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4 Reasons Why You Should Drink Coffee Before Your Workout

Friday, October 10, 2014

All around the world people rely on their morning caffeine kick to arouse themselves from their night-time slumber and kick-start the day.


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But in addition to the energising early morning effects of caffeine, a cup of coffee can also have further functional benefits when it comes to exercise and wellbeing in general.

Indeed, in recent years there have been numerous studies which have backed up this line of thought.


For example, a 2014 Spanish study, which was published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, revealed that those athletes who


took in caffeine pre-exercise burned about 15 percent more calories for three hours post-exercise, compared to those who ingested a placebo.


According to the study, the optimum amount of caffeine required to feel the benefits is around 3-4mg per kilogram of bodyweight, and this should be taken about one hour prior to exercise.

So how can a cup of coffee help us perform better in the gym? What are the exact benefits?

Let’s take a closer look at four reasons why you should drink coffee before your workout…


1) Enhanced Performance


Time and time again, caffeine has been proven to be a powerful ergogenic aid – that is, something which contributes to improved performance during high intensity exercise.

Studies reveal that after caffeine consumption, athletes can train for much longer and with more power/speed.


2) Boosts Focus


A pre-workout cup o‘ Joe can also boost mental focus during exercise.

Combined with the increase in endurance and power/speed provided, this can lead to extremely productive workout sessions, as you huff and puff with the seeming intensity of an international athlete.


3) Accelerate Fat Loss


Another benefit of taking a cup of coffee prior to lacing up your trainers is that caffeine is proven to provide a range of fat loss benefits.


Coffee can help burn fat as, during exercise, it causes the body to use fat cells for energy as opposed to glycogen.


What’s more, a caffeine intake correlates with increase metabolism, which forces your body to burn more calories during the day, and it also suppresses appetite, satiating those cravings which are oh so bad for your waistline!  


4) Diminished Muscle Pain


Studies also show that a pre-workout injection of caffeine can lead to decreased muscle soreness when exercising.

So whether you’re pumping iron or racing down the tarmac, a cup of coffee will help you perform more reps and allow you to run for further with less muscular pain, resulting in a much more effective workout.


Summary


So there we have it – four reasons why you should include a pre-workout cup of coffee in your daily workout regimen.


As if it being delicious and making you feel better about yourself wasn’t enough!


At the end of the day, why waste your money on fancy sports supplements and flashy stimulants when a good old fashioned brew is all that you really need to improve performance?


Do you take a cup of coffee before hitting the gym? Does it make you more productive and able to conquer the world? Let us know your thoughts!


10 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Ever looked at a coffee van for sale and though ‘yeah, I could do that’? You’re not alone. Plenty of people have looked at a coffee van for sale and then taken the next step and started out their own business, or joined a coffee franchise.

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Whether or not you’ve considered coffee as a business rather than just a drink, there’s probably at least a few things you don’t know about the popular beverage. After all, this is more than just a bean (it’s actually a seed, but there’s more to it than that!)

While coffee is delicious, it’s actually also been used as a fuel. While the Car-puccino wasn’t exactly what we’d called energy efficient, it did manage to make the 210 mile trip from Manchester to London in 2010 which we think is more than a touch impressive. Nip over to the Daily Mail website to read all about it. More recently a coffee powered car managed 65.5 miles per hour – the land speed record for a coffee powered vehicle.

How many drinks are people this passionate about? A woman from Wiltshire loved coffee so much that when she passed away her husband arranged a coffin adorn with her favourite order (‘one shot, extra hot skinny latte’). To be honest we haven’t done the research, but we’re almost completely sure no one’s ever had a funeral which has revolved around their fondness for orange squash.

There are more than 7 billion people in the world. And every day around 2.25 billion cups of coffee are drunk. Which means around one third of the world’s population are drinking a cup of coffee every day. Which is pretty crazy when you think about it. The only other commodity which is traded anywhere near that much is oil. Madness.

Who would you think is the largest coffee drinking nation in the world? If we’d had to guess (without knowing, which we do), we probably would have guessed the USA, the UK, or world renowned coffee loving Italy. As it happens though, it’s actually the Dutch. On average, people in the Netherlands drink 2.4 cups of coffee per day. To put that in perspective, no other nation drinks more than 2 cups on average.

While we would never, ever recommend that you buy instant coffee, you probably thought that it was a relatively recent invention didn’t you? Go on now, be honest. Actually, the very first instant coffee that we know about was developed in England nearly 250 years ago – way back in 1771. It wasn’t terribly successful, and it wasn’t long lasting either, but still – 1771 coffee convenience. It was much later that instant became anywhere near palatable, with Nestlé’s take on the product entering the market in 1938. Instant’s slice of the market is only 13%, although we like to think it will be continue to shrink as much better coffee options on the market (coffee vans for sale, anyone?!)

A coffee van for sale could be your ticket into one of the biggest industries in the world. It’s growing every year, and it still continues to grow. If you’re interested, we’d love to hear from you.

A Guide To Global Coffee Orders

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Travelling isn’t always easy, no matter how much research you do and how well you speak the language. There’s always some little cultural nuance you’ll miss and there’s mistakes you’ll make. The good thing is though, people appreciate you putting in the effort. By trying you’re already doing better than most, so don’t worry if you get something wrong every now and then. There will be someone who will correct you, and as a result you’ll find your skills growing and developing. Pretty wonderful really. Our coffee vans for sale aren’t just in the UK; we’re a global franchise. That means we’ve picked up a couple of these ever elusive cultural nuances and we’re happy to share.

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While we don’t know about everything, we do happen to know our fair share about coffee – both at home and away. There’s nothing worse than going somewhere new and not being able to order a coffee. How are you going to get through the day without it?!

A café is almost always the best way to submerge yourself in a culture anywhere in the world. If you do what the locals do you’ll find a lot more our about the place than you will if you just stick to the usual tourist joints.

Italy

Italy is largely considered to be one of the world’s coffee capitals, so if you go, do it right. The Italians don’t order coffee to go, they order espresso and they knock it back like a tequila shot at the counter. Milky drinks are exclusively a morning thing, so ordering an after dinner latte marks you instantly as a clueless tourist. Stick with the simple orders, espressos after meals and macchiatos, cappuccinos or lattes in the morning. The Italians are used to tourists ordering incorrectly, so show that you know you’re stuff by sticking to the basics. If you’re showing off (and are really tired) try a ristretto. These are essentially super espresso. The southern parts of the country drink much stronger drinks, whilst in the north you’ll find there’s more milk present. In coffee vans for sale in the UK lattes are by far the most popular drink, so the chances are your coffee habits will fit in much better in northern Italy than they will in the south.

Spain

While in England you might have heard that breakfast should be the biggest meal of the day, in Spain it’s the smallest. Usually you’ll just have a coffee and something small and sweet like churros. So you can forget the cornflakes. Try ordering a café con miel for a sweet treat. It’s made with a shot of espresso, honey, steamed milk and cinnamon. It makes a difference from a mocha but offers a similar intrinsic sweetness.

Perhaps if you invest in coffee vans for sale you could even serve it!

Australia

Our coffee vans for sale actually started out down under, so you will find the Australian favourite the flat white on Cafe2U menus all over the world. If you don’t fancy the 24 hour plane trip, contact your local franchise and arrange for them to visit your workplace so you can try a taste of Australia right on your doorstep.

Have a look at this infographic for more worldwide coffee orders.