Thursday, March 4, 2010

I Think They Created This Just For Me! (Yes, this will be about coffee...)

{I have this picture mounted in the
kitchen area of the shop office...}

Did you know that March 
is officially

National Caffeine Awareness Month?

Are you thinking I must surely be the spokesperson for it
as Deb Kennedy of Hummadeedledee suggested I could be...?

(I'm available, call me!)  


In view of this, here are a few tidbits (coffee-related, of course)
that I thought you might enjoy courtesy of

The Perks: Health Benefits of Coffee

Get the latest information about the ways that drinking coffee can improve your health.
The Perks: Health Benefits of CoffeePhoto: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Virginia Cravens Houston
By: Laurie Herr

When it comes to life's necessities, many of us would say a good cup of coffee ranks pretty darned high – right up there with shelter, friends, and comfortable shoes. But there's more to love about your morning java than its alluring aroma or friendly kick. Once maligned (too much caffeine! the devil's brew!), coffee is now being praised as a kind of health food, thanks to its high level of disease-fighting antioxidants and other nutrients. In fact, the coffee bean's roasting process actually intensifies some of these compounds, making them more powerful. The bottom line? As long as you don't overdo it – stick to no more than two or three cups a day, and watch the calories in those fancy lattes – there's no reason not to indulge. Here are some of the ways coffee can make you feel better and even live longer – plus tasty ways to enjoy your joe.

What Coffee Can Do For You

1. Fight cancer. Recent studies suggest regular coffee drinking can reduce the risk of breast, liver, and colon cancer. In some cases, you don't even have to drink coffee to gain the benefits: Lotions containing caffeine from coffee and green tea have been found to prevent skin cancer.

2. Prevent diabetes. An 11-year study of 28,000 women in Iowa found that regular coffee drinkers had less risk of developing type 2 diabetes than non-drinkers. Heavy coffee drinkers (6 or more cups a day) are about half as likely to have diabetes as light coffee drinkers or those who don't drink coffee at all.

3. Help your heart. In a huge study that followed nearly 42,000 postmenopausal women for 15 years, researchers found that regular coffee consumption reduced the risk of heart disease. In another study that tracked 
Café Brûlot

More About Coffee

In addition to being a great beverage on its own, you can also use it in a variety of recipes and make it in a variety of ways.

129,000 men and women for 20 years, those who drank several cups of coffee a day were 34 percent less likely to die from heart disease than non-coffee drinkers. Experts say coffee's antioxidants helps fight inflammation, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

4. Protect against Parkinson's. Several studies show regular coffee drinkers are up to 80 percent less likely to develop the disease, compared to those who abstain. The more you drink, the lower your risk, some of those studies say.

5. Boost your mood. Feeling a little blue? A steaming cuppa joe could make you smile. Caffeine stimulates the production of dopamine, a brain chemical related to pleasure and motivation. Just take care not to overdo it – too much caffeine can cause anxiety and sleeplessness.

6. Zap a headache. While it's true coffee can trigger headaches in some people, it can also be a short-term cure for others. Researchers at the Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago found that 200 milligrams of caffeine – about the amount in a cup of coffee – provided as much pain relief as 400 milligrams of ibuprofen and worked faster than the medication.

7. Fight cavities. Your morning mocha just may improve your smile. Scientists say coffee made from roasted coffee beans contains antibacterial properties, plus molecules that keep cavity-causing microorganisms from sticking to tooth enamel.

8. Keep you sharp. Caffeine revs up your metabolism, helping you stay focused and alert. Studies have also shown the stimulant improves short-term memory and may help protect against Alzheimer's disease.

Of course, there are people who have health conditions that may be aggravated by caffeine or other substances in coffee. Coffee can increase heart rate and blood pressure, and, although the advice to avoid coffee during pregnancy is being debated, most health care professionals are still recommending that pregnant women avoid or limit coffee consumption. Consult a physician or a dietitian if you have questions about coffee intake and your health.

Now that you're feeling a little less guilty about drinking that 
cuppa Joe, let's move on to cooking with it!

I've just found the neatest website devoted to all manner
of coffee-based cooking rubs and syrups called

This site is totally going to get me into trouble.

Take a look at the description of just ONE of their
many yummy products:

Handmade from fresh roasted coffee beans without corn syrups, fillers or added preservatives.  A syrup without corn syrup?  Really?  Really!!  The results?  Pure, smooth, decadent flavor.

Syrup made from coffee…not just for coffee.
Enjoy FOUR of our delicious flavors:
(1)   Original – Colombian coffee roasted infusion, aka leghorn sauce.
(2)   French Vanilla – French Vanilla coffee infusion – smooth and silky.
(3)   JAVA Nut - Hazelnut coffee infusion – rich and buttery.
(4)   TiRUMisu – Dark Jamaican rum and coffee infusion – dark, bold and decadent.

Well, suffice to say I'd be here all night
extolling the virtues of 

so may I suggest you 
take a moment and pop over there 
when you have time 
(and willpower of steel)
and see all that they offer.

To all who share my addition love of the bean we 
know as coffee/java/joe/jet fuel,
I raise my mug to you.

Celebrate all month long and enjoy --

good to the last drop!  




Destiny said...

I just read a very similar article about coffee yesterday and forwarded it to all of my friends since I am the "coffee queen" now. I have the "blogs and coffee" print framed and hanging in my "studio"! Love it Love it Love it!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Love my coffee! Your kitchen sign is great...I have a cute one too...will have to dig it out to show you!
Thanks again for the WONDERFUL Jeanne D'Arc Living magazine!!!
:) Laura

Rebecca Lewis said...

Who~hooo! That's why I Love my to work! Cheers!

1 Funky Woman said...

Coffee is my middle name. Can't and won't live without it! I just told me husband that fact about coffee and diabetes. He was surprised. I figure with the amount of coffee I drink I can ward off just about anything! I have many coffee signs around my kitchen, check out my post Happiness 101 and you will see my big Coffee Shop sign.

Gaia said...

This only proves that coffee CAN fix anything! (Going to make myself a cup now!)

The Flying Bee said...

Love my coffee! So glad to see that it has so many good benefits! I guess now I won't feel as bad when I have my third cup! LOL!

Kristin said...

oh my...i am so going to get into trouble with that website...
*thank you* :0)
now if i can only find a couple studies letting me know how good dr. pepper is for you i'll be all set! ;0)


can't believe i found another shy-whatever-you-think-is-best kind of bride...instead of it being my mil it was my own mom...sigh...oh well.. :0)

urban farmhouse Ohio said...

Raising my steaming mug of Folger's Caramel Drizzel to you!! How would we function without it???

Unknown said...

Were you thinking of me when you wrote this post? LOL. Hubby and I are coffeaholics. I am craving a cup right now. Thanks foir the JAVA link. I've already bookmarked it. :-)

Maman de trois petit rois said...

Thank you! I am always looking for ways to rationalize my "vices". The images are lovely!

Joey Kubiak said...

Java & Co - YES! I agree 100%! Their products are excellent & delish. I discovered them last year & since then, used for all gifts through the holidays. My bosses, friends & family loved it! Also, much help over the phone. P.S. Have you tried their spice rub & outrageous caramels?? Talk about 'addiction' - SO GOOD!!

Unknown said...


I'm frequently online and searching for new coffee information and those who share my passion of the bean. Thank you for recognizing JAVA & Co. on your blog. Your comments and those of your followers are greatly appreciated. As a thank you for you and your blog followers - we'd like to offer a special promo code for those who'd like to purchase through our main company website - Receive 15% off of your order, just enter PROMO Code MKT2010 and checkout through PayPal.

From one caffeine lover to another - I raise my cup to you!

Jamie L. Knoll
Owner / Co-founder

JAVA & Co.
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