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

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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.

Loison: Tradition and Passion create their amazing products.

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Modern companies often consist of figures, board members and repetitive deadlines.  That is why historic companies like Loison are so much more than just a company – and therefore craft products that are so much more than just products.   We are very excited to announce that Emozione is now selling Loison items that will be the perfect accompaniment to our Italian coffee machines and ESE pods.

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The company is birthed in a rich history, having been located in Costabissara in Vicenza since 1938 and founded by three generations of pastry makers. This explains how they certainly do know the secret to our lips!

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“Simple origins, genuine products, bread baked in wooden ovens, the traditional sweets of Veneto. From here starts the history of the Loison family, who started out their business near the end of the 30s and Tranquillo, the grandfather, was the first to fall in love with the art of break making and later passed it on to his son, Alexander. Together they transformed the bakery into a real and proper family business, inaugurating a new shop in 1969. The company, now lead by Dario, Tranquillo’s nephew, takes on an international dimension from 1992 onwards.”

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The company is now headed by the infamous Dario Loison and Sonia Pilla, who represent the third generation of Loison. Dario is the “entrepreneurial genius” behind the brand and is passionate that tradition and innovation are key to the success of his company. Sonia is the “romantic and wistful soul” who created the iconic and beautiful look of the brand.

Together they make a powerful team – the combination of exceptional quality, tradition and style make Loison an icon for fine Italian food.

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Stay tuned for more information regarding the products we are about to start selling! 🙂 or click here to look at the amazing products we have to offer.

Things us coffee lovers just do better at


Coffee drinkers are the intellectuals, the thinkers and the dreamers. Coffee drinkers are the doers, the shakers and the money-makers.

Small talk is so much easier

Having a sweet cup of tea just doesn’t carry the punch of a potent cuppa coffee.

A mutual interest in coffee is an instant bond. It’s sacred – and as much as you try — GREEN TEA WILL NEVER GIVE YOU THAT.


First dates aren’t so bad

Taking someone you’re keen for out to dinner is really serious and a little bit overwhelming.   You’re all dressed up, sweating probably – uncertain of what you look like, sound like, and don’t even know what to order from the menu.  You’re unsure of everything. Mmmm but not us coffee drinkers.

We’re certain of ourselves. Coffee drinkers roll with the punches and are energetic — always ready add some spice to things. (If you’re not down for dinner, then there’s always meeting up at local coffee shop instead)


Adventure

Coffee-drinkers are free-spirits – we experiment and keen for new things. Coffee drinkers aren’t afraid to step outside the box for a little pick-me-up.

Sometimes we pour our espresso over ice cream for a refreshing affogato; sometimes we double it up with a doppio. Some days we beg for a Green Eye, while on other days a Red Eye does the trick just fine. Another thing coffee drinkers aren’t afraid to try? Vita Coco’s decadent Vita Coco Café, made with coconut water and espresso for a fully-packed punch.


Intimidation

Armed with a cup of coffee in your hand — coffee makes you look serious and ready. You have a mission and a goal. No one messes with you because you’re getting your coffee-kick and will be armed and ready at a moments notice.

Coffee drinkers are hungry for power and they’re going straight for that glass ceiling.


Mornings

Have you ever met a coffee drinker who didn’t absolutely kill it in the morning? Didn’t think so. Coffee drinkers may not love mornings, but they know how to attack that rush of morning energy – and milk it for all it’s worth (pun intended).

Coffee drinkers get up and once the first drip of premium dark roast hits their lips, they get things done. Whether it’s a one-on-one meeting, a business development conference or a status update with the boss, coffee drinkers come in ready and raring to go.


Health

Unless you’ve been hibernating in a black hole for your whole life – it is a well known fact: Coffee is good for your health. (And science agrees)

Coffee lovers are more likely to live longer, to be better athletes (both on the field and in the gym). They’re more likely to have an easier time losing weight and they’re more likely to maintain their memories in good speed.


Click here to go to our online store and check out all our awesome coffee stuff.

Credit to Coffee

Okay so, we love coffee — and if you’re following us, you probably do too! As avid coffee-lovers we thrive on the kick of a dose of caffeine and indulge in the aroma of Arabica and Java.

But if you didn’t know already, here are some of the added benefits of having more than one or two cups of coffee a day. (This is an extract taken from Runnersworld.com )

Powerful Performance

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Researchers from the UK gave cyclists and triathletes a drink with 350 mg of caffeine, coffee with an equal amount of caffeine, decaf coffee, or a placebo drink. One hour later the participants performed a cycling test. The caffeine group and normal coffee group performed equally well – and both were faster than the placebo and decaf groups.

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Arabica coffee beans are rich in antioxidant compounds called caffeoyl quinic acids. One study showed consuming three cups of Arabica coffee daily for four weeks can lower markers for oxidative DNA damage.

Improves your Mood

According to a US National Institutes of Health study, adults who drink four cups or more of coffee daily are about 10 per cent less likely to be depressed than non-coffee drinkers. And a recent US study from the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that drinking two or more cups daily of caffeinated coffee significantly lowers the risk of suicide. Scientists think caffeine may work as a mild antidepressant by impacting neurotransmitters, such as dopamine.

Lowers your Heart-Disease Risk

A study review published in the journal Circulation found that moderate coffee intake (three to four cups a day) is associated with a significant reduction in heart-disease risk. And a recent animal study suggests that coffee may positively impact blood-vessel function and bloodflow.

Helps to prevent Diabetes

A meta-analysis in the European Journal of Nutrition stated that for every two cups of normal or decaf coffee you consume per day, your risk for type 2 diabetes decreases by 10 to 12 per cent. The greatest risk reduction is in drinkers with healthy BMI, which means coffee may help already-slim runners ward off the disease.

Enhances the Functioning of your Brain

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Research shows that the antioxidants in coffee may help protect the brain from cognitive loss, and delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. For two to four years, researchers tracked participants who were 65 and older and had mild cognitive loss. Subjects who averaged about three cups of coffee daily over that time frame did not progress to Alzheimer’s, while those who consumed less than that amount were more likely to develop the disease.

Protects your Liver

A review of liver disease research shows that consuming one to two cups of coffee (not just caffeinated beverages) per day can protect this organ, especially for those at risk of poor liver health, such as people who drink more than two alcoholic beverages a day.

Relieves your Stress

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Take a whiff of coffee and it’s likely you’ll feel better. That’s because coffee contains volatile aroma compounds that affect mood. When mice undergoing maze testing are exposed to these compounds, it reduces their arousal level, exerting an anti-anxiety effect.