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Spice Up Your Holidays With Coffee

So much cooking and baking goes on around the holidays. I just love this time of the year. While I’m feeling all festive, I also like to fill my coffee mug with some holiday cheer. Here is my favorite recipe.

You will need 1/3 cup ground coffee, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/8 tsp ground cloves, 1/4 cup of orange marmalade and, of course, cold water to put into your coffee maker (I generally make 3 cups).

Mix your ground coffee, cloves and cinnamon together and place them in a coffee filter. Put your orange marmalade straight into the coffee pot. It will melt when the hot brew comes through and will fill your coffee with orange delight-fulness:) Just to make sure your marmalade is blended properly stir your brewed pot before enjoying.

So what are your holiday coffee drink specials? I’d love to know!!

Food Network Says to Turn Coffee Grounds Into Coffee Granitas

You read the title right. Food Network has decided to teach us how to turn coffee grounds into coffee granitas. I’m interested!

What is a coffee granita you ask? Its a frozen drink made from used coffee grounds. Jonathan Kallini, pastry chef at Atlanta’s Floataway Cafe, appeared on Food Network and gave the secret to making this drink. In order to make this concoction Kallini says to steep the coffee grounds again adding sugar and salt then freeze them.

Well, this is certainly a creative way to get more out of your beans!

5 Health Reasons To Drink Your Coffee

We love our coffee!  That goes without saying, it tastes great, perks us up and makes everyone else bearable on a Monday morning.  But the immediate benefits of coffee are not the only reasons to love it. 

Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D., Associate Nutrition Editor at EatingWell Magazine has given us five health reasons that we should not stop drinking coffee.  Here they are:

1. It protects your heart:Moderate coffee drinkers (1 to 3 cups/day) have lower rates of stroke than noncoffee drinkers, an effect linked to coffee’s antioxidants. Coffee has more antioxidants per serving than blueberries, making it the biggest source of antioxidants in American diets. All those antioxidants may help suppress the damaging effect of inflammation on arteries. Immediately after drinking it, coffee raises your blood pressure and heart rate, but over the long term, it actually may lower blood pressure as coffee’s antioxidants activate nitric acid, widening blood vessels.

2. It diverts diabetes: Those antioxidants (chlorogenic acid and quinides, specifically) play another role: boosting your cells’ sensitivity to insulin, which helps regulate blood sugar. In fact, people who drink 4 or more cups of coffee each day may have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to some studies. Other studies have shown that caffeine can blunt the insulin-sensitivity boost, so if you do drink several cups a day, try mixing in decaf occasionally.

3. Your liver loves it: OK, so the research here is limited, but it looks like the more coffee people drink, the lower their incidence of cirrhosis and other liver diseases. One analysis of nine studies found that every 2-cup increase in daily coffee intake reduced liver cancer risk by 43 percent. Again, it’s those antioxidants—chlorogenic and caffeic acids—and caffeine that might prevent liver inflammation and inhibit cancer cells.

4. It boosts your brain power: Drinking between 1 and 5 cups a day (admittedly a big range) may help reduce risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as Parkinson’s disease, studies suggest. Those antioxidants may ward off brain cell damage and help the neurotransmitters involved in cognitive function to work better.

5. It helps your headaches: And not just the withdrawal headaches caused by skipping your daily dose of caffeine! Studies show that 200 milligrams of caffeine—about the amount in 16 ounces of brewed coffee—provides relief from headaches, including migraines. Exactly how caffeine relieves headaches isn’t clear. But scientists do know that caffeine boosts the activity of brain cells, causing surrounding blood vessels to constrict. One theory is that this constriction helps to relieve the pressure that causes the pain, says Robert Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of neurology and director of the Headache Clinic at the University of Vermont Medical School.

So go ahead, drink up and live long!

Coffee: Good or Bad for Weight Loss?

Coffee is typically only 5 calories a cup.  Add the caffeine and its a great  boost for your weight loss regimen.  But, without thinking about it, you can sabotage coffee’s benefits to your bottom line. 

According to Men’s Health, most people can add on 400 or more calories by ordering specialty coffee drinks.  Whipped cream and specialty syrups can really pile on the calories.  even with watching what you eat, you must count in the calories you drink as well.

http://health.yahoo.com/experts/eatthis/49512/unhealthiest-coffee-drinks-in-america/

WooHoo!!! Coffee Break!!!

We all do it.  We all look forward to it.  We premeditate it and we love it!  Its our coffee break! So, this begs the question of “when is the perfect time for this daily ritual.  Yes, there has been a study and coffeesage.com has the answer!

Professor Charles Spence of the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University conducted a research study which concluded that 11am is indeed the best time for a coffee break!  The study also concluded that lights, music, aroma and good company will give you a boost as well!

The witty professor even  has a coffee formula for the perfect coffee which was published in the “Challenging Tastes” report.  Are you ready for it?

M = 0.5 x F + (0.5 x E + 0.3 x P + 0.15 x C + 0.05 x T.

You combine great flavour (F) with the perfect environment (E), the container it comes in (P), who you drink coffee with (C) and the time of day you enjoy your coffee break (T) to create the most enjoyable coffee moment (M).

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1256579/Formula-reveals-11am-ideal-time-perfect-coffee-break.html

Take Heart in Coffee

The results of a study on coffee’s effect on cardiovascular disease will be presented by the American Heart Association at their 50th Annual Conference.  The new study found that drinking coffee can regulate heart rhythm problems, reducing the number of hospitalizations related to this condition.

”People who reported four or more cups a day had almost an 18% reduction in the risk of being hospitalized for rhythm disturbances,” says Arthur Klatsky, a senior cardiology consultant at Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in California.  Experts add that coffee drinkers should consider having a good diet and exercise routine for maximum results. 

In the past  it was believed that drinking coffee caused disturbances in heart rhythms although some experts still believe that regular coffee drinkers are at a higher risk for heart attacks. Dr. Klatsky believes that at this point, heart rhythm problems should not be associated with coffee consumption.

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 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.

Coffee and Tea Keep You Alert and Healthy

Many of us feel sluggish in the morning, be  it in a boardroom or in a classroom, we find ourselves tuning out, nodding off and generally not paying attention to what’s going on around us.  There is a solution.  Drinking tea and coffee with your breakfast will help to keep you alert, active, and healthy.

Coffee has also been found to help prevent Type 2 Diabetes.  Tea has not been found to have the same effect.  The Iowa Women’s Health Study showed that women who drink four or more cups of coffee a day are 20% less likely to develop diabetes than non-coffee drinkers. 

Coffee also has an effect on Parkinson’s Disease.  Coffee drinkers are 80% less chance of being diagnosed with the disease than non-drinkers.  They also have a 25% less chance of developing colon cancer, and 80% less chance of developing cirrhosis of the liver and a 50% less chance of developing gallstones. 

Drink up and live well!

To read more about coffee and its benefits, please see http://www.retrieverweekly.com/?module=displaystory&story_id=4701&format=html

ICEE Introduces Iced Coffee

We all loved it as a kid.  ICEE made our mouths turn blue and red and left us full of delight.  Now, as adults, they are about to make us even happier. 

ICEE has teamed up with Javo Beverage to introduce 2 new iced coffees in North America under the trademark name of Java Freeze.

Cody C. Ashwell, Javo chairman and CEO, said, “ICEE is a stand out supplier to the foodservice industry and has longstanding relationships with some of the most important foodservice operators in our industry.” Ashwell added, “We believe this alliance will complement our own sales efforts because ICEE has reach to thousands of independent foodservice operators seeking to capitalize on the growing market for iced coffee but require a non-concentrated dispensed beverage solution because of lower daily cup sales.”

Mr. Ashwell added, “As the leading provider of dispensed beverage iced coffee, we have the infrastructure, service, and distribution capabilities to supply national foodservice operators with specialty iced coffee as well as hot coffee and tea. Our products are cost effective and eliminate waste, and in this challenging economic environment, foodservice operators are committed to offering great tasting beverages in the most cost efficient manner possible.”

The company will intitially start out with two tasty flavors, caramel latte and mocha latte.  Look for them soon anywhere ICEE’s are sold.  Come back to coffeesage.com and let us know what you think of ICEE’s frozen coffee.

How Astronauts Drink Coffee

This is a really neat video about how astronauts drink coffee in space.