Take a Coffee Nap to Combat Daytime Drowsiness


Have a case of the Mondays? Running on empty? When you have work to do and the sheep are still lining up to be counted, it can be quite difficult to maintain your normal, human-dynamo levels of productivity.

Most of us reach for coffee as a go-to solution for drowsy days, but it turns out that pairing that that cup of coffee with a quick power nap may make both more effective.

Stand Back! We’re Using Science

At first blush, coffee and naps might seem to cancel each other out, but scientific evidence suggests that drinking coffee right before a taking a power nap works better for restoring alertness than either solution does on its own.

How does it work? Put on your science goggles!

When you’re awake, a compound called adenosine accumulates in your brain. As adenosine levels rise, you start to get sleepy. Very sleepy… Hey! Wake Up! We’ve got science to do!

Anyway, when you sleep, your body breaks down adenosine. When you wake up in the morning, your adenosine levels are at their lowest level of the day, making you feel bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

But if you didn’t get enough sleep, those adenosine levels may be higher than they should be, contributing to your overall feelings of drowsiness.

Coffee Naps to the Rescue

set-alarm-for-napStill with us after all the science talk? Great. We still haven’t explained why coffee naps work, but we’re getting to that.

Caffeine’s stimulating effects compete with the sleepy-time effects of adenosine, but as you know, sleeping actually breaks this compound down.

Caffeine’s alertness-boosting effect typically peaks at about 30 minutes after the caffeine is consumed. Of course, adenosine levels continue to rise during that half-hour period as well… unless you’re sleeping.

If you take a nap while your cup of coffee is taking effect, there will be less adenosine in your brain for the caffeine to compete with. As a result, you’ll feel more alert than you would if you’d just taken a nap, or just had a cup of coffee.

The Perfect Coffee Nap

We know you’re tired, so we’ll break it down for you.

  • Step one: find a quiet space
  • Step two: Drink a cup of quality coffee
  • Step three: set your phone’s alarm for 20-30 minutes
  • Step four: zzzzzzzzzz
  • Step five: Wake up and show your to-do list who’s boss

Easy enough, right?

Don’t Overdo It

Coffee naps can work in a pinch, but if you’re finding that you need several per day to keep going, then you may want to reconsider your sleep habits. Try staying away from screens for two hours before bedtime, slowing down on the coffee during the afternoon, or just going to bed earlier.

We hope the coffee nap helps you get through the occasional drowsy day and perform to the level we all know you’re capable of. Until next time, happy napping, and enjoy your java!

Nitro Coffee: The Latest Trend in Coffee

cafe underwood | navarrd, Flickr

cafe underwood | navarrd, Flickr

Have you heard about nitro coffee yet? No, it’s not some canned, super-caffeinated concoction marketed to frat boys and hyperactive teenagers. It’s a new way to make iced coffee, and it’s becoming the next big thing among black gold connoisseurs.

Here’s how nitro coffee came to be: Portland-based coffee chain Stumptown hired a food scientist who also happened to be a home-brewed beer enthusiast (this is Portland, after all). At the time, the company was searching for a way to transport large volumes of cold coffee over long distances. They also needed it to arrive at its destination fresh and delicious. Cue the light bulb moment. “Why not put coffee in kegs with nitrogen?” the food scientist mused, while thoughtfully stroking his beard.

So that’s what they did. And as it turns out, other coffee cognoscenti were simultaneously tinkering with similar processes. Great minds think alike, apparently.

The Beneficial Side Effects of the Nitro Coffee Process

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While the stated goal may have been the smooth transportation of cold coffee, the finished version had an extra perk. Nitro coffee is smooth and creamy, with a foamy head. It’s less acidic than a toddy brew, and more velvety than an iced Americano.

Unlike its trendy cousin, coffee soda, nitro coffee is less fizz and more foam. And it has more than a little in common with another nitrogen-infused beverage, the ever-popular Guinness.

How It’s Served and What It’s Like

Like the popular Irish brew, this type of coffee is served from a tap, if you’re fortunate enough to live near a forward-thinking coffeehouse that serves it. The barista pulls the lever, and out it pours from a highly pressurized nozzle, with tiny bubbles dancing through the rich and silky umber.

So what’s it like to drink it? It has a chocolaty richness, a luxurious mouth feel, and a wonderfully complex bouquet of flavor. It’s not quite as cold as a toddy or iced Americano, but cold-brew enthusiasts who’ve made the switch don’t seem to mind.

By now, you’re probably eager to try it for yourself. If your local baristas happen to be staunch traditionalists, don’t fret. Stumptown and other brewers have begun to distribute this new take on your old favorite in cans, so nitro coffee should soon be available at fine grocers in your area.

Try Coffee Scrub for Glowing Skin


You love coffee, and we know you do. It’s your go-to drink in the morning, and it sometimes serves as a nice evening treat, too. But did you know that you could enjoy the beverage in yet another way, and in a way that will give you glowing skin? That’s right, you can turn your beloved beverage into a fabulous, great-smelling coffee scrub for your whole body.

Making a coffee scrub for your feet, hands, and even your face is quite easy, and it’s a fun way to take care of your skin naturally. After all, beauty products made from natural ingredients are gentler and safer on your skin than products made with synthetic ingredients.

Homemade scrubs are also cheaper than most scrubs sold in markets and beauty stores. You can easily whip up a body scrub or face mask with just these ingredients: ground coffee, a carrier oil, some herbs or spices of your choice, and white clay (if you want).
Now let’s take a look at some of the amazing ways you can use coffee for skin.

Coffee Body Scrub

coffee-face-scrub-homemadeTo make a body scrub, combine the following ingredients in a bowl: ½ cup coconut oil, 3 tablespoons ground coffee, and 1 teaspoon vanilla essential oil. You can use your body scrub immediately, and then store any remaining scrub for use another time; the scrubbing material tends to keep fresh for about 3 weeks.

Coffee body scrubs are great to use on your entire body, and you can scrub the skin from your face down to your toes. Just remember to grind the beans fine enough so that the granules are about the size of sand. At this size, the grains are easier on your skin, and the body scrub will slough off dead skin, leave you moisturized, and make you smell incredible.

Coffee Face Scrub

You can make a coffee face scrub by varying the body scrub recipe slightly. The changes are only to give you some interest and variety, however, and most face scrubs can be used on any part of the body.

For your face scrub, combine 1/4 apricot kernel oil and 1 tablespoon ground coffee. Use only a bit at a time to gently massage your face in a circular motion. Then rinse the face scrub off and enjoy smooth, hydrated skin.

Coffee Face Mask

A great face mask recipe you can make calls for cold brew and ground coffee. Take 1/4 cup of cold brew, and then mix it with 1 tablespoon of ground coffee and 1/4 cup white cosmetic-grade clay (adding a bit more liquid if the mixture is too thick).

Spread the mask over your clean face, and scrub slightly. Leave it there and allow it to sit for 15 minutes, before washing the mask off with warm water, leaving you with clean and invigorated skin. In this face-mask recipe, the coffee perks up the skin, and the clay draws out impurities.

Grinding the Beans Fine When Making Coffee Scrubs

One thing we should note is that when making coffee scrubs, it’s essential that you use beans that are ground very fine, because large grounds can clog up your sink and bathtub pipes.

Enjoy these body scrubs and have fun bringing coffee into your life in another exciting way!

A Coffee Diet Can Help You Lose Weight

Coffee can help with the many facets of weight loss.

Coffee can help with the many facets of weight loss.

Have you ever heard anyone say that a coffee diet can actually help you to lose weight? Well if you haven’t, then rest assured: it can. You may be thinking that we’re talking about drinking only coffee as part of a fad diet, or else doing something extreme or bizarre to lose weight while drinking coffee, but it’s not like that at all.

Here’s a few reasons behind the coffee diet connection, and how you can have your daily dose, experience weight loss, and a live an even happier life without putting that cup of Joe down.

Coffee Suppresses the Appetite

Some studies have shown that drinking caffeinated coffee may help you lose weight because it suppresses one’s desire to eat. You can sip a delicious cup without loads of cream and sugar, as an alternative to eating food if all you’re looking for is palate pleasure. If you’re truly hungry though, then you need to eat something a bit more substantial in order to stay healthy.

Coffee May Help Burn Calories

It’s reported that coffee may help with calorie burning, which can lead to weight loss. This version of a “coffee diet” does this by stimulating thermogenesis, which is the body’s process of producing heat through food metabolism.

Coffee Works as a Diuretic

The caffeine works as a diuretic, which means it causes the body to lose water. When you lose water, you’ll see a temporary decrease in weight. Keep in mind, however, that if you drink too much joe, your body will lose too much water, and it will then compensate by holding on to water in the future, which can make you gain water weight.

Coffee Can Help With Your Workout

If you’re working out to lose weight, then your daily cup can provide you with mental clarity and focus. You can be more energized, on-point, and ready for whatever type of exercise you’re engaging in.

Coffee Increases Metabolism

Many experts suggest that drinking black coffee on an empty stomach, and in moderation, can increase your metabolism. As you drink it, your nervous system is stimulated, which facilitates fat burning by removing fatty acids from fat cells. They can then be released from your body with urine, because coffee also acts as a diuretic.

Coffee and Weight Loss

Drinking a daily cup is all you need to follow a coffee diet that could help you to lose weight. And remember – you don’t need to put down 6 to 8 cups; you only need maybe one or two cups on a coffee diet, to keep the pounds off. As you’re drinking it throughout the day, remember that you should also be drinking water so you can stay healthy, hydrated, and lean.

Coffee Joulies Keep Your Java the Perfect Temperature


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If you haven’t yet heard of Coffee Joulies, then get ready for a game-changing development in the world of perfectly served coffee.

Life on earth can exist because we live in what scientists call a “Goldilocks Zone.” Really. Lab-coated men and women of science say that with a straight face. Funny, right? Anyway, what they mean is that conditions here on earth are just right for us to exist.

Let’s not veer too far off-topic. Coffee has a “Goldilocks Zone” too. You know what we’re talking about. It’s not too hot, but not too cold. It’s just right, just like the baby bear’s porridge.

Well, Coffee Joulies are designed to keep your drink in that perfect temperature range.

The Story of How Coffee Joulies Came To Be

Two design geeks named Dave had a problem. They were tired of their coffee being too hot to drink, but they were also frustrated with the fact that once it did reach optimum drinking temperature, it didn’t stay that way for long. Pretty soon, it was too cold to properly enjoy.

While some folks might simply burn their tongues or complain about that meager window of opportunity for the perfect coffee experience, Dave and Dave decided to do something about it.

So, they developed the Coffee Joulie, which are stainless steel “coffee beans” filled with a top-secret (but totally nontoxic) mystery goo that melts at 140 degrees Fahrenheit. As it melts, it absorbs excess heat from the drink.

Once the beverage cools down to the goo’s melting point, the goo transfers the heat back through the stainless steel shell into the coffee, solidifying in the process.

Trying Out Coffee Joulies in Your Cup

Put a Coffee Joulie in your next cup, and you’ll find that it quickly reaches the proverbial Goldilocks Zone and stays there for a really long time! You won’t need to worry about catching your cup at just the right moment to get the best experience. You can drink it at your leisure, and be assured that you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy it.

And here’s another cool factoid about these miracles of modern science; Coffee Joulies are made in a former Oneida silverware factory, right here in the good old U. S. of A!

Oh, and did we mention how cool looking they are? They’re like giant metal beans from a shiny galaxy far, far away. Coffee Joulies are also a wonderful gift for the design-obsessed coffee lover in your life. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from buying a set for yourself. Why not? You deserve a special present.

Enjoy Coffee Catering At Your Next Event


For a small weekly sales meeting, you might just arrive a bit early and make some coffee in the office coffee pot. But for special occasions, you might want to consider hiring a special coffee catering service. After all, you stand to get the most from those in attendance when you serve them the best coffee you can find.

Why Coffee Catering?

Many Americans drink coffee on a daily basis, so it’s a must-have for any event, especially if your catered event takes place in the morning. And if that event happens to be a special occasion, it’s best to serve coffee drinks that will impress the guests and make them feel appreciated.

If you’re hosting the event, you have better things to do than make coffee, and your coffeemaker might not be able to keep pace with the coffee consumption of your guests. This is exactly where specialized catering saves the day!

Coffee Caterers to the Rescue

If you leave your coffee up to a food catering service, you might end up being a little disappointed. After all, food is their main business. Coffee is often an afterthought, an additional service that they tack on to round out their offerings and provide a full suite of catering services.

But for coffee caterers, java is job number 1. They don’t serve elaborate cuisine, nor do they set out the silverware. When it comes to serving refreshing iced toddies, fair-trade drip coffee, or delicious espresso drinks, they’re professionals in the coffee catering world.

You can rely on a specialized catering company to make sure everyone at your event gets coffee when they want it, and served just the way they like it… unless they like bad coffee. But hey, at least you’re exposing them to the good stuff.

How to Choose a Catering Company

Your local coffee house may actually offer catering services. If you’re not sure, have a look at their website and see if they do. You might be surprised to find that you can hire baristas from your favorite morning pit stop to take care of coffee catering duty for your awards ceremony, fundraiser, family reunion, or holiday party. That way, you’ll be able to personally vouch for the quality of the coffee served at your event.

If your neighborhood coffee shop doesn’t offer coffee catering, then don’t worry. Just do a web search for companies in your local area. Check out their online reviews to see which ones have drawn the most acclaim from other members of your community, or ask your friends or colleagues about their experiences. You’re bound to find a few excellent ones to choose from!

Enjoy Your Coffee

You might not put too much thought into the coffee served at your events, but perhaps you should. After all, any event goes better with a great cup of coffee!

Coffee Movie Scenes We Love


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If movies were made about our morning routines, then coffee would likely win an award for best supporting actor, or at least be a major plot point. And while we may never become Hollywood A-listers, our favorite wake-up beverage is no stranger to the silver screen. Here are some of our favorite coffee movie scenes from a few films you might have seen and loved.

Office Space – Lumbergh Nightmare

When disgruntled programmer Peter Gibbons learns that his love interest (played by Jennifer Aniston) once had a romantic relationship with his insufferable boss, Hal Lumbergh, he has a terrible nightmare of a mini-coffee movie featuring the two of them doing the deed as Lumbergh casually sips from his ever-present Initech coffee cup.

Glengarry Glen Ross – Coffee Is for Closers

alec-baldwin-glengarry-glen-ross“Put that coffee down! Coffee’s for closers only,” begins Alec Baldwin in his scenery-chewing scene from the David Mamet’s cult classic Glengarry Glen Ross. The diatribe that follows is far too salty to be repeated here, but if you’ve never seen the movie, Baldwin’s character leaves no room for doubt about whom coffee is for.

The Usual Suspects – The Coffee Drop

For much of the film, we’re led to believe that Roger “Verbal” Kint is just a patsy – a crippled small-potatoes con-man who got in over his head. During his interrogation, he weaves a tail about the mysterious and murderous Mafioso named Keyser Soze. By the time agent Dave Kujan realizes that Kint was the mastermind behind the whole operation, it’s too late; the real Keyser Soze has gotten into a car and disappeared. He drops his coffee cup on the floor and it shatters in slow motion, just as all of the pieces of the mystery come together.

Mulholland Drive – Bad Coffee

In David Lynch’s cryptic film Mulholland Drive, fictitious Hollywood director Adam Kesher has his film taken over by mobsters. In a meeting with the mob, he is informed that: A. he is going to cast Camilla Rhodes in his film, or else, and B. his taste in espresso is sub-par, to say the least.


L.A. Story – The Coffee Order

Don’t ever try to order a “half double decaffeinated half-caff with a twist of lemon” from your local barista. It may have worked for Steve Martin in L.A. Story, but there’s really no such thing. This is one coffee movie scene you might want to forget!

Heat – The Legendary Tete-a-tete

Pacino. De Niro. Coffee. Three legends have a sit-down. It’s a tense moment: the hard-boiled police lieutenant and the criminal mastermind… the hunter and the hunted, though it’s hard to tell which is which. Both make their intentions quite plainly known. The coffee in the movie doesn’t say much, but you can tell it has the situation under control.

Coffee Movies Might Be Overstating It

Okay, so these are all “famous” movie scenes where coffee the beverage features heavily. They’re not really Coffee Movies, but from where we’re standing, the films would not have been the same without our favorite beverage!

How to Fuel Your Week With a Strong Monday Coffee

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The weekend is over, and now it’s officially time to get back to business. Having a little bit of trouble getting started on Monday? What better way to kick off your week than with a strong Monday coffee?

Strong Coffee Defined

What is strong coffee, anyway? For some, it comes down to caffeine content. The higher the caffeine content, the more of a lift your coffee will give you.

For others, a coffee’s strength is measured by its taste. That first bracing belt of java during the Monday coffee routine ignites the senses, pries open drowsy eyelids, and gets those neurons firing on all cylinders.

We’d posit that a truly strong cup of Monday morning coffee has the best of both worlds: a substantial dose of caffeine coupled with a robust flavor sure to boost the mood.

Monday Coffee Magic: It’s in the Beans

If you want a good, strong cup of Monday coffee to being your week off right, you’ll need to start with the proper beans. In terms of caffeine content, Tanzania Peaberry, Colombia Supremo, Indian Mysore, and Kenya AA are all known to be among the strongest. Generally speaking, Arabica and Columbian have the strongest flavor.

Don’t Forget the Roast

Of course, the roast has a lot to do with your Monday coffee’s flavor, as well. The longer a coffee is roasted, the more intense its flavor becomes. That being said, it’s important to note that roasting also burns off some of the coffee’s caffeine, so take that into account when choosing your coffee beans. Strong coffee lovers generally favor beans that have been French roasted.

If you’re the DIY sort, you can even roast your own Monday coffee at home. Green coffee beans can be ordered online or purchased at high-end grocers. That way, you can find the perfect balance between a strong roast and optimal caffeination.

Back to the Grind

Image: Good morning coffee at desk via Paolo Valdemarin/Flickr

Image: Good morning coffee at desk via Paolo Valdemarin/Flickr

The way you grind your beans also affects your coffee’s flavor. Fresh-ground coffee is always best, and don’t overdo it. Choose a coffee grinder that allows you to grind your coffee to a coarse, chunky consistency for the strongest flavor, and avoid overheating your grinder, or you’ll end up with bitter coffee.

Speaking of eliminating bitterness, here’s a great tip: add a pinch of salt to your coffeepot. You’ll be pleased to find that it allows the subtleties of even the strongest coffee to shine through.

Monday Coffee Is Where the Rubber Meets the Road

The first day of your workweek sets the tone for the rest of it, so it’s important to kick it off with a bang. That first strong cup of coffee can give you the boost you need to shake off the Mondays and get things done. While we’re big fans of frontloading the week and tackling the tough stuff first, it’s best to enjoy your morning ritual first, just to set the right tone.

Coffee With a Cop Aims to Grow Stronger, Healthier Communities


Over the past year or so, the news has featured many stories that call into question the relationship between the police and the communities they serve. Protests have resulted in violence, and twitter hashtags have mushroomed. Now, an organization called Coffee with a Cop hopes to change the way that communities interact with their local police force.

The Community Affairs Unit

The Community Affairs Unit started in Hawthorne, California, a town of around 80,000 located in Los Angeles County. The events were originally the brainchild of Chief Robert Fager, who started the Special Operations Bureau and the Community Affairs Unit. These projects were designed to identify and address issues within the community.

The organization was charged with identifying the community’s issues, and in the process of brainstorming ideas, someone mentioned cops and coffee. However, there was no working model for implementing such a plan. Undaunted, the Chief and his staff decided to take a chance and design a whole new paradigm for community engagement: thus was born, Coffee With a Cop.

Initial Success

The inaugural Coffee With a Cop event was a smashing success. A huge line full of people who were eager to share their stories and concerns with the community formed. There were many community members present who had never before had an opportunity to speak with a police officer, and the Coffee With a Cop event was an opportunity to break down those barriers.

Too often, the police are viewed as an aggressive force rather than a helpful element in a city, and Coffee With a Cop helped to warm the relationship that many people have with the police.

Coffee With a Cop Spreads Nationwide

Since that first meeting, which was catered by a Hawthorne-area McDonalds, the program has begun to spread like wildfire. All across the nation, police departments have decided to reach out to the community with the hand of friendship and free coffee.

In May 2014, the Hillsboro, Oregon police department held their first Coffee With a Cop event. Chief Lee Dobrowolski had experienced the program as a deputy chief in Salt Lake City, Utah. Forest Grove, Oregon also has a Coffee With a Cop program, which they learned about in an online forum hosted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Coffee With a Cop: Becoming Part of the National Fabric

The Coffee With a Cop program has made it all the way to Tennessee, Michigan, Iowa, and New Jersey. The relatively simple idea of sitting down with the community over a hot cup of coffee has opened police and citizens up to one another in new and profound ways.

Coffee has long been thought to be a medicinal brew, and now its healing properties are being implemented to great effect in municipalities nationwide through the Coffee With a Cop program. Opening up conversation is just one way to personalize policing and recalls the long-gone days of police who would walk their beat and interact with citizens on a direct and more human level.

Make Your Very Own Coffee Grounds Compost

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Every day, people across America wake up to a fresh pot of steaming hot coffee. And every day, they toss their used coffee grounds into the trash or compost bin, and then go about their business.

While this is a normal practice for many, all of those coffee grounds can be reused to create incredible soil for lawns and gardens alike. After all, coffee grounds are packed with nutrients that your plants need, so saving the used coffee grounds will be a boon to your yard or community garden.

Coffee Grounds and Nitrogen

The chief benefit of using coffee grounds in compost is the nitrogen they provide to the soil and thus to plants. Plants need nitrogen to conduct photosynthesis, however, plants also need carbon-rich items in their soil. Gardeners consider nitrogen-rich items ″green,″ and leaves, coffee filters, and twigs to be ″brown″ matter.

The green items create the heat and energy in a compost pile that helps break down the brown items. Greens also provide a hospitable environment for bacteria to flourish. Thus, the heat generated by coffee grounds will help speed the process of decomposition.

Worms Love Coffee Grounds

Worms also love coffee grounds in compost. Composters always rave at the incredible activity they witness when they add coffee grounds to their vermicomposting piles. Gardeners report that when they add coffee grounds to their compost, the worms appear more healthy and ready to lay eggs. This is the best news a composter can hear, because worms accelerate the composting process, as well. Accelerating the proliferation of worms in a compost environment will result in more and better soil for your garden.

Mushrooms Decompose Grounds

Gardeners who love mushrooms also use coffee grounds as a substrate for their mushrooms. You can purchase oyster mushroom kits, and then place the mycelium

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Image: Brianna Privett/Flickr

in coffee grounds and also tealeaves. The fungi will help break down the grounds into usable soil, while providing you and your family with a tasty, protein-packed delicacy.

Starting Coffee Ground Compost

To start a standard coffee ground compost, you will want to begin with 40% grounds, 20% grass clippings, and 40% dried leaves (brown). Mix all of the ingredients and dampen them so that the pile is damp, but not sopping or soaking wet. You might find worms by digging in your yard or by asking a friend or neighbor if they have some extras in their compost piles. It is also possible to find worms for sale to fishermen. Wherever you manage to find them, add them directly to the compost pile with the coffee grounds and other ingredients, and let them get to work!

More Uses for Coffee Grounds Beyond Compost

While coffee grounds make for a great compost material, they are also said to have other important uses. Some gardeners claim that sprinkling coffee grounds around their plants keeps the slugs and snails at bay. Others claim that cats will avoid using garden beds as a litter box if you sprinkle coffee grounds around.

Creating a healthy garden is a snap for coffee lovers. Saving the daily grounds and mixing them in a compost pile will speed the success of your flowers and food-bearing plants. If you need more coffee grounds for compost purposes, you might talk to your local coffee shop to see if they offer their leftover grounds to the public. Just a few pounds of coffee grounds should set your compost pile well on its way!