Keep calm and have a cup of coffee | #InternationalCoffeeDay

October 1st is declared as International Coffee Day to celebrate the “coffee sector’s diversity, quality and passion” and as an “opportunity for coffee lovers to share their love of the beverage.

 

So what’s in your cup?

 

Nothing can prevent a coffee’s death – not fancy packaging nor viral marketing

Takeaways from this talk:

  • coffee ushered the age of enlightenment
  • 95% of the roasted coffee in the world is 100% old, stale and dead
  • coffee once roasted is a fresh, living food and loses its vitality and dies in about a week

 

15 Things Worth Knowing About Coffee – The Oatmeal

15 things worth knowing about coffee-the oatmeal

Screengrab from 15 Things Worth Knowing About Coffee – The Oatmeal

 

Check out The Oatmeal’s comics about coffee here.

 

What coffee does to your brain

Takeaways from this video:

  • a chemical in the brain called adenosine accumulates whenever you are awake
  • the more adenosine there is, the brain feels tired and the longer you’re awake, the more fatigued you become
  • caffeine is similar to adenosine in structure
  • caffeine binds with adenosine receptors but since it’s not adenosine, the sleepiness effect isn’t felt

 

When is the best time to consume coffee?

Takeaways from this video:

  • circadian rhythm regulates many processes in our body. It’s our internal biological clock which means it controls the release of cortisol AKA the stress hormone
  • cortisol is secreted in high levels during your body’s fight or flight response and it’s related to your level of alertness through the day
  • cortisol is at its peak between 8AM to 9AM, 12NN to 1PM and 5:30PM to 6:30PM. During these hours, it’s best to skip caffeine intake because doing so diminishes its effect and builds up tolerance to it
  • since circadian rhythm and cortisol are regulated by sunlight, what happens if you wake up too early? or too late? It was found out that cortisol level increases at about 50% right after you wake up. So you have to wait at least an hour before giving in to caffeine.

 

Coffee add-ins, anyone?

Other than sugar and cream, here are 9 flavors you can add to your coffee:

  • Cardamom
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Booze
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Coconut Milk
  • Ice Cream
  • Egg

 

Amazing uses of coffee grounds

Here’s a huge list of unexpected ways you can use it.

  • use it to reduce the soil’s pH level which is favorable if you’re growing hydrangeas
  • sprinkle it to the ground to keep slugs, snails and other bugs away
  • mix coffee grounds with the seeds before planting carrots and radishes to keep pests and bugs away
  • worms are great for gardens because they turn soil and fertilize it. Also, they are attracted to coffee.
  • use it to deodorize your fridge and freezer
  • more cool tips here

 

Use #InternationalCoffeeDay to take part of this coffeelicious day.

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