6 Reasons To Drink Coffee Before Exercise

July 2, 2014 at 10:14 pm

If you exercise, caffeine can offer functional benefits for your workouts. Here are six reasons to enjoy it as part of an active lifestyle.

11 Ways Coffee Can Make Your Life Easier

June 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm

1. Use left over coffee to make coffee ice cubes. Use these cubes to keep your iced coffee from getting watered down, include them in a smoothie or throw them in your garbage disposal to help eliminate odors!

2. Hard boil an egg in your coffee pot while it’s making coffee for a quick, multitasking breakfast.

These instructions (via reddit) are meant for brewing a full 12-cup pot of coffee:

  • Wash a raw egg. Don’t try to cook more than one at a time.
  • Place the egg—still in its shell—in the coffee grounds, right in the center. A minute or two after the coffee is done, take the egg out (careful, it’s very hot) and run it under cool water.
  • Peel and eat.

3. Use left over coffee grounds to help your garden grow.

Coffee grounds are relatively high in nitrogen, which encourages healthy soil in gardens. They are also a great addition to your compost pile since nitrogen helps turns organic matter into compost. Coffee grounds are especially helpful to acid-loving plants like tomatoes, roses, azaleas and some fruit trees.

4. Use coffee filters to hold a variety of snacks such as chips, cheese-itz, trail mix, etc. They even make great taco holders!

5.  Sprinkle wet coffee grounds on ashes before you clean your fireplace to keep ash and dust from flying around as you clean.

6. Use fresh-brewed coffee as a marinade for short ribs or use ground coffee as a dry rub on meat and burgers.

7. Use coffee filters to prevent soil from coming out of the hole in a bottom of a plant pot.

8. To get rid of smoker smell in your car, put fresh coffee grounds in pantyhose and leave it in the car overnight.

9. Exfoliate with a body scrub made of coffee grounds, coconut oil and a little brown sugar. Gently massage it on in the shower, rinse, be soft.

10. Repel ants, snails and slugs by sprinkling coffee grounds around areas of infestation.

11. Used coffee grounds can be used as a cleaning abrasive. Simply save up your coffee grounds and scoop some into your next dirty pot or pan before hand washing, the absorbent grounds are perfect for greasy pans and the small jegged edges of each ground helps in cleaning even the grossest of dishware.

 

 

 

 

Want Your Employees To Be More Ethical? Give Them Coffee.

May 13, 2014 at 6:07 pm

*Cue bosses loading the kitchenette cabinets with bags of coffee – a new study suggests that the stimulant helps keep employees honest.

According from a new research from Journal of Applied Psychology, just two cups of caffeinated coffee can aid sleep-deprived workers in resisting the unethical influence of other employees.

David Welsh, co-author of the report, explains that it takes less effort to go along with an unethical behavior when you’re sleep-deprived but caffeine can give these individuals extra energy to resist this behavior.

Here’s what happened –

Volunteers for the study were put into situations where they were encouraged to go along with a lie in order to earn extra money. All participants were kept awake the night prior, however half of them chewed gum that contained 200 milligrams of caffeine – the amount found in two cups of coffee. Those who had chewed the caffeinated gum were more likely to resist the situation while the others were more than willing to go along.

All in all, the unethical behaviors were a result of lack of sleep. However, with employees working longer hours and getting less sleep, employers need to realize that the results aren’t always positive for the company or the individual. By providing caffeine in the workplace as well as implementing overtime restrictions, these behaviors can be avoided.

3 Reasons Why You Need a Coffee Shop Day

April 18, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Is desk life getting a little stagnant? Feeling uninspired? Add some excitement to your workload while maintaining just as much, if not more productivity, with a “coffee shop day”.

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It Boost Creativity.

The enemy of creativity is routine and the easiest way to switch things up is with an environment change, even if it is just for one day. Placing yourself in new surrounds will stimulate all of the sense creating newfound inspiration.

You’ll Have Fewer Distractions.

Don’t believe us? Think about it… how many times has your concentration been sidetracked by water cooler chats and work questions? We all know how hard it is to focus after these types of interruptions, and as a result, our productivity is lessened. However, while at a coffee shop, you’re provided with the benefit of anonymity and the dull buzz of exciting activity.

You’ll Meet New People.

Along with a new environment comes new people. You never know who else may be having a “coffee shop day” at the same time you are. New people present new problems, perspectives and connections that will fuel your creative mind.

Here’s a few tips on how to make the most out of your coffee shop visits:

  • Switch things up! Try a new coffee shop every time to avoid the feeling of routine.
  • Be courteous to the workers. You never know when they’ll return the favor ;)
  • Avoid sitting by the door or register to eliminate extra distractions.
  • Come with a full charge, just in case a power outlet isn’t accessible.

Where’s your favorite place out of the office to get work done? Have you set up camp at Twenty/20 Café yet? Test out our space the next chance you get!