There’s a good chance that if you are on this site and reading this page, that you are somebody who is unlikely to get through a whole day without a cup of coffee or two.
People often say it’s coffee that fuels them and for some it’s maybe not too far from the truth. If you look around most work places during the morning hours, it’s not unusual to see the majority of people chugging down coffee as part of their daily routine and morning ritual.
According to recent studies conducted in Japan, not all coffee beans have the same effects, particularly on the brain. It all comes down to what you want to get out of your coffee. If you need to keep focused and be productive, you’ll want to opt for particular types of coffee like Brazilian Santos, Hawaiian Kona, or Sumatra. However, if you’re using coffee as an excuse to meet up with a friend or because you’re simply craving the taste late in the afternoon, or just want to chill out in the early evening, you should stick to more relaxing beans like Guatemalan and Jamaican. The research also found that the roast is equally important. Dark roasts will trump the medium roasts in terms of chilling people out, something that surprised me, as I’d always presumed the opposite to be true.
The Japanese studies also looked into how the aroma of the coffee can actually change your Alpha brain waves (The waves that help us calm down when necessary and promote feelings of deep relaxation). When participants simply smelt a variety of freshly brewed coffees, their brain waves reflected states of relaxation, especially when smelling Guatemalan, Jamaican and Blue Mountain coffee. The study again showed that the roast was still a factor, with the dark roasts continuing to have a more stable affect, compared to medium roasts.
According to legend, the “powers” of coffee were actually discovered by goats. Ethiopian shepherds were the first to notice the caffeinating effects of coffee when they were herding their goats in areas where the coffee plants grew. They noticed their goats started “dancing” after eating the coffee berries. In all fairness goats are fairly crazy creatures anyway, hence finding them chilling out on impossible-to-reach cliff ledges isn’t really something particularly unusual. Goats are also quite well known for eating, well… Anything.
Goats aside, coffee also has lots of antioxidants that help our body fight chemicals called “free radicals”. Thanks to that, coffee drinkers are at a lower risk of diseases such as Parkinson’s, Type II Diabetes, and certain heart problems. In fact, coffee is the single largest source of antioxidants in the western diet, outranking both fruits and vegetables, combined.
Coffee can lead to a longer and healthier life.
There are also lots of other important nutrients found in coffee, an average coffee contains approximately 11% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin B2, 6% for vitamin B5, 3% of Manganese and Potassium. As long as you are drinking good quality coffee, with no added chemicals or too much sugar, you’re helping your body get a bunch of nutrients not always found in other everyday food and drinks.
It’s been well publicised that coffee and caffeine increases the metabolism. Studies have shown that caffeine can increase the metabolic rate by 3-11%, with larger doses having an even bigger effect. Caffeine is one of the few natural chemicals that has the power to encourage the process of burning fat. Unfortunately, the effect is less pronounced in those who are already obese. There is also one other major caveat that many articles forget to mention… Unfortunately, for long-term coffee drinkers these effects are diminished over time due to tolerance.
If I’ve burst anyones bubble here, I’m sorry, coffee isn’t the magic bullet to weight loss, but to compensate the caffeine in coffee can improve athletic performance via several mechanisms, one of those being the increased mobilisation of fatty acids from the fat tissues. Studies show that caffeine can improve exercise performance by 11-12%, on average. Coffee also speeds up bowl movement, but it’s not really understood why. It’s tempting to also attribute this to caffeine, but decaf coffee still has the same effect. Caffeine can also be found in things like soft drinks and they don’t have the same effects. Scientists have observed that any kind of coffee can stimulate the distal colon, which helps push waste out of the body faster. So the physical mechanism is well understood, but we are yet to understand what triggers it. The bottom line (Excuse the pun) is that coffee keeps things flowing through the digestive tract more effectively, hence the use of things like Coffee Enemas.
Now given this is a website where we sell Coffee, a product that you drink… Ending our first blog talking about something you stick up your Bum wasn’t really the way I was expecting to go, but it maybe sums up where we at Red Roaster sit with all things Coffee. We really do love the product, and we strive to bring you the best coffee we can honestly get our hands on, but we really don’t take ourselves too seriously. People say that life’s too short for bad coffee, on that we agree, but we also agree that life is too short to be a Coffee Snob. Coffee is a very subjective product and the perfect Coffee doesn’t exist. There can only be the perfect Coffee for You… And sure, if you are a self-confessed Coffee Snob, there is a chance you’ll only want to drink Kopi Luwak, and THAT is a Coffee bean that has been ingested, partly digested, and pooped out of a Civet Cats bum. Darn… I’ve gone and done it again, sorry.