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!

Coffee: do Italians do it better?

Here are a few snippets from an interesting article done by the BBC (http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33527053)

Written 13 August 2015)


 

As far as I’m concerned, the cappuccinos, lattes and espressos served in branded coffee chains taste scorched and bitter, a shabby imitation of the real thing.

But am I missing the point? Is my palate so provincial that it hasn’t caught up with the changing tastes of the global coffee market? Because it appears that not only has Italian coffee been taken out of Italy, but the Italian is also being taken out of the coffee.

The International Coffee Organization says that globally consumption has grown by nearly 42% since the beginning of this century. So we’re drinking more of it than ever before, which explains the expansion of many coffee chains in the past few decades, but we’re not drinking it in the Italian way.

“I think a caricature of Italian espresso was what was exported,” says award-winning barista James Hoffmann of London’s Square Mile Coffee Roasters. He’s part of a generation of highly-trained baristas driving innovation in the sector through more sophisticated espresso-based brews.

“Global espresso culture is now a long way from what is considered traditional Italian espresso,” Mr Hoffmann says.

Coffee by numbers

8.5bn kilos of coffee is consumed globally every year

50% rise in global coffee production since 1990

  • Finland has the highest per capita coffee habit at 11.4kg
  • Italians drink much less per year consuming 5.8kg
  • In the UK we are relatively light coffee drinkers at 2.8kg
  • Finland has the highest per capita coffee habit at 11.4kg
  • Italians drink much less per year consuming 5.8kg
  • In the UK we are relatively light coffee drinkers at 2.8kg

You’d never, for example, ask for a latte in Italy. If you did, you’d get served a glass of milk. Neither would you ask for an espresso at a bar; “un caffe” is all you need to say. Coffee and espresso are synonymous in Italy.

Then there’s the Australian “flat white”, a halfway house between a Starbucks-style latte (25-35ml espresso shot topped by large amount of hot milk) and a macchiato (25-35ml espresso shot and a drop of hot, usually foamy, milk). The “flat white” has gone global, so much so that recently it replaced the cappuccino on Starbucks’ menu in some parts of the US.

What’s more, Italians don’t lounge around in coffee shop armchairs sipping cappuccinos while browsing the internet. Instead they perch at the marble-topped counters of Italy’s ubiquitous bars – not cafes – and throw back “un caffe” on the go.

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Image captionJames Hoffman says we’re drinking a “caricature” of an Italian espresso

Still, when it comes to taste and brewing style, Italy is trying to reclaim ground. The Italian Espresso National Institute or INEI was set up to protect Italian-style coffee drinking.

“International chains of cafes are spreading, calling the coffee they serve Italian espresso,” writes INEI’s chairman Luigi Zecchini on the organisation’s website. But, “behind our espresso… there is a unique and unrepeatable culture.”

INEI is even offering certificates to those who do it the “right” (for that read: Italian) way.

Are they fighting a losing battle? “Good roasting techniques and good cup-tasting protocols are becoming more and more international,” says Jeremy Challender of London’s Prufrock Coffee, another award-wining barista.

You can hear him teaching me how to make the perfect cup of coffee if you click here.

In any case, many top baristas also turn their noses up at what’s served in branded coffee chains.

Square Mile Coffee’s Mr Hoffmann says it’s all down to the way the beans are roasted. Many chains roast their coffee darker which gives it a bitter flavour. Roasting lighter can achieve a more complex taste, but get it wrong and the coffee tastes sour.

“I think the theory is likely that consumers’ tolerance for bitterness is higher than their tolerance for sourness,” Mr Hoffman says.”Hence the larger companies are erring on the side of caution.”

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Image captionCappuccinos are a morning coffee in Italy

But it also comes down to the raw beans themselves, and on this front Italy doesn’t fare as well as many speciality coffee shops outside of the country.

Part of the problem is with the price of “un caffe”. Most Italian bars will not charge more than one euro a cup.

“Such a low ceiling means the raw coffees in Italy are generally a little more commoditised, and there isn’t the option to purchase more high quality coffee,” Mr Hoffmann adds.

Italian flavour is held back too by the way the coffee is brewed. Bars there have a typical dose of around 7 grams of ground coffee per espresso, with very little variation. Speciality coffee shops will often use a lot more coffee – from 8 to 20 grams for a single espresso – yielding a more intense coffeeas a result.

That may be, but I still think I’ll be sticking to home-brewed coffee from my trusted moka machine. And I’ll continue to drink it the Italian way.

That means a short, sharp shot of espresso in the morning, perhaps even after dinner, but certainly no cappuccinos after 11am or any milk-based coffees after a meal. It doesn’t agree with the digestion. Every Italian knows that.

 


 

Top 5 “coffices” in Cape Town

There’s nothing better than getting some work done with a great cup of coffee in your hand.

Gone are the days of shlepping your takeaway coffee cup back to your office — and in are the days of “coffices”.

{ COFFICES = Coffee + Offices }

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Here is my list of favourite places to have a great coffee, work and have access to wifi:

1.

Vida e caffé
Portuguese for “life and coffee”, Vida e caffé gives you top coffee all the way from Brazil and  50 megabytes of WiFi a session.

WHERE: Dean Street, Newlands

2.

Truth Coffee

Here they see coffee as a religion,

Three hours free hours of internet and you’re coffee is only R10 if you order before 8am!!

WHERE: 1 Somerset Road

3.

& Union

& UNION offers 100% organic coffee  where the  beans are actually from a family owned farm in Nicaragua.

WHERE:110 Bree Street

4.

YOURSTRULY

This unique treat on Long Street also offers you gourmet sandwiches and art exhibitions – with PLENTY of internet (0832988455 is your connection code!)
WHERE: 175 Long Street

5.

Seattle Coffee

Settle into a comfortable leather couch or a coffee nook and get working away! The coffee is great and the vibe is comfortably soothing to get some good work done.

WHERE: Cavendish Mall, Claremont

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.

Boost your Antioxidants Coffea_arabica_-_Köhler–s_Medizinal-Pflanzen-189

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.

Boats, Coffee and a good weekend.

We had so much fun this weekend at the Johannesburg Boat Show.

We loved meeting new customers, friends and people in the industry. 

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Our stall looked fantastic!


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You may not initially have thought so, but our coffee machines go perfectly with the boating lifestyle.

Their classic beauty and exquisite craftsmanship is on par with the pure luxury of yachting. The quick, easy-to-use nature of these machines allows you to pack it in your boat in a matter of seconds – where would you like to go — Greece? Monaco? Turkey? Your espresso machine will come with you and will give you the energy and exceptional taste you need while you’re away. 

We will give you the best home-made coffee — wherever you are!

Did you see us at the Johannesburg boat show?

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Access Italy

Here is a lovely Italian website that I found. If you love Italian coffee like we do, then you will find it very interesting!

Happy coffee blogging!

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