There has been an argument raging for years about whether coffee is good or bad for you. Some point to the insomnia that many coffee drinkers suffer from. Others talk about the refreshing buzz they get from a morning and mid-afternoon coffee break. Some say coffee contributes to high blood pressures, while others argue that it is a natural diuretic, just like water pills.

 Fox News has just released the results of scientific coffee research from around the world, and the news is all good! Let’s take a look at the studies and the conclusions each research body presented.

1) Spanish studies show coffee increases the calories you burn.

The International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism just published research that measured trained athletes when given caffeine before exercising against those that ingested a placebo. It was found that the caffeine group burned about 15% more calories for 3 hours after exercise. The best dose was found to be roughly a 12 oz. cup of coffee!

Key Takeaway: Drink a cup of coffee before you exercise and burn 15% more calories!

2) Japanese research team show coffee increases circulation.

Participants in the analysis of how coffee affects the circulatory system were given a 5 ounce cup of either decaf coffee or regular coffee. Over the first 75 minute period the finger blood flow was gauged to measure how well the capillaries flowed. Those who had the caffeinated coffee showed a 30% increase in blood flow! This means increased improved oxygenation.

Key Takeaway: Drink a coffee before exercise to feed your body more oxygen!

3) Caffeine research at John Hopkins University shows memory enhancement.

During this coffee research non-coffee drinking participants were given 200 mg of caffeine or a placebo just five minutes after studying a set of images. The following day all participants were asked to remember the images – the caffeinated group scored significantly higher.

Key take away: A few cups of coffee a day will help your memory! Someone should test this on students cramming for crucial exams!

4) University of Illinois research shows coffee fights pain.

When the coffee test groups were given either a caffeine-less liquid or two to three cups of coffee an hour before a 30 minute high-intensity workout, the coffee drinkers reported less perceived pain.

Key Takeaway: Coffee before a grueling sporting event will help get you beyond the wall of pain! (Maybe that’s what those Netherlanders did to win all those medals in cross country skiing!)

5) Coventry University reports caffeine offsets muscle loss.

Sports scientists reported that caffeine helped offset muscle strength loss that occurred with animal aging. The effects were seen in both the diaphragm (the primary muscle used to breathe) and in skeletal muscles.

Key Takeaway: Coffee keeps you young, strong and breathing right

6) Journal of Applied Physiology research shows caffeine/carb combo creates muscle glycogen.

Muscle glycogen is a form of carbohydrate that is stockpiled in the muscle as a “piggy-bank” to power endurance and strength moves. Researchers reported that compared to consuming just carbohydrates, the caffeine/carb combo participants had an increase of 66% muscle glycogen a full 4 hours after an intense workout. 

Key Takeaway: Coffee and a donut is good for you. Really? Well coffee and carbs combined actually do help give you more endurance and strength.

Now if you are going to start using coffee to get more toned, shouldn’t you at lease have good coffee to cheer you on?

That’s Coffee has several health blends to choose from, our New Orleans Chicory Blend, a Louisiana favorite that defines coffee in New Orleans. Then there is the MontaVida experience – gourmet flavor to the last drop and packed full of health benefits with every sip! 

So head on over to our online coffee store ad do your body some good!

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Enjoy a Cup of Coffee Trivia

by Carissa on July 22, 2014

When looking for interesting information about coffee we found some interesting facts worthy of the Trivial Pursuit game!

Like did you know that Sanka was the first coffee brand to produce decaffeinated coffee? Or that there are coffee trees that naturally grow decaffeinated cherries? These “decaf trees” are very rare as caffeine usually acts as a coffee tree’s natural defense against bugs. I wonder if a coffee rub could keep away mosquitoes this summer?

Here are some other fun coffee trivia you may find interesting for yourself or to quiz your guests during dessert at your next dinner party.

About the Coffee Bean

Coffee is not actually a bean at all. It grows on trees that produce cherries. Inside those coffee cherries are the seeds – usually 2 pods pressed against each other. On rare occasions there is a single pod which has come to be known as a Peaberry which is a highly sought after coffee “bean” for its rarity and unique flavor.

Coffee is the Most Popular Drink in the World

Second only to water, coffee is the most popular drink in the world. Brazil is the top coffee exporter. But did you know that Vietnam is the second highest coffee exporter in the world? Vietnam exports more than twice the amount of coffee as Indonesia, which comes in third place. And Ethiopia (where coffee originated) is way down in 7th place!

Most Expensive Asian Coffee – Kopi Luwan

Asia is traditionally known for its tea trade but did you know that the Asia also sells the most sought after and expensive coffee in the world? Kopi Luwan, Kapai Api, Kapai Susu and Kapai Mocha are produced from the beans excreted from the Asian palm civet and can fetch over $150 per pound!

Americans are the Top Coffee Consumers

Although statistically the top consumers of coffee, the US actually doesn’t even make the top 10 of daily coffee drinkers worldwide! United States is the top importer of coffee in the world. With a population of over 317 million people, that seems realistic, but the Netherlands, with a population of only 16.8 million people, drinks more than double the amount of coffee per day than the average American, and have made the coffee break a legal requirement of employment!

Coffee Can Be GOOD for Every Age!

No studies have definitively proven that coffee is bad for children or that it stunts their growth. Scientists have proven that coffee can be addictive, it can cause insomnia and increased anxiety, but there are also studies that have shown an improvement in children suffering from ADHD! I wouldn’t start my child on a coffee diet, but as with everything, moderation is everything.

The fact is coffee has been proven to have definite health and cognitive benefits:

  • Drinking coffee while studying can improve your ability to retain the information.
  • Drinking coffee prior to a sporting event can help your muscles retain their power and endurance.
  • And, best of all drinking coffee can help burn extra calories when you combine the drink with a carb – maybe the coffee and a donut isn’t so bad after all!

There you have it – some coffee trivia to test just how well your friends and family know about your favorite drink!

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Proudly Introducing Our New Coffee House Blend!

July 8, 2014
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Take the top Central and South American coffee beans, add the perfect amount of Espresso coffee beans, and roast them all together to light to medium level. What do you get? Our customers speak of unparalleled fragrance and a flavor with subtle undertones of sweet caramel and chocolate and a smooth balanced finish. For a […]

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New Orleans Coffee – As Good for You As It Is To Drink

July 4, 2014
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In New Orleans there is a tradition of coffee that goes as far back as the settlement of the area by the French. Due to shortages during Civil War times, the resilient populace came up with a solution that has become ingrained into the culture that is Louisiana, particularly New Orleans. Once added to tide […]

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Our Chicory Coffee Blend Brings Mardi Gras to Your Home

June 30, 2014

Nothing says New Orleans like Mardi Gras and a fine cup of Gourmet Chicory Coffee! With its rich history, New Orleans culture was greatly influence by the French culture and their love of good coffee. During the hard economic times of the Civil War, locals began adding chicory root to their limited supply of coffee. […]

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Taste the Good Life with Our New Maui Coffees

June 25, 2014

Rising above a shimmering strand of white sandy beach on the island of Maui is the Ka’anapali Beach Resort. Once the playground of Maui Royalty it is now a world class resort destination with luxury amenities and over 30 renowned restaurants that proudly serve Maui Coffee. You see, just four miles above is a 300 […]

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Sugar Free and No Sugar Frappuccinos (Part 4 of The Skinny Frappuccino Series)

June 23, 2014

For years we have heard of the dangers of aspartame derivatives and sugars, so most of us believe there is no hope to find a tasty and healthy alternative to those delicious little white crystals. But if you are struggling to bring your diabetes under control, and that Frappuccino is looking oh so tempting, here […]

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Healthy Coffee Makes Healthy Frappuccinos (Part 3 of The Skinny Frappuccino Series)

June 11, 2014

We are now onto the third installment of our Skinny Frappucino series this summer and I have a confession to make … I am a diehard coffee drinker. When I want a Frappuccino, I want a rich, robust flavour to blend with the decadent goodness of the other ingredient. I want refreshment with strong coffee […]

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Low Fat and Non-Milk Frappuccino Options (Part 2 of The Skinny Frappuccino Series)

June 6, 2014

The standard Mocha Frappuccino works out to having 306 calories per serving, with no frills added. We wanted to see if we could lower the calorie count, by targeting the milk in this drink. Low Fat Milk Based Frappuccino Options The great thing about making your own Frappuccino at home is that you can substitute […]

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The Skinny on the Best Skinny Frappuccino

June 4, 2014

Summer is fast descending on us. Time to dust off the exercise clothes and pull out the diet recipes… but, with the heat comes the call from behind the coffee shop counter for just one intoxicatingly delicious Frappuccino. Le’ts be honest, who can settle for just one? The flavors are so decadently tempting, and the […]

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