When I travel to a new location, the first thing I like to do is pull out my phone, open my favorite map application and take a look around at everything that is nearby. There are a few things certain people can’t live comfortably without having close to them or even knowing there they are in the first place. My top 3 things to look for when I’m in a new city or in a new State is to find the nearest grocery store, depending on how long I’ll be there, find the nearest bank, and find the nearest highly rated coffee shop.
If you follow my blog, you know that coffee is what I’m all about and hanging out in coffee shops makes life more interesting. I can’t begin to tell you how many interesting and truly successful people I have met simply by spending my free time in a coffee shop and enjoying my favorite morning brew. One particular classy character I managed to run into and had the pleasure to meet while sitting in a Starbucks while visiting a new city was a woman who went by the name of Nancy Behrman, a leader and professional if I ever saw one.
Unfortunately, she was nearly finished as I walked in, but we still managed to talk a little as she gave me details about what there is to do around the city as well as information about her impressive company, Behrman Communications. I’m serious, spend some time in a coffee shop and say hello to someone. You never know who you’ll discover.
Randi Glazer is a revered travel expert and a passionate coffee enthusiast, so it is more than appropriate to seek her insight when it comes to the concept of traveling a great distance just for a good cup of coffee. There are many things to consider in evaluating this habit that so many of us have adopted, including the time and cost associated with traveling to a preferred coffee shop and, of course, the obvious and negative environmental impact created by those who choose to drive to their destination.
As someone who has traveled to some of the world’s best regions when it comes to coffee production, Glazer offered a measured take in analyzing the value of traveling a relatively long way for a cup of coffee. Instead of taking a sort of Manichean view of the issue, Glazer opined that traveling a great distance just for coffee is not inherently bad, but also indicated that a daily trip of this kind is obviously wasteful and should be replaced with a different practice.
As an alternative, Glazer pointed out that it would be better to simply make a single trip to pick up coffee beans or grounds and to make the coffee on an as-needed basis. With proper storage and the right equipment — a French press, for example — the coffee will be every bit as fresh and tasty as it would have been through a daily trip to and from a preferred coffee shop. In fact, Glazer herself has brought back coffee beans from a variety of her favorite travel destinations and has had no problem storing the coffee for a relatively lengthy period of time.
One of the most interesting aspects of the simple but somehow noble cup of coffee is its capacity to make the drinker feel entirely at home and at ease no matter where they happen to be at the moment. I noticed this during a recent trip to Australia, which is a wonderful place that I was wholly unfamiliar with until spending some time there. Staying with a host during my first night after touching down in Sydney, I was nervous with anticipation about how the trip would go and whether my lack of knowledge of the culture and customs would lead to trouble.
When I woke up the next morning, the house I stayed in was already filled with the welcoming aroma of freshly brewed coffee. As I headed to the kitchen, I couldn’t help but notice that my stress was quickly melting away, and after drinking my first cup I was completely unconcerned and felt as though I was back home on my porch rather than in a kitchen on the opposite side of the world.
During a brief run with a local who ran a lot like Stuart Lyall, I asked about this phenomenon. He explained how our sense of smell is the strongest sense tied to memory, and the scent of coffee was probably triggering positive memories of home in my mind. I had actually heard about this before but had never made the connection, and now I know why coffee is the only thing I need to make me feel at ease wherever I happen to be.
Good morning everyone and what a good morning it is! I am in my favorite coffee shop just having my morning mojo and pecking away at my laptop when an old childhood friend of mine by the name of Ralph Slaske happens to walk up to the front and make his purchase. I haven’t seen the guy in perhaps 20 years, but I would recognise that walk anywhere!
Upon reuniting, we both sat down and had a long talk about the past and the future. Ralph says he is working on his own website and he is really looking forward to opening his own business. I take another sip of my cup, looking him focused on my eyes with a passion burning in them.
Ralph Slaske has always been the kind of guy that wants things done his way and if it didn’t make sense to him, he would find a better way to do it. It makes perfect sense of why he would want to get away from the employed work life and start running things his way as the employer and businessman.
Everyday is a good day when it is began with coffee. The smell of coffee in the morning has been proven by research to lower stress and increase the flow of endorphins. In other words, even just the smell of coffee makes a person happy. A few months back, I mentioned the policy I have with myself when I said…
“I have this policy with myself that if I meet an interesting and friendly person on my day-to-day adventures I’ll offer to buy their coffee for them. As much as I love coffee, it’s one of the ways I can show my appreciation.”
Well, I met up with a man named Peter Lik in the coffee shop not too far from my house and he and I got into an interesting discussion. Turns out Peter is a world famous photographer and his ego will make sure you know it! He showed me some of his work, maybe two or three pictures and all I can say is the colors and detail were perfection.
Apparently banking on the theory that anything will taste great when it is deep-fried, an innovative vendor at the Bacon-A-Fair is serving up deep-fried coffee grounds inside of dough balls. The resulting treat looks very much like a donut hole, especially considering the fact that it is dusted with sugar and topped with a bit of whipped cream. The deep-fried “coffee balls” are already something of a hit, as consumers are beginning to suggest that these coffee balls should be available at every coffee and donut shop.
Of course, deep-fried coffee is not exactly nutritious, but the goal of the Bacon-A-Fair is hardly aimed at offering healthy options to its attendees. The makers of the deep-fried coffee will surely have no trouble at all when it comes time to secure additional funding for their venture, as there will be plenty of parties with an interest in leveraging the immediate success of the newly created deep-fried coffee balls.
As for HFC, it seems clear that the consensus is that these deep-fried coffee balls are sure to be a popular treat for quite some time. Coffee is consumed by the vast majority of the population and there is little denying that sugary treats are always going to be a weak spot for even the healthiest of individuals. While it is not a good idea to adopt a daily deep-fried coffee ball habit, there is certainly nothing wrong with the occasional pairing of this sweet treat with a nice cup of hot coffee in the morning.
There has been a great deal of discussion in recent years about performance enhancers in professional sports, but one particular performance enhancer has slipped under the radar for quite some time. Caffeine is one of the most effective performance enhancers available, and many athletes get a dose of caffeine through a cup of coffee they consume before and even during competition. Serena Williams recently requested an espresso in between matches at a tennis tournament, and Matthew Dellavedova of the Cleveland Cavaliers recently revealed he drinks a cup of coffee before tipoff and at halftime.
The reason that these athletes bring coffee with them from city to city is that caffeine is known to improve athletic performance in endurance events. Drinking coffee gives athletes a little extra energy to keep in the bank during competition, and studies have shown that caffeine can improve performance significantly when used properly. Of course, there are risks involved in using coffee and caffeine in this way, as the results are not as great for those who drink coffee on a regular basis and have therefore developed a tolerance.
The other issue, which was recently brought to greater prominence during the NBA Finals, is the fact that coffee is a diuretic and can cause dehydration. This is precisely what happened to Dellavedova, as the point guard had to be taken to the hospital following one of the games to be treated for severe cramping that doctors believe was caused by excessive coffee consumption.
There is simply no denying that coffee is among the most popular drinks available, and as such, it is always being experimented with to see if there is some new way to enjoy the tasty beverage. One style of coffee that is rapidly gaining in popularity and prevalence is cold-brew coffee, which is vastly different from iced coffee. The process of making cold-brew coffee is not exactly efficient, so a little advance planning is required to enjoy this different take on coffee. All the planning is worthwhile, however, as cold-brew coffee can be enjoyed on its own or as the main ingredient in some very tasty beverage creations.
To make cold-brew coffee at home, coffee grounds have to be steeped overnight in cold water. The process may take longer than a single night, but it is possible to use water at room temperature as well. Though there is some advance preparation needed, a cold-brew coffee on a warm summer day is incredibly refreshing and is worth the effort and the patience required.
Instead of making the cold-brewed coffee, Vivier suggests frequenting one of the many establishments that serves cold-brew coffee as a part of its specialty drink offerings. Among the favorites offered at these establishments is the cold-brew coffee milkshake, which is an excellent treat for any hot summer afternoon. There is also nitrogenized cold-brew coffee, which is a creamy and cold drink that does not include any dairy in its ingredients. These options are very welcome additions, and it appears clear that cold-brew coffee is here to stay.
Everyone has their own morning routine that they adhere to, and more often than not that routine includes a piping-hot cup of coffee. That first cup helps wake us up and keeps us alert as we go about our day, but some recent research seems to indicate that going for coffee first thing in the morning may not be the most optimal time for consumption.
Andina Acquisition CEO Luke Weil noted that the study indicates that early-morning caffeine consumption can alter our natural circadian rhythms to such a degree that it affects many of our natural waking processes. One of these processes involves the production and release of cortisol, the hormone that aids in making us feel alert when we rise each day. If caffeine is consumed shortly after waking up by drinking a cup of coffee, it is possible that our body will respond by limiting cortisol and instead relying on the caffeine.
While coffee consumption may not be ideal for the early-morning hours, the mid-morning hours seem to be all right, according to the study. Once the natural levels of cortisol begin to dip in the hours that follow 10 a.m., coffee consumption and the caffeine that is included can have the beneficial effect so many drinkers are seeking. The alertness generated by caffeine is more likely to actually be experienced by veteran coffee drinkers who have developed a tolerance, and drinking coffee at this time of day will have less of an adverse effect on the production and release of cortisol.