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Drink Coffee To De-Stress

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Over the years, coffee has been widely used to help people from all walks of life focus, whether for an arduous day of revision, a gruelling day of deadlines at work, or, as we explored in a previous Cafe2U blog post, an athletic event.


It has also been widely believed that drinking coffee can have a positive influence on stress, and now, according to a recent study, this assumption can be treated as a scientific fact.


The study


So, how was this fact decided upon?


Scientists conducted the study using mice.


Over a three week timespan, one group of mice was given caffeine in their drinking water, while the other group of mice was just given regular water.


At the end of this three week period, both groups of mice were exposed to a series of stressful situations which were observed and analysed by the scientists who were conducting the study.


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These situations comprised shared living spaces, damp bedding, cold bathing water, food and water deprivation, and the mice cages being tilted at 45 degree angles.


(Perhaps they should have also exposed the mice to a day at the Cafe2U UK office – a very stressful environment that’s for sure!)


The results


The results of this study were wholly conclusive, showing that the mice who did not receive caffeine in their drinking water showed stress-induced changes in their brains and behaviour and the mice who drank caffeine did not and remained stress-free.


The explanation


That’s all well and good, you may be thinking, but why, exactly, is this the case?


Well, the scientists explained that during the experiment, the caffeine blocked certain adenosine receptors from causing a stress response in the mice.


In other words, the caffeine operated as mental blocker against stress signals, in a similar way to how acetaminophen blocks pain receptors.


For quite a while now, scientists all around the world have suspected that caffeine boosts mood, and this is now one of many studies that have traced a link between caffeine and reduced levels of depression, showing that caffeine is indeed a beneficial asset for cognitive function.


Over to you


Do you drink coffee to help you de-stress?


Do you find it helps?


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Famous Coffee Quotes

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Are you looking for some pearls of wisdom or interesting titbits to impress someone during a coffee shop date?


Would you like to equip yourself with a few handy coffee-themed ice breakers to use in any social situation?


Or maybe you’d just like to broaden your knowledge of this fabulous beverage or learn something new?


Well, if you’re interested in any of the above, you are in luck, as here are a selection of some famous (and not so famous) quotes about coffee.


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Coffee Quotes


"No coffee can be good in the mouth that does not first send a sweet offering of odor to the nostrils."


- Henry Ward Beecher


"I think if I were a woman I’d wear coffee as a perfume."


- John Van Druten


"I believe humans get a lot done, not because we’re smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee."


- Flash Rosenberg


"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons."


- T.S. Eliot


"Coffee: Induces wit. Good only if it comes through Havre. After a big dinner party it is taken standing up. Take it without sugar — very swank: gives the impression you have lived in the East."


- Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)


"Over second and third cups flow matters of high finance, high state, common gossip and low comedy. [Coffee] is a social binder, a warmer of tongues, a soberer of minds, a stimulant of wit, a foiler of sleep if you want it so. From roadside mugs to the classic demi-tasse, it is the perfect democrat."


- The New York Times, 1949

"I think we all pray to the first cup of the day. It’s a silent prayer, sung while the mind is still foggy and blue. “O Magic Cup,” it might go, “carry me above the traffic jam. Keep me civil in the subway. And forgive my employer, as you forgive me. Amen."


- Stewert Lee Allen


"Coffee is the best thing to douse the sunrise with."


- Drew Sirtors


"Chocolate, men, coffee – some things are better rich."


- Author Unknown


"I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon."


- Ronald Reagan


"A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems."


- Paul Erdos


Over to you


What do you think of these coffee quotations – do you have a favourite?


Are there any more coffee quotations that you’d like to add to this list?  


As always, remember to get in touch with us here at Cafe2U – we love hearing from our readers!


Coffee Customs Around The Globe

Sunday, June 14, 2015

For most of us – well at least us here in the Cafe2U office – the significance of coffee revolves mainly around its ability to perk us up as a delicious pick-me-up.


However, in many countries and cultures around the world, this beverage has considerably more profound connotations.  


In this blog post, we are going to explore a few of these interesting traditions.


If we have missed any off the list, please get in touch!


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Africa


For various African tribes, coffee is treated as a very spiritual substance.


During tribal ‘Blood Ceremonies’ or ‘Blood Oaths’, for example, when two people swear an eternal loyalty to each other, the blood of the two people making a pledge is mixed and put between the twin seeds of a coffee fruit, and the whole is swallowed.


Europe


Europe is home to the highest per capita consumption of coffee in the world.


Unlike many of the countries in Southern Europe, where coffee is commonly consumed as a social ritual or as part of or after a meal, in Central and Northern Europe it is usually drunk at home mid-morning or mid-afternoon, frequently at a table laid with sandwiches and cakes.


America


Over in the United States, variety is the word when it comes to coffee consumption.


People often experiment with different coffee blends, roasts and countries of origin, and they tend to consume the beverage at home in the morning or after a meal, and will often sip it in gourmet coffee bars and cafés with friends and family.


Middle East


Very much like in Africa, countries in the Middle East still imbue coffee with a spiritual and religious quality, and it is even used in many religious ceremonies.


The rituals commonly begin by roasting the coffee beans in a special bowl, and then cooling them on a straw plate prior to grinding them with a mortar and pestle.


Then coffee is then prepared in a traditional clay pot and served in tiny cups.

Lastly, the sludgy residue left behind in the serving cups are sometimes “read” (divined) to predict the coffee drinker’s fortune.


Over to you


So, there we have it, some remarkable coffee customs from around the world.


Do you have any coffee customs that you’d like to share with us?


Have you been to any parts of the world where you’ve witnessed some interesting coffee customs?


If so, we’d love to hear from you – just get in touch via social media!