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.

 

 

 

 

Kids Try Coffee For The First Time – VIDEO

May 13, 2014 at 6:17 pm

As adults, it’s kind of hard to comprehend that there are some people in this world who don’t need coffee on a daily basis in order to function properly, let alone individuals who can’t stand the taste in general. Now, maybe you came out of the womb taking your coffee black, but everyone we know had to ease their way into liking it. Extra sugar and cream always helped things go down a little easier.

We recently stumbled upon this video made by Huffington Post that features kids sampling their very first taste of coffee. They were given it black, and for their parents’ sake, decaffeinated. Their reactions are priceless.

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We’d like to talk to these kids again in 10 years and see if their response towards free coffee is still “YUCK” and “Take it away!”. We’re thinking their feedback might be slightly different.

Have you ever had your children sip your morning cup of Joe? What was your first experience with this magical drink?

A Cup A Day To Keep Retinal Damage Away

May 13, 2014 at 6:13 pm
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It seems as if each passing week scientists discover another health benefit of everyone’s favorite caffeinated drink, coffee. Their most recent research concludes that aside from an energy jolt, coffee may prevent deteriorating eyesight and retinal degeneration due to glaucoma, aging and diabetes.

The key to this discovery lies in the chlorogenic acid (CLA), a strong antioxidant found in your cup of Joe.  A Cornell study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry back in December found that when they pretreated mice with CLA, they developed no retinal damage after they were given doses of nitric oxide.

The retinal itself is a thin tissue layer on the inside, back wall of the eye that receives and organizes visual information. Retinal degeneration is a result of oxidative stress and free radicals due to a lack of oxygen. With the information discovered by scientists, they can take research to the next step to determine whether drinking coffee facilitates CLA to cross a membrane known as the blood—retinal barrier. Once this is proven, doctors may one day recommend an appropriate brew to prevent retinal damage.

To read the full details on this study, visit ScienceDaily.com.

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!

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.

 

 

 

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