Life begins with coffee


Coffee starts the day

One of my last thoughts of the day is thinking about how good that first cup of coffee is going to taste in the morning.

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I was never much of a coffee drinker until my son was born. Then coffee became a vital part of every day survival. That magical cup that made up for the lack of sleep from late night comforting.
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Coffee by any other name

Call it what you will – Joe, Java, Decaf, espresso, cappuccino.. or just “more STAT”, that rich dark, strong, cup will get you started in the morning or get you through a slow afternoon or warm you up to go again.

 

cof·fee

ˈkôfē,ˈkäfē/
noun
noun: coffee
  1. 1.
    a drink made from the roasted and ground beanlike seeds of a tropical shrub, served hot or iced.
    “a cup of coffee”

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The Healthful Benefits of Coffee Consumption

It seems like most of the more recent health studies have indicated a healthy connection with coffee in moderation.  The caffeine helps  jump start the heart and the anti-oxidants flood the body to get rid of toxins.

The newest studies have shown connections between coffee and brain health.

Drinking three cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of dementia, scientists claim.

Moderate caffeine consumption is known to prevent the formation of toxic clumps in the brain linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

But a new report shows long-term intake helps to fill the body with powerful antioxidants that boost cognitive function.

It could also prevent Parkinson’s and other neurological disorders, an analysis funded by six of Europe’s biggest coffee companies found.

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Coffee Overdose

Of course one needs to be careful with too much caffeine.  Caffeine overdoses can be fatal and kids should not be exposed to high levels of caffeine.

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The artist, playwright Balzac is suppose to have consumed 50 cups of coffee every single day.  This is the guy behind the quote “Behind every great fortune there is a crime.” and “The more one judges, the less one loves.”

WHAT I ASSUME HONORÉ DE BALZAC THOUGHT AFTER DRINKING EACH OF HIS FIFTY DAILY CUPS OF COFFEE

http://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/what-i-assume-honore-de-balzac-thought-after-drinking-each-of-his-fifty-daily-cups-of-coffee

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A great little coffee machine

In our household we found a great little coffee machine that makes lattes.  After seeing my brothers fancy Nespresso machine and witnessing how many little pods it went through, we searched for a machine that would make lattes but not be so wasteful or expensive.

We found it with the Mr. Coffee BVMC-EL1 Cafe Latte machine.

The Mr. Coffee Café Latte makes delicious lattes in one simple touch and provides a quick, easy and affordable solution for latte lovers. The automated process will brew coffee or espresso while heating and frothing milk to create a delicious latte.

What’s nice about this coffee maker is that you simply load up the carafe with milk and the top with espresso and water. The machine does all of the brewing, heating and frothing. We end up drinking more milk and less sugar because the resulting concoction is so rich and foamy, you don’t really need to add any sweetner. I usually use Almond milk in mine.

It uses regular paper filters so there are no special “pods” to buy. Not excessive material waste. The grounds and paper filter go right into the compost bin so there is no plastic going to the landfill.