February 1: National “Not Without My Coffee” Day
National Get Up Day means different things to different people. For some, it’s the opportunity to share inspiring stories of perseverance. For others, it’s a reminder to pick ourselves up when we’ve fallen and give it another go. February 1 marks the end of National Skating Month; one of the first lessons every figure skater learns is how to fall and to get back up.
And while perseverance and spirit are admirable qualities, we prefer to celebrate coffee on National Get Up Day, that one true calling that actually helps us GET UP on those days we are tired, despondent, or simply having a slow to start to a Sunday – the thought of coffee and imagining sipping that first cup are literally what help us Get Up out of bed.
And, coffee helps, throughout the day with our ‘get up’ – whether it’s starting your day, your afternoon pick-me-up, or that workout booster. So, in the spirit of coffee as an energizer, let’s dive into some coffee facts.
It’s all about the buzz*
While we prefer our coffee as COFFEE, when talking caffeine, let’s compare all forms of the coffee bean.
→ Espresso contains 45-7 mg of caffeine per ounce. In comparision, drip coffee has 20 mg of caffeine per ounce.
This makes complete sense when you consider two factors: grind and water temperature.
- A FINER ground (as used for espresso) provide more SURFACE AREA for caffeine to be extracted.
- Water temperature between 195℉ – 205℉ (as used for espresso) extracts the most caffeine.
- Thus, a cold-brewed coffee will have lower caffeine levels than hot-brewed coffee.
- 2 oz Espresso: 150mg
- 12 oz Drip: 240mg
- 6 oz Drip: 320mg
- 20 oz Drip: 400mg
→ Although one would assume that a lighter roast has less caffeine, that is not the case. Dark Roast or Light Roast (of the same coffee bean variety), the caffeine levels are about the same.
→ Not true for different species of coffee beans:
While most coffee beans are of the ARABICA variety, ROBUSTA BEANS have nearly twice the levels of caffeine.
→ For the most caffeine punch, opt for a
DOUBLE ESPRESSO, ROBUSTA BLEND BEANS.
→ Note: new to the coffee game, Death Wish Coffee claims to be the world’s strongest coffee, with 700mg caffeine per 12 oz cup. You’ve been warned (or, enlightened, depending on your desires.)
Timing is everything
Maximize Coffee Benefits
Drink coffee, have a better workout! Studies have shown that the beverage’s supply of caffeine can provide athletes energy in many different ways. Caffeine helps rev up metabolism, increases endurance, improves focus and lessens pain. This is especially true when coffee is consumed just before a tough, high-intensity workout. Of course, people who know they have adverse reactions to caffeine such as sleeping problems or stomach issues, should drink coffee in moderation, if at all, and discuss with their doctor before consuming coffee for fitness benefits.
In our book, decaf is not a dirty word. Fact: It only takes 45 minutes for 99% of the caffeine you consume to enter your bloodstream through the lining of your mouth, throat, and stomach. After that, it takes about 4 to 6 hours for your body to process the caffeine, for it to be out of your system and not have an affect. So, bearing in mind if you know caffeine will interfere with your sleep, it’s probably best not to have that 3pm pick-me-up and definitely NOT the after-dinner coffee. However, coffee after dinner can be a great substitute for dieters looking to avoid sweets and have a “eating is over” ritual, as well as, those who are not avoiding dessert: coffee pairs well with dessert. The solution? Yes, decaf. To enjoy the flavor, mouthfeel, and satisfaction of coffee without the stimulation.
But wait, there’s more
Coffee is good; it has antioxidants. Caffeine is better; it revs your metabolism and wakes you up. Coffee + Caffeine + Fat is best. Or, so the converts would have us to believe. You make your own decision.
• THE COFFEE: Coffee is the base for your concoction and as such, go with the best quality and best preparation method possible. Coffee is more than its purposed energy boost; it has a ton of antioxidants which aid in removing toxins from the body that cause illness and aging. It’s full of healthy minerals that you may not be getting enough of elsewhere in your diet.
• THE BUTTER: Again, quality. Not margarine, not cheap spread. Grass-fed, UNSALTED butter. Unsalted. One taste of salty coffee and you won’t make that mistake again. Now, yes, butter is pure fat and it doesn’t sound like a healthy idea until you realize that butter from grass-fed cows contains healthy fatty acids, Omega-3 and Omega-6, such as what you find in fish. These promote brain power.
• MCT OIL: MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) are a particular kind of fat requiring less energy and fewer enzymes to break down for digestion, compared to other fats and sugar. SO → you get the nutrients into your system in far fewer steps than you would from say oatmeal, for example. MCT oil is also good for your gut health, as it has anti-microbial properties; it’s been known to curb hunger and cravings for some.
It’s been noted, in some cases, where MCT has been shown to assist in mild weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight. Best of all, MCTs convert to energy on a cellular level without having to process through your liver, which keeps your liver healthy and clean!
A diet of (healthy) fats can increase mental functionality, especially cognitive capabilities. And Bulletproof Coffee is FULL of good, healthy fats.
But, don’t take our word for it. As we are all unique individuals, affected differently, try for yourself and see how you feel.
Now, go set up to brew coffee in the morning and have Sweet Dreams!
Cheers! Did you make this beverage? Snap a pic and hashtag it #coffeeandcocktailswithmc. We love to see your creations on Facebook.