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Keep Diabetes At Bay With A Cup Of Coffee

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The health benefits associated with coffee are widely known and well documented – and recent research has done even more to cement these favourable claims.


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In particular, a promising new study has divulged that drinking up to four cups of coffee per day has the potential to cut the risk of catching Type 2 Diabetes by as much as 25%!


Diabetes is one of the most widespread and significant health problems in the world, with more than 380 million people around the globe suffering from it.


In addition, reports declare that it exerts an economic burden of approximately $580.


Stick to filtered decaffeinated coffee in the afternoon


The study, which was conducted by researchers from the Switzerland-based Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) and published on November 14 (World Diabetes Day), revealed that the greatest protection against catching diabetes arises from drinking filtered coffee over instant coffee.


What’s more, coffee drinkers can further protect against diabetes by drinking the decaffeinated variety of coffee over the caffeinated variety.


Furthermore, the scientists who carried out this investigation also concluded that drinking coffee in the afternoon, rather than the morning or the evening, is the optimum time of day.


Don’t stop at just the one!


This is perhaps the best part of the findings for coffee lovers.


That is, further cups of coffee after the first every day can make you even more immune!


The researchers, who conducted the study as part of the ISIC’s annual diabetes report, noted:


The evidence shows that drinking three to four cups of coffee per day is associated with an approximate 25 percent lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes compared to consuming none to less than two cups per day


Indeed, with each further cuppa after the first of the day – and up until the fourth – you can cut slash the risk by an additional 7-8%.


The science


So, why is coffee so good at preventing diabetes?


Well the scientists suggest this is down to some of the already well documented health benefits of drinking coffee, such as that fact that it improves glucose, energy metabolism and burns more calories.


In addition, researchers noted that:


coffee could affect insulin sensitivity in the body. A 2014 study of Japanese men suggested higher coffee consumption may be protected against insulin resistance in normal weight individuals.


Another possibility is it could simply be an effect of calorie displacement, where choosing coffee over a sugary drink leads to a reduction in calorie consumption.


Over to you


What do you think about these recent findings?


Will this encourage you to drink more coffee per day?


We’d love to hear from you – be sure to send us your thoughts and comments!


5 Coffee Gadgets To Try

Monday, November 10, 2014

More and more people are trading in lacklustre instant coffee – or expensive trips to high street coffee chains – to make high-quality espressos from the comfort of their own home.


In the long run, this is a much cheaper – and way more enjoyable – way to savour the delights of coffee.


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And to make your home coffee making routine even more tasty, efficient and fun, here are five cool coffee gadgets and gizmos that you can try out.


Let us know how you get on – or if we have missed any must-try gadgets off the list!


A Burr Grinder


When making ‘real’ coffee from an espresso machine, the quality of the coffee will usually depend a great deal on the quality of the ground beans.


One of the best options for grinding beans is a ‘burr’ rather than ‘blade’ grinder.


A burr grinder will produce a more ‘even’ grain size – which will resist the high pressure of the espresso machine.


A Knock Out Box


Although they are often quite difficult to procure (trust us, we’ve tried!), a decent ‘knock out box’ will allow you extract a little cake of use coffee grounds after using your espresso machine.


But why would you want to do that?


Well, recycled coffee grounds can be beneficial for your garden, nourishing the soil, plants and trees.


The Aeropress


Invented in 2005, the Aeropress is a convenient and highly portable cylindrical device for brewing espresso-strength coffee.


It’s fast, simple, effective, and, most importantly, yields absolutely delicious coffee!


The Aeropress gadget is simply perfect if you’re camping or at a hotel with no coffee making facilities.


An Espresso Tamper


A good quality espresso tamper will help make the ‘squidging’ procedure – that is putting the ground coffee into the bowl – as efficient as possible.


While espresso tampers are undoubtedly epitome of cool and will make you the envy of all your coffee drinking pals, they are very, very expensive.


This is a luxury item, not an essential one!


A La Cupola Coffee Maker


A moka coffee maker – such as the La Cupola by Alessi – is an essential bit of a kit for anyone who is truly serious about making amazing coffee (or Italian).


These types of coffee makers are very popular on the continent – and it’s not hard to see why!


They yield a distinctive, delicious, strong (often bitter) brew and are probably the closest you can get to real espresso without the aid of a machine.


Signing Off


So, there we have it, five truly amazing gadgets to try out if you are serious about brewing your coffee.


Do you already own any of these gadgets?


What’s your favourite on this list?


Do you have any more recommendations?


Get in touch with us here at Cafe2U HQ and let us know what you think!


3 Coffee Themed Holiday Ideas

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

As the cold weather settles in for winter, many of us begin reaching for sun soaked holiday brochures and searching Google for a means of escaping the chilly winds, grey clouds and short miserable days.


Indeed, December and January are traditionally the most popular months for booking holidays and trips, with tour operators and travel agents tempting us away from home with myriad offers and discounts.


However, search high and low, as you no doubt will, it is unlikely that you will uncover a range of coffee themed holidays.


Which is why we here at Cafe2U have done the hard work for you and compiled some of our favourites.


So, without further ado, here are three coffee-inspired holiday destinations to consider when booking your next trip of a lifetime:


Luxuriate in a Japanese coffee spa


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We stumbled across this nugget while browsing the excellent I Love Coffee Blog, which is well worth five minutes of your time if you love coffee as much as we do.


In Hakone Japan (where else!), which is just south-west of Tokyo, there is a hot springs amusement park where visitors can – believe it or not – bathe all day long in coffee!


As coffee does not spring from the ground (obviously), the amusement park staff simply fill up the baths with pre-made coffee every day.


But that’s not all – you can also take a dip in spas which are full of green tea and wine too.

Just remember not to drink the stuff!


Experience a plantation on a Columbian coffee trip


Columbia is famous the world over for exporting coffee – so what better place to experience what goes on at a coffee plantation than with a visit to this vibrant, up-and-coming South American city.


The country’s coffee region is located in the Quindío area of the Zona Cafetera, which in 2011 was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site owing to its historic plantation-style casa cafetera houses.


On a Columbian coffee tour you’ll hike around plantations, savour the stunning scenery and the lively culture, stay in an authentic plantation house, and, of course, drink some of the best coffee you will ever taste in your life!


Immerse yourself in history and culture with a London Coffehouse tour


The city of London has been crazy about coffee since the seventeenth century.


Well, 1652 precisely, when the world’s now-favourite caffeinated beverage was sold for the very first time by an eccentric, turban-headed Greek gentleman.


Today, you can take guided yours around the labyrinthine alleys, courtyards and basements of the city, revisiting the places where a nascent love for coffee transformed the city and led to an invigorating coffeehouse boom.


Many different historic coffee tours are available in the city, catering (quite literally) for all tastes and fancies.


Have you already experienced any of these coffee-themed holiday ideas?


Are you thinking of giving any of these trips a go next time you book a holiday?


If so, we’d love to hear your thoughts, comments and questions!