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TRIBE finds new home

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TRIBE roasterTRIBE Coffee Roasting recently opened its doors to its TRIBE family, media and celebrity guests. The TRIBE Trailblazers have moved their roastery to a new site in the artists haven of the Woodstock Foundry with a café bar designed by Rivets and Rockets and bamboo recycled set pieces from MBA Architect Design.

TRIBE Coffee Roasting is now situated in one of Cape Town's oldest residential and business nodes, at 170 Albert Road - The Woodstock Foundry. At the Tribe Cafe, patrons will be able to discover up to nine different coffee beans from around the world including: Brazil, Peru, Costa Rica, Indonesia, India, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia, Guatemala, El Salvador.

Jake Easton, Bradley Juter and Kate Nero, the trailblazers behind TRIBE Coffee, share their passion in the specialty coffee revolution which is strongest in Cape Town. The trio look beyond the horizon and tried to gaze into the future with coffee flavours, café design, training ideas, ethical sourcing of coffee and unparalleled customer service.

Founder, Jake Easton says "The coffee revolution is in full swing in Cape Town and after starting at the bottom three and a half years ago, we've got our whole team here, fully embracing this revolution with passion and artistry".

TRIBE welcomes all to join them by visiting their new premises between 7am and 4pm Monday - Friday and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

For more, go to www.tribecoffee.co.za.

How much is too much caffeine?

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Coffee BeansOne study found that 98 percent of people in North America consume some kind of caffeine every day. Caffeine is a natural stimulant that comes in all shapes and sizes, including coffee, tea, chocolate, soda, and energy drinks. Moderate doses — about 200 mg, or two cups of (strong) coffee – can increase alertness, fight off headaches, and may even help prevent Alzheimer’s and other diseases. But more than 500 mg per day can lead to addiction, anxiety, irritability, and hallucinations. Get the facts before drinking that eighth cup o’ Joe.

Buzzing to know - why it matters

Caffeine is the most widely used psychoactive stimulant in the world. Stimulants (a class of drugs that also includes tobacco and cocaine) target the central nervous system and affect the brain, creating a feeling of alertness. Five cups of coffee can cause a caffeine overdose, but it’s pretty difficult to get too much caffeine from something like soda or chocolate — to hit 500 mg a day, a person would need to consume 14 cans of Diet Coke or five cups of chocolate chips. But just a little more than two 5-Hour Energy drinks can put someone in the caffeine danger zone.

Consuming too much caffeine in one day can exacerbate or induce psychiatric conditions such as panic attacks, psychosis, and mania. And lay off the caffeine benders — long bouts of caffeine-induced insomnia have even led to acute suicidal thoughts or death in some cases. That fifth vodka Red Bull might not be the best choice either, since certain symptoms of caffeine intoxication — like vomiting,cardiac arrhythmias, and high blood pressure — can get worse when combined with alcohol.

In the long term, substituting lattes for a regular sleep schedule can have some scary consequences. Consistently consuming too much caffeine over many months can lead to dependence and some rough withdrawal effects like migraines, depression and fatigue. But it’s not all doom and gloom for caffeine connoisseurs.

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It’s difficult to say how much caffeine is too much because the substance can have vastly different effects depending on the person consuming it. Veteran caffeinators might laugh in the face of danger (I drink five cups a day and I’m not sick) but they may have a medical reason to do so. People naturally build up a tolerance to the effects of caffeine, meaning they need more to get the same buzz. Other factors like weight and body mass index also come into play; in general, those with a higher BMI can tolerate larger quantities of caffeine.

There’s no need to go cold-turkey on caffeine, since moderate amounts may actually have some big benefits. Five cups of coffee might be overdoing it, but one can help us power through a tough meeting by increasing alertness and improving knowledge retention. Caffeine may even help fight some diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. And studies show that consuming caffeine just before exercise can improve attitude and performance.

But caffeinators worried they’ve overshot their limit can take some simple steps to recuperate, such as drinking water (to help flush the liver), resting if possible, and cutting their caffeine intake in the future. Easier said than done? Instead of using caffeine, try getting that energy boost from quick workouts or smelling lemons (really).

The Takeaway

  • More than 500 mg of caffeine in one day can be dangerous (even though that number is subject to the individual).
  • Potential effects of consuming too much caffeine include panic attacks, cardiac arrhythmias, and even suicidal tendencies.
  • Recognize a body’s limit. Manage caffeine intake and be wary of unexpectedly caffeinated foods, such as chocolate and soft drinks.
  • If you need a fix, caffeine’s fine. Just stop at the third cup.
  • By Zachary Sniderman - Greatist.com

Greek coffee could be key to longevity

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Greek CoffeeThe elderly inhabitants of the Greek island Ikaria boast some of the highest rates of longevity in the world, and now scientists believe that the secret may lie not just in their heart-healthy Mediterranean diet but in their daily caffeine fix.

In a new study in the journal Vascular Medicine, researchers from the University of Athens Medical School found a link between the good cardiovascular health of the island's elders and the boiled Greek coffee they drink daily.

Only 0.1% of Europeans live to be over 90, the researchers said, yet on Ikaria, the figure is 1%, with the islanders tending to live out their long lives in good health.

From a sample of 673 Ikarians aged over 65 who lived on the island permanently, the researchers randomly selected 71 men and 71 women to take part in the study. Medical staff checked for high blood pressure, diabetes, and other ailments, and subjects answered detailed questionnaires about their medical health, lifestyle, and coffee habits. In addition, the researchers tested their endothelial functioning -- the endothelium is a layer of cells that lines blood vessels, which is affected both by aging and by lifestyle habits, such as smoking.

Prior studies have suggested that moderate coffee consumption could not only reduce the risks of coronary heart disease but have a positive impact on several aspects of endothelial health, the researchers said.

The researchers investigated all types of coffee that the subjects imbibed -- but interestingly more than 87 percent of those in the study consumed boiled Greek coffee daily. Subjects who drank mainly boiled Greek coffee had better endothelial function than those who consumed other types of coffee. Even in those with high blood pressure, boiled Greek coffee consumption was linked with improved endothelial function.

"Boiled Greek type of coffee, which is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants and contains only a moderate amount of caffeine, seems to gather benefits compared to other coffee beverages," says lead researcher Dr. Gerasimos Siasos.

Source:  The New Age

Coffee & Chocolate Experience

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Coffee  ChocolateWhatever you do, don't miss the SA Coffee Club's "Coffee & Chocolate Experience" on Saturday 20 April. The event is brought to you courtesy of Bosch and House of Coffees.

Kevin Miller, senior chocolatier at Lindt will demonstrate a couple of great coffee and chocolate inspired recipes. Chef Kevin will also present a chocolate tasting. As usual, there will also be some great prizes up for grabs.

This event is free of charge, but space is limited. Booking essential.

When: Saturday 20 April. 10:00 to 12:00.

Where: Delawood - Nicolway Shopping Centre Bryanston.


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Frothing Milk 101

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One of the secrets to making a great cappuccino is getting the froth (or foam) right. Here are a few steaming tips to get you going:

For best results, use a stainless steel jug (pitcher). They are commonly available from good equipment suppliers (for example Koldserve). Also ensure that the pressure on your espresso machine is adequate for the effective frothing of milk.

1. Pour cold milk into the jug. Make sure that the milk is cold and fresh. It may be full cream or low fat milk. Remember, it is not so much the fat content as opposed to the appropriate protein levels in the milk which results in a good foam texture.

Frothing Milk 12. Insert the steam nozzle into the jug. The nozzle should be suspended a centimeter or so from the bottom of the jug. Open the steam valve fully and rotate the jug in a circular motion for a couple of seconds.

3. Now lower the jug until the nozzle is just under the surface level of the milk. Lower the jug slightly until a hissing or frothing sound is heard. Do not break the surface of the milk as this will result in big, uneven bubbles in the froth. Repeat this a few times.

4. Now submerge the nozzle again to the bottom of the jug while continuing with the circular motion as described in step 1.

5. Preferably use a thermometer to guide you to the correct temperature of between 60 and 70 degrees Celsius, depending on the individual’s preference. Be careful not to burn the milk, as this is a common mistake made by inexperienced baristas. Milk which has been heated up to boiling point will not only lose its natural sweetness, but ti will alo adversely affect the texture of the end result.

Latte art6. Close the valve and remove the jug only when the valve has been closed completely. Remember to always purge and wipe your steamwand before and after using it.

The desired texture of the froth should be smooth, creamy and silky with a gloss or a shine to it. It should not contain any big, visible bubbles. The froth should be able to “stick” to a teaspoon when the spoon is suspended upside down.

Pour your milk into your cup with the espresso in it. Now you can sit back, relax and enjoy your work of art!