Monthly Archives: December 2009

Have you heard about Honey Bean Coffee’s Super Secret deal?

Have you heard about Honey Bean Coffee’s Super Secret deal?

Order at least $50 worth of coffee, and use coupon code – supersecret

You’ll see a discount of $0.05, so you know the coupon is still good. Then within a day of placing your order, you get an email telling you that you’ve unlocked your accounts super secret bonus.

The bonus is a $15 in-store credit that can be used on any of your future orders, you can only do this once per account, but it’s an extra $15 worth of coffee. This Super Secret deal can be used by first time customers too.

Check it out at http://www.honeybean.com

Coffee and Tea May Reduce Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes

We all worry about our weight and the diseases that can come about due to obesity.  We have all heard that coffee can help with weight loss.  Now a new study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, says that it has now been found that a cup or more of coffee or tea a day, whether caffeinated or decaf, can help to ward off Type 2 Diabetes.

The study is a meta-analysis of 457,922 people in 18 studies published between 1966 and 2009 that looked at the link between drinking coffee and diabetes risk.  The analysts concluded that every extra cup of coffee consumed in one day was correlated with a 7% decrease in the excess risk of diabetes. Even better results were found for bigger coffee and tea consumers–drinking three to four cups a day was associated with about a 25% reduced diabetes risk compared with those who drank between none and two cups day.   People who drank more than three to four cups of decaf a day had about a one-third lower risk than those who didn’t drink any. And tea drinkers who consumed more than three to four cups a day had about a one-fifth lower diabetes risk than non-tea drinkers.  Magnesium, lignans and chlorogenic acids may contribute to the results since caffeine is not, by itself, necessary to see results.

So, whether you are a tea lover or a coffee lover, whether you like it strong or prefer decaf, have a cut and toast to your health.  Fight your risk of type 2 Diabetes one cup at a time!

Caramels with Coffee and Bay Leaf

Love caramel and coffee?  I know I do.  I found this fantastic recipe that will be perfect for your holiday gatherings.  Its Coffee and Bay Leaf Caramels. 

This recipe serves 6 people, if you choose to share it.  After your first bite you might decide that they family an make due with pie and cake and keep them all for yourself!  Here is how you make them.

Caramel:

100g caster sugar
1 tbsp whisky
fresh bay leaf

Custard:

300ml soy milk
150ml cream
¼ cup espresso coffee
3 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
55g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla paste

For the caramel, place sugar in a saucepan and add 1 tablespoon of water, heat to a light golden caramel. Stir in the whisky and bay leaf and heat to a deep golden colour, remove the bay leaf and pour the caramel into metal dariole moulds, tipping around to coat the sides. Boil your kettle.

For the custard, scald the soy milk and cream in a saucepan, add the coffee and remove from the heat. Whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla together lightly, then whisk in the milk mixture and pour into the moulds.

Place into a deep tray and pour boiling water halfway up the sides of the moulds. Bake in a preheated 160C oven for 40 minutes. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve with grilled peaches or pears and cream.

I know your friends and family will love them.  They are delicious!

Recipe for Kahlua Espresso Martini

Everyone loves a good coffee recipe.  I wanted to share this one with you.  Its really good.  This recipe makes one drink.  Very tasty!

Ingredients

  • 1 fluid ounce Kahlua
  • 1 fluid ounce vodka
  • 1/2 fluid ounce fresh brewed espresso

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously, strain into a chilled martini glass.

This drink contains about 160 calories.  You can also used chilled coffee or espresso if you prefer a cold Martini.

Coffee and Alcohol: A Sobering Study?

A new study published in Behavioral Neuroscience by Temple University suggests that the caffeine in coffee does not sober you up when you are intoxicated.  However, it will make you think that it has achieved a sobering affect.  

The Temple University study was conducted on mice using a maze with negative stimuli such as bright lights and loud sounds.  Those given only alcohol seemed to be more laid back, but failed miserably at completing the maze.  The mice given only caffeine tended to preform better on the maze, but were found to be more uptight.  The mice given an cocktail of alcohol and caffiene amounting to the human equivalent of 8 cups of coffee were both relaxed and alert, but also incompetent when it came to avoiding the negative stimuli of the test.

“The myth about coffee’s sobering powers is particularly important to debunk because the co-use of caffeine and alcohol could actually lead to poor decisions with disastrous outcomes,” says Thomas Gould, who conducted the research.  He further went on to state that those who consume both “may feel awake and competent enough to handle potentially harmful situations, such as driving while intoxicated or placing themselves in dangerous social situations.”

Coffee May Lower the Risk of Prostate Cancer

Bloomburg reports that according to a recent study presented at the American Association of Cancer Research conference, coffee may lower the risk of aggressive prostate cancer.  The more coffee you drink, the better the effect according to Harvard researchers. 

A new study followed 50,000 men over 20 years; those who drank six cups or more a day reduced their risk of developing aggressive cancerby 60 percent, according to Bloomberg. Men who drank one to three cups a day had a 20 percent lower risk than men who did not drink coffee. The research is the first to find a link between coffee and prostate cancer prevention, though the relationship was not seen in cases where the cancer was less aggressive, Bloomberg reports.   More studies are needed to confirm the research.

Santa Caws by Ravens Brew (Coffee Review)

This year’s Santa Caws is a completely new and inspired blend designed specially for the season. Sensations of sweet dark red berries, milk chocolate and toasted nuts. A superb balance of crisp acidity and velvety mouthfeel. Santa Caws is a rich balanced cup that pairs well with holiday deserts and frosty winter mornings. Guaranteed to bring people together in good cheer, as well as good taste! Full City Roast.

Santa Caws Ravens Brew

Origin: Blend

This coffee is a Full City Roast, so, it’s got a very mild bitterness to it, allowing you to taste all the nuances of the blend. After a few sips you can really taste the nutty sweetness. I’ve found that if you add just a touch of heavy cream, the brews nuttiness carries through your entire palate, and the aftertaste is that of pecans or some other roasted nut.

I find this to be a great coffee for the early morning or as your first coffee after lunch.

check this coffee out at http://www.ravensbrew.com/

Joe