour of coffee throughout history that traces the enduring appeal of coffee, from its early use by dervishes to the widespread popularity of coffee houses across the world. It features a guide to coffee-producing countries around the globe, exploring the wide range of flavours, aromas and characteristics to be found from the different beans. It offers advice on how to achieve a truly satisfying cup of coffee whatever brewing equipment is used - from simple saucepan to electric espresso machine. It provides fabulous photography throughout, including 585 specially commissioned colour pictures. This comprehensive guide explores all aspects of coffee, from aromatic beverage to indispensable cooking ingredient. This book is divided into two main sections: the reference section includes a history of coffee drinking around the world, the rise of coffee houses and cafes, as well as giving comprehensive advice on the wide range of coffee brewing equipment available. The recipe section, features 30 coffee drinks and over 70 step-by-step recipes for delicious desserts, cakes and cookies. All the classic coffee dishes are included, such as Tiramisu, and Coffee and Cardamon Zabaglione making this book a must for coffee-lovers everywhere.

Available from the Exclusive Books website for R178.

Ultimate Coffee Machine for Car Lovers

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Car Coffee MachineYou don't need the budget of Ferrari or Red Bull Racing to bring Formula One scorching into your kitchen or office.

The V8 and V12 half-scale engine replica coffee machines are the creation of Espresso Veloce, built to order and costing between £8,699 and £8,999.

They feature more than 90 machined components, manufactured using solid billets of aerospace alloys, similar to those used in contemporary Grand Prix engines. The complete coffee machine weighs about 23kg. The exhaust pipes, which dispense your coffee of choice, are fashioned from aviation-grade titanium alloy and handcrafted using tungsten and argon welding techniques. You can even specify espresso cups that look like racing pistons or the air intake trumpets of a competition engine.

Like a real internal combustion engine, every component conforms to tolerances within a tenth of a millimetre. The cam covers and other prominent components then undergo a chemical anodising process to release colour into the alloy. Parts such as the engine’s intake venturis are hand-polished to create a high lustre finish.

Car Coffee Machine 2The attention to detail also includes heating the tips of the exhaust pipes to create the blue lustre that appears on real engines after full-speed running.

Each Espresso Veloce is hand-assembled in South Africa, where it was designed.

Once the engine casing is assembled an internal tank is coupled to a high pressure, vibrating pump. This pump feeds an inline heat exchanger passing the boiling water through an array of pipes into the capsule-type group head. Volumetric control by a programmable electronic control unit then delivers the perfect espresso at an optimal 22 bar pressure.

Each machine comes with a numbered plaque and a certificate of autenticity signed by its creator. Unlike an F1 engine it's easy to use, according to the manufacturer - just add Nespresso capsules.

Source: telegraph.co.uk

Coffee - mysterious heart benefits

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Coffee seems to offer a mysterious benefit to heart health – one that doctors have been at pains to explain.

Now, a small, new study from Japan suggests that the caffeine in a cup of coffee might help your small blood vessels work better, which could ease strain on the heart.

A cup of caffeinated coffee caused a 30% increase in blood flow through the small vessels of people's fingertips, compared with a cup of decaf, according to the research, which is scheduled for presentation Wednesday at the American Heart Association's annual meeting in Dallas.

These micro-vessels regulate the ease with which blood flows through the circulatory system and the body's tissues, said lead researcher Dr Masato Tsutsui, a cardiologist and professor in the pharmacology department at the University of the Ryukyus, in Okinawa.

Previous studies have shown an association between coffee drinking and lower risk of heart attack, heart disease and stroke, said Dr Gordon Tomaselli, chief of cardiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Researchers found that high doses of caffeine may improve the function of larger arteries.

But scientists have not been able to figure out why this is, given that coffee also can increase blood pressure. High blood pressure can damage arteries.

"This is an intriguing observation that may help us understand why consumption of coffee may be beneficial," said Tomaselli, former president of the American Heart Association.

Finger blood flow

The study involved 27 healthy adults, aged 22 to 30, who did not regularly drink coffee. They were asked to drink a 5-ounce cup of either caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee. Researchers then measured their finger blood flow using a non-invasive laser technique for gauging blood circulation.

Two days later, the experiment was repeated with the other type of coffee. Neither the researchers nor the participants knew when they were drinking caffeinated coffee.

The researchers found that blood flow in the small blood vessels improved by nearly one-third among the people who drank caffeinated coffee. The effect continued in those people over a 75-minute period.

Heart rate levels remained the same between the two groups, although caffeinated coffee slightly raised blood pressure.

The improved blood flow is likely because of improved function of the inner lining of the blood vessels, Tsutsui said. Researchers have linked the function of the lining of blood vessels – also known as endothelial function – to future heart attacks, heart disease and strokes.

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By opening blood vessels and reducing harmful inflammation, caffeine may create favourable conditions for good heart health, he said.

But how much coffee is too much? Tsutsui pointed to a landmark U.S. National Institutes of Health study that showed that, overall, drinking six or more cups of coffee a day reduced men's risk of early death by 10% and women's risk by 15%.

That study, published last year in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that risk of heart disease and stroke either remained low or went even lower as people drank more coffee during the day.

The new study was co-sponsored by the All Japan Coffee Association, which might raise some healthy scepticism were it not for the large body of evidence that already shows coffee's heart health benefits, Tomaselli said.

That said, the study's small sample size does not conclusively explain why coffee is so good for the heart. "I don't think this answers any questions for us," Tomaselli said.

Data and conclusions presented at meetings typically are considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

Source: health24.com