Got a Crush? How Coffee Can Help You Fall in Love This Valentine's Day
Picture a bustling café, steam clouding the windows from the late afternoon urban winter….and everywhere, people leaning in toward each other, sharing conversation, falling in love…drinking coffee.
The Effect of Caffeine on Your Day
Caffeine is the world’s most popular psychoactive drug—ninety percent the world consumes at least one meal or beverage containing caffeine each day. The United States alone consumes 971 tons of caffeine each year, followed closely by Brazil (969 tons). The immense and widespread use of the substance is largely due to its presence in the beans, leaves and fruit of over 60 plants, most of which are cultivated in or exported to most nations on earth. Since nearly 70% of world caffeine consumption is in the form of coffee, it makes sense to examine how the drug affects you at different times of day—morning, afternoon and evening.
Around The World in Coffee
It’s no surprise that the world’s most popular beverage—coffee—typically assumes the taste and character of the region in which it’s being served. People in most countries have built their food building blocks out of whatever basic carbohydrate-rich staple—rice, wheat, corn—is most readily available, and combine that with the best source of protein—beef, pork, goat, fish. Regional dishes are created when people add vegetables, herbs and spices according to what the land can produce.
Forget Seattle: St. Louis is Coffee’s Capital City
In 1904, at the dawn of a new century, St. Louis played host to the World’s Fair. Amongst the Vulcan statues, ragtime bands and Summer Olympic Games entertaining some nineteen million people, a coffee bean importer set up a gas burner in a tiny corner of the immense fairgrounds and began quietly roasting his beans on it. Two brothers, J.P. and James O’Connor, happened to walk by his booth and, noticing (and no doubt smelling) the exhibit, stayed to watch. The rest is coffee history.
How Coffee Can Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions
New Year’s Resolutions are notoriously easy to make and hard to keep. Incredible as it may sound, a simple cup of coffee just might be the key to success this time around.
Room for Cream: How Changing Your Coffee Order Can Change Your Life
People all over the world drink 400 million cups of coffee every day. And almost every day, someone is inventing a new way to order coffee. Everyone has their own way of customizing their cup of joe—sugar, no sugar, what kind of sugar, sugar syrup versus granulated sugar (and that’s just sugar)—down to the ounce. But what happens when you mix it up?
'Tis The Season: Delicious And Useful Coffee-Related Gift Ideas
Coffee and coffee-related gifts are hot items this holiday season. Mugs have always been popular choices (especially when stumped for a gift idea), but these days, people are thinking bigger, subtler and tastier.
Never before has there been such an interest in exploring different kinds of beans, methods and roasts, regardless of the age demographic—the National Coffee Association reports that 25% of Americans over 60 years of age consumed at least one cup of gourmet coffee daily in 2013 (up from 19% the year before), while other studies show that younger consumers are drawn to espresso-based beverages—resulting in a cornucopia of possible gifts for the average coffee drinker.
Ten Ways Coffee Can Help You Get a Promotion
Coffee is inextricably linked to business success—a recent study actually determined that coffee drinkers get paid more than tea drinkers—but how can the career-savvy employee use this all-important beverage to his advantage and gain a promotion?
How Coffee Inspires Gratitude
Everything starts to look better with a hot cup of coffee in your hand—your career, your romantic prospects, your personal health—which is perhaps the best reason to be thankful for how delicious and readily accessible coffee is in today’s society. The “day-brightening” effect of the world’s most popular hot drink is not in your imagination—science and psychology have found that a close relationship exists between coffee and feelings of gratitude.