Why You Should Cook Rice In A Coffee Percolator

Friday, July 24, 2015

For the vast majority of us, the coffee percolator is used for, well, brewing coffee.

What else could you possibly use it for?

Well, according to experts, to prepare rice!

Yes, in order to prepare rice in the safest way possible, experts are advising that people cook rice in machines designed for making filter coffee instead of boiling it in a pan.

But why is this the case?


Well, researchers from Queen's University Belfast have discovered that preparing rice using a coffee percolator can significantly reduce harmful amounts of arsenic which can cause bladder and lung cancer as well as damage to the nervous system.

This is particularly an issue with babies and small children, whose exposure is greater.

Professor of plant and soil sciences at the university, Andy Meharg, reported that, due to the fact it is grown in flood plains, rice is ”by far our dominant source of inorganic arsenic.”

Indeed, according to a 2009 report on the subject, half of Europe’s exposure to arsenic comes from rice and the figures are even higher in some other countries like Bangladesh and China.

An investigation by Channel 4's Dispatches programme in 2014 found 58% of rice products in the UK exceed proposed Europe-wide limits for arsenic.

But, you may be wondering, why is the coffee percolator the solution?

Well, cooking rice in a percolator, according to results published in the journal PLOS ONE, removes 85% of the arsenic, whereas boiling rice on the pan means that the arsenic is simply re-absorbed.

However, the researchers advise that you would need to choose your percolator carefully.

On grounds of practicality, "a stove-top percolator would not work", Meharg admits, and that it would need to be a drip-brewer.

The researchers found it took 20 minutes to prepare white rice in this way and 40 minutes for brown rice.

Over to you

What do you think about this latest report?

Will it encourage you to put your coffee percolator to an alternative use?

As always, remember to get in touch with us here at Cafe2U HQ with your comments and questions, feedback is always welcome!

Coffee and Gender

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Coffee is enjoyed throughout the world, regardless of gender, race, politics and religion.

However, despite the fact that everyone seems partial to the odd cuppa or two, there are, if a recent 'National Coffee Survey' (read more here and here) is to be believed, certain differences between the sexes when it comes to coffee.

The following are some of the more notable trends taken from the survey:


Coffee Consumption Rate

(What percentage of men and women drink coffee regularly)

Men: 50.8%

Women: 32.8%

Average Coffee Consumption Per Day

Men: 2.4 cups

Women: 1.9 cups

Favourite Coffee Drinks

Men: Regular, Espresso

Women: Latte, Regular

Sweetener Preference

Men: Nothing, Raw Sugar

Wome: Raw Sugar, Splenda

Dairy Preference

Men: Nothing, Half and Half

Women: Half and Half, Skimmed Milk

Coffee Buying Spot

Men: Independent Coffee Shops

Women: Large National Chains

Over to you

What do you think about these results?

Do you find there are differences between the way men and women drink coffee, and, if so, what are they?

Also, only 32.8% of women here admit to drinking coffee, what on Earth is going on ladies?!

As always, remember to get n touch with us here at Cafe2U with your comments and questions, we always love to hear what you guys have to say!

Take A Nap With Your Coffee

Friday, July 17, 2015

For most of us, coffee is there for us when we are at our most weary.

Indeed, caffeine helps wake us up and it keeps us alert, so the idea of combining it with a nap seems slightly nonsensical.

Or does it?

Well, according to science, it would seem that coffee and napping are in fact perfect bedfellows.

So if you’re feeling sleepy during the middle of the day, listen to the men and women in white coats and do both!

Sound crazy?

Well, let us explain…

The Science


In your body, there are compounds called adenosine and adenosine receptors.

When you use your body’s energy, the two combine and make you feel tired and drowsy.


However, when caffeine enters the equation, the adenosine receptors instead want to bine with the caffeine particles, which, in turn, makes your body feel less drowsy.

This, very simply, is how caffeine works in your body.


Now, let’s move on to napping…

Sleeping clears adenosine, but if you sleep for more than 20 minutes, your brain goes into a much deeper sleep, which means that your body will need more time to recover.

Thus, 20 minutes is the perfect amount of time to ‘reboot’ your brain.

Connecting the two

So, do you see how effective combining coffee and napping can be?

Firstly, it takes about twenty minutes for caffeine to kick in and remove your drowsiness.

Secondly, napping for twenty minutes is the perfect time to clear adenosine.

Therefore, when it’s time to wake up from a twenty minute powernap, your brain can take advantage of the best of both worlds!

So, next time you feel your body needs a nap, don’t forget to have a quick coffee first, it’s science!

The equation is:

Coffee + Twenty Minute Nap = Super Alertness!

Over to you

Are you a fan of napping and coffee?

Ever thought of combining the two for the perfect pick-me-up?

As always, get in touch with us here at the Cafe2U blog with your comments and questions, we love hearing what everyone has to say!