5 Tricks to a healthier Cup of Coffee in the Morning!

Seeing that you have arrived at our blog, we assume that you love a cup of coffee in the morning to give you a kick and get you ready for the day. When not drinking in excess, coffee can have many health benefits, but there also several ways you can ensure to have a healthier cup of coffee in the morning.

Drink Water First

Make sure to drink water before drinking your first cup of coffee. Coffee is a diuretic which can have a dehydrating effect on the body. Many people that drink coffee, end up not drinking enough water by the end of the day. Make drinking water a regular habit!

Use alternatives to milk

Have you thought about using plant-based milk in order to make your coffee healthier? canvaIt’s not even healthier, but it can also help with weight loss. Almond milk, coconut milk or cashew milk are all healthier alternatives that have fewer calories and are ideal for those looking for a healthier cup of coffee!

Reduce Sugar

The recommended sugar intake is six tea spoons of sugar per day. This does not leave much room for sugar in your coffee so avoid its intake as much as possible. If you are sticking to sugar, rather use a smaller spoon.

Avoid artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners might have fewer calories; they can increase sugar cravings which will have negative effects on the body. Ideally, cut down your intake of both sugar and avoid artificial sweeteners and adjust to unsweetened coffee.

Add a variety of spices

You can add your favourite spices to your coffee to make it healthier and add to the flavour. Ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg are spices that you can add to your coffee for added health benefits. Cinnamon for example helps regulate blood sugar and insulin.

The difference between coffee capsules, coffee pads and coffee pods?

Coffee pods, pads and coffee capsules are undeniably, certifiably NOT the same thing, but too many companies are marketing them as one and the same. We’re here to debunk the myth that coffee pods and coffee capsules are the same, and explain what the differences are.

Coffee Capsules

Coffee capsules are the plastic containers with an aluminium foil seal, with ground coffee contained inside. These are also available as aluminium capsules with an aluminium seal as produced by Nespresso.

The capsule is either part of an open or closed system; open systems allow for a broader range of product to be use in the machine. Closed-system capsules simply mean you can only use one brand of compatible capsule sin your machine.

ESE Coffee Pods

Coffee pods look precisely the same as a teabag, except for that they are round in shape.

ESE is an international standard that fits every ESE pod machine world-wide. With a 44-45mm diameter, standardized 7 grams of ground espresso is compressed inside a two sided disk shaped paper pod.

Think of a puffy teabag. To use these pods you will need a machine that is either specifically designed for ESE pods, or a conventional machine that is versatile – meaning it can use both grinds or ESE pods.

Coffee Pads

Phillips Senseo ™  – which we stock here at Emozione – is probably the best known of these and as with the capsules they are designed to fit into the Phillips Senseo machines ™. The pad is bigger than a pod with a diameter for 70mm, but made with 7 – 10 g of coffee and not packed as tightly.

Environmental Impact

With a global market of $17 billion, coffee capsules are contributing to a global environmental disaster.

Made from a combination of plastics and aluminium with organic matter inside, the coffee pods are not biodegradable. It takes 150 to 500 years for aluminium and plastic capsules to breakdown in landfill.

In comparison, the beauty of the waste from ESE Coffee Pods is that they are completely compostable. The Biodegradable paper that the coffee is packed in and the coffee grounds fully compost.

Which are you going to choose?

A history of Italian’s and their coffee

*exert taken from Nellositaly.com

Some argue that the Enlightenment took place in eighteenth-century Europe because, simply, that’s when coffee houses first opened. What does that make the Enlightenment? Just one major caffeine buzz. It’s true, Italians love their coffee and have so ever since the coffee bean first arrived at the ports in Venezia, brought from the Islamic world in the sixteenth century. They have it first thing in the morning, typically espresso or cappuccino; have it after lunch; perhaps a quick shot during the work day; then one after dinner before taking the ritual “passeggiata,” or stroll, through the city center. Every household has the famous “macchinetta,” an easy-to-use stove-top percolator made of aluminum and first built in 1933 by Bialetti that, when properly used, produces a delicious espresso at any time. No matter the occasion, coffee must be done right in Italy. It’s an art, and there’s no kidding around about the perfect espresso: rich, creamy, perfectly balanced from start to finish, not one coffee ground burned by the scorching hot, high-pressure water that passed over it. And what about those massive, gorgeous espresso machines you see in fine coffee shops in the United States, certainly all over Italy? We can thank Luigi Bezzera for them! In fact, we can thank him for the espresso itself.

tumblr_nzf6gxzgsS1uw6frmo1_540Some Italians–in fact, many Italians–have one bar (Italian coffee houses are known as “bars”) they frequent every day for their coffee. It’s there where they talk sports and politics. It’s there where they start their day and, at times, end it with an aperitivo, a before-dinner drink (perhaps just after-work drink!). A barista–he or she who prepares the coffee–is revered in Italy. Though some Italians have a preferred bar where they get their coffee, some also have a preferred barista. There’s something to be said about that special barista who can pull that perfect espresso. Thank you, baristi of Italy–of the world, for that matter–for waking us all up and keeping the conversation going!

Drink Green

Did you know that we sell a range of E.S.E pods that are not only great tasting – but also great for the environment? Our company aims to deliver you premium Italian coffee that has been expertly made with the best beans – at no harm to the environment whatsover.

Our Miscela D’Oro NATURA is an organic and fairtrade E.S.E pod that is a delicious selection of organic coffee beans – blended  according to fair trade standards. This is a remarkable product that respects the environment and honours the farmers with a fair price, so that a coffee break can be a pleasure for the palate and a joy for the soul.

It’s a medium dark roast that is intense in flavour and envelops the room in a heavenly aroma.

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Shop our online store to buy some!

Have a great day!

Emozione Coffee

My Panettone is Perfect

My friends and I just shared Loison’s lovely Panettone over a steaming cup of Italian coffee from Emozione.

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The masterful Panettone was the perfect addition to our cup of coffee and the balance between savoury and sweet was complimented by the rich aroma and taste of our coffee.

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As we’ve already mentioned, we are very proud to be importing these fine foods all the way from Italy. Take a look at our online store !

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Today is national Coffee day!

Because it’s national coffee day here in South Africa – we thought it would only be appropriate to increase your knowledge on the benefits of that extra cup of coffee every day.

Recently, a study done by the International Journal of Dermatology discovered that caffeine actually encourages your hair to be longer and prevents the impacts of DHT (the hormone that damages your hair follicles and promotes hair loss)- therefore extending your hair’s natural growth cycle.

In addition – it was discovered that female hair follicles responsive more to the benefits of caffeine than males.

Moral of the story: carry on drinking coffee.

For more information about how to get your daily fix of supreme Italian coffee – click here.

Emozione coffee x

72 hours of passion and excellence

Ever wonder about the effort that goes into making the food that you are eating? Well I don’t – because I’m so used to mass-produce, impersonal foods that are merely sold for one purpose and one purpose only: profit. However – I have found an exception to such monotonous conventions.

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My infatuation with the Loison brand of Italian fine-foods has lead me to discover that one of my favourite traditional dishes, the Panettone, actually takes 72 hours to make and exemplifies the delicate art of fine-food making . And this process is filled with the passion and skill that is key to their exceptional quality.

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“The quality and the flavors are protected by a process which is not forced and which, therefore, respects the exclusive sensory qualities. The intense control of quality is practiced in every single moment of production in order to safeguard a process which has, in its oldest procedure, its most certain and exclusive guarantee.”

That is what I love about Italy! Food isn’t “just made”  –  it’s birthed through the rich love and zest of its people. The secret to the excellence of Loison’s Panettone is certainly the long process of passion, tradition and skill that is key to their reputation as fine-food specialists.

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Stay tuned because we are starting to sell Loison’s famous Panettone as of next week! Click here to see our online store.