Among all the other great benefits of caffeine, scientists at Indiana University have identified 24 compounds, including caffeine, with the potential to boost an enzyme in the brain—nicotinamide mononucleotide adenylyl transferase 2, or NMNAT2—shown to protect against dementia. The new study, "Screening with an NMNAT2-MSD Platform Identifies Small Molecules That Modulate NMNAT2 Levels in Cortical Neurons," appears in Scientific Reports.
Read more here: http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/caffeine-hikes-brain-enzyme-that-guards-against-dementia/81253987
If you’re anything like us, your day needs to start with one (or a few) cups of coffee. Good coffee. Strong coffee. Because life is short — why settle for anything less, right? Our initial cups of coffee have the potential to make or break our mood, setting the tone for the rest of our day. Basically, we need caffeine and we need it good. Enter the French press.
Click here for more and the how to: https://vinepair.com/articles/how-to-brew-the-perfect-french-press-coffee/
I always love creating fun holiday themed recipes and these brownies are probably the highlight of my St. Patrick’s Day recipes this year. I’m not planning on posting a whole lot of Irish inspired recipes, so I wanted to make sure that the ones I do share are kind of awesome. And trust me, these brownies are awesome.
Find this recipe here: https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/one-bowl-8-ingredient-irish-coffee-fudge-brownies/
I found a lovely recipe in Elizabeth David’s Italian Food for slightly sweet ricotta with a splash of rum and a spoonful of fine coffee grounds stirred through it. However, I prefer it with espresso rather than the coffee grounds. It’s a subtler coffee flavor and doesn’t seem to make your head spin as the straight grounds do. Together with the booziness from the rum and the hit of caffeine, it’s rather like a lazy idea for a tiramisu. Served well chilled in little glasses, it is a refreshing, elegant and surprisingly light way to end a meal.
Click here for this recipe: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/the-dish/ricotta-al-caffe-g9rcrfxsd
Whether you down a quick shot of espresso at home, or suck on a quad latte for half your commute, you're one of millions who have come to rely on coffee's jolt of caffeine. Then, when work is done and you can unwind again, you head to the bar and order a glass of wine.
But hey, why not both?
Espresso with a shot of grappa has been around for a long time; Italians call it caffè corretto, "corrected coffee." The volatile grappa transports the essential aromas of the espresso straight into your nostrils, just enough to make you sit up and take notice.
Click here to read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ronaldholden/2017/02/28/gulp-the-latest-flavor-in-wine-isnt-wine-at-all-its-coffee/#1349da825ba6
Do you know the difference? Which one has more caffeine? There are a lot of factors that will affect the amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee, including the size of the drink and the strength of the brew. How much caffeine is in your coffee also depends on the type of roast you're drinking. There's a real difference between light roast and dark roast coffee when it comes to caffeine content as well as taste, and the way your coffee is roasted can also have an effect on how much caffeine it has.
But in order to understand the difference between dark roast and light roast, you need to understand how and why coffee beans are roasted in the first place. Click here to find out more: http://www.extracrispy.com/drinks/2196/whats-the-difference-between-light-and-dark-roast-coffee
Take a moment from your daily grind to wake up and spot the coffee.
There are TEN coffee beans hidden in this colorful jungle scene. Can you spot them all?
Look here for the answers: https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/2949301/can-you-find-the-coffee-bean-in-this-jungle-scene-it-takes-most-people-a-latte-time/
I’m sure most caffeine lovers can relate to this: As much as you exude the most passionate love (and constant craving) for coffee, sometimes you feel as though it has zero effect on waking you up from your sleepy funk and boosting your performance. But what if I told you there’s a way every coffee addict out there can harness the power of the bean to maximize its effectiveness?
Go ahead and consider yourself the genie of the coffee bean tin.
Read more here: http://elitedaily.com/life/coffee-addicts-boost-efficiency-caffeine/1796364/
The new product, called “Snow Brand Coffee Soft” (butter-like spreads are often branded with the word “soft” in Japan), is set to make its debut at supermarkets around the country from March 1. According to the company, the new spread will contain all the flavor and fragrance of the original coffee drink, including its sweet and mellow milky undertones, making it the perfect addition to plain bread, toast, croissants and pancakes. The soft spread can even be used to dress up sweet snacks and sponge cakes with a hint of coffee flavor.
I wonder how soon before it comes to the good old U S of A?
Click here to read more: https://www.japantoday.com/category/food/view/now-you-can-spread-coffee-on-your-toast
Several media outlets are reporting that due to climate change a coffee bean shortage could be looming. What will we do if we can’t get our caffeine fix? Luckily there’s a solution that just might be even better! Donna Ruko and Teaspressa’s Allison DeVane have three tea alternatives that will have you buzzing.
Click here for more: http://www.fox47news.com/news/3-buzzing-ways-to-get-your-coffee-fix-with-tea
When you add coffee to food, you add complexity to the flavor. Coffee complements sweet foods like chocolate cake or brownies, red meat like beef or lamb, and nuts. Coffee can be used as an ingredient in recipes, but a quick way to add the the complex, brightening flavor of coffee to foods is to sprinkle it on some coffee salt. You can buy coffee salt or espresso salt, or you can easily make it yourself for a lot less money.
Make it yourself, the recipe is here: http://www.mnn.com/food/recipes/stories/how-make-coffee-salt
A smoldering-sweet bite of bacon, chipotle and espresso create a dramatic truffle perfect to 'wow' for any occasion especially Valentine's Day!
They could be called ‘Southwestern Truffles’ or ‘Urban Breakfast Truffles’ and that might be more smooth but the three core ingredients meld together to yield a triumvirate of bold flavor. The chipotle comes on slowly building to a nice heat without blowing one’s head off. The Bacon lends to a familiar association with the hominess we love about weekend breakfasts, without taking over. And the espresso threads through all with an earthy, primal, rustic quality making these a different kind of confection. Made with high-quality bittersweet chocolate they are almost bordering on a savory truffle. They taste serious, flirting with being sweet only. I love them and hope you will too!
Click here for this recipe: http://boulderlocavore.com/bacon-chipotle-espresso-truffles-valentines-food-artisan-giveaway/
CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO & RASPBERRY SWIRL MERINGUES! Consistency and oven temperature are key ingredients for these to look as good as they taste. Click on the link below to find out how to make these marbled cookies that are sure to wow your Valentine! Find this recipe here: http://camillestyles.com/valentines-day/valentines-meringues/?slide=5
Smell the aroma from the coffee grounds as you put them into the coffee filter. Breathe in their deep, rich, intense fragrance.
As you pour the water into your coffee maker, notice the clearness of the water, hear the gurgling sound. Listen to the first drops of water as they sizzle into the carafe; notice the color of the coffee.
Watch the steam that rises, swirling in the carafe; be mindful of the ethereal nature of your inner self.
Read more here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/01/well/mind/how-to-be-mindful-while-making-coffee.html?_r=0
Turn those cold dregs in the bottom of the coffee pot into something delicious.
How often have you made a big pot of coffee, optimistically thinking you’ll drink it all, but then forgetting about it after your first cup? Maybe it sits there until the next morning, when the thought of drinking day-old coffee is enough to make you want to go back to bed, so you dump it down the sink and start fresh.
Next time, don’t dump it! There are numerous ways to use old coffee so it doesn’t go to waste. Maybe you’ll find it so delicious that you’ll start making extra coffee on a regular basis, just to have this tasty addition on hand.
Find these ideas here: http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/5-ways-use-leftover-coffee.html
How a roasted bean created the drink of choice for the world!
Not every hero wears a cape—some carry a shepherd’s staff, herd goats, and change the course of human history with a casual attitude towards eating unfamiliar berries.
A popular legend says that about a thousand years ago, an Abyssinian goatherder named Kaldi noticed his typically stoic goats were excitingly hopping and frolicking around like a Habesha on his wedding day. Not wanting to be left out of the goat party, he investigated the situation and found the goats munching away on the berries and leaves of an unfamiliar tree.
Read more here: http://www.chattanoogapulse.com/features/the-history-and-future-of-coffee/
Did you know that how you hold your coffee cup can tell you about your personality? I didn't either, until I tried this quiz!
Click here to take the quiz: http://en.vonvon.me/quiz/1165#question
Unless you carry around your own beans everywhere you go—and I know people that do—chances are you will one day find yourself in a situation where only cheap, bitter coffee is available. Luckily, there is an easy way to turn bitter coffee into a rich, smooth brew. You just need an egg.
Click here to find out how: http://lifehacker.com/draw-bitterness-out-of-cheap-coffee-with-an-egg-1790907968