Butter In Coffee: Inside the Latest Coffee Trend

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Pour-overs, nitro coffee, coffee soda – it seems like there’s always some hot new trend going on in the coffee world. If you’re a creature of habit, you may be left wondering, “What’s wrong with good, old-fashioned drip coffee?” And we’re with you, to a certain extent. We’re big fans of the classic morning ritual: a delicious cup of high-quality coffee, served piping hot. Then again, there’s something to be said for having a sense of adventure.

When It Comes to Coffee, Butter Is In

If you keep up on the latest news in the coffee world, then you’ve probably heard about people putting butter in coffee. It sounds strange, even to those who prefer their coffee with a healthy splash of cream. But people all over are swearing by buttered coffee. So what’s behind this new coffee trend?

Dave Asprey’s Bold Ideas

Our story starts with a guy named Dave Asprey. Dave is an entrepreneur, but lately he’s been garnering attention for his activities as a biohacker: someone who uses science and tech to boost bodily function. He’s the founder of bulletproofexec.com, a website devoted to the biohacking movement.

And while some of Dave’s health claims are sure to raise eyebrows, it’s hard to argue with his results. He used to weigh 300 lbs, though looking at him now, you’d never know that to be the case. He also claims to have boosted his own IQ by 12 points.

Anyway, back to the coffee. Dave discovered that by adding butter to his coffee, he was able to create a brain-boosting breakfast substitute with enough essential fats to keep him going for six hours or more. He dubbed the stuff “bulletproof coffee,” and it’s been catching on in a major way ever since.

DIY Butter in Coffee

coffee-butter-in-blenderIf that sounds appealing, then you may be thinking about tossing some butter into your own coffee tomorrow morning. But it’s not quite that simple.

First, you want to start with good quality coffee. Second, you’ll need to use the right kind of butter. A dollop of margarine isn’t going to do the trick. Instead, use unsalted, grass-fed butter. The amount of butter you use is up to you. Start with a teaspoon per cup. If you’re really hungry, add a bit more.

Asprey also sells a product called Brain Octane Oil, which is designed to boost brain performance and re-balance the yeast in the gut. If you’d like, you can add some of that into your blend as well.

Fire Up the Blender

The next step is to blend your coffee and butter together. Yes, it’s an extra step, but the experts say the blender is key for optimum results. The resulting drink is rich, creamy, and full of brain-boosting caffeine and healthy fats.

Tips and Tricks for Coffee Stain Removal

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We love just about everything about coffee, from the aroma, to the flavor, to the morning pick-me-up feeling. But if there’s one thing we don’t like about coffee, it’s coffee stains. Fortunately, there’s no need to let a coffee spill ruin your morning cup. Just follow these handy tips and tricks for coffee stain removal, and coffee stains will be a thing of the past.

Check the Care Label

When you’ve spilled coffee on clothing, it’s important to note that different fabrics require different strategies for stain removal. Remember that while stains can be removed from many clothing items and textiles using DIY methods, stains on delicate fabrics such as cashmere and silk may be better addressed by professional cleaners.

Blot Fresh Coffee Stains

If you’ve just spilled your coffee, taking immediate action can save lots of work later. The first thing you want to do is to blot the spill with an absorbent cloth or paper towel. The more you can soak up now, the less coffee you’ll have to remove later.

Use Cold Water When You Clean Up

This tip is extremely important. Hot water may seem like your ally in removing coffee stains, but it can actually cause the stain to set. Instead, run stained items under cold tap water, taking occasional breaks to scrub the stained area with a washcloth.

Break Out the Club Soda

If you’re out with friends, then you probably don’t have any laundry detergent or white vinegar on you. Instead, order a club soda and use its effervescence to tease out the stain. It may not be as effective as other methods, but it will certainly work in a pinch.

Vinegar Works Wonders With Coffee Stains

vinegar-cleaning-agentVinegar isn’t just for adding flavor to your recipes; it’s also a useful cleaning agent. Make a paste out of powdered laundry soap and white vinegar. Don’t use balsamic or red wine vinegar, for obvious reasons. Test your stain-removal paste on a hidden part of the garment. If it discolors the fabric, then this isn’t the right solution for this particular stain.

But if no discoloration occurs, use an old toothbrush to rub your cleaning paste into the stain. Once you’ve lifted the coffee stain, rinse the fabric thoroughly under cold water to make sure all of the vinegar and detergent have been removed.

When All Else Fails, Use a Stain Stick

If your garment is still stained, pick up a stain stick from your local grocery store. Like the vinegar and detergent paste, the stain stick should first be tested on a hidden section of fabric, like the inside of the collar or the back of a shirt’s placket (that’s the part with the buttonholes.)

If all goes well during the discoloration test, then apply the stain stick to the coffee stain. Wait five minutes or so, then run the stained article through the washing machine. If the stain is gone, it’s safe to toss your newly cleaned garment into the dryer. If not, hold off on drying; you could make the stain permanent.

Goodbye, Coffee Stains

If you’re unprepared, then coffee stains can be a real disappointment. But now that you know these helpful tips, you’ll be able to get rid of them like a pro. Don’t worry, drink coffee.

Try a Coffee Hair Dye for a Natural and Healthy Makeover

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Hair dye is a wonderful thing. It allows you to change up your whole look, and if you’re worried about people seeing those pesky gray hairs, you can easily cover them up with a good, quick dye job.

That being said, your usual salon-grade hair dye may have some pretty scary chemicals in it. According to the National Cancer Institute, conventional hair dyes may contain as many as 5,000 different chemicals, some of which have been implicated as carcinogens. Yikes!

Fortunately, your favorite morning pick-me-up can also be used as a hair dye. You read that correctly: you can dye your hair with coffee! And as an added bonus, a study published in the International Journal of Dermatology found that caffeine is “a stimulator of hair growth.”

If you’re graying and getting a little thin on top, it sounds like coffee dye could be the miracle cure you’re looking for.

Get Prepped

Before dying your hair with coffee, wash your hair thoroughly with your usual shampoo to get rid of buildup or debris. This will allow the coffee dye to fully penetrate the hair. You’ll also want to brush out any tangles that could result in an uneven application. Finally, wear clothes that you’re not too attached to. If you get this stuff on a white t-shirt or towel, you’ll quickly find yourself searching for our post about how to remove coffee stains.

How to Dye Your Hair With Coffee

Start off with a strong pot of coffee brewed from espresso beans. If you’re really serious about avoiding chemicals, you may want to opt for organic coffee, but regular coffee will work just as well. Let the coffee cool at least to room temperature. You don’t want to burn your scalp!

coffee-hair-dyeNext, mix two cups of the leave-in conditioner of your choice with 2 tablespoons of fine-ground coffee and a cup of the cooled coffee you’ve just brewed from espresso beans. Stir the mixture until the color is evenly distributed, then apply it generously to your hair and leave it in for 60-90 minutes.

Finally, rinse out your hair with apple cider vinegar to help seal in the color. Oh, and take a shower, rinsing your hair thoroughly with warm water. We love the smell of coffee, but espresso mixed with conditioner and apple cider vinegar? Not so much.

When you’ve finished the process, your hair should be a rich, lustrous new color. If you don’t achieve the desired result on the first try, or have particularly stubborn gray hairs, then just repeat the process every day until your hair reaches the color you prefer.

That’s a nice color on you! Coffee wakes you up and helps you stay beautiful! Who knew that was going to be the case?

Take a Coffee Nap to Combat Daytime Drowsiness

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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!