5 Reasons Why London’s ‘Cat Café’ is the Best Idea Ever

April 5, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Cream? Sugar? Cat? These are all things you can have with your coffee at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium in east London. The cafe offers 11 cats to pet along with standard dining fare such as tea and pastries. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but for cat lovers it doesn’t get much better than this and here’s why…

1.     The café offers a sanctuary for soon to be homeless cats. All 11 residents were donated by people leaving the country who could no longer look after them. Lady Dinah’s plans to rescue more kitties in the future which will free up space in local shelters.

2.   The only thing better than curling up with a good book, is curling up next to a kitten. These feline friends offer therapy for lonely or anxious customers and studies have shown cats will remember kindness shown to them and return the favor later.

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3.     They offer stressed out city folk a unique way to unwind. Many people in the city live in small flats and are unable to keep pets, but want a little bit of relaxing animal attention.

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4.   Several studies have shown that cats provide an abundance of health benefits. One study found that over a ten year period cat owners were 30 percent less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than non-cat owners.

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5.    Last but not least, who wouldn’t want to see stuff like this in real life, whenever they please?!

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American animal-lovers won’t be missing out for much longer. Two cat cafes are due to open in the San Francisco Bay Area by the end of 2014.

 

 

 

 

Drinking Coffee Linked to Longer, Healthier Lives

April 5, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Not only will coffee keep you lively on a Monday morning but the drink may also help you live longer. Several massive studies have now shown that the people who drink the most coffee have a reduced risk for many diseases resulting in longer, healthier lives for those drinkers.

Coffee is a Major Source of Antioxidants

Coffee is filled with an abundance of antioxidants that protect our bodies from oxidation, which involves free radicals that damage molecules in the body.

Oxidation is believed to be one of the mechanisms behind aging and common diseases like cancer and heart disease.

Coffee, believe it or not, happens to be the biggest source of antioxidants in the Western diet, outranking both fruits and vegetables… COMBINED.

Numbers Don’t Lie

There are several studies showing that when people drink coffee, they have a lower risk of dying from a range of serious diseases.

A groundbreaking study, the largest of its kind, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2012.

Let us break it down for you –

  • Over 400K individuals between the ages of 50 and 71 were questioned on their coffee consumption.
  • These individuals were followed for 12+ years. The results were fairly remarkable… the more coffee people drank, the lower their risk of death was.
  • The sweet spot seems to be at 4-5 cups per day, where men had a 12% reduced risk and women a 16% reduced risk. Drinking 6 or more cups per day provided no additional benefit.
  • However, even moderate consumption of coffee (1 cup per day) was associated with a 5-6% reduction in risk of death, showing that even a little bit is enough to have an effect.
  • Coffee drinkers were less likely to die from infections, injuries and accidents, respiratory disease, diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
  • The benefit does not appear to be attributable to the caffeine, because both decaf and regular coffee had the same effect.

Of course, this is a so-called observational study, which can not prove that coffee caused the reduction in risk. But it is a good reassurance that coffee is, at the very least, NOT the villain it has been made out to be.

There are also studies from Harvard showing that coffee may make you happier, reducing the risk of depression by by 20% and the risk of suicide by 53%.

Coffee is Super Healthy

Many of the nutrients in the coffee beans do make it into the final drink, which actually contains a decent amount of vitamins and minerals including Vitamins B5 and B2 plus Potassium and Maganese.

Caffeine is one of the very few natural substances that have actually been proven to aid fat burning.

Several studies show that caffeine can boost the metabolic rate by 3-11%.

Other studies show that caffeine can specifically increase the burning of fat, by as much as 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people.

Bottom line: Drink coffee, live a longer, healthier life.

Fun Facts About Everyone’s Favorite Morning Drug, Caffeine!

March 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm

1. Decaffeinated coffee, or “decaf,” isn’t actually absent of caffeine. (Much like your typical non-alcoholic beers do still have some alcohol content in them.)

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2. Caffeine takes 15-20 minutes to “kick in” and can last for anywhere from 8-15 hours!

3. A lighter coffee roast actually contains more caffeine than a dark roast. (And some people would say tastes better too!)

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4. Most coffee brews contain more caffeine than your average energy drinks. Take THAT Red Bull!

5. Women can generally metabolize caffeine faster than men. Nice job ladies.

6. Like most drugs, caffeine can be lethal if you consume somewhere between 10-20 grams, but in order to get that much caffeine out of coffee, you’d have to consume nearly 5 gallons!

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7. Around 80% of Americans consume caffeine daily making it the most popular drug in the USA and in the world! 90% of the world consumes caffeine in some form everyday.

8. Despite the previous fact, Americans do not consume the most amount of caffeine per day. Adults in Finland consume around 400mg of caffeine each day. Wow.

9. According to a recent John Hopkins study, caffeine can actually enhance memory. (Some of us can use all the help we can get when it comes to memory.)

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10. Ever heard of a caffeine nap? According to Wired’s How-To Wiki, consuming a cup of coffee followed by a 15 minute nap, you can reboot your brain and reduce that groggy 3pm feeling you get everyday.

 

 

 

Twenty/20 Cafe Presents: Sharon Swank

March 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm

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Twenty/20 Cafe will be playing host to a gallery showing and meet & greet by local charcoal artist, Sharon Swank, on Saturday, March 29th from 6-8pm.

In addition, March 29th is the American Heart Association donation day at the cafe. Patrons making donations will receive a wristband, and Twenty/20 Cafe will be donating 10% of the day’s sales to the American heart Association. 

Find out more: www.heart.org

Twenty/20 Cafe Presents: Executive Chef Carol Strother

February 13, 2014 at 8:30 pm

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BIG news….we’ve hired Executive Chef Carol Strother AND our next “Twenty/20 Cafe Presents:” Artist and New Chef Meet and Greet is next Thursday, February 20 from 5-8pm.

A little about Ms. Strother…her background includes stints most recently at Mario’s Italian Restaurant in New Lebanon, New York and the Apple Tree Inn in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts.. She earned her AOS in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales College and went on to The Four Seasons Hotel in Boston for the next 5 years.  She is an active volunteer at Maranatha Farm Animal Rescue in Ridgeland, and a member of SOS, committed to ending hunger in America. She cooks from scratch and from the heart. 

Impressed? We were too and are thrilled to have her on board. Plus, she’s joining our team at the perfect time, since we just rolled out our extended hours Thursday through Saturday, staying open an extra four hours, until 8pm, to offer dinner service on those three nights. For the February 20th Meet and Greet, visitors will get a chance to meet Ms. Strother along with two featured local photographers, Tom Korbutt and Wes Grady. Both focus on capturing the beauty of nature and have decades of experience.

RSVP to the event here and help us spread the word!

New Extended Hours Starting February 6!

February 5, 2014 at 9:35 pm

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Come in and enjoy a light supper! Twenty/20 Cafe will now be open 8 am until 8 pm Thursday through Saturday beginning February 6th!

Twenty/20 Cafe Presents: Maranatha Farm Fundraiser

January 23, 2014 at 10:13 pm

As many of you know, we are dog lovers at the Cafe, with our Rhodesian Ridgeback, Marley, as our unofficial cafe mascot. Marley was with us every step of the way, often hanging out with the construction crews as we readied the space for our grand opening.

We are excited to team up with Maranatha Farm to support all the noble work they do to rescue and find homes for animals. They are 501(c)(3) organization that describe themselves as: “A small group responding to a need for compassionate care of injured and mistreated animals. We have two small farms devoted to rehabilitation of animals, and can accept anything from horses to hamsters. We accept and work with all breeds. We have limited facility for cats/kittens, but can usually find fosters.”

So come on out and join us for lunch Saturday. We can’t wait to meet your pooches!

Press: Twenty/20 Cafe to Hold Fundraiser for Maranatha Farm Animal Rescue

January 8, 2014 at 8:26 pm

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“Twenty/20 Cafe Presents:” Maranatha Farm Fundraiser

Each month, Twenty/20 Cafe hosts special events geared to cultivating community and fun for those living, working and visiting Bluffton and the surrounding areas.

Bluffton, January 5—Twenty/20 Cafe is going to the dogs on February 1. The Cafe kicks off their 2014 series of “Twenty/20 Cafe Presents” monthly events on Saturday, February 1 from 11-3 with the 1st Annual Reunion for Maranatha Farm Adopted Dogs.

10% of all sales from the event will go directly to Maranatha Farm, a nonprofit located in nearby Ridgeland dedicated to rehabilitating injured and mistreated animals.

“We are all dog lovers at Twenty/20, so we wanted to do something to raise funds for the wonderful work the folks at Maranatha Farm do for animals,” owner Michael Hausman says.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their dogs and enjoy lunch on the outdoor patio of Twenty/20 Cafe, located in the Sungate Medical Plaza right outside the entrance to Sun City in Okatie. Pet owners are also encouraged to bring their own chairs and water bowls to hang out in the parking lot which will be blocked off as well.

“Even if you haven’t adopted from Maranatha Farm, still stop by and learn about the work our rescue does in the community,” Karen Smith of Maranatha Farm says.

Hausman and his wife Annette, who also works at the cafe behind the counter as well as the back office, have always owned pets, including the cafe’s unofficial mascot, Marley, a Rhodesian Ridgeback.

“There will be some special treats for our canine guests too,” Annette says.

About Twenty/20 Cafe

Twenty/20 Cafe’s mission is to bring customers “bites of happiness every day.” They aim to provide guests with quality ingredients from the best suppliers, all fairly priced. They serve breakfast, lunch and snack items along with beer, wine and handcrafted sodas with both indoor and outdoor seating or to-go options as well. For more information, visit their website athttp://twenty20cafe.com/.

 

About Maranatha Farm

Maranatha Farm is a 501(c)(3) Organization led by a small group responding to a need for compassionate care of injured and mistreated animals. We have two small Farm devoted to rehabilitation of animals, and can accept anything from horses to hamsters. We accept and work with all breeds. We have limited facility for cats/kittens, but can usually find fosters. Find more information at http://www.maranathafarm.org/.

Happy Holidays from Twenty/20 Cafe!

December 24, 2013 at 10:11 pm

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Happy happy holidays everyone!

We are filled with the holiday spirit this year thanks to all of our fans, friends, family, suppliers, and the Bluffton community that have all been so supportive since we opened our doors just a few months ago, and we can’t wait to see what 2014 brings. With the long hours and hard work that come with opening a new business, we are pretty sure we won’t find any coal in our stockings this year :)

Whatever you’re doing for the holidays, we hope it’s filled with love, laughter and joy.

~Michael, Lauren, Dr. Farr, and the entire Twenty/20 Cafe staff

Press: Thanks to Island Packet for the Twenty/20 Article!

December 20, 2013 at 4:07 pm

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Big shout-out to The Island Packet, which featured us a few weeks ago and interviewed some of our early fans. Here’s a snippet of the article:

“McMullen said the coffee was delicious, and Jennings, who had just moved to Sun City Hilton Head the day before, enjoyed the indulgence of the homemade coffee cake.

“We’ve been out shopping at Publix, Walmart and Food Lion, so this is a real pleasure,” Jennings said.

They had been served by Michael Hausman, who along with Dr. Ken Farr is a partner with Dr. Ken Farr of Palmetto Eye Specialist, opened the cafe on Sept. 23.”

Read more here: http://www.islandpacket.com/2013/11/27/2805402/twenty20-cafe-offers-twist-on.html#storylink=cpy