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JULY 2022

 


Coffee Health Benefits: Cold Brew vs. Hot Brew

What type of coffee is better for your health – cold brew or hot brew? Wellness expert, Dr. Michael Roizen, weighs in.

Grabbing a morning cup of coffee can be good for your health. Coffee is known to be rich in healthful antioxidants, which are beneficial in reducing the risk of several diseases. But for those of us who enjoy a cold brew during the summer months – are we getting the same benefits? A recent study shows when it comes to antioxidants, ‘cold brew’ coffee is lacking.

“When it’s actually brewed cold, it’s not the same as iced coffee where you take hot brewed coffee and put it in a refrigerator or over ice,” said Cleveland Clinic’s Michael Roizen, M.D., who did not take part in the study. “This is actually brewed without hot water; it takes longer, and it has a little less acidity, and about 50 percent less antioxidants.”

For those who like their coffee cold, but want to hang on to those antioxidants, Dr. Roizen suggests brewing it hot and then having it over ice. He said previous research has shown the major benefits of coffee come from both the antioxidants and the caffeine. Other studies have linked coffee consumption to a reduced risk for diseases such as type two diabetes, liver disease, and heart disease.

However, as Dr. Roizen points out, if we load our coffees full of cream, sugar, syrups or whipped cream – we can wipe out all of those health benefits in a hurry.  The healthiest way to enjoy our coffee is to have it black.  He said anyone can make the switch to black coffee. He adds that it may take a week or two to get used to it, but if you can make the change, it’s the best thing for your health.  And you can even save yourself some money by skipping all the add-ons.

“You’re better off going black for your health, and for your finances, which obviously pertain to your stress level,” said Dr. Roizen. “You don’t have to have all the additives in there, black coffee is much less expensive, and if you go black, it’s much healthier for you.”

Source:  Newsroom, Cleveland Clinic

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How to Store Coffee

It goes without saying… if you want a great cup of coffee, you’ve got to start with great beans…and properly storing them maximizes freshness and flavor. The National Coffee Association, offers this advice for storing coffee:

Keep beans airtight and cool

  • Your beans’ greatest enemies are air, moisture, heat, and light.
  • To preserve your beans’ fresh roasted flavor as long as possible, store them in an opaque, air-tight container at room temperature. Coffee beans can be beautiful, but avoid clear canisters which will allow light to compromise the taste of your coffee.
  • Keep your beans in a dark and cool location. A cabinet near the oven is often too warm, and so is a spot on the kitchen counter that gets strong afternoon sun.
  • Coffee's retail packaging is generally not ideal for long-term storage. If possible, invest in storage canisters with an airtight seal.

Buy the right amount

  • Coffee begins to lose freshness almost immediately after roasting. Try to buy smaller batches of freshly roasted coffee more frequently - enough for one or two weeks.
  • Exposure to air is bad for your beans. If you prefer to keep your beans in an accessible and/or attractive container, it may be a good good idea to divide your coffee supply into several smaller portions, with the larger, unused portion in an air-tight container.
  • This is especially important when buying pre-ground coffee, because of the increased exposure to oxygen. If you buy whole beans, grind the amount you need immediately before brewing.

Freezing your beans?

  • Freshness is critical to a quality cup of coffee. Experts agree that coffee should be consumed as quickly as possible after it is roasted, especially once the original packaging seal has been broken.
  • While there are different views on whether or not coffee should be frozen or refrigerated, the main consideration is that coffee absorbs moisture – and odors, and tastes – from the air around it, since it is hygroscopic (bonus vocabulary word for all the coffee geeks out there).
  • Most home storage containers still let in small amounts of oxygen, which is why food stored a long time in the freezer can suffer freezer burn. Therefore, if you do refrigerate or freeze your beans, be sure to use a truly airtight container.
  • If you choose to freeze your coffee, quickly remove as much as you need for no more than a week at a time, and return the rest to the freezer before any condensation forms on the frozen coffee.
  • Freezing your beans does not change the basic brewing process.

For more valuable information from the National Coffee Association, click here.

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Using Coffee Grounds in Your Garden

Coffee grounds are an excellent garden helper when directly applied or used in compost. They have a 20 to 1 ratio of nitrogen to carbon, which makes them ideal for helping grow plants such as tomatoes. Here are a few ways to use them in your garden.

Add to the compost. Coffee grounds are able to speed up the decomposing process in compost. Add two teaspoons of lime for every 5 kilograms of coffee grounds. Don't use more than a quarter of the heap as coffee grounds and keep the size of the heap small.

Add grounds to plants that need a pH between 3.0 and 5.0. The addition of coffee grounds to hydrangeas is good for blue blooms. Blueberries, cranberries, and citrus fruits also like coffee added to their soil. Other coffee-loving plants include camellias, gardenias, rhododendrons, and vireyas.

When adding coffee grounds directly to your garden as a mulch and soil conditioner, add a pinch of lime. This ensures that the pH is adequately balanced.

Coffee grounds can also be used to deter pests. Slugs and snails are not fond of coffee grounds sprinkled around plants.

Source:  www.wikihow.com

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Apricot Chai - Aphrodisiac Tea for Heating Up the Sheets

With Valentine's day just around the corner, California Tea House, the premier boutique, organic tea company of Southern California, decided to inspire tea lovers to turn their tea passion into a passionate night. Apricot Chai is all about pushing the boundaries. With alluring flavor and purely organic ingredients this potent blend is the ultimate aphrodisiac tea. And by heating up the sheets, they don't mean spilling your cup of hot tea on the linens.

Inspired by History
The tea company's research took them back into the ancient times when fruits and spices were used as the only remedies for treating low libido. Peaches and apricots were used in Japan and Australia to bring out the youthfulness of woman and they are still the symbol of fertility around the world. Vanilla is drunk in Argentina, Mexico and Venezuela to increase sexual vigor. While ginger and cloves are known in the Arab world, Kenya and France as the spices to increase circulation.

All the Ingredients Clicked
When chemistry appears between two people, they cannot help but to be attracted to each other. The same type of chemistry was used to blend all the organic ingredients into the ultimate aphrodisiac concoction. The ingredients clicked, blended in perfectly, and created a well-balanced and extremely potent brew – Apricot Chai. With organic origin and well-known reputation for increasing the sexual drive, aphrodisiac tea has layers of fine loose leaf black tea, real peaches, apricot preserves, vanilla bean bits, ginger slices, whole cloves and citrus peel.

Brewing Tea Before Going to Bed
Apricot Chai is not meant to be drank if you are sleeping alone. In that case, California Tea House has a wonderful Bedtime Chai blend for those that want a peaceful sleep. Apricot Chai is here to get you in the mood. As one might not want to lose your energy on brewing tea before a sleepless night, brewing was made very simple. Use 1-2 teaspoons of Apricot Chai for each cup and steep for 2 minutes in just under boiling mineral water. For those that are truly daring and want a bit more sweetness in their lives, add a touch of local honey. Even Marcus Aurelius did this daily to maintain his stamina. The result will be delicious!

"A Tea to Take Off that Winter Chill: This tea will instantly warm your body to the point that, while you may not strip down on the spot, you certainly won't object if someone else does it for you!" – as seen on Eat Something Sexy

Put that kettle on fire and leave the flannel pajamas for some other occasion - Apricot Chai doesn't have subtle intentions. With lots of boldness, lots of nature and lots of flavor, the ultimate aphrodisiac tea is designed to get you in the mood. Buy Apricot Chai at California Tea House online tea shop.

 

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What is Your Personali-TEA?

How you take your tea says a lot about you, so put the kettle on… here is ELLE's definitive guide to people based on their tea type:

BLACK TEA

Smart, witty and direct—you love to connect with new people and are always seeking out experiences that pull you out of your comfort zone. You don't easily tolerate fools and can't stand anyone who doesn't speak their mind. Your bucket list activities include bungee jumping and skydiving (you're a complete adrenaline junkie), and you're willing to give anything a go at least once. You can sometimes come across a little blunt to those who don't know you, but you are extremely accepting of people and never pretentious.


MILKY TEA

If you take your English Breakfast Tea or Earl Grey with milk, you're most likely to be organized and well-prepared. You have never pulled an all-nighter to complete a school, university or work task because you never had to (life goals). You're not vain but you take pride in your appearance and always look well-presented. Tea-time can be enjoyed on-the-go but you prefer to drink your cuppa when you have time to savor the moment. High teas are your thing and your daily tea intake lies between three and seven, depending on your schedule. You know exactly what you want in life, and you won't stop until you get it.


GREEN TEA

You never take anything for granted and are very content with where you are in life. You love leading a balanced lifestyle and being outdoors—ocean swims are among your list of favorite things. You enjoy reading and watching documentaries and are both book and street smart. While green is your go-to tea of choice, you don't mind the occasion fruity infusion or peppermint tea. As a friend, you're reliable and trustworthy and always enjoyable to be around. You genuinely care about what is happening in your friends' lives and never miss a birthday.


CHAI TEA

All your friends would call you the sweet one but you know that you can bring the sass when it's needed. You're an extremely loyal friend but once someone breaks your trust, you find it difficult to forgive. You are empathetic and not one to sit back and watch others talk badly about someone. Your quick wit gives you instant charisma, and you can hold conversation with almost anyone. Although your passion is one of your strong suits, it also means that you can be stubborn at times (apologizing is no easy feat).


FRUITY TEA

Creative, clever and sensitive—the fruity tea drinker radiates positive energy and happiness. You're popular and love your nights out, and believe that regularly treating yourself is a crucial component of self-love. While you can often get carried away, your spontaneity creates incredible opportunities for you that most people can only dream of. You are your toughest critic but overall have a great outlook on life, seeing it as one glorious and exciting adventure.


OOLONG TEA

Always ready for the next challenge, the Oolong sipper loves to travel and see new things. Always full of energy and curiosity, you are a goal-setter and go-getter. You're a born leader and like to set the trends rather than follow them. While you're well-read and informed, you know there is still so much more to see.

 

So, how did Elle magazine’s editors do predicting your personality?  Such a fun, quick exercise.  Bottom line…whether you are creative or critical, active or apologetic…tea is a treasure to be savored.  Make time for tea!

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Vietnamese Coffee — Perfectly Portable

Morning coffee is a ritual, something taken very seriously by many of us.  We love the warmth and comfort it brings to an ordinary morning and we love the afternoon kick it can provide on the laziest, the craziest of days.  It seems logical then, that we would want to have this moment of joy wherever we go, whenever we want.  Thanks to Cooper Cow Coffee, now we can.

A women-owned business, sustainably sourced, biodegradable, compostable, and all-natural, Copper Cow Coffee is a portable pour over Vietnamese coffee with zero gadgetry. Just place over any cup and add hot water for a fresh brew anywhere, at any time.

Copper Cow Coffee blends the uniquely rich flavors from the Central Highlands of Vietnam, with the sweetness of creamy California milk for those with an on-the-go lifestyle or pleasure seekers who enjoy great coffee.

After the success launching Copper Cow Coffee’s parent company, Wei Pantry (now carried in Whole Foods, Dean & Deluca, and other specialty retailers), Debbie Wei Mullin set out to elevate one of her family’s favorite past times: Vietnamese coffee. In 2016, she traveled to her mother’s hometown Saigon, Vietnam in search of all natural, socially sustainable, specialty Vietnamese coffee. 

Building off her network from MIT & her former career at the World Bank in Asia, Debbie found amazing people revolutionizing sustainable agricultural in Vietnam, and discovered the innovative brewing technique of Cooper Cow Coffee’s  signature single serving pour over bags.

The portable pour over makes a fresh cup of coffee anytime, anywhere.  The method is simple.   Pour hot water over freshly ground Vietnamese coffee, conveniently pre-packed in portable filters. Stir in your single serving of Milk + Sugar, and enjoy a cup of delectable Vietnamese Coffee. 

To learn more or make a purchase, visit www.coppercowcoffee.com

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